Events This Month

January Events

Friday Morning Challah Baking
January 4, 11, 18 and 25, 9 and 11 AM

Join Rabbi Setel and others in baking delicious challah breads at our Temple on Friday mornings. The dough will be prepared at 9:00 AM, and then it will be braided at 11:00 AM. Feel free to come at either time! 

Shabbat Morning Chevra Torah
January 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 AM

Chevra Torah meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM – 11:30 for an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. We’d love to have you join us. 

Community Kitchen: Soup Making
Sunday, January 6, 11:30 AM

This is a new monthly event. This month – soup making (Dairy / veg only)  
RSVP to Charly Sommers at 

Men’s Club
Tuesday, January 8,  9 AM  

Our Men’s Club will meet for coffee on Tuesday, January 8 at 9 AM at Panera’s, 12 Corners, Brighton. RSVP to Michael (388-5211 or Open to all Temple Emanu-El men.

Discussion Oneg – Refugees in Rochester
Friday, January 11, following services. Speaker: Isse Abukar. 

Isse Abukar will discuss his experiences in a refugee camp in Somalia and coming to Rochester

Sunday, January 13, 11 AM

Speaker: Melissa Pheterson
Topic: #MeToo: Listening and Learning
Melissa will be speaking about Jewish values and #MeToo
RSVP by Wednesday, January 9 –  click RSVP-online, or contact to Cathy Leora Dayan ( to afford our chefs adequate time to plan the meal.

Justice Shabbat
Friday, January 18, 7:30 PM

Ashley Gantt of FreeNY speaking on prison reform as a contemporary civil rights movement.
Library oneg with Judy Goldstein and Jill Chesley.

LIBRARY ONEG – Following services

Learn about some of the new books in the Library, such as:

  • Who is the woman keeper of the Kremlin’s most guarded secret?
  • What would it really mean to live forever?
  • Who is the creative partnership whose music you’ve all heard and sung?

Dorot – Tu Bishvat Seder
Sunday January 20, 11:00 AM

Join us as we observe the New Year for the Trees,an opportunity to celebrate our connection with the natural world and the spiritual lessons of the changing seasons

Shabbat Services and Potluck Dinner
Friday, January 25, 6 PM

Our service will be at 6 PM, followed by a potluck dinner.
RSVP to Randy Perlson (585-388-5211, or click RSVP-online

Books and Bagels
Sunday, January 27, 11 AM  

Books and Bagels is a program that has met for many years. We get together, enjoy bagels, coffee and tea, and discus books we have read. Anyone can come and present a book, or come to listen and discus. Please RSVP by Friday, October 26, to Carl (585-266-6982. or click RSVP on-line to respond on-line.

Tikkun Olam Team Meeting
Sunday January 27, 12:30 PM 

Please join us and become part of our Tikkun Olam (“Repairing the World”) Team. During the coming year, our discussion onegs will focus on Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). In our first program, Rabbi Setel gave an overview of the concept.

Supper Before Services
Friday, February 1, 5:30 PM

Join us for supper before going to Shabbat services. We’ll meet at AS EVI Restaurant (Turkish Cuisine), 315 East Ridge Road (in the Seneca – Ridge Plaza. RVSP-online or to Carl Wetzstein (266-6982, or, by Thursday, January 31.





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