Temple of High Country

Our Temple


TOHC Board Members

Our Building Has:

  • A lovely sanctuary for Shabbat and holiday services.
  • A home for ASU Hillel students.
  • The Schaefer Jewish Community Center.
  • A meeting place for the Jewish Film Festival and Purim Festival.
  • A Religious school and Hebrew classes.
  • A Social Hall for Passover Seders, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Baby Namings, and other important Jewish life events.

Our Vision For the Future

  • The existence of the Temple of the High Country is expected to attract more Jewish families looking for a place to settle.
  • A home for ASU Hillel would encourage more Jewish students to the campus.
    All ASU students could attend cultural and educational events presented by Hillel.
  • The founding of the Temple should increase the popularity of the High Country as a year-round tourist destination.


In 1974, a small group of Jewish residents, from and around Boone, met and formed a congregation that was named the Boone Jewish Community. For many years, they held Friday night services in the homes of members and in meeting places at Appalachian State University.

Then, for many years, they were welcomed by the Unitarian Fellowship on Kings Street in Downtown Boone. Several years ago, the congregation
moved to the welcoming St. Lukes Episcopal Church off Council Street in Downtown Boone.

For the past fourteen years, due to the large number of people attending the High Holiday Services on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we held these services in yet another denominational welcoming space at St. Elizabeth of the High Country Catholic Church in Boone. Although we are deeply appreciative of the facilities offered us by our Christian neighbors, it was now time to have a place of our own.

With the announcement in September 2008, that the generous donation of one million dollars from the Schaefer Foundation would allow us to start fundraising for a building of our own, it was decided, with a majority of congregational votes, to rename the Boone Jewish Community, the Temple of the High Country. The building would also become the home of the Schaefer Jewish Community Center in gratitude for the donation and fundraising efforts of Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer.

Board of Directors

President - Kurt Love
Vice President - Sandy Testani
Recording Secretary -  Rosemary Horowitz
Treasurer – Marilyn Kyle

Temple Board Members

Ira Abrams
Stuart Blum
Joan Brook 
Sandy Drobner
Marla Gentile - Sisterhood Representative
Rosemary Horowitz
Jenna Kissel
Marilyn Kyle
Kurt Love
Sandy Testani


FUNDRAISING - Sandy Testani

Temple By-Laws

Please Click Here to View By-Laws 2018


We greatly appreciate your generosity and support in the past. The congregation of the Temple of the High Country feels honored and blessed to have so many wonderful donors who have enabled our building fund to grow and blossom. Thank you all. At this time, it is also important that we have your support in building our membership. The growth of our building fund has been essential. However, our dues are placed in our operating fund and are directed towards paying our expenses today as well as the expenses that we will incur from year to year in our new home. It is also imperative that we increase our membership to begin the process of future growth. Our goals are to meet the spiritual needs of all the Jewish families and visitors here in the mountains and to create a more visible identity in the High Country. That requires more members and more participation. Please join our temple family and send in your yearly dues of $350 per family or $200 for a single person, to the Temple of the High Country,
P.O. Box 2895, Boone, NC 28607.

Sincerely, the Board of Directors

Membership Chair - Marla Gentile 

Please Click Here to Obtain a Membership Form for 2019


Boone is a lovely mountain community located near the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. The Jewish residents of Boone, as well as members of the Jewish faith living in the surrounding hills and valleys formed the Boone Jewish Community. The small core of these residents keep weekly services throughout the year. During the summer months the number of attendees at these services swells dramatically as residents of Florida, and other southern communities, escape the heat in the cool mountains. Boone is also the home of Appalachian State University. Members of Hillel, the organization of Jewish students on campus, have also become an integral part of our congregation. If you are visiting the area, come and join us at one of our services, or activities. Everyone is welcome.

The physical address for The Temple of the High Country/Schaefer Jewish Community Center is 1043 West King Street, Boone, NC which is on the corner of King Street and Poplar Grove Connector in downtown Boone.  Please see below for the mailing address.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Temple of the High Country-Schaefer Jewish Community Center
P.O. Box 2895, Boone, NC 28607



Our Temple office can be contacted via email at Templeofthehighcountry@gmail.com

Temple Office Hours

Monday - 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday - 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Thursday - 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Friday - 8:30 a.m.until 4:30 p.m.

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To join the email list, please email Templeofthehighcountry@gmail.com

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