Announcement of Sivan New Moon Circle


קהילת עמנו אל

K’hilat Imanu El – Our Emanu-El Congregation





תקון אולם

Tikkun Olam
Mending the World

  • Four happy people in a sukkah
  • Marching in Pride Parade with large Temple Emanu-El sign
  • People around large table discussing Torah
  • Temple members saying the blessing over the Shabbat challah
  • Rabbi Setel leads members in an outdoor Tashlich service

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.

This week at Temple Emanu-El

Shabbat Service In-Person with an At-Home Zoom Option

Friday, May 27, 7pm

Chevre Torah Study Groups Online

Saturday, May 28, 9:30am and 10:35am

Sivan New Moon Circle

Sunday, May 29, 7pm

See our full calendar of services and events.

Our Covid-19 Policy

We value the health and safety of all who worship, celebrate, and learn with us. We want to take care of each other and are particularly conscious of protecting the most vulnerable among us. We expect that our covid policy will evolve as covid conditions evolve. Therefore, the descriptions of each of our in-person services and events will include a description of what our covid policy is at the time the service or event will be held.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Rabbi Drorah Setel’s May 25, 2022 Message

As we approach summer and the Jewish month of Sivan, we can understand our ancestors’ decision to observe the festival of Shavuot when new life is emerging in both the plant and animal worlds. When the rabbis imagined the people of Israel standing at Sinai to receive the Torah, they pictured the wilderness bursting into flower. Perhaps they intended it as a metaphor for understanding the path of Torah as a means to allow human beings to blossom as well. It is customary in many Jewish cultures to decorate both the home and the synagogue with fresh flowers and leafy branches to commemorate Shavuot in this way.

Click here to read the entire message.

Also from Rabbi Setel

Here are Jewish resources for those wishing to respond to the situation in Ukraine:
HIAS – HIAS is a refugee aid organization currently working with the Kyiv-based NGO Right To Protection (R2P), which has 162 staff members on the ground as well as organizations taking in refugees in Poland and Moldovia.

World Union for Progressive Judaism – For those wishing to donate specifically to the Ukrainian Jewish community, Temple Sinai’s Cantor Renata Braun (born and raised in Ukraine) recommends giving to the WUPJ Ukraine Crisis Fund.

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