Where We Pray: Temple Sholom welcomes 'Jews by birth, Jews by choice' and interfaith families

CINCINNATI - 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.

Temple Sholom

Address: 3100 Longmeadow Lane, Cincinnati
Denomination: Jewish (Reform)
Top Clergy: Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp
Size of Congregation: 240 families
Core Beliefs: God, Torah study and Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World)
Affiliations: Union of Reform Judaism

"Temple Sholom is a unique Reform Jewish community where prayers come in many forms and you can come as you are. We believe every person counts and everyone is welcome, including Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and interfaith families." --Rabbi Terlinchamp


Temple Sholom  was founded in 1954 by Rabbi Stanley R. Brav and approximately 60 families who wanted to live and practice the values and traditions of Judaism in a contemporary manner.

The congregation has continued to emphasize innovation, social justice and the involvement of its congregants in a small intimate community.

Members include Jews of diverse backgrounds. A basic tenet of the congregation’s philosophy is that it is an extended Jewish family who seeks to meet each member’s spiritual, social and religious needs.

Temple Sholom in the community

The congregation is actively engaged with its community partners Elementz Hip Hop, Valley Interfaith, and the Over-the-Rhine Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry.


This year Temple Sholom will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a series of special programs and events beginning with a gala anniversary dinner on May 4, 2014. 

Lifelong learning

Temple Sholom places a great deal of importance on education. Led by member Chris Kraus, the education task force has crafted a new plan for "learning together across generations."

In includes:

  • A sacred intergenerational community of learners
  • Learning by doing, experiencing and understanding
  • Collaborating with community partners 
  • Incorporating social justice 

WATCH: Rabbi's message about Temple Sholom's new lifelong learning program

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