Join Us!

Graphic with Jewish starsWelcome to Temple Emanu-El!

Our focus is on community, learning, worship, and friendship. We began to ease back into in-person services during the High Holidays, and it was wonderful. (Click here to read our Covid-19 policy.) On the other hand, we have found that Zoom actually suits some of us, so we are working on making a Zoom option available even for upcoming 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.

Included in Temple Emanu-El membership….

Membership includes all life-cycle events: baby naming, bar/bat/bax mitzvah preparation and services, engagements, marriages, birthday and anniversary blessings, and funerals. We offer free Hebrew tutoring and many other learning opportunities. Importantly, we also offer our members the chance to make a difference by adding their unique strengths and interests to our community.

A note about dues….

At Temple Emanu-El, we have a dues pledge system, whereby members decide by themselves, based on their relationship to our community and their personal finances, how much they are comfortable giving every year. This is part of our overall philosophy that Temple Emanu-El exists to serve the needs of its members rather than vice versa.

We invite you to wander….

Take your time wandering through our website and getting to know us further. Better yet, please feel warmly invited to come to any of our events and Shabbat services – whether virtual or physical. We would love to meet you! If you’d like more information ahead of a visit, please contact our Interim Secretary, Bernice Rayburn (, 585-461-2000, ext 203) or Rabbi Drorah Setel ( If you would like us to contact you, please click here, and you will be taken to our Contact Us page, where you can fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Membership form

Please click here for our membership form. Print, complete, and mail the form to:

Temple Emanu-El
1200 Edgewood Ave
Rochester, NY 14618

We look forward to welcoming you into our community!


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