How to Find Jewish Temples and Synagogues in Iowa

Are you new to the state or moving to a new community? Maybe visiting friends or family here? If so, you might be wondering how to find congregations, temples or synagogues in Iowa.

While Iowa isn’t home to a large Jewish population—there are an estimated 5,450 Jews in Iowa as of 2017—our tight-knit community is well-connected across the state As you might guess, smaller cities tend to have one local congregation, while more metropolitan places can have several options for you to choose from depending on your affiliation and needs.

How to Find Temples and Synagogues in Iowa

To help you find a Jewish congregation or synagogue in the Hawkeye State, we’ve put together a list of resources and directories to assist you no matter where you’re headed.

In Des Moines

If you’re in the Greater Des Moines area and looking for a temple or synagogue nearby, we offer a map and list of locations on our website. Local congregations represent a range of affiliations and tend to be fairly active with most people participating in services at least once a month, according to our most recent community survey.

Jewish Congregations in Iowa
Jewish Community Affiliations in Des Moines (2017)

Across the State

The Jewish Federation serves communities across the state, too. Like Des Moines, you’ll find that there are hubs of Jewish congregations in and around the Quad Cities and Ames. We recommend looking at the list of Iowa’s Jewish communities on our Iowa Jewish Resources website. There you’ll find a list of cities with links to related information about synagogues and temples.

Ames, Iowa Synagogue
Synagogue in Ames, Iowa

Connect With Jewish Communities

As you explore Jewish communities and congregations in Iowa, take advantage of these resources from the Federation to stay connected with us and your Jewish neighbors.

  • Read the latest issues of the Jewish Press to find news and events from congregations across Iowa. You can also request copies by mail.
  • Learn more about all of the programs and services of the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines and related community offerings.
  • Explore the local, state and global Jewish resources compiled by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

If you’d like help finding synagogues in Iowa, we’re happy to point you in the right direction. You’re welcome to look for recommendations in the comments below or contact us with questions. Alternatively, if you already have a synagogue here in Iowa, feel free to share the details in the comments and let others know why you love it.

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