and thanks for visiting our Temple Emanu-El website. We are a Reform Jewish Congregation in Irondequoit, New York, a few minutes from downtown Rochester.

We feel fortunate that we share a rich heritage, a vital Jewish community life, and a promising future. Our congregation reflects the diversity of today's society - we invite you to share in our warm, informal approach to Reform Judaism

Shabbat services take place on Friday evenings at 8:00 PM, except for the third Friday of the month when they start at 7:30 PM and are followed with a discussion session led by Rabbi Herzbrun. During the summer, all services begin at 7:30 PM.

To find out more about our congregation, please click “About Us” on the menu bar. Better yet, come visit us. 


At the Shabbat service on Friday, August 22, we honored Bill Newman for his more than 50 years of service to Temple Emanu-El as a loyal members, teacher and torah reader. Many of Bills student came to say thanks to Bill. Bill read Torah as he has done so many times, and the service was followed by an oneg. The party was organized by Rose Levine.

Photos by Dave Kassnoff.

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The Temple picnic was attended by more than 50 people who brought dishes to pass – together with the hots and hamburgers provided by Temple, we had a delicious meal. Bonnie Abrams entertained us with  wonderful songs, many of which she wrote herself – her renditions of the traditional My Yiddishe Mamma, followed by My Yiddishe Mamma, Year 2000 Version, her My Stupid Phone, and many others delighted the audience.

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We welcome Rabbi Robert Morais to our synagogue. Click Meet the Rabbi.

Free High Holiday Tickets 

Tickets for our second-day Rosh Hashanah service are free for everyone. Full-time students under 25 years of age, and anyone who has not attended High Holiday services at Temple Emanu-El in the past, may request free High Holidays tickets for all of our services. Note that for security reasons, everyone must have a ticket in order to be admitted. Tickets can be obtained by contacting our Temple office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 585-266-1978). We look forward to spending the High Holidays with you. more...

Slichot  Sat, Sept 20. 10 PM
Erev Rosh Hashanah  Wed, Sept 24, 8 PM
Rosh Hashana, Day 1  Thu, Sept 25, 10 AM
Rosh Hashana, Day 2  Fri, Sept 26, 10 AM
Kol Nidre  Fri, Oct 3, 8 PM
Yom Kippur AM Service Sat, Oct 4, 10 AM
Yom Kippur Study Sat, Oct 4, 3 PM
Yom Kippur Afternoon Service
Sat, Oct 4, 4 PM 
Sukkot Family Service Fri Oct 10, 7:30 PM
Simchat Torah Family Service Fri Oct 17, 7:30 PM

Cemetery Clean Up - Sunday September 21, 10 AM

Books and Bagels Sunday September 28, 11 AM

Hebrew Classes

Hearing Loop

As a continuation of our policy to help our members, Temple Emanu-El Has installed a hearing loop.

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Updated 8/30/14