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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.

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ST00On Simchat Torah (Hebrew for “rejoicing in the Law”), we celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings. We begin by reading from the final chapter of the book of Deuteronomy:


 “ ……  Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord singled out, face to face, for the various signs and portents that the Lord sent him to display inST04 the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country, and for all the great might and awesome power that Moses displayed before all Israel.” (Deuteronomy 34:10-12).

Then we read from the beginning chapter of the Torah (Bereshit), the first portion in the book of Genesis:


“When God began to create the heaven and theST05 earth – the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God over the water – God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Gen 1:1-3). ……

At Temple Emanu-El, we take the Torahs out of the ark, march them around, pass them from person to person, then gather around, say the blessings as a community and read the twoST11


Sources: The Torah, JPS translation 1962;


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


Books and Bagels Sunday October 26, 11 AM

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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