Services & Celebrations

We welcome guests and visitors to join our informal and personal worship services and holiday celebrations, where we always include time for sharing news about our lives. We have returned to in-person services and holiday celebrations, and it has been wonderful. On the other hand, we have found that Zoom actually suits some of us, so we are working on making a Zoom option available for many of our in-person services, celebrations, and events. Whether in-person or online, we strive for connection and warmth. We’d love to have you join us.

For Temple Emanu-El’s Music YouTube channel that includes songs we sing during services, click here: music.

Judy Greenstein next to our Torah ark

Shabbat Services – An Overview

On the first Friday evening of each month (with an exception now and then), we celebrate Shabbat in person with table blessings and potluck dinner together starting at 6pm. 

Welcome to summer! After Shavuot, on the other Friday evenings of the month, our regular in-person Shabbat services will also begin at 6pm. A Zoom option is available for these services.

[Photo: Temple Emanu-El’s Torah ark with member Judy Greenstein, Chair of our Steering Team. The ark was handcrafted by Julius Dorsey.]


Challah and Shabbat candlesOur next Potluck Shabbat Dinner will be held on Friday, Jun 2, at 6pm, in the Memorial Courtyard at the JCC.

On our potluck Shabbat evenings, our service begins at 6pm and is “table style” – blessings, songs, and readings take place while we are seated at small tables. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share along with an ingredient list to help those with dietary concerns. [No meat, poultry, or shellfish, please, and vegan and gluten-free options are always welcome.] Challah and drinks will be provided. All are welcome! Unfortunately, Zoom is not available for the potluck Shabbats. [Image curtesy of Pixabay.]

We hope you’ll join us!

Vibrant red pomegranate with seeds

Our next Friday evening Shabbat Service will be held in person on Jun 9, at 6pm in the Memorial Courtyard at the JCC. A Zoom option will be available.

Rabbi Drorah Setel will lead our Shabbat Service with soloist Charlene Sommers. We will use our Mishkan T’filah prayerbook and Supplement1. To join the service by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 859 5479 0326.

Shabbat Service Zoom Link

Guests and visitors are warmly welcome to join us.

Here’s what you need to know to join our services via Zoom:

We use the Reform Movement’s Mishkan T’filah prayer book for our Shabbat services. Temple Emanu-El members may check out a copy of the prayer book from our office – (585-461-2000, ext 203 or – to make an appointment to come by and sign one out. Kindle and print versions of the prayerbook can be purchased from the CCAR Press website – there are several options, eg Shabbat only, Shabbat + Weekdays and Festivals, transliterations included, no transliterations, etc.

We have also been using supplemental service handouts: Supplement1, Supplement2, Supplement3, Supplement4, Supplement5, Supplement6, Supplement7, and Supplement8. (For convenience, you may want to print these out and put them in order in a binder.) Check the service descriptions above to find out which ones we’ll be using each time.

[Photo: Temple Emanu-El’s reading desk, with member Gary Horwitz, who designed and handcrafted it. Photo by member Carl Wetzstein.]

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