Services & Events
Friday, August 26
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service
Saturday, August 27
9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Minyan
10:30 AM Bar Mitzvah of David Zis
6:30 PM Neighborhood Havdalah

Friday, September 2
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service: Labor in the Pulpit

Friday, September 9
7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Service with Ask the Rabbi Session
Saturday, September 10
9:00 AM Baby Shabbat
10:30 AM Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Mandel
Religious School Registration is OPEN
Religious School registration is now open for our 2016-2017 school year.  Find out about our new course curriculum and school structure when you  Register here!  We can't wait to see everyone back on September 11!
Neighborhood Havdalah
Saturday, August 27 at 6:30 PM
Join your Temple Emanu-El neighbors to mark the end of Shabbat at Neighborhood Havdalah.  The hosts will provide the home, the guests will provide an appetizer or dessert, and Temple Emanu-El will provide the ritual.  Registration has closed.  If you were unable to register, but would still like to attend, everyone is welcome to participate in Neighborhood Havdalah with the group that is gathering at Temple Emanu-El and hosted by Deborah Zimmer and Cantor Amanda Winter.
Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, August 30 at 7:30 PM
Put on your dancin' shoes and join our free dancing class taught by our very own Loui Tucker. This class takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, with a bonus on the 5th Tuesday. No dance experience necessary and we welcome everyone from the community to join.

Labor in the Pulpit
Friday, September 2 at 6:30 PM
We will have a guest speaker join us for our Labor in the Pulpit service on our patio.  Our speaker will be talking about worker's issues and worker's justice. More information coming soon!

Baby Shabbat
Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 AM
Baby Shabbat is back from summer vacation!  Need a change from diapers and drool? Join other parents on the second Saturday of every month for a Shabbat experience geared towards families with children ages 0-30 months.  Little ones will enjoy a service full of Shabbat songs, Torah stories, and parachute play!  Kiddush, motzi, and a bagel oneg sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood will follow this fun-filled program.  This is a great opportunity for parents of young children to meet and form groups with their peers-maybe even lifelong friends!  Babies and bagels and blessings, oh my!

Opening Day of Religious School BBQ
Sunday, September 11 at 12:30 PM
Deciding which synagogue to join? Temple Emanu-El invites you to an open house and free BBQ lunch!  You will have the opportunity to tour our facility, meet our clergy, connect with our warm, friendly, and diverse Temple family and ask any questions you may have.  Newlyweds, empty-nesters, singles, families with children, and retirees all welcome!  If you have school age kids, tour our religious school facility and see our school in action.  A special bonus:  We are giving away free books!  This event is open to prospective members and our Religious School families.

High Holy Days Booklets Mailed!
It's that time of year again!  Our High Holy Days booklets have been mailed.   If you would like to purchase additional tickets for services, register for our FREE children and family services, order a Yizkor book listing or greeting in Connections, you may do so by mailing in the booklet forms or ordering online by September 9.  All the information and links are available here.  If you still have questions, contact the Temple Administrative Office at 408-292-0939. 
Enrich your High Holy Days by Volunteering
We can not have the High Holy Days without your help! We are looking for volunteers at each service to help with the following: Greeting, Ticket Checking, Ushering, and Handing Out Prayer Books! We need about 10 volunteers per service and volunteers need to arrive one hour before the service they are helping with.
Fill out this form to sign up for volunteering!    
Enjoy dinner and get trained on all the behind the scenes action of the High Holy Days at a training session on September 19 at 6:00 PM.  
High Holy Days Ticket Policy
All Temple members in good standing (all financial obligations to the Temple paid through August 2016) will automatically be mailed High Holy Days tickets on September 12.  Tickets are valid for the entire High Holy Days season.  Everyone over the age of 13 must have a ticket.  Be sure to bring your ticket and ID to all services, as you will need it to be admitted to the Heritage Theatre.

Save the Date: An Interfaith Trip to Israel and Rome!
April 18-May 2, 2017
Rabbi Dana Magat and Bishop PJ McGrath will be leading an interfaith trip to their respective spiritual homelands: Israel and Rome! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the roots of two of the most influential and important world religions. Registration will be available on our website soon.  If you have initial questions, please contact the Administrative Office at 408-292-0939.

In the Community
Local Food Crisis: We Need Your Help!
Donate by the end of the month!
This year the FEMA National Emergency Food and Shelter Board (EFSP) withheld its annual allocation ($775,000 in 2015) to Santa Clara County as it did not meet their criteria used to determine allocations. Because of Santa Clara County's astronomical housing rate we have
many people living in poverty - even if our actual poverty rate is above the federal standard used by EFSP. Our County's EFSP Board is seeking an appeal, but unless that appeal is approved, Jewish Family Services doesn't have the funds ($48,000 in 2015) for our food package program.

We need to collect over 12,000 pounds of kosher food and we need your help to make this happen.  Bring non-perishable items to the donation bins at Temple Emanu-El throughout the month of August.

For more information, please contact Sheila Monheit at or 408.357.7451. You may also click here.
Temple Emanu-El | (408) 292-0939 | |
1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126