Upcoming events

Our events are open to members and non-members alike – please join us.

Shabbat Morning Chevra Torah

Every Saturday morning, 10am
Chevra Torah meets on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30am 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.

Challah Baking

Thursday evening, Jan 23, 6:30-8:30pm
While waiting for the dough to rise and bake, we will study about the coming month, Shevat. Please rsvp to our Temple Office (emanuel@rochester.twcbc.com, 585-266-1978).

Books and Bagels

Sunday, Jan 26, 10am
We’re a small but dedicated group, and we’d love to have you join us for conversations about books of Jewish interest. To confirm that we’re meeting, contact Carl (585-266–6982, carlwetzstein38@gmail.com), or click here to reply on-line. Free and open to the community – visitors and guests are warmly welcome.

Brunch and Lecture

Sunday, Feb 9, 11am

After a delicious meal, Adam Chodak, News Anchor and Managing Editor at WROC Channel 8, will speak on the topic, “Broadcast News.” Please rsvp by Feb 6, 2020 to Cathy Leora (585-645-5254, cathyldayan@rochester.rr.com) to afford our chefs adequate time to prepare the meal. We ask for $6 to help pay for the cost of the food.

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Men’s Club

Tuesday, Feb 11, 9am
Our Men’s Club meets for coffee at Panera’s, 12 Corners, Brighton. RSVP to Michael (585-388-5211 or perlson@frontiernet.net).

Tu B’Shevat Seder

Friday, Feb 14, following Shabbat Services

Our Tu B’Shevat celebration begins after the conclusion of our 7:30pm Shabbat service.

Modern Jewish History Workshop (last session)

Sunday February 16, 2-5 pm

We will complete our viewing of Simon Schama’s “The Story of the Jews” and discuss the issues and themes raised in the final two episodes. Led by Rabbi Setel. Open to all; free of charge to Temple Emanu-El members. Non-members are asked for a donation of their choice.

Antisemitism Study Group – 4 sessions led by Rabbi Drorah Setel

Sundays, Feb 16, 23; March 1, 8; 2-4pm

As American Jews experience an increase in antisemitic language and actions, many of us find ourselves confused about what actually constitutes antisemitism and how we should respond. In this group, we will read and discuss a range of articles from a variety of perspectives to explore questions such as whether the nature of antisemitism has changed over time, how it relates to other forms of oppression, whether it is different from “anti-Judaism,” and the role it plays in discussions of Zionism and Israel. Please click here for the reading list. Open to all; free of charge to Temple Emanu-El members. Non-members are asked for a donation of their choice.

Supper Before Services

Friday, Feb 21, 5:30pm

Tran Huy Gardens, 519 Ridge Road East (formerly The Taste Of China), is open under new ownership with an excellent and delicious menu. Please join us for a pleasant dinner and conversation before going to Shabbat services. RSVP to Carl (585-266–6982, carlwetzstein38@gmail.com), or click here to reply on-line by Thursday, Feb 20.

Discussion Oneg

Friday, Feb 21, following Shabbat Services

Our discussion oneg begins after the conclusion of our 7:30pm Shabbat service. Our discussion topic will be the work of the Reform Action Center (RAC), both at the national and New York State (RAC-NY) levels.

The Rabbi’s Book Club

Sundays, Feb 23, April 26, June 28, August 23, 10-11:30am

Join Rabbi Drorah Setel in reading and discussing some of her favorite Jewish books. If you have any difficulty obtaining the book (financial or otherwise), Rabbi Setel will be happy to help. Open to all; free of charge to Temple Emanu-El members. Non-members are asked for a donation of their choice.

Feb 23 – Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Sulzberger, Jews and Words
April 26 – Sarah Hurwitz, Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism
June 28 and Aug 23 – TBD

Tikkun Olam Team Meeting

Sunday, February 23, 11:30am

Please join us to help discuss and plan our Tikkun Olam projects. Contact Carl (585-266–6982, carlwetzstein38@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Meaningful Jewish Prayer – a course in 6 sessions taught by Rabbi Drorah Setel

Tuesday, Feb 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 7-8:30pm

The Jewish prayerbook is meant to be the foundation of our individual and communal spiritual practice, but for many Jews its language and theology seem increasingly irrelevant. In this course, we will explore the unique vocabulary of Jewish spirituality, the concepts behind the prayers, how progressive Jews have changed and are changing the liturgy, and how we might (or might not) want to integrate traditional words into a contemporary practice. Open to all; free of charge to Temple Emanu-El members. Non-members are asked for a donation of their choice.

Jewish Perspectives on the New Testament, taught by Rabbi Drorah Setel and Rev. Matthew Nickoloff

Thursdays, March 12, 19, 16; April 2, 7-9pm

Please note: This course is being offered through The Rochester Kollel and will held at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Brighton NY 14618.

A rabbi and a minister discuss Jewish perspectives on the New Testament and you’re invited to join them. Many Jews have never studied this essential Christian text and many Christians have never learned what’s Jewish about it. For both there is much to be examined and debated as we address topics such as Judaism and Jewish Movements in the time of Jesus, Messianism, parallels between the New Testament and (other) Jewish texts, and anti-Jewish teachings in the New Testament.

Our textbook will be The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Ziv Brettler (Oxford University Press). If you have any difficulty obtaining the book (financial or otherwise), Rabbi Setel will be happy to help.

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