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

As a small but growing 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.

Temple Emanuel’s Megilla reading and Adult Purim Karaoke Party – Saturday, March 11 at 7 pm

A fun Megillah Reading and celebration of Purim open to everyone, followed by an exclusive adults-only Purim party (21+ and ticket required) – Wear your Purim costumes! Register for the party in advance – $18 per person. Tickets at the door will be available for $20 per person, so don’t delay – register today!   more

2nd Night Passover Seder 5777 at TE – Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 pm

You and your family are invited to celebrate the 2nd Night Passover Seder with Rabbi Farbman and your extended Temple Emanuel Family! Tuesday APRIL 11 @ 6:30 PM Members & Non-Members Welcome! Please register by April 3 – we will not be able to accept any reservations after that date! Please do not let the cost of the dinner prevent you and your family from attending the Seder – speak to Rabbi Farbman confidentially. more

***Come Celebrate Purim Family-style in the Most Backwards Way Possible!***

Come one and all! Celebrate Purim Family-style with Temple Emanuel’s Religious School on Sunday, March 12th from 9:30am-12:00pm. We take our commandment to be silly very seriously and intend to have a day filled with hamantaschen, a spiel, a costume parade and a megillah reading. What will be backwards? Come to TE and find out! This event is free and open to all: young and young at heart! For more information, call our office at 203-397-3000 or email school@templeemanuel-gnh.org more

TE Scholar in Residence, March 24-25, 2017 with Dr. Alan Morinis

Dr. Alan Morinis, the founder and dean of The Mussar Institute and an active interpreter of the teachings and practices of the Mussar tradition will be our Scholar-in-Residence. The Mussar Institute advances the study and practice of Mussar, a Jewish path of contemplative practices leading to awareness, wisdom and transformation for the journey of our lives. Friday, March 24 5:30:  Tot shabbat 6:00:  Shabbat dinner – Please RSVP here for dinner and lunch. 7:30   Shabbat Service. Dr. Morinis will speak on “What is Mussar and Why Should I Care?” Saturday, March 25 10:00 am  Discussion of the week’s Torah portion […] more

Whiffenpoofs at Temple Emanuel – February 26 at 3:00pm!

Come out for an incredible afternoon of A Cappella Music! Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. Today, the group has become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions. And now, the Whiffenpoofs are adding Temple Emanuel to their list of performance venues! Meet the entire group, ask questions, and have your picture taken with them! Don’t miss the chance of a lifetime […] more

New this year: Monthly Shabbat Morning Minyan – March 4 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.   more

So You Think You Can Pray: Jewish Liturgy Course continues

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 February 2 and 23 March 2, 9 and 30 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