Erev Scout/Choir Shabbat Shira
Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM

Shabbat in Nature
Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM

Tot Shabbat Celebrating Barb
Friday, February 17 at 6:00 PM

Brotherhood Shabbat
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM

Bar Mitzvah of Jeremy Meltzer
Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 AM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, February 24 at 6:30 PM

Bat Mitzvah of Harriet Saltzman
Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 AM

Erev Scout/Choir Shabbat Shira
Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM
Please join us for special Shabbat services on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM, as members of our Temple choir join the Rabbi and Cantor to welcome Shabbat Shira--Shabbat in Song. It is the special Shabbat during which we read the Torah portion containing the Song of the Sea and the Mi Chamocha prayer, sung as the Israelites crossed the parted sea on their journey to freedom. Cantor Amanda and the choir will present "Music of the Book of Exodus," a mini-concert exploring various works that use text from the book of Exodus. You won't want to miss this awesome, musical Shabbat!

Temple Emanu-El's connection with the Scouting movement remains strong, and once a year, scouts from the Congregation and around the South Bay are invited to attend a Shabbat service, coming in uniform.  

This unique Shabbat service will be followed by a special Tu B'Shevat Oneg
Shabbat in Nature
Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM
What better way to celebrate Shabbat than in the beautiful outdoors of California?  Rabbi Magat and Cantor Amanda will lead this Shabbat Morning Minyan in Nature. This Shabbat in Nature is geared towards people of all ages, and will be combined with our Babies and Bagels service this month.   This Shabbat in Nature will take place at Kelley Park at the Redwood Grove picnic area.  Kelley Park is located at 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112.  This unique Shabbat experience will include a vegetarian potluck lunch and a trip to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo for families after.
EESY Shul-In
Saturday, February 11 at 6:00 PM
Come and join EESY for a fun-filled night with awesome games, delicious food, and familiar faces.  We will be sleeping in the Temple House.  $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and anything else you want for the night!   RSVP here.

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 Family Game Night
Saturday, February 11 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.
Tot Shabbat Celebrating our Preschool Director Barbara Smead!
Friday, February 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 this special Tot Shabbat honoring Barb's 50th birthday and 30th year as a Preschool Director.  Following services, enjoy a delicious catered and potluck dinner.  Please RSVP to so we can have an accurate count for food.
Brotherhood Shabbat
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM
Brotherhood, the men's auxiliary at Temple Emanu-El leads a Shabbat service during the year. They have adapted a liturgy created by the Men of Reform Judaism, the national organization, adding their own selection of readings.
Send Mishloach Manot!
Send by March 2
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 today!  For more information on Purim, click here.
Mitzvah Opportunities

Sort Food at Second Harvest
Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 PM
Temple Emanu-El will again participate in sorting food at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6 - 8 PM. This can be a good (and easy-to-do) mitzvah for Havurah, families with teens (minimum age of 14), couples, individuals, etc.  High school students can get Community Service credit.  Brotherhood will provide ToGo's sandwiches to our group beforehand.
Second Harvest is located at 4001 N. First Street, San Jose.
We are limited as to how many people can participate, so please RSVP to Dan Lee, 408-268-0926 or
Refugees Need Your Help!
Through February 25
Jewish Family Services Silicon Valley serves 200 vulnerable refuges each year and distributes food to benefit these hard working families in our community who are facing food insecurity.  This year, JFS' funding for emergency food was greatly reduced due to the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board reducing its allocation to Santa Clara County. Please help refugee families by donating non-perishable food items at the bin at Temple Emanu-El.  Thank you for your support! Questions? Contact Leo Michels:
Save the Date for Mitzvah Day
Sunday, April 23 
Join Temple Emanu-El for Mitzvah Day 2017!  On Mitzvah Day, you can donate at the collection centers, volunteer for hand-on activities, and learn at the information booths.  More information coming soon!
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
Jewish Rally for Refugees and Against the Muslim Ban
Sunday, February 12 at 12:00 PM
Mountain View Civic Center, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View.
RSVP on Facebook and bring photos of your immigrant family members!

Join the local Jewish Community in Silicon Valley for a powerful community action at Mountain View Civic Center. Come raise up your voice to protect our Liberty and recognize the many people whose lives are at risk if they are unable to find safety here in this country.

We welcome EVERYONE who stands with refugees and immigrants - come one, come all! This is one of the HIAS sister actions being held all across the country.

Event Co-Sponsors:
Cantor and Rabbi Association of Greater San Jose, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Kol Emeth, Congregation Emeth, Bend the Arc, Oshman Family JCC
Dinner with Joel Hoffman, Author of "The Bible Doesn't Say That"
Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 PM
Come to a dinner and talk with author Joel Hoffman, author of The Bible Doesn't Say That: 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions, and Other Misunderstandings. Tickets $36 (JCC members $24). Tickets and more info.
JFS Grief Support Group
Sunday, February 26 at 12:00 PM
This group is for adults who are grieving a spouse, parent, child, friend, or anyone.  It is a safe space to talk about grief and obtain support and feedback.  Run by LCSW Lisa Warner, Director of Clinical and Social Services at JFS.  Held in the JFS Classroom at 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

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