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Temple Emanuel is a warm, caring, and open community of approximately 160 households.

As a small Reform synagogue, our members have the opportunity to know one another and to have meaningful input into how our synagogue operates. Temple Emanuel is a participatory, diverse, non-judgmental, and intellectually vibrant congregation. Our membership comes from many towns in the greater New Haven area, and the Valley, adding to the diversity of our congregation.

TE annual food drive – and a huge thank you.

My dear friends, I am amazed, impressed, thankful, and absolutely blown away by your response to this year’s Yom Kippur Food Drive!  Twenty-three years ago, on our first attempt to collect food for the hungry in our community, “little” Aaron Webber, then only an adolescent, helped me weigh the food we collected.  Repeatedly stepping on and off my bathroom scale, we calculated that we collected nearly a ton (just under 2000 pounds) of  food.  We were thrilled with the results and thanked you all for your generosity.  Fast forward and skip ahead to this year.  As you all know, the […] more

New this year: Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan – December 3 at 10:00 am

Ready to try something new? Join our informal monthly Shabbat morning minyan to enjoy the majesty of the full Torah service with the haftarah reading! Come experience Shabbat in a different light. Future dates:  January 7 February 4 March 4 We are exploring the possibility of organizing childcare at the time of this service, please let the office (office@templeemanuel-gnh.org) know if you are interested! more

The World of Mussar is opening before you … and you are invited to enter.

Our community will soon be embarking on a program of study and practice in the way of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar and everyone is invited to join. Mussar might best be described as “Jewish spiritual ethics” and has been practiced for centuries by people who sought to cultivate and strengthen the qualities of the inner mensch. Mussar has been undergoing a revival in the Jewish world, and we are fortunate to be able to offer this curriculum created by The Mussar Institute, the leaders in the field. This program is endorsed by the Union for Reform Judaism and […] more

So You Think You Can Pray: Jewish Liturgy Course starts November 3 @ 7:30 pm.

Ever wanted to know what the words of different Jewish prayers mean? Explore the order of the service in greater detail? Get to learn your way around the prayerbook? This class is for you! Join Rabbi Farbman and learn your way around siddur on Thursday nights. Nov 3 and 10, December 1. January 5, 12 and 26 more

Presentation and book signing by the author,  Marisa Scheinfeld at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven, Amity Road, Woodbridge, at 2 pm November 13.

 Today, the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland, presents Marisa Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. Some of the structures have been lying abandoned for periods ranging from four to twenty years, depending on the specific hotel, or bungalow colony, and the conditions under which it closed. Other sites […] more

A Continuing Exploration of Jewish Spirituality:  Words, Rituals and Holy Spaces TE’s Lay-Led Shabbat Afternoon Sessions of Learning and Discussion

  “Jacob came upon a certain place and stopped there for the night… Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that  place’ (Genesis 28:11). ‘Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is present in this place, and I did not know it!”  Shaken, he said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the abode of God, and that is the gateway to heaven”  (Genesis 28:16-17). Last year in our lay-led Shabbat afternoon sessions, we began looking into concepts of spirituality by thinking about […] more

Jewish Teen Education – JTE

The Greater New Haven Jewish Community is excited to announce the launch of JTE, a new Jewish teen education program created “By Teens, For Teens.”  A board of local Jewish teenagers have been working hard to create this program which is modeled after MAKOM, New Haven county’s previous and very successful Jewish teen education program. Starting THIS TUESDAY, JTE will meet every Tuesday from 7-9 pm at the JCC. There will be a variety of classes offered, ranging from Israeli cooking to comparative religion, and everything in between.  The session will run for approximately 12 weeks and students will be […] more

Shalom, chaver… Eulogies delivered at the funeral of Rabbi Emeritus Gerald Brieger.

On 4 Av 5776, 8 August 2016 we said goodbye to our beloved Rabbi Emeritus Gerald ‘Jerry’ Brieger. Temple Emanuel sanctuary was filled to the brim, and eulogies were delivered by Jerry’s family, friends and colleagues. In the days and weeks that followed, we heard from many people, both those who could not attend and those who were in the room, asking to read once again the incredibly moving eulogies. With the family’s permission and the author’s approval, we are honored to share these words with you today, in the order they were delivered at the funeral. May Rabbi Jerry’s […] more