Events This Month

December Events

Friday Morning Challah Baking
December 7, 14, 21, and 28, 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
December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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. 

Hanukkah Celebration and  Potluck Dinner
Friday, December  7, 6 PM

Join us as we light our menorot, enjoy Shabbat dinner, sing holidays songs, play dreidel and enjoy Hanukkah together.  Please RSVP to Randy (585-729-1588, or click RSVP on-line to respond on-line.

Hanukkah Party at the Jewish Home
Saturday, December 8, 2 PM

Join us and the Herzbrun Chorale as we celebrate Hanukkah with the residents. Will you join us? RSVP to Charly at

Men’s Club
Tuesday, December 11,  9 AM  

Our Men’s Club will meet for coffee on Tuesday, December 11 at 9 am at Panera’s, 12 Corners, Brighton. RSVP to Michael (388-5211 or Open to all Temple Emanu-El men.

Sunday, December, 16, 11 AM

SpeakerDeaco n Thomas J. Driscol

Topic: Lies My Teacher Taught Me” ; How American History can be used as a Weapon
Learn how history textbooks often present an incomplete story of America, usually by soft-pedaling and burying the thorny dramas and uncertainties of the past in order to teach specific values.
RSVP by Wednesday, December 12th –  click RSVP-online, or contact to Cathy Leora Dayan ( to afford our chefs adequate time to plan the meal.

Discussion Oneg
Friday, December 21, following services 

Mitch Gruber,  Chief Programs Officer at Foodlink will speak to us on the topic “Hunger in Rochester.” Mitch has worked on Social Justice programs for many years: in Africa and the Middle East and in Rochester on the Curbside Market and the Lexington Avenue Urban Farm. He is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Council on Hunger and Food Policy. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Rochester dealt with the decline in urban food access in Rochester.

Books and Bagels
Sunday, December 23, 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. We’d like to hear about books on Jewish topics or by Jewish authors, but that is not required. Past discussions have included fiction, history, religion, cooking, jewelry, science, biography, and more. We’ve also discussed movies, and articles from Jewish magazines, such as Hadassah or Moment. So, come on down and enjoy the discussion and the bagels. 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 December 23, 12:30 PM 

You are invited to 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. Our program continues with a Discussion Oneg on December 21, (See above)

New Year’s Day  Brunch
Tuesday, January 1, 12 – 3 PM  

167 Dunrovin Lane (off Edgewood Drive, across from Briar Manor apartments). Sally and David Robbins invite you to join them at their home for the sixth annual Emanu-El New Year’s Day brunch. Come welcome in the New Year with old friends and new. Please bring a dish to pass. We are also going to make our New Year’s celebration into a mini-fundraiser by asking attendees to make a $10 contribution to Temple.

RSVP to Sally and David between December 26 and 29 at 244-7688. Please let them know what you are bringing.




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