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.
B’nai Israel of Southbury will host this year’s shared Selichot service on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 pm, 444 Main Street North, Southbury. The Selichot service will feature sacred music presented by cantors, music directors, soloists and a special choir from participating congregations affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. Each year we explore a topic related to the season, often with an opportunity for joint study and conversation. Using texts from the Reform Movement’s latest prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe this upcoming Selichot, Rabbis will facilitate ‘The Strength to Overcome Fear and Falsehood’. more
Friday, September 9 the festivities start at 4:30 pm with children’s activities, 5:00 pm cookout, and 6:00 pm Shabbat Under the Stars service, followed by an Oneg in the Social Hall. The Kosher BBQ is FREE if you pre-register online in advance , or $5 per person at the door (maximum $10 per family) Don’t miss this wonderful family gathering! more
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
Summer is the time to enjoy the sunshine, to slow down a little and to unwind. Shabbat services over the summer (July – August) begin at 7:30 pm and tend to be quite informal. TE members take an active role in conducting many of the summer services, so if you’d like to try your hand at it, or have musical talents to offer, do let Rabbi Farbman know! (Please note that Shabbat on the Beach on July 29 is at 7pm) more