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


2nd session: Sat, May 7, 1:00 – 2:30pm (repeated Thurs, May 12, 7:00 – 8:30pm)

3rd session: Sat, May 14, 1:00 – 2:30pm (repeated Tues, May 24, 7:00 – 8:30pm)
This three-part program which will explore the many definitions of keeping kosher in general, and keeping kosher at Temple Emanu-El in particular. 

Inrtoduction to Jewish Prayer
Rabbi Setel’s course on the Prayerbook continues on May 15th 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.

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) 3864 by Friday, May 20, if you’d like to attend. We’d love to have you!

Israeli Students Visit Emanu-El

On April 20th a group of Israeli students from Rochester's sister city, Modi'in, visited our temple. They are students of Rabbi Allan Levine's daugter-in-law and wanted to see the temple where he served. Sophie Lippa gave them a tour of the temple, Ron Newman, a bar mitzvah student of Rabbi Levine, told them of how Rabbi Levine worked for social justice, and Rose Levin provided refreshments. All in all, it was a wonderful visit.

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Our Services This Month

Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm - Shabbat service. We will continue our new custom by acknowledging those who have birthdays during May.

Friday, May 13, 7:30 pm – Shabbat service. Our Chorale will be singing during this service, and we will have a special oneg to honor Ruth Siegel. who   will soon be moving on to sunny California. Come wish Ruth kol tuv – all the best!

Friday, May 20. We will not hold a Shabbat service this evening, but please come on Saturday!

Saturday, May 21, 10:30 AM - Shabbat Family Service and Lag B'Omer celebration

Join Us

Friday Morning Challah Baking
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 – May 6, 13, 20, and 24.

Shabbat Morning Chevra Torah
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 on May 7, 14, and 21, 9:15 am

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 5/1/16