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We look forward to celebrating the High Holidays with you!

Some quick notes:

–Rosh HaShanah begins on Friday evening, Sept 15 and Yom Kippur begins on Sunday evening, Sept 24

–All of our High Holiday offerings are open to all – anyone and everyone is invited to join us

–All of our High Holiday offerings are free – although donations from the heart are always greatly appreciated

Registration is required prior to attending – this helps us plan for seating, refreshments, and other considerations

–Visit our High Holidays webpage, which can be accessed from the top of any page in our website – it has the complete details surrounding all of our High Holiday observances and celebrations

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

Shabbat Shuvah Service

Friday, Sept 22, 6pm at the JCC

Chevre Torah Study Online

Saturday, Sept 23, 10am and 11:05am via Zoom

Books and Bagels Online

Sunday, Sept 24, 10am via Zoom

Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Sunday, Sept 24, 8pm at the JCC and via Zoom

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Monday, Sept 25, 10am at the JCC and via Zoom

Yom Kippur Afternoon Program

Monday, Sept 25, 2-3pm at the JCC

Healing Service

Monday, Sept 25, 3:30-4pm at the JCC

Yom Kippur Yizkor Service

Monday, Sept 25, 4pm at the JCC and via Zoom

Yom Kippur Closing Service

Monday, Sept 25, 5pm at the JCC and via Zoom

Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast

Monday, Sept 25, 6pm at the JCC

See Our Full Calendar of Services and Events

Rabbi Drorah Setel’s High Holiday Message

L’shanah Tovah – New Year greetings! I hope our time together during the High Holidays will be meaningful to you and that you will conclude this season with a sense of renewal.

The High Holidays offer a gateway to growth, encouraging us to open up the gates in our hearts and in our heads so that we may live with integrity and authenticity. Our Jewish tradition is profoundly optimistic in asserting that human nature is never fixed and that all of us can heal and grow, regardless of our past. There is no expectation that we be perfect. Rather we are taught to be persistent in our willingness to change for the good.

The ultimate purpose of the Days of Awe can be summarized by the words of an early Hasidic teacher, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov: “Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the compelling power of love.”

Ken yehi ratzon – may it be so.

Rabbi Drorah Setel

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