Announcing new opportunities for learning and growing: a monthly Shmita discussion group, Beginning Hebrew classes, and Introduction to our Prayer Book classes. Click on the links for more information.

We warmly welcome guests and visitors to all of our services, programs, classes, and events – we look forward to meeting you!

Our Covid-19 Policy

We value the health of our congregants and of all those who come to worship, celebrate, and learn with us. Our Board of Trustees has therefore instituted the following policy to keep us all safe:

  • If you are 12 and older and are vaccinated, you must wear a mask whether we are inside or outside.
  • If you are 12 and older and are not vaccinated, please join us from your home virtually, via our Zoom options.
  • If you are under 12, you must wear a mask, if able.
  • Wearing a mask correctly is essential. Click here for detailed information about masking.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


קהילת עמנו אל

K’hilat Imanu El – Our Emanu-El Congregation


Torah – Study


Avodah – Celebration

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.


Our Services and Events This Week

Shabbat Service Online

Friday, Oct 15, 7pm

Men’s Club Meeting

Tuesday, Oct 19, 9am

Board of Trustees Meeting Online

Tuesday, Oct 19, 7pm

See our full calendar of services and events.

Rabbi Drorah Setel’s Oct 12 Message

Rabbi Drorah Setel writes, “During the month of Elul, leading up to Rosh Hashanah, I led a series of discussions about Shmita, the biblical tradition of a sabbatical year in which the land lay fallow and the ancient Israelites lived off of what they had saved or could forage. We explored ways in which the values of Shmita involved many aspects of life, including work, economics, sustainability, and our relationship to the earth.”

Click here to read Rabbi Setel’s full message.

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