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The Temple of the High Country

Temple of the High Country

History of the Temple:

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, the services were held at various churches and fellowship halls across town that graciously opened their homes to the Boone Jewish Community.

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

-Temple of the High Country


The Temple of The High Country Offers:

  • A sanctuary for Shabbat, High Holy Day, and Yom Hashoah services
  • A home for Appalachian State Hillel students The Schaefer Jewish Community Center
  • A venue for the Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust” (make name of Symposium all on the same line)
  • A meeting place for the Jewish Film Festival and Purim Festival
  • A religious school that offers Hebrew classes
  • A Social Hall for Passover Seders, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Baby Namings, and other important Jewish life events

Find more information at:

Temple of the High Country
P.O. Box 2895
Boone, NC 28607