Temple Opens Its Doors

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

A Valley religious organization is opening its doors and the lines of communication.

Staunton's Temple House of Israel is hosting its annual Community Shabbat Friday night.

It all started eleven years ago in an effort to educate Valley teachers of Jewish students about the religion.

From there it's grown to an event open to all, coworkers, friends and neighbors, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

"We're trying to be friendly," explained Rabbi Joe Blair. "We're trying to be good neighbors. We're trying to let people know who we are, what we are like, what we are about and that we share many things in common."

The rabbi said they're not trying to convert anyone; it's all about education.

And the temple says even if you can't go to the Shabbat Friday night at 7, you are encouraged to visit the temple anytime.


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