Temple Adath Israel is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. According to reformjudaism.org, that movement of Judaism aims "to introduce innovation while preserving tradition, to embrace diversity while asserting commonality, to affirm beliefs without rejecting those who doubt, and to bring faith to sacred texts without sacrificing critical scholarship."
Tonight at 5:30 p.m. the Blue Grass Trust's deTours program will host its monthly event at Temple Adath Israel's historic sanctuary which is located in Lexington at 124 North Ashland Avenue. Specific event details are available at www.facebook.com/BGTdeTours or by calling the BGT office at (859) 253-0362.
The congregation first met in 1903, before charter in "a rented lodge hall on short Street in downtown Lexington, where a dozen of the it's most prominent Jewish residents met to hold services, listen to the lecture of a visiting rabbi, and set in motion the establishment of a new congregation" according to the book The Synagogues of Kentucky. The congregation constructed and began worshiping in a synagogue on Maryland Avenue in 1904 in what was the first physical synagogue in Lexington; that structure is still standing.
|Temple Adath Israel Sanctuary prior to remodeling. UK Libraries.|
|Sanctuary of Temple Adath Israel, ca. 2014. Author's collection.|
The congregation and its members have played a vital role in Lexington's growth as well as our community's commercial and spiritual activities.
We hope to see everyone tonight at the Blue Grass Trust deTour which begins at 5:30. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BGTdeTours or call the BGT office at (859) 253-0362.