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. 


Despite challenging weather conditions on Wednesday, December 10, 8 representatives of Temple Emanu-El braved the roads and blowing snow to man the phones for the WXXI fundraiser.

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The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergy Brin, met at Stanford University where they were PhD. students in computer science. They became friends and worked together to develop a better search engine, using computers that crammed their dorm room, and testing their ideas on the World Wide Web. Seeing their success, they quit their PhD. studies. Originally, they called their program Googol, reflecting the amount of information it could handle. (The number, “googol,” is a one followed by 100 zeros). The company was named Google after Andy Becholtsheim, cofounder of Sun Microsystems, wrote Page and Brin a check for $100,000. Today, Page and Brin are both billionaires.

Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan in 1973. He earned a Master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University. In that, he followed his father, who had a PhD in the field and taught at Michigan State University. Page’s mother was an instructor at Michigan State. Larry is married to Lucinda Southworth who is a research scientist, and they have two children. Page is also an investor in Tesla Motors.

Sergey Brin was born in Moscow in 1973 to Michael Brin, a mathematician-economist, and his wife Eugenia, a scientist. The family came to the United States after Michael was denied entrance to graduate school in Russia because he is Jewish. Sergey earned a B.S. degree in computer science at University of Maryland, where his father was a professor of mathematics. He then went to Stanford for his graduate studies. Brin is married to Anne Wojcick, a biotech analyst and entrepreneur, and they have two children. Segey and Anne are interested in health information and are developing ways to access it. They co-founded a firm called 23andMe, which lets people analyze their genetic makeup.
Page and Brin have won numerous awards for their work. They share an interest in climate problems – Google’s philanthropic arm,, invests in alternative energy and aims to find renewable sources of energy. They have invested in off-shore wind power and have introduced a driverless car.


Larry Page – Wikipedia; Jewish Virtual Library
Sergey Brin – Wikipedia; Jewish Virtual Library


Starting in January, 2015, we’ll be offering an exciting innovation here at Temple Emanu-El. On the fourth weekend of every month, we will celebrate the start of Shabbat on Friday evening at 5:30 pm with a community dairy/vegetarian pot luck Shabbat dinner. Instead of an evening service, we will offer a Saturday morning service the following day starting at 10:00 am.

“Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”  January 11, 11 AM

Brunch: January 25  - The Chronic Intifada

Books and Bagels Sunday December 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.

Help Raise Money for Temple

1. When you shop at Amazon using the link below, Temple will earn 4-10% of your purchase.

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2. Use the search engine
 for your web searches. When you go there, enter "Temple Emanu-EL" under "Your favorite Cause," then click "Get Started." You may be asked to register - you can skip that step. Select our temple, Rochester, NY, from the temples listed. On subsequent searches the system will "know" that you're working for us.

Updated 12/03/14