Membership

Welcome to Temple Emanu-El!

Thank you for your interest in our congregation. Our focus is on community, learning, worship, and friendship. This year we will be offering many diverse and exciting programs – there is something extra going on almost every week at Temple Emanu-El. Please join us for our Shabbat Services, which are always followed by an Oneg Shabbat where you can enjoy conversation with our members along with the tasty sweetness of the Sabbath. In addition, Temple Emanu-El offers classes, weekly Torah study and discussion, brunches with speakers, monthly Books and Bagels get-togethers, volunteer and Tikkun Olam (“mending the world”) opportunities, holidays and life cycle celebrations, and more.

For families with children, or for anyone who wants to “do Jewish” with all ages, we offer a monthly intergenerational Dorot (Generations) program that includes arts, cooking, dance, music, holidays, and exploration of Jewish texts, with a focus on tzedakah (Jewish giving). Our experiential Hebrew School Without Walls includes the Dorot program plus individualized Hebrew reading instruction and bar/bat mitzvah preparation; summer camp and Israel experience; and teen travel. Hebrew School Without Walls is free to our members. Please email Rabbi Drorah Setel (rabbisetel@gmail.com) for details.

The High Holiday season is a high point of the year. We look forward to sharing the holidays with friends both familiar and new. Our High Holidays and events are open to everyone; tickets are not required. However, for security reasons, we need to know who is coming. If you are not a member, please contact Charlene Sommers in our Temple office (585-266-1978, emanuel@rochester.twcbc.com).

Included in Temple Emanu-El membership are all life-cycle events: baby naming, bar/bat mitzvah preparation and services, engagements, marriages, birthday and anniversary blessings, and funerals. Non-members may speak with Rabbi Setel about needs they may have; she can be contacted at 585-266-1978 or rabbisetel@gmail.com.

Just 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 explore our website to learn more about us, and check our calendar for upcoming events. Just come when you want! Or, if you’d like more information ahead of a visit, please contact our Membership Team Chair, Marty Nemeroff (mnemerof@rochester.rr.com). If you would like us to contact you, please click here, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

We look forward to meeting you!

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