Who We Serve
Jewish Federation of Arkansas serves the entire Arkansas Jewish community. Whether you live in Little Rock with multiple congregations or are the only Jewish family in your town, we are here to help connect you with the resources you need to live Jewishly in Arkansas and to forge meaningful connections within the Jewish community.
Below you can find basic information on Jewish life in communities throughout Arkansas. If your community has been omitted or you have additional information to add, please contact our office
Bentonville is Arkansas's newest Jewish community. It is served by Congregation Etz Chaim, which recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Many of Bentonville's Jewish families have recently moved from other parts of the United States.
Fayetteville, home to the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas, is also home to Temple Shalom. The University of Arkansas has a Hillel chapter as well as a new program in Jewish Studies.
Fort Smith is home to United Hebrew Congregation.
Hot Springs is home to two Jewish congregations: House of Israel and Lovers of Learning as well as the Levi Hospital, which was initially established by Jewish families in the early twentieth century.
Jonesboro is home to Temple Israel.
The largest Jewish community in Arkansas is in Little Rock, the state capital. Little Rock has a Jewish Preschool/Early Learning Center, two Jewish congregations, a Chabad-Lubavitch Center with a Hebrew Academy, a Jewish cemetery (to accommodate both reform and Orthodox burials, a mikvah (soon to be two), and is the location of the office of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.
Although there are no kosher butchers or restaurants in Little Rock, the Krogers on Highway 10 stocks some frozen kosher meat and other products as well as Kosher-for-Passover products for Pesach. WholeFoods in Little Rock also typically offers a Passover selection and occasionally stocks kosher meat.
Several families in Little Rock do keep kosher homes by ordering meat from elsewhere or buying in Memphis. For more information about keeping kosher in Little Rock, please contact our office.
Pine Bluff boasts a small but active Jewish community. The congregation of Temple Anshe Emeth now meets for Friday night and holiday services in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church.
McGehee is home to Temple Meir Chayim.
Rogers is home to the Chabad of Northwest Arkansas.