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

Flags-in Ceremony

Fri, May 24, 12noon at Riverside Cemetery

Shabbat Service

Fri, May 24, 7pm at the JCC

Chevre Torah Study Groups Online

Sat, May 25, 10am and 11:05am via Zoom

Sit ‘n Stitch

Sun, May 28, 10:30am at the JCC

See Our Full Calendar of Services and Events

Rabbi Drorah Setel’s May 14 Message

This past Tuesday marked a subdued seventy-sixth Israel Independence Day. For many American Jews, the continuing war in Gaza has compelled us to face a contradiction, present from the early days of the Zionist movement, between Israel as a Jewish state, reflecting Jewish values and practice, and Israel as a state for the Jews, a guarantor of Jewish security and preeminence.

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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