Temple Solel is a small URJ Synagogue located in Fort Mill/Indian Land SC area serving 60+ members who are primarily baby boomers and empty nesters. Our congregants are heavily involved in social justice and are active in organizations in the surrounding community. Our expanded role as a Jewish organization extends the arm of the JFGC into the “Greater Charlotte area.” It is both exciting and amazing knowing the first experience people in the neighboring SC community have with the Jewish Community is positive, breaking down barriers and negative perceptions often time experienced in rural areas.
CURRENT MISSION STATEMENT
“Temple Solel is a warm and inclusive congregation of individuals and families who embrace Judaism through worship and learning, in a supportive spiritual atmosphere. Temple Solel activities will maintain the spirit of Reform Judaism and will be in place of spiritual growth where tradition is blended with the reality of Jewish life and builds ties to the greater community through social action and Tikkun Olam.”
Temple Solel was formed in 2011 by a small group of fourteen individuals who were searching for meaningful Jewish fellowship and community in Fort Mill, SC. The first High Holy Day services were held in 2012, and Temple Solel has continued to grow and evolve ever since.
Temple Solel’s services, including High Holy Days, are led by Russ Cobe; an experienced lay leader with a degree in religious studies and music from Wesleyan University Many members and guests comment how much they like the participatory way Russ leads services by giving the congregants the opportunity to read certain texts during the services. Russ said, “We do each service slightly different interweaving songs and music with a creative approach. I like to play the piano to make it easier for the congregation to chime in.” Our congregation continues to grow closer over time forming into meaningful relationship-based community. It is very important to us to make visitors feel welcome and we are pleased how quickly new members can become a part of this close-knit congregation who seem more like family or a Havarah. It’s a pleasure to have such commonality and compatibility, which allows us to be very effective in the community and working with each other. We use Mishkan T’Filah as our Siddur and our services include both Hebrew and English translations, so all participants may follow along.
Throughout the year we sponsor events, speakers and guest Rabbis. We enjoy hosting The Ruach Band for a community Hanukah Celebration. Our Sisterhood and Brotherhood are welcoming. We consistently tutor B’nai Mitzvah students. Soon we will have more adult and youth education opportunities.
In April 2019 Temple Solel was selected to participate in the URJ (Union For Reform Judaism) Benchmarking and Assessment Survey Project with 130 Synagogues across the United States. Below is a “word cloud” created about us based on feedback received from both members and non-members in the community. We are in the process of implementing suggestions, including securing a beautiful and welcoming new meeting space. Also in 2019, The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte named Temple SolelSC as a Beneficiary Agency due to our leadership in Social Action and Education Programs in South Carolina. Our programs focus on creating memories with children, parents and grandparents together to live and pass on Jewish Tradition.
Temple Solel provides easy access to religious services in the local community. Check our online calendar for dates and times. We look forward to seeing you soon!
For more information, email info@templesolelSC.org or call (803) 610-1707.
Belair UMC Family Life Center
8095 Shelley Mullis Road
Fort Mill, SC 29707
P.O. Box 1765
Fort Mill, SC 29716