Celebrate Shavuot with Us!

A wheat field at sunrise, curtesy of Pexels

Join us for our annual Shavuot Garden of Torah Celebration on June 15 at 10:30 am at the JCC. We’ll gather in the Memorial Courtyard for opportunities to learn, reflect, and create. 

We’ll start with a Shabbat morning service-inspired introduction. We’ll then break out into various groups for text study, crafts, and a nature walk, engaging all our senses while providing a unique opportunity to enjoy the JCC campus.  

We’ll finish with a potluck lunch. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share with an ingredient list to help those with dietary concerns. No meat, poultry, or shellfish, please, and vegan and gluten-free options are always welcome. 
Our Celebration will be suitable for all ages and abilities. To help with our planning, please RSVP here

We hope you’ll join us!

קהילת עמנו אל

K’hilat Imanu El – Our Emanu-El Congregation





תקון אולם

Tikkun Olam
Mending the World

Shalom and thanks for visiting our Temple Emanu-El website

We are a Reform Jewish Congregation in Rochester, New York. Our members are Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and those drawn to Judaism, including multiracial, LGBTQ+, and interfaith households. We see ourselves as a family, where everyone’s participation is sought and appreciated. We invite you to attend our services and events, and share in our warm, informal approach to Reform Judaism.

Coming Up at Temple Emanu-El

NO Friday Shabbat service this week

Shavuot Garden of Torah Celebration

Sat, June 15, 10:30am at the JCC

Chevre Torah Study Group Online

Sat, June 15, 3pm via Zoom

Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees Meeting Online

Tues, June 18, 7pm via Zoom

See Our Full Calendar of Services and Events

Rabbi Drorah Setel’s June 12 Message

This week marks Shavuot, the holiday on which we celebrate the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. One of my favorite rabbinic stories about the event says that with each word of revelation a distinct fragrance entered the world. This story is important to me in several ways.

First, it tells us that we experience Torah, sacred teaching, with our senses as well as our mind. When we say the blessing for Torah study which says we are instructed to “engage” ourselves with Torah, that means our whole, embodied selves. The corollary to that understanding is that we can receive Torah in countless experiences. For many of us, being out in nature is a powerful doorway to a sense of the divine….

Read Rabbi Setel’s Full Message

Our Covid Policy

We are following CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines:

When the CDC reports a low Covid risk, masking at Temple Emanu-El is optional.

When the CDC reports a medium Covid risk, masking at Temple Emanu-El is required. We urge attendees to use N95 or KN95 masks. Masks will be available for those who need one.

When the CDC reports a high Covid risk, we will meet via Zoom only.

To determine the risk level, visit the CDC website, scroll down to Covid-19 County Check, and enter “NY” and “Monroe.” The risk is updated every Thursday at 8pm.

TigerChat – Aiding Communication

TigerChat is a phone app that’s been developed by the Center on Access Technology at RIT. The app allows you to converse with another person or group using automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology that converts spoken words into typed text. You can watch the conversation as is happens! The app was designed to work on the RIT campus, and RIT has extended it so that it now also works in the JCC.

One of our members commented, “The app is very easy to use and the transcription is quite accurate. I was able to understand, for the first time in years, what was being said at services. It was wonderful.”

For more information, visit the RIT website.

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