קהילת עמנו אל
K’hilat Imanu El – Our Emanu-El Congregation
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
Fri, Mar 1, 7pm at the JCC
Sat, Mar 2, 10am and 11:05am via Zoom
Tues, Mar 5, 7pm via Zoom
Wed, Mar 6, 7pm via Zoom
Rabbi Drorah Setel’s Feb 21 Message
Every summer I do what I call my “High Holiday reading” – take the time to read books that will inform my teaching and sermons in the fall. Several years ago, I read How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell. The thing that made the most impact on me from the book was learning how social media and other internet sites make their money by keeping us scrolling. Odell calls this the “attention economy” and it made me consider how I was using my attention – my time, my thought, and my creativity. It also made me think about the symbolism of the shofar’s call for us to pay attention to what is really important in our lives. My Rosh Hashanah sermon that year addressed these issues, and working on it convinced me to leave social media as much as I could and to notice which sites on the internet engaged me through outrage rather than information.
Our New Covid Policy
The rate of Covid infection is rising again in Monroe County. We have decided to follow 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.