Explore Jewish Life in Fayetteville

Beth Israel Fayetteville NC

Fayetteville has had a Jewish presence for over 200 years and a congregation for over 100 years.  A small German colony was superseded by the arrival of East European immigrants, who founded an Orthodox congregation in 1910 and established a permanent community. Jews have been prominent in the city’s civic and economic life. The large military presence at Fort Bragg underwrites the town’s economy. The Beth Israel synagogue, now a Conservative congregation, serves a diverse community including soldiers and military families.

Beth Israel has Conservative affiliation but especially welcomes Jews from all backgrounds, whether learning or practicing. It works with military chaplains to serve the needs of Jewish soldiers and military families.

The Institute of Southern Jewish Life history highlights prominent citizens like the Stein and Fleishman families who have been communal and civic leaders and benefactors. Mayor Monroe Evans guided the town through the civil-rights era.

A military chaplain serves Jewish military personnel at Fort Bragg. Services are held at the Watters Life Center and families gather for movie and social nights as well as celebrations for Sukkot and Hanukkah.