WYOMING, Ohio - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our regular Saturday feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.
This week, we visit The Valley Temple, where a philosophy of inclusiveness and a focus on faith through learning continues to define the congregation, which began as a school in the 1950s.
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WYOMING, Ohio - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.
Address: 145 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, Ohio Denomination: Reform Jewish
Top Clergy: Rabbi Sandford Kopnick
Size of Congregation: 270 families
Core Beliefs: Mainstream Reform Judaism
Affiliations: Union for Reform Judaism
"The mission of The Valley Temple is the deepening of Jewish experience and knowledge for our members, in order to strengthen faith in God, love of Torah, and identification with the Jewish people, through education, involvement in the Temple and participation in Jewish life."
Founded in the early 1950s, the Valley Temple began as a school that embraced values of American Judaism. The school became a synagogue in the 1960s, and had two full-time rabbis before the arrival of Rabbi Sol Greenberg in 1969.
Rabbi Greenberg's philosophy of inclusiveness defined Valley for the 30-plus years of his rabbinate. Rabbi Sandford Kopnick joined the Valley Temple in 2001, and has tried to honor Rabbi Greenberg's legacy of warmth and welcome, while also expanding Jewish educational programming for members of all ages.
The Valley Temple serves lunch quarterly at the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen, is a regular supporter of the Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center, participates in the city-wide rake-day in the fall, and helps out Project Linus, too.
Each year, the Temple's annual fundraiser benefits both the synagogue and a charitable organization, including Ronald McDonald House and the Soup Kitchen.
The temple is affiliated with the National Reform Jewish Movement and sends a contingent of students and staff to the regional summer camp each summer.
In addition, the temple's Sisterhood is very active and combines educational, social, and fundraiser components to their active schedule, and serves women of all generations.
Building on its roots as a school the Valley Temple continues to make learning an important focus.
The temple offers: