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Beginning Hebrew for Adults Online

Weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm, starting Dec 1, 2021

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to pronounce (decode, read aloud) any Hebrew word and also know the meaning of a number of Hebrew words that are important in our liturgy – “Shabbat Shalom,” for example. We will use the text, Aleph Isn’t Tough – An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1 by Linda Motzkin and Editor Hara Person. The course is open to everyone. It is free for Temple Emanu-El members; non-members are asked to make a donation from their heart. Contact Leslie Schwartz ( for more information or if you’d like to sign up.

Books and Bagels

Sundays, 10am – next Books and Bagels: TBD

We discuss books of Jewish interest; bring a book to present or come to discuss the books that others bring. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266–6982,

Board of Trustees Meetings

3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm – next meeting: Dec 21

Our Board meetings are open only to Temple Emanu-El members; any Temple Emanu-El member may attend. To join the meeting via Zoom, click here: board. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 848 0442 4414.

Chevre Torah Study

Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am

Chevre Torah provides an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion and highlights from the other books of the Bible, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. For the Hebrew blessing for Torah study, click here: blessing. If the meeting is online, click here to login via Zoom: Torah study. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 286 821 117.

Dec 4, 2021 – we’ll be online:

From 9:30 to 10:25am  I Kings 3. Solomon’s dream. In it, God offers to grant him a wish.  Solomon makes one request only, and it is NOT for long life or prosperity. It comes famously true.

From 10:35-11:30am – Genesis 43:11-44:17. Joseph’s brothers appear before him. “They come to terms with their father’s failings, choosing compassion over anger.” (Rabbi Suzanne Singer)

Hospitality Team Meeting Online

1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30pm – next meeting: Dec 7

All are welcome. Confirm the meeting with Brenda Mudd ( To join via Zoom, click here: hospitality. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 869 2515 9460.

Men’s Club

Next meeting: Dec 14, 9am

Open to all Temple Emanu-El men. Join us for coffee and pleasant conversation at the Nutcracker Restaurant, 2159 Empire Blvd. Call Michael Perlson (585-388-5211) if you need additional information.

Rabbi’s Book Club, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel

Sundays, 10am – next meeting: Dec 26, in our library at the JCC – Masks required

The Rabbi’s Book Club selection for December is We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer.

The publisher notes:

“It is all too easy to feel paralyzed and hopeless in the face of climate crisis, but the truth is that every one of us has the power to change history’s course. We have done it before: making collective sacrifices to protect our freedoms, our families, our way of life. And we can do it again.

“In this extraordinarily powerful and deeply personal book, Jonathan Safran Foer lays bare the battle to save the planet. Calling each one of us to action, he answers the most urgent question of all: what will it take for things to change?

“It all starts with what we eat for breakfast.”

We hope you’ll join us!

Second Sunday Jewish Music Club

Second Sunday of each month, 11am – 1pm – next meeting: Dec 12

Are you interested in Jewish Music? Have you been listening to it all your life or are you a “newbie” who has influences from other musical styles and cultures? Do you enjoy playing and/or singing but don’t want to “perform” in front of others? You might enjoy participating in our Second Sunday Jewish Music Club!

We will generally meet in our Temple Library at the JCC. In the first half hour, we look through copies of music that we have in the Temple Emanu-El collection and decide if it’s something we want to keep active in our musical library, archive it, or “divest.” In the second half hour, we take requests and sing and play some of our favorite Jewish music. After lunch (bring your own), we have a listening session (via YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc.) to share and discuss “Jewish Music Discoveries,” and close with a song.

Help shape the musical legacy of Temple Emanu-El by engaging with Jewish music. Some of it will be liturgical in nature, but it’s not limited to music intended for services. Attendance will be limited to members only for the time being. Please RSVP to our Temple office (461-2000 x203,

Shmita Discussion Group Online, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel

First Monday of each month, 7pm – next meeting: Dec 6

These discussions will be an opportunity to support one another in finding ways to make our lives and communities more sustainable. (See Rabbi Setel’s Nov 12 Rabbi Message and her sermon from this year’s Erev Rosh HaShanah service for background.) Each session will have a different focus and you’re welcome to participate in one or all of them. Our Dec 6 session will look at the role our food plays. To login via Zoom, click here: Shmita. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 838 6864 7687. We hope you’ll join us!

Spiritual Practices Team Meeting Online

2nd Monday of each month, 7:30pm – next meeting: Dec 13
All are welcome. To join via Zoom, click here: spiritual. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 852 6777 2051.

Tikkun Olam Team Meeting

Monthly on Sundays, 11:30am – next meeting: Dec 26, in Room 2 at the JCC – Masks required

As Reform Jews, we participate actively in Tikkun Olam, “repair of the world.” Our social justice work is done in a variety of ways: education on the issues, advocacy for specific policies and legislation, and implementing our vision through direct action and service. Please join us to hear what we’re doing next – we’d love to have your input and help. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266–6982,

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