There has been an active Jewish population in the Wooster area since the 1840’s. In the 1880’s, the group of about 20 Jewish families (mostly merchants) decided they needed to form a more structured religious community — and in 1931, their dream of a permanent house of worship came true with the establishment of Knesseth Israel Temple (KIT). Originally Orthodox to accommodate the religious needs and tastes of many recent immigrants to the US, KIT formed a comfortable compromise between Conservative and Reform practice and in the 1990’s affiliated as a Reconstructionist congregation. For many years it is believed that KIT was the smallest congregation in the country with a full time rabbi.
Today, our part-time Cantor, Beth Friedman-Romell, Ph.D., conducts services every other Friday night and on holidays, leads educational programming for all ages, and is available for life-cycle events and pastoral visits. Please refer to our calendar pages for a detailed event schedule. Our current membership totals approximately 35 families of all ages and walks of life. The Wooster area boosts 4 institutions of higher learning within an 8-mile radius, which gives the community an educational and ethnic diversity much more varied than generally seen in a town this size.
KIT offers many opportunities to become involved with the temple community through holding board office or serving on committees. We maintain a strong connection to Wooster and many of our members are involved in civic enterprises.
We pride ourselves on our Jewish community — thriving for over 130 years — and still going strong! We would be happy to welcome you for a visit or as a member.
The aims and ideals of the congregation shall be to strengthen loyalty to Torah, to support Jewish religious life in the home, to offer access to Jewish education, to foster a strong and harmonious Jewish community, and to perform all necessary functions and services in order to achieve these goals.
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