Established in 1922, this downtown synagogue was the first Reform congregation founded in south Florida. They thrives on the fact that they are unlike many other temples of the Jewish faith. Vibrant and changing with the times, Temple Israel is accepting of all people and reaches out to all generations and ethnicities. The temple was built in 1926, and reflects a unique Moorish style. Its location is an important attribute for the temple, being situated right near the downtown area in the heart of the emerging art district. Temple Israel of Greater Miami is also ultra progressive as seen in its congregation. Latinos, immigrants, politicians, pioneers, and hippies all are welcome and part of the unique fabric. The synagogue was the first to reach out to the gay and lesbian community, and is an active proponent of social change. Throughout its history, Temple Israel has been anything but ordinary.