Temple Emanu-El Happenings
Dear Families and Friends of Temple Emanu-El,  

Now more than ever is the time for us to come together as a community and show our solidarity and support for one another. At Temple Emanu-El we provide a warm and safe environment where we can congregate and celebrate together.

In order to offer our free and low-cost programming to our members and continue our community endeavors, we are asking everyone to contribute to our annual campaign. Our goal this year is $75,000. So far, we have raised $42,665!

  • Click here to give online
  • Call the Temple Office at 408-292-0939
  • Mail a check to 1010 University Ave., San Jose, CA 95126 with "Annual Campaign" in the memo line
  • Drop your donation in the boxes around Temple Emanu-El
  • Click here to learn more about corporate matching

For more information on the Annual Campaign  click here .
Service & Event Times
Sat. November 10th
9:00 AM
Sat. November 10th
9:00 AM
Sun. November 11th
10:00 AM
Tues. November 13th
7:30 PM
Wed. November 14th
12:00 PM
Fri. November 16th
6:00 PM
Fri. November 16th
7:00 PM
Sun. November 18th
10:00 AM
Sun. November 18th
6:30 PM
Tues. November 20th
7:30 PM
Sun. December 2nd
5:30 PM
The Parents Circle Families Forum at Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, November 9th at 7:00 PM
Join us for our special Tikkun Olam speakers at our Erev Shabbat Service. The Parents Circle Families Forum is a joint Israeli-Palestinian organization made up of more than 600 bereaved families. Their common bond is that they have lost a close family member to the conflict. Instead of choosing revenge, they have chosen a path of reconciliation. Join PCFF’s bereaved members, Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj as they share their stories of loss and their unique choice of reconciliation. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and meet these courageous leaders in person. Free and open to the community.
Tai Chi
Saturday, November 10th at 9:00 AM
Led by our very own Judy Gottfeld, we will be tuning in to the essence of Shabbat by engaging in a calm and restorative Tai Chi session. If you joined us for the High Holy Days, you may have already gotten a taste of Tai Chi on Yom Kippur day, which was immensely popular and an incredible way to spend part of the fast. If you missed out, don't pass up your chance for a free Tai Chi in a relaxed atmosphere! Please let us know if you plan to join us by RSVPing to admin@templesanjose.org .
Sisterhood Holiday Fair
Sunday, November 11th at 10:00 AM
Join us for our Holiday Fair in the Temple House! Sponsored by Temple's Sisterhood, this event is open to members and non-members, this will be a beautiful event featuring a variety of vendors.  
Important Upcoming Dates
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, November 10th 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. Everyone is welcome!
Jews and Brews
Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 PM
Join Temple Emanu-El for our third Jews and Brews! Meet new people and make new friends as we relax with good drinks and tasty snacks! All 21-and-up adults in their 20s and 30s are welcome. Please RSVP on  Facebook .
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, November 16th at 6:00 PM
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. Stay after services and enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Coffee Talk with La Prez
Sunday, November 18th at 10:00 AM
Come schmooze with Temple President Deborah Zimmer at the Temple House. Coffee and tea will be provided. Deborah wants to hear about your thoughts and experiences about Temple.
Latkes and Laughs
Sunday, December 2nd
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Grab your tickets while they last! Come join us for a night of hilarity - all kosher, of course! Jeff Applebaum will be leading a night of comedy, latkes, and a little bit of singing. We're also celebrating the first night of Chanukah. No need to bring candles or menorahs, we'll provide!
Please visit www.latkesandlaughs.com to purchase tickets and to learn more about this event. If you have any questions, please reach out to Carol Hoffman at carolhky@gmail.com .
Community Events
Blanket Drive
From Sunday October 21 through Saturday, November 10th
Temple Emanu-El's youth group, EESY, in collaboration with the Teen Interfaith Council, is collecting blankets for the Thanksgiving holiday! They will be distributing blankets to those in need, so please make sure the blankets are in very good (or new) condition. Temple Emanu-El is one of the drop-off locations. Please drop a neatly folded blanket into the bin outside the administrative office.
Holocaust Denial on University Campuses
Sunday, November 11th at 10:30 AM
At the JCC in Los Gatos
The Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association invites you to hear Harvey Gotliffe, a journalism professor emeritus at San Jose State University, who will lecture on “Holocaust Denial on University Campuses.” Teachers are invited to bring their students to be part of this conversation. More information can be found at  apjcc.org/svhsa
Tuesday, November 6th - Tuesday, December 11th
CHAIM, or the California Holocaust Awareness & Action interactive museum, will be open to the public at the Saratoga Library in the Group Study Room. For more information, please go to www.thechaim.org or email Iris Bendahan at irisbendahan@gmail.com .
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 18th at 6:30 PM
at 1336 Cherry Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125
Please join the interfaith community of San Jose in giving thanks at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Cherry Building. Pie and refreshments will be served following the service. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Childcare will not be provided, but all ages are welcome.
Menorahs & Miracles
Sunday, December 2nd at 12:00 PM
at the Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
Games, crafts, and music: these are just a few of the fun activities you can enjoy at “Menorahs and Miracles, a Hanukkah Celebration.” This annual event is a partnership between the museum and the APJCC, and features Hanukkah game and craft tables from the JCC, Hanukkah songs in the museum's theater with Yavneh Day School, Hanukkah storytime with PJ Library, plus all your regular favorite museum activities. Open to the public. Regular museum admission fees apply. More info: apjcc.org/hanukkah
Temple Emanu-El
1010 University Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

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