- Temple House of Israel regards each member as an important part of our mishpacha (family). Although small in number, we are proud of our spirit, energy, history, and commitment to our members. Our congregation is governed by a Board of Directors elected from the membership. In a small community such as ours, every voice is important and is listened to. We offer our members and the community at large a sense of caring, as well as a full complement of religious services and activities for the entire family. Temple House of Israel maintains a close relationship with our sister congregation Beth El in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We share the services of our rabbi, Joe Blair, as well as various programming and social events. Religious services are held every other week. Our synagogue follows the principles of Reform Judaism, is affiliated with the Reform movement, and is is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism (formerly, The Union of American Hebrew Congregations). We believe in a religious tradition that emphasizes liberal religious practice and social action. We also consider ourselves part of the greater community and support various interfaith programs, projects in the public schools, and charitable drives for our needy fellow citizens. The history of our congregation dates back to 1876 and resides in Staunton, Virginia.