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. 


On May 16, the Temple Emanu-El chorale, led by Regina Gonek shared three songs with us. These are familiar passages drawn from language in our prayer books and Torah. The songs were:

Y’hiyu L’Ratzon - May it Be Your Will (or Desire) with Oseh Shalom added as is traditional in our service. This melody was composed by Marshall Portnoy, and arranged by Michael Herzbrun.

Yesh Cochavim – There are Stars, lyrics by Hannah Senesh. Rabbi Herzbrun composed and arranged this song, using Senesh’s poem.

Yevarechecha – The priestly blessing: May You be Blessed. The melody was arranged by Rabbi Herzbrun.

Watch the performance 

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For our last day of Sunday School, the kids and I thought it would be nice to give back to our community. We decided to do a beach clean up, down at Durand Eastman Beach. We split up into pairs and picked up so much garbage! After working up an appetite we enjoyed some hotdogs, and even celebrated a great year with cake! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers, and our wonderful kids, for a successful day, and a fun year!


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See The Chorale

Hebrew Classes

Books and Bagels in Seneca Park, Sunday June 22, 11 AM

Julia Harter Bat Mitzvah

Temple Picnic, August 10

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 5/30/14