DSCN2091BrightShalom 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

Friday Shabbat services generally 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. 

 Events This Month


Past Commander Stuart Blume

On June 3, as part of a Memorial Day observance, members of the David J Kaufman Post 41 Of the Jewish War Veterans participated in our Shabbat Service by reading the names of Jewish men and women who had given their lives in recent wars.

 Sunday, Jun 5, 11 AM Intoduction to Jewish Prayer

Rabbi Setel’s course on the Prayerbook continues on Sunday, June 5 at 11:00 am. This session will look at the three traditional paragraphs of the Sh’ma and what they have to teach us about our own lives. All are welcome - no previous attendance necessary.

Friday Morning Challah Baking  June 3, 10, 17, 24

Join Rabbi Setel and others in baking delicious challah breads at our Temple on Friday mornings. The dough will be prepared at 9:00 AM, and then it will be braided at 11:00 AM. Feel free to come at either time! This month, we will meet every Friday morning – June 3, 10, 17, and 24.

Shabbat Morning Chevra Torah June 4, 11, 18, 25

Chevra Torah meets on Saturday mornings for an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. We’d love to have you join us. This month, we will meet every Saturday morning – June 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Monday evening, June 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Annual Congregational Meeting

The agenda for this once-yearly important meeting includes adopting our 2016-2017 budget, electing next year’s Board officers and trustees, and receiving annual reports from Rabbi Setel, our president, and our committee chairs.  Rewarding refreshments will be served.

Friday, June 17, 5:30 PM Dinner Before Services
Join us for dinner before Shabbat services on Friday, June 17, at 5:30 PM at Keenan’s restaurant, 1010 Ridge Rd East. RSVP to Carl Wetzstein by Wednesday, June 15 (266-6982, carlw38@aol.com).

Monday, June 20, 9 AM Men's Club
A Temple Emanuel Men’s Club has been formed with the objectives of fun, faith, and fellowship. All Temple Emanu-El men are invited to our next event - breakfast at Panera Bread at Twelve Corners, Brighton, June 20 at 9:30 AM. Come join us to celebrate the first day of summer. RSVP to Michael Perlson (perlson@frontiernet.net, 585.388.5211).

Sunday, June 26, 11 AM  Books and Bagels.Come to our next Books and Bagels get-together on Sunday morning, the twenty-second, at 11:00 AM. Please call Elaina at (585) 381-3864 by Friday,June 24, if you’d like to attend. We’d love to have you!

 Our Services This Month

Friday, June 10. We will not hold a Shabbat service this evening, but do come on

Saturday, June 11, 7:00 PM – Havdalah and Shavuot Family Service. Please join
us for these special services as we first end the Shabbat day and then celebrate
the giving of Torah at Sinai with words and song. Our family services are lively,
family-friendly musical events appropriate for all ages. Noa Elimelech Ferguson
will play guitar and lead us in joyful singing. The services will be followed at 9:00
pm by a discussion study session. We will look at stories from our tradition which
extend the biblical account of the wondrous events at Sinai.

Sunday, June 12, 10:30 AM – Shavuot Yiskor service.

Friday, June 17, 7:30 PM – Shabbat service. Members of our Chorale will be
participating in the service.

Friday, June 24, 7:30 PM - Shabbat service.

Hearing Loop


Temple Emanu-El welcomes those who would benefit from hearing assistance. Our sanctuary and social hall both have hearing loops. Personal receivers, headphones, and earbuds are available for those who do not wear T-coil equipped hearing aids. Click hearing loop.

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Updated 6/1/16