Our logo, above, was designed by Temple Emanu-El member, Judy Livingston. The following is her description.
The design goal of our Temple Emanu-El logo is to represent Temple Emanu-El as an open, inviting and spiritually uplifting experience.
The typeface used for the logo is Dauphine. The extended width of the “E” and the open curve of the “P” convey the openness of the congregation. The rounded form for the “E” is reminiscent of the handwriting used in ancient manuscripts. This is a reference to history, combining the knowledge of the past with the experience of today. Other letters such as the “T” and “L” are narrow. This added height is a gesture of reaching up, representing an uplifting experience. Varied stroke weights add contrast and flare to the letterforms. The reference to ancient manuscripts, the narrow letters, the varied strokes, the openness of the “E” and the counterspace of the “P,” combine to represent a respect for history with an elegant, contemporary presence.
The symbol for Temple Emanu-El is derivative of the “Tree of Life” sculptures in the sanctuary. Like these sculptures, there are seven branches. Each of the seven branches are different but work together as a unified whole. The branches expand into a sheltering structure. They drop their “roots” below the base of the letters. The symbol represents the strength and unity of the congregation as well as the spiritually uplifting experience.