Temple Emanuel is a warm, caring, and open community of approximately 150 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.

Shir Magic: Remembering Rabbi Jerry Brieger with a special concert of Kol B’seder at Temple Emanuel, November 6 at 6:30 pm

This summer we said goodbye to our teacher and friend, Rabbi Emeritus Gerald ‘Jerry’ Brieger, z”l. This special concert of the legendary Kol B’seder will honor the memory of this wonderful man, who has impacted numerous generations of TE members over nearly 40 years of dedicated service to this community. With this event we are establishing a new annual tradition of honoring Rabbi Jerry’s memory with a special musical event at TE. There will be a special tribute booklet created for this event, and we very much look forward to opening our doors on the night of November 6 to […] 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


Dear Temple Emanuel Congregants:               For the twenty third consecutive year, Temple Emanuel will participate in the High Holy Days Food Project.  The food we collect will be divided between the food pantries of both Jewish Family Service (JFS) and the Town of Orange’s Human Services Department where they help feed the many needy among us.               When you come to the synagogue for services on Kol Nidre night (Tuesday, October 11th) or on Yom Kippur (Wednesday, October 12th) or right through the Sukkot holiday, please be as amazingly generous as you’ve always been in the past.  Maybe […] 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

Want to read prayerbook Hebrew?

Rabbi Steinberg will be offering a basic/beginning Hebrew class focusing on reading liturgical Hebrew starting this September.  It may be a weeknight or weekday depending on what works for the largest number of people interested. To find out more, or to sign up, please contact Rabbi Steinberg directly via email or call his home number (listed in TE directory). more

Spend the month of Elul preparing for the upcoming High Holy Days and explore the new Machzor in greater detail.

Early this fall at Temple Emanuel we will engage in learning and exploration of the new Reform movement Machzor.  Starting September 8, we will explore in weekly study sessions the changes and innovations in Mishkan HaNefesh and invite learners to find new meaning for their High Holy Days experiences. We will have an opportunity to engage with the new Machzor in comparison to other texts, and to explore some of the different readings and changes to the service. Spend the month of Elul preparing for the upcoming High Holy Days and explore the new Reform movement Machzor in greater detail. Thursdays at 7:30 pm September […] more

High Holy Days 5777 (2016) at Temple Emanuel

In this post you will find the details of all the upcoming High Holy Day services and events. If you would like to celebrate the High Holy Days with Temple Emanuel and you are currently NOT a member of  the Temple, please get in touch with TE office or our membership committee. Schedule of Services SELICHOT SERVICE Saturday, September 24 – 7:00 pm B’nai Israel Synagogue in Southbury, CT EREV ROSH HASHANAH Sunday, October 2 – 8:00 pm Oneg to follow ROSH HASHANAH FIRST DAY SERVICE Monday, October 3 – 10:00 am Children’s Service – 9:45 am Kiddush and Tashlich to follow ROSH […] more