Temple of High Country

Programs & Services


Shabbat services are held weekly on Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. 
Sometimes during the spring & summer we have Shabbat services
on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

During the spring & summer there are once a month
Learner's Minyons or Brunch/Lunch & Learns,
which take place at homes on Beech Mtn. as well as the TOHC.

Please check the Home Page for the schedule. There is ample parking.

The Temple of The High Country-Schaefer Jewish Community Center 
1043 West King Street, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

Our alternate mailing address is:
Temple of the High Country, P.O. Box 2895, Boone, NC 28607.

Our name, “Havurah” implies a small group of Jews meeting for religious services and or education. It is a misnomer. We will tell you why. In 1996 the late Ed Grad, of Beech Mountain, placed a blind ad in the Mountain Times. He asked anyone interested in klezmer music, or in the Yiddish short stories that had recently been recorded by well known actors to contact him. To his surprise the phone started ringing and in a short while there were 26 people sitting in his living room. That was the birth of the Havurah of the High Country.

There were two more meetings that year. The members, or their family members, gave talks of interest. The following year there were 4 meetings again, in the home of the Grads and the Levys. Our membership continued to provide the programs. And we grew.

Shortly, the entire membership could no longer meet at a home and the Grads arranged for us to have luncheon meetings at the Holiday Inn in Banner Elk. We were surprised by the amount of talent in our membership and a good number of them provided interesting and educational material. But, our speakers were no longer limited to our own membership. Professors Horowitz and Hanft gave lectures. We discussed books and had book reviews, learned about Hebrew holiday music, the Chagall windows and some fun projects. And we continued to grow.

We continued to have planning meetings in our homes. We began to have a winter meeting in South Florida to plan for the next summer. And we grew. The summer of 2000 we had five meetings and Saul Genet became Program Chairperson. He was able to arrange for many programs. We grew and needed a telephone committee.

Along with the Boone Jewish Community we had picnics, very well attended, at Wildcat Park in Banner Elk. There were Shabbat dinners at the Holiday Inn and some potlucks early and late in the season when many of our members were not in the mountains.

Jewel Fogel started and led a Havurah book club that has grown into a valuable part of the lives of its members. They meet in each other’s homes. Each member is expected to have read the book and to be able to discuss it. As a result each meeting is vital and lively. They choose the books to be read and reviewed the summer before they meet again.

Our greatest claim to fame is that as a group, and as individuals, we helped create the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University and continue to support it and glow in its growth and work

In 2005 the Grads retired from the leadership of the Havurah. The membership acknowledged their great work and had a plaque made for them in recognition of their contribution to our success.

Jack Lubin and his wife, Ruth, assumed the leadership of the Havurah. And we grew. We reached the point where we had too many members for the Best Western Hotel, the successor to the Holiday Inn. They could not accommodate all of us at a luncheon meeting. We knew we were too big but how do you refuse a Jew who wanted to join us? Presently you must reserve your place early to be sure you can attend. The Lubins with their planning committee have arranged excellent speakers and entertainers. Ruth and Stan Etkin served as program chairpersons for a few years, followed by Linda and Neil Lentin, and Roz Silverman. We presently number more than 200 persons and are growing. Would you like to join us? We welcome new members and encourage you to try us out. For  more information feel free to contact  Chairperson, Leonard Hayet at telephone number 828-387-3625  or   L.hayet@att.net

The next Havurah of the High Country meeting in 2020,  is Thursday, June 11 at 11:30 am in the Beech Mountain Club.  If you like to be added to the email list, please contact L.Hayet@att.net or call him it 828-387-3625. 

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Temple of the High Country    P.O. Box 2895    Boone, NC 28607    828-266-9777