Erev Shabbat Service with Purim Sermon and Song
Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM

Purim Baby Shabbat
Friday, March 11 at 9:00 AM

Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, March 17 at 6:00 PM

Erev Shabbat with Torah Service
Friday, March 17 at 7:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, March 24 at 6:30 PM
Hamentaschen Baking
Thursday, March 9 at 6:00 PM
Join Sisterhood for Hamentaschen baking in the Temple kitchen.  We encourage you to bring a rolling pin and an apron!  The dough will be provided and this is a family-friendly event to form and bake the cookies that will be sold at the Religious School Carnival.
Purim Baby Shabbat
Saturday, March 11 at 9:00 AM
Temple Emanu-El presents a Shabbat experience geared towards families with children ages 1-24 months.  Little ones will enjoy a service full of Shabbat songs, Torah talk, and parachute play!  Kiddush, motzi, and a bagel oneg sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood follows this fun-filled program.  What a great opportunity for parents of young children to meet and form groups- perhaps even life long friendships- with their peers.  Everyone is welcome!  Costumes encouraged!
Pick Up Your Mishloach Manot
Be sure to pick up your Mishloach Manot during our Purim events this weekend: the Megillah Reading on Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 PM or the Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 12 at 11:00 AM.  Distribution will also happen during Baby Shabbat and after our Erev Shabbat Service with Purim Sermon and Song. They will be available for pick up in the Temple administrative office during the week.
Adult Purim Experience and Megillah Reading
Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Enjoy an adult study session and Megillah Reading with Rabbi Magat and Cantor Amanda.  Bring your own beverages! Costumes encouraged.  Snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP to

Spring Forward
Spring Forward!
Sunday, March 12
Be sure to set your clocks an hour ahead! Don't be late for Religious School or the Purim Carnival!

Purim Shpiel and Carnival
Sunday, March 12 at 11:00 AM
Come join in the celebration with lots of Purim fun!
11:00-11:30 AM Shpiel, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Carnival. Carnival games, prizes, crafts, costumes, popcorn, cotton candy, bounce house, hamentaschen, and more.

Want to have dinner with Rabbi, Cantor or Phil and help a child go to Camp?
At this years Purim carnival, we will be auctioning off seats at small dinners hosted at Board of Trustees members homes with these Guests of Honor to benefit the Youth Enrichment Fund (Camperships). There will be live bidding at the carnival (starting at $100/couple) but you can also email bids directly to me ( and I will use them as the maximum you will bid. Here are the basic details:

BBQ Dinner with Rabbi at the Turetzky home on Sunday, April 1.
Mediterranean Dinner with Cantor at the Guadiomos home on Saturday, May 6.
Festive Dinner with Phil at the Meltzer home on Saturday, June 3.

We have over 20 kids going to camp this year and are looking to enhance our ability to support our fabulous kids to further their Jewish identity.  And you get a great meal with a great guest!  There are only 6 seats available at each dinner so think generously!
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, March 17 at 6:00 PM
Worried that your little ones will squirm and make noise during services?  No need to worry at Tot Shabbat!
Led by Rabbi Magat and Cantor Amanda Edmondson, families with young children will enjoy upbeat songs, a short story, and a talk with the Rabbi on the bimah during these brief services. The perfect way to introduce your little ones to the tradition of Friday nights.  Following services, enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Sisterhood Game Night
Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 PM
BIG fun for a SMALL price! Enjoy family game night. We will have lots of board games available to play, and occasionally get a game of Poker or Mah Jongg together.
Member Prices: $2.50/person, $7/family
Non-Member Prices: $3/person, $10/family
PLUS bring a snack to share!
Cold drinks, coffee and tea, and dessert provided by Sisterhood. You may bring other liquid refreshment.
Rosh Chodesh
Sunday, March 26 at 12:30 PM
Ladies, join us on Sunday, March 26, for a relaxed lunch and spiritually uplifting experience, as Cantor Edmondson helps us welcome the new month of Nisan. This Rosh Chodesh experience is open to all adult women in the congregation and will take place from 12:30 PM until about 2:00 PM. Each Rosh Chodesh experience will focus on different ideas and have different activities, and in this one we'll celebrate Miriam and the Exodus from Egypt. We will embrace the new month that brings us the holiday of Passover. Please come and see what this relaxing and rewarding experience is all about!  Please RSVP to
Student Mitzvah Project
Through May 21
Josh Tucker and Jeremy Meltzer are joining together for their mitzvah project. We are helping out the organization Pitch In For Baseball which gives kids who can't afford baseball gear the chance to play. We are collecting gear and money for this cause. We hope you'll help out as well. There will be a box outside the synagogue for you to put new or gently used baseball gear in. The box will be there until the end of religious school (May 21). Also, you can donate money, using the link below. Thanks for your help!

In the Community
JFS Grief Support Group
Lisa Warner, LCSW, Director of Clinical and Social Services at JFS, is now facilitating a Grief Support Group at JFS.
The group is for adults who are grieving the loss of parents, children, a spouse or friends.  It is a safe environment to talk about grief and obtain support and feedback.
The group will meet 2 times a month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at JFS.
Hillel Silicon Valley Birthright Trip to Israel
Hillel is taking a lucky group of students to Israel for free!
We're teaming up with Israel Outdoors to lead a Birthright trip this summer. Students ages 18-26 who attend San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, Foothill College, De Anza, West Valley, or any other campus in the area are welcome to apply to our summer Birthright trip taking place July 2-13!
To pre-register, go (trip organizor: Israel Outdoors; trip type: campus) and fill out this google form:
For more questions, or if you are not eligible for this trip and want to explore more ways to see Israel, contact Maya Jacobson at

Friendship Circle Summer Camp
Early Bird Registration by April 1
Summer will be here before you know it and  Friendship Circle is  offering a one of a kind two week summer day camp experience specifically for Children and Teens with Special Needs.  Camp will be held at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto from July 31st to August 11th!  An early bird registration discount for our fun-filled summer camp is available until April 1st! 
Register now (space is very limited) for our action packed typical day camp filled with activities, entertainment, field trips and more including our amazing teen volunteers and an onsite therapist.

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1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126