We welcome guests and visitors to join our informal and personal worship services, where we always include time for sharing news about our lives. We have returned to in-person services, and it has been wonderful. On the other hand, we have found that Zoom actually suits some of us, so we are working on making a Zoom option available for many of our in-person services, celebrations, and events. Whether in-person or online, we strive for connection and warmth. We’d love to have you join us.

For Temple Emanu-El’s Music YouTube channel that includes songs we sing during services, click here: music.

Judy Greenstein next to our Torah ark

Shabbat Services – An Overview

Summer’s here and our Shabbat services are being held outdoors!

–Our weekly, regular Friday summer services all begin at 6pm

–Once a month, we have our table-side service and potluck dinner

–Our summer services are not amenable to Zoom, but a Zoom option will be back in place for our High Holiday services in September

We hope you’ll join us!

[Photo: Temple Emanu-El’s Torah ark with member Judy Greenstein, Chair of our Steering Team. The ark was handcrafted by Julius Dorsey.]

Challah and Shabbat candlesOur last Potluck Shabbat Dinner of the season will be part of our All-Ages Sukkot Celebration, which will be held on Friday, Sept 29 at the JCC.

5pm: Meet at the area near the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage (aka the Tent) at the back of the JCC. We will walk in the woods to gather materials for creating our own “local lulavs.”

6pm: We will move to the sukkah in the Memorial Courtyard for eating, creating, praying, and other Sukkot activities. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share along with an ingredient list to help those with dietary concerns. [No meat, poultry, or shellfish, please, and vegan and gluten-free options are always welcome.]

[Image curtesy of Pixabay.]

We hope you’ll join us!

Vibrant red pomegranate with seeds

September’s regular Friday evening Shabbat Services will be held on Sept 8 and 22 at 6pm in the Memorial Courtyard at the JCC.

Rabbi Drorah Setel leads our Shabbat services with soloist Charlene Sommers. Enter the building through the doors that face Edgewood Avenue. (In the case of rain, we will gather under the portico.) Zoom is unfortunately not available for our summer services. Guests and visitors are warmly welcome to join us.


Here’s what you need to know to join our services via Zoom:

We use the Reform Movement’s Mishkan T’filah prayer book for our Shabbat services. Temple Emanu-El members may check out a copy of the prayer book from our office – (585-461-2000, ext 203 or – to make an appointment to come by and sign one out. Kindle and print versions of the prayerbook can be purchased from the CCAR Press website – there are several options, eg Shabbat only, Shabbat + Weekdays and Festivals, transliterations included, no transliterations, etc.

We have also been using supplemental service handouts: Supplement1, Supplement2, Supplement3, Supplement4, Supplement5, Supplement6, Supplement7, and Supplement8. (For convenience, you may want to print these out and put them in order in a binder.) Check the service descriptions above to find out which ones we’ll be using each time.

[Photo: Temple Emanu-El’s reading desk, with member Gary Horwitz, who designed and handcrafted it. Photo by member Carl Wetzstein.]

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