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Beginning Hebrew for Adults Online

Wednesday evenings

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to pronounce (decode, read aloud) any Hebrew word and also know the meaning of a number of Hebrew words that are important in our liturgy. The course is open to everyone. It is free for Temple Emanu-El members; non-members are asked to make a donation from their heart. Contact Leslie Schwartz ( for more information.

Board of Trustees Meetings

Next meeting: June 14 at 7pm

Our Board meetings are open only to Temple Emanu-El members; any Temple Emanu-El member may attend. To join the meeting via Zoom, click here: board. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 848 0442 4414.

Books and Bagels in the Park

Sunday, June 26, 11am in Seneca Park

Come join us for our annual book discussion in Seneca Park. Enjoy the sunshine, the company, the ducks, the geese, and the beautiful swans. Bring a book you have read or just join the discussion. Bring lunch and a chair, and look for us by the pond. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266–6982,

Chevre Torah Study

Every Saturday, 9:30am and 10:35am

Chevre Torah provides an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion and highlights from the other books of the Bible, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. You are welcome to attend either, or both, of the study groups. No prior knowledge of the texts is assumed. For the Hebrew blessing for Torah study, click here: blessing. If the meeting is online, click here to login via Zoom: Torah study. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 886 9534 3896.

Next meeting: May 28, online

From 9:30 – 10:25am – 2 Kings 6:8 – 7:20. More stories about Elisha. There are military assaults, and God plays an active role. (“This calamity is from Adonai.”) What would the biblical mind think about Russia invading Ukraine?

From 10:35 – 11:30am Leviticus 27:9 – 34. Following God’s laws is emphasized, detailing blessings and curses related to compliance. The book ends with rules about funding the priests and sanctuary. What is this portion really all about? Is it an attempt to ensure communal survival and prevent suffering in a very uncertain, unsafe world?

Hospitality Team Meeting Online

1st Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm – next meeting: June 7

All are welcome. Confirm the meeting with Brenda Mudd ( To join via Zoom, click here: hospitality. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 869 2515 9460.

Men’s Club

Next meeting: Tuesday, June 14, 9am

We will meet at the Nutcracker Family Restaurant, 2159 Empire Blvd, Rochester. Open to all Temple Emanu-El men. Join us for coffee and pleasant conversation. Call Michael Perlson (585-388-5211) if you need additional information.

Rabbi’s Book Club, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel

Sundays, 10am – next meeting: TBD

The Rabbi’s Book Club alternates months with Books and Bagels. In the Rabbi’s Book Club, we discuss a single book chosen by Rabbi Drorah Setel in advance. To join the discussion via Zoom, click here: Rabbi. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 879 4421 7321. We hope you’ll join us!

Second Sunday Jewish Music Club

Second Sunday of the month, 11am – 1pm – we’ll resume when we’re back to having in-person activities

Are you interested in Jewish Music? Have you been listening to it all your life or are you a “newbie” who has influences from other musical styles and cultures? Do you enjoy playing and/or singing but don’t want to “perform” in front of others? You might enjoy participating in our Second Sunday Jewish Music Club!

We will generally meet in our Temple Library at the JCC. In the first half hour, we look through copies of music that we have in the Temple Emanu-El collection and decide if it’s something we want to keep active in our musical library, archive it, or “divest.” In the second half hour, we take requests and sing and play some of our favorite Jewish music. After lunch (bring your own), we have a listening session (via YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, etc.) to share and discuss “Jewish Music Discoveries,” and close with a song.

Help shape the musical legacy of Temple Emanu-El by engaging with Jewish music. Some of it will be liturgical in nature, but it’s not limited to music intended for services. Attendance will be limited to members only for the time being. Please RSVP to our Temple office (461-2000 x203,

Sh’mita Discussion Group, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel

First Monday of the month, 7pm – next meeting: June 6 at the garden (just inside the fence along the entrance to the tent behind the JCC) – rain or shine

These discussions are an opportunity to support one another in finding ways to make our lives and communities more sustainable. (See Rabbi Setel’s Oct 12 Rabbi Message and her sermon from this year’s Erev Rosh HaShanah service for background.) Each session has a different focus and you’re welcome to participate in one or all of them.

[If the group is meeting online, login via Zoom by clicking here: Sh’mita, or join via phone by calling 1-929-205-6099 and using meeting ID 838 6864 7687.]

Spiritual Practices Team Meeting Online

2nd Monday of the month, 7pm – next meeting: June 13

All are welcome. To join via Zoom, click here: spiritual. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 852 6777 2051.

Tikkun Olam Team Meeting

Next meeting: June 19, following our Congregational meeting (around 11:30am or so) in the tent behind the JCC

As Reform Jews, we participate actively in Tikkun Olam, “repair of the world.” Our social justice work is done in a variety of ways: education on the issues, advocacy for specific policies and legislation, and implementing our vision through direct action and service. Please join us to hear what we’re doing next – we’d love to have your input and help. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266–6982,

[If the meeting is online: Join the discussion via Zoom by clicking here: tikkun. Or, to join by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 876 0791 0728.]

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