The idea of Temple Israel came from 7 families. The families met in a Chinese Resturant and came up with the idea that they wanted a temple of their own. They met in Kirk Schloss's backyard and continued to talk about building a temple of their own. The families decided that they would get other families to join them. That following High Holidays they were able to have services in Holiday Park Shopping Center. Within a few years they were able to come up with a enough money to build Temple Israel Of South Merrick.