Services & Events
Friday, March 11
7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Service
Saturday, March 12
9:00 AM Baby Shabbat
9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Minyan with Gimel Hebrew
10:00 AM Tea and Torah

Friday, March 18
6:00 PM Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Service featuring Hadassah

Friday, March 25
7:30 PM Rock Shabbat Service
Saturday, March 26
9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Minyan
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 AM
Babies, and bagels, and blessings, oh my!  Join us 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 studies, 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!
Minyan, Tea & Torah
Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 AM
The Tea and Torah program includes study of the week's Torah portion over tea and noshes.  Utilized are commentaries reflecting a variety of perspectives.  Open and welcome to all who would like to learn about the history, thought process, and fast evolving freedom of expression, from a contemporary Reform Judaism approach. This week, Tea & Torah is preceded by our Shabbat Morning Minyan study with our Gimel Hebrew Students.
Spring Forward
Daylight Savings Time
Sunday, March 13
SPRING FORWARD!  Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour to make sure you aren't late for Religious School and other meetings.

Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, March 15 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. No dance experience necessary and we welcome everyone from the community to join.
Mishloach Manot
NEW THIS YEAR!  Send Mishloach Manot online.
Deadline is Wednesday, March 16
Log in to your Temple account and follow the link to participate in the joyous Purim custom of sending Mishloach Manot (Purim gift bags full of goodies).   Click here   to send some today!
Hamantaschen Baking
Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 PM
Bring your apron and rolling pin and join Sisterhood members and Religious School families as we roll, fill, and pinch to shape and bake those wonderful Purim treats - hamantaschen! These cookies will be given to Religious School students in class and the remainder will be sold at the Purim Carnival.  Proceeds will go towards Sisterhood's support of Religious School programs. If you can't make it but still want to support the project, you can donate your own baked hamantaschen to the sale.  (Last year we even received some gluten-free cookies that were much appreciated!).  Please RSVP to Melenie Pearson at or (408) 506-7253.
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, March 18 at 6:00 PM
The perfect way to teach your children about Shabbat!  Led by Rabbi Magat and Cantor Meeka Simerly, families with young children will enjoy upbeat songs, a short story, and a talk with the Rabbi on the bimah.  All are welcome to these brief services on the third Friday of each month, starting at 6:00 PM. Stay after services and enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Erev Shabbat Service Featuring Hadassah
Friday, March 18 at 7:00 PM
Members of the former San Jose chapter of Hadassah will be joined by members of the local Sharone and Villages chapters to participate in our Shabbat Services.  We will honor the past glory of Temple Emanu-El as a Hadassah supporter, as well as its present and future in our region.

EESY and Brotherhood Casino Night
Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 PM
A great night of dinner, casino and other games, prizes, music and Havdallah.  $5 for EESY members, $10 for non-members. RSVP here.

Purim 2016
Purim Shpiel and Carnival
Sunday, March 20 at 11:00 AM
Come join in the celebration with lots of Purim fun!  
11:00-11:30 AM Shpiel, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM Carnival.  Carnival games, prizes, crafts, costumes, popcorn, cotton candy, hamantaschen, and more.

Adult Intensive Purim Study Session and Megillah Reading
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM
Enjoy a really big (and we mean HUGE), very intense, and super deep study session for adults only with Rabbi Schnitzel and Cantor Hummus.  A Megillah reading will happen so be prepared to cheer, boo, and have fun!  Costumes are encouraged!  Enjoy pizza and hamantaschen, bring your own wine.  RSVP to  Interested in reading a part?  Contact Cantor Simerly at
Sisterhood Camperships
Deadline is April 2, 2016
Sisterhood is pleased to offer Campership (scholarships for Jewish Summer Camp) opportunities to children of Sisterhood members.  Applications are available on the Temple's website here and are due April 2, 2016 by mail or e-mail.
Second Night Seder
Saturday, April 23 at 5:00 PM
Enjoy a warm seder and have a joyous time with your friends, family and loved ones at Temple Emanu-El as we explore the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Passover dinner served; bring your own wine. Vegetarian meals available upon request.   Reserve your seat by April 15!

Hooray for Hollywood
Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM
You're invited to attend the 2016 Hooray for Hollywood Temple Emanu-El Gala. Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet, dessert extraordinaire, and be dazzled by "celebrity" performers and entertainment. Be prepared to walk the red carpet and bid at the silent and live auctions.  THE BOX OFFICE IS NOW OPEN: Get the hottest ticket in town!  Sponsorship opportunities, wall of fame stars, and tickets are  available for purchase here.

In the Community
JCC Camp Registration
Register by Thursday, March 31
Early Bird Registration is now open for Camp Shalom, JCC's Summer Camp in Los Gatos.  Register by March 31 for Early-Bird Prices.  Camp Shalom is open to kids ages 18 months to 16 years.   Click here for more information, or to register.

Violence-Free, Resiliant Communities
Friday, April 1 at 11:30 AM
We all play a role in creating violence-free, resilient communities.  Join us for a special community awareness program to learn what is needed for our community to thrive, despite ongoing challenges, and how we can help address the needs.  People from the faith community, medicine, behavioral health, justice and law enforcement communities are invited to join together in learning from two panels of experts and our multi-disciplinary conversation. Held at San Jose City Hall, 200 Santa Clara Street, San Jose.   Click here for information on panelists.

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1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126