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The Williams Island Synagogue was founded in 1990 by Willie and Celia Trump, of blessed memory. They exemplified the finest spirit of tzedakah and chesed, along with an unwavering commitment to the state of Israel. Their children Jules, Stephanie and Eddie have perpetuated their memory through their continued support of their beloved parent’s synagogue which bears their name: The Willie and Celia Trump Synagogue. It is located in the 2000 Island Boulevard Building where all services are conducted.


In keeping with the Trump family tradition, the synagogue strives mightily to serve as a house of worship open to all members of the Jewish faith. It is a modern Orthodox synagogue, ardently supportive of the state of Israel and the principles of religious Zionism. Every member of the community is enthusiastically embraced regardless of their previous synagogue affiliation or level of religious observance. The synagogue, which is a member of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, is a venue for prayer and fellowship, with services conducted 365 days a year. 


The synagogue membership is unique in its composition with attendees hailing from every section of the globe. Although the nusach (liturgy) follows the Ashkenazic custom, Sephardic Jews from Central, Latin and South America find commonality in prayer and experience the joy of camaraderie with newfound friends from unusual and exotic locations. The weekly Shabbat kiddush provides wonderful opportunities for the creation of meaningful and enduring friendships. 


The Willie and Celia Trump synagogue is the nerve center of Jewish spiritual and cultural life in Williams Island. In addition to daily and Shabbat services there are community observances sponsored by the synagogue on Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). There is a public shofar blowing on Rosh Hashanah and a communal Megillah reading for island residents on Purim. The synagogue sponsors exciting lectures showcasing prominent Jewish leaders and cutting edge thinkers. A newsletter is disseminated weekly alerting island residents of the weekly service schedule and upcoming events. 

The synagogue provides a full array of classes focusing on Torah study and Jewish cultural enrichment. Classes are offered for men and women covering a wide array of subjects including Hebrew reading crash courses, weekly Parsha, Daily Daf Yomi Talmud, and informative pre-holiday workshops, book reviews and movies of Jewish interest.


Spiritual leadership is provided by Rabbi Jonathan Horowitz.  He is there to provide guidance, comfort, solace and support for anyone, both in times of joy and profound sadness.  He can be reached at 305-932-1388. President Neil Katz, who serves the synagogue, is equally available at 917-971-8854.

Sun, May 19 2024 11 Iyyar 5784