- Temple Israel was established in 1971 as the merger of the former congregations of Temple Emanuel and Tiffereth Israel, whose heritage goes back over 120 years. It is the only full-service synagogue in a radius of 150 miles. We are a Jewish social, religious, cultural, and educational center for Duluth, Northeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin’s Lake Superior South Shore. Our congregation includes people from traditional Jewish backgrounds, interfaith families, and people with little or no previous Jewish learning or experience. Our membership includes families, couples, and singles; children and elders; Jews by birth and Jews by choice (or still choosing). We value and seek to include everyone who shares our commitment to living and learning about compassionate, ethical Judaism regardless of age, marital status, income level, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disability.