Who We Are

Sukkot celebration - We all fit under the sukkahTemple Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish community, deliberately kept small and informal, with a focus on learning, worship, and friendship. We’re a participatory, hands-on group who likes to “do Jewish” together. We offer free admission – no tickets, no fees – to our High Holiday services and events in the hope that newcomers will feel especially welcome to join with us on these holiest of days. But we also offer so much more… the joy of attending our Tashlich-by-the-lake, noshing under our Sukkah, dancing on Simchat Torah, enjoying latkes and a dozen simultaneously lit menorahs at Chanukah, participating in the mid-winter Celebration of the Trees on Tu B’Shevat, masquerading at our Purim megillah reading and carnival, being part of our annual congregational Passover seder, and relaxing with Friday evening deep breaths to pause and honor Shabbat each week.


Rabbi Drorah Setel leads a Torah Study group every Saturday morning, and Judaism classes throughout the year. We offer free Hebrew classes and tutoring for all ages, and have a dedicated book group, a men’s club, and brunches with lectures throughout the year.

Tikkun Olam

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.

So far this year, we are running our annual food and clothing drive in spite of the pandemic, and we make regular calls to connect with Temple Emanu-El members. We also created and disseminated a Voter’s Guide, and ran a pledge drive to encourage our Temple members to vote. In the coming months we will be presenting programs on Rochester’s Police Accountability Board and on Reparations.

For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266-6982, carlwetzstein38@gmail.com), or simply come to our next Tikkun Olam Team meeting.

We invite you to wander

Please wander through our website and get to know us further. Better yet, please feel warmly invited to come to any of our events and Shabbat Services. We would love to meet you!


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