Martin Luther King Shabbat Service
Friday, January 13 at 7:00 PM
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, January 14 at 9:00 AM

Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, January 20 at 6:00 PM
Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, January 20 at 7:00 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, January 27 at 6:30 PM
REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING: An Interfaith Trip to Israel and Rome!
Trip April 18-May 2, 2017
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!  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 is available on our website, or by clicking here.  If you have any questions about the trip, or would like more information, contact Rabbi Magat at
Martin Luther King Shabbat
Friday, January 13 at 7:00 PM
Join Rabbi Dana Magat and Cantor Amanda Winter for a Shabbat Service honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. that will include an "Ask the Rabbi" session.

Baby Shabbat
Saturday, January 14 at 9:00 AM
Temple Emanu-El presents a Shabbat experience geared towards families with children ages 1-30 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!
We Are Closed
Monday, January 16
Please note that the Temple Administrative, Clergy, and Preschool Offices will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, January 17 at 7:30 PM
Great exercise! Great fun! Great chance to meet new people!
Put on your dancin' shoes and come to our free Israeil dance class taught by our very own Loui Tucker. No dance experience necessary and we welcome everyone from the community to join in the fun.
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, January 20 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 Winter, 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. Followng services, enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Sisterhood Family Game Night
Saturday, January 21 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.
Brotherhood Blood Drive
Sunday, January 22 from 8:30-12:30
Join Brotherhood and Blood Centers of the Pacific for a blood drive in the Temple House.  To make a lifesaving appointment, click here, and search by our sponsor code TEB.  Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are priority.  If you need help setting up an appointment, please call the Temple Administrative Office at 408-292-0939.  Please arrive well hydrated and nourished with photo identification. Donors will receive bagels and lox from Brotherhood.
Rosh Chodesh
Sunday, January 29 at 12:30 PM
Ladies, join us on Sunday, January 29th for a relaxed lunch and spiritually uplifting experience as Cantor Amanda guides us through a "fragrant" seder to welcome the new month of Shevat. This Rosh Chodesh experience is open to all adult women in the congregation, and will take place from 12:30 PM until about 1:30PM. Each Rosh Chodesh experience will focus on different ideas and have different activities, and in this one, we'll use our senses--particularly our sense of smell--to guide us through a short, meditative seder. We will embrace the new month that, during which, in Israel, trees begin to blossom. Please come and see what this relaxing and rewarding experience is all about!
New Junior Choir!
Beginning Sunday, February 12
If your child is in grades Kindergarten through 7th and loves to sing, consider signing him/her up for Temple Emanu-El's newest musical group:  the MazelTones! The MazelTones will be getting together 2 Sundays per month, after Religious School to hang out, eat lunch, and learn some great Jewish music. Under the direction of Cantor Amanda, the MazelTones will lead 2-3 musical pieces during each Family Shabbat service, once a month. Our first 2 rehearsals will be Sunday, February 12 and 26 from 12:30-1:30 PM. We will have lunch in the Temple House followed by a rehearsal in the Sanctuary. Our first Family Shabbat service will be March 3. If your child is unsure, please encourage him/her to give the first rehearsal a try to see if s/he would like to continue to participate. Please contact Cantor Amanda at to sign up or to ask questions.
Sisterhood Blessing Bags
Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood was recognized at the WRJ Biennial Convention 2015 with the Or Ami  "Light of Our People" Award for their Mitzvah Day Service Project in 2015. With the support of donations from our congregants, 75 insulated bags were purchased along with toiletry items and then donated to local family shelters. Sisterhood would like to continue this program all year long instead of once a year at Mitzvah Day. Please consider donating to this project.
Mail checks to Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood, 1010 University Ave. San Jose, CA 95126.  Blessing Bags are $25/bag.

In the Community
Beloved Community Dialogue and Action
Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 PM
Join community members, faith leaders, law enforcement officials and elected officials to stop the criminalization of African American, Latino, Muslim and immigrant community members. The structured program will include small group dialogue followed by questions of commitment for public officials about oversight of the San Jose Police Dept. and Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Bible Way Christian Center
2090 Oakland Road, San Jose 95131
Jewish 50s and 60s Singles Event 
Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 PM
Join other Jewish singles in their 50s and 60s for a beer tasting event from Firestone Brewery.  This event will take place at Congregation Beth Am,  26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.  RSVP to  $18 donation for Shalom Bayit.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Tuesday, January 24 at 1:30 PM
Please join members of the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association on Tuesday, January 24th, for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Council members Chappie Jones and Sergio Jimenez with Mayor Sam Liccardo will present a proclamation to local survivor Tamara Noten at the beginning of the council meeting. Held at San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113.
Partners in Reading
Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 PM
Partners in Reading is the adult literacy program of the San Jose Public Library. We are looking for adults with excellent reading and writing skills to tutor an adult or a small group. Fingerprinting is required. An evening orientation and two Saturday trainings are required to be matched with a tutor.  Click here to register.

Jewbilee Day of Jewish Learning
Sunday, January 29 at 1:00 PM
Jewbilee is a full afternoon of Jewish-themed classes, workshops, and performances for all ages. The afternoon is divided into sessions, with many classes, workshops and performances happening simultaneously during each session. YOU choose what you want to do. Educators from synagogues and other Jewish organizations around the Bay Area and beyond, will be represented.  Registration is now open.  To get your tickets and view the full schedule, click here.
Temple Emanu-El | (408) 292-0939 | |
1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126