Who We Are

Temple 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 Hebrew 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.

One of our priorities is Tikkun Olam – mending the world. Year-round, we collect food items for local food pantries, and on Rosh HaShanah, we hand out shopping bags for people to fill. We visit residents of the Jewish Home and regularly participate in community programs – one that helps people who are homeless, and another that serves mentally challenged Jewish adults. Once a month, we bring in speakers from organizations that work on a variety of problems, such as poverty, hunger or the environment. When a member steps forward with a suggestion – helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity or working a fundraising drive for WXXI – we usually jump at the chance to participate. 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 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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