Services & Events
Friday, September 9
7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Service with an "Ask the Rabbi" session
Saturday, September 10
9:00 AM Baby Shabbat
10:30 AM Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Mandel

Friday, September 16
6:00 PM Tot Shabbat
6:30 PM Tot Shabbat Catered Dinner provided by Sisterhood
7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Service with a cantor led sermon and song 

Friday, September 23
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service
Saturday, September 24
9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Minyan
6:30 PM Selichot Film and Discussion
8:00 PM Special Selichot Oneg
9:00 PM Selichot Service
Baby Shabbat is Back from Summer Vacation!
Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 AM
Need a change from diapers and drool? Join other parents 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 stories, 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-maybe even lifelong friends!  Babies and bagels and blessings, oh my!

Opening Day of Religious School and Open House BBQ
Sunday, September 11 at 12:30 PM
Deciding which synagogue to join? Temple Emanu-El invites you to an open house and free BBQ lunch!  You will have the opportunity to tour our facility, meet our clergy, connect with our warm, friendly, and diverse Temple family and ask any questions you may have.  Newlyweds, empty-nesters, singles, families with children, and retirees all welcome!  If you have school age kids, tour our religious school facility and see our school in action.   A special bonus:  We are giving away free books!  This event is open to prospective members and our Religious School families.

lunch and learn
Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, September 14 at 12:00 PM
A special Lunch and Learn led by cantor!  Join the Cantor for lunch, and bring your opinion!  Bring a sack lunch and join Cantor Winter to share in a stimulating discussion of the High Holy Days music. This event is open to the community.
Tot Shabbat is Back from Summer Vacation!
Friday, September 16 at 6:00 PM
The perfect way to teach your children about 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.  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!
Brotherhood Tikkun Olam Opportunity
Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 AM
Brotherhood is proud to announce a Tikkun Olam project to clean up Calabazas Creek in Cupertino.  It is a good opportunity for families and Havurot to perform meaningful community service and connect with others. You do not have to be a Brotherhood or Temple member to participate. RSVP to Philip Schwarz at or 408-564-7610. Meet at the restrooms in Calabazas Park,  Rainbow Dr & S Blaney Ave, San Jose, CA 95129.

Sisterhood Family Game Night
Saturday, September 17 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.
Saturday, September 24
Join Rabbi Dana Magat and Cantor Amanda Winter for a Selichot film and discussion, service, and more.  This service is the start of the High Holy Days!
6:30 PM Film and Discussion
8:00 PM Special Oneg
9:00 PM Selichot Service

Countdown to the High Holy Days...
Deadline is tomorrow!  Our High Holy Days booklets have been mailed.   If you would like to purchase additional tickets for services, register for our FREE children and family services, order a Yizkor book listing or greeting in Connections, you may do so by mailing in the booklet forms or ordering ASAP, orders are due tomorrow.  All the information and links are available here.  If you still have questions, contact the Temple Administrative Office at 408-292-0939. 
High Holy Days Ticket Policy
All Temple members in good standing (all financial obligations to the Temple paid through August 2016) will automatically be mailed High Holy Days tickets on September 12.  Tickets are valid for the entire High Holy Days season.  Everyone over the age of 13 must have a ticket.  Be sure to bring your ticket and ID to all services, as you will need it to be admitted to the Heritage Theatre.

Enrich your High Holy Days by Volunteering
We can not have the High Holy Days without your help! We are looking for volunteers at each service to help with the following: Greeting, Ticket Checking, Ushering, and Handing Out Prayer Books! We need about 10 volunteers per service and volunteers need to arrive one hour before the service they are helping with.
Fill out this form to sign up for volunteering!    
Enjoy dinner and get trained on all the behind the scenes action of the High Holy Days at a training session on September 19 at 6:00 PM.  
Break the Fast
Our Sisterhood will sponsor a Break the Fast at The Heritage Theatre (1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell) at approximately 6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 12 to conclude our Yom Kippur Day.  To RSVP and/or become a sponsor, click here.
Live Web Streaming
We are Live Streaming Again!
Temple Emanu-El is thrilled to be streaming our High Holiday Services again this year.  You can find the link on our High Holidays page on our website, or by clicking here.

An Interfaith Trip to Israel and Rome!
April 18-May 2, 2017
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.

In the Community
The Friendship Circle
Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 PM
Join us  on Sunday, September 11th from 3:00 pm to 5 pm for Friendship Circle's Family Kick-off event at the Magical Bridge Playground at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.  The afternoon includes a magic show, time at the playground, and face painting!  We are excited that the Magical Bridge Foundation is partnering with us to help make this a very special afternoon.  All are welcome!  RSVP at  This is a free event!

Registration is also open for Sunday programs.  To learn more, or register, click here.

BRCA Education Event
Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 PM
One in 40 Ashkenazi Jewish women or men is a BRCA mutation carrier, as compared to one in 600-800 in the general population.  What does this mean for Jewish families?  Come learn about the BRCA genetic mutation, how it can be identified, and what kind of difference can be made once it is known!  Panelists will include world renowned BRCA experts from Stanford and/or UCSF, and a genetic counselor.  Congregation Beth David is located at 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga Ca.  For more information, please call Dorene Kastelman (408)309-6599.

Israel's Security and the 45th President
Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM
If you are curious about whether peace can be advanced while addressing Israel's security needs, we welcome you to join us for a unique program examining two unprecedented new studies.  Guest speakers include David A. Halperin, Executive Director of the Israel Policy Forum, Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and Major General (Ret.) Amnon Reshef, founder of Commander for Israel's security (CIS), a network of over 220 top retired officials of the IDF, ShinBet, Mossad, and police forces.  Held at Levy Family Campus, Adult Lounge.  14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

The Teal Run
Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 AM
The Teal Run is a 5k run and walk whose net proceeds are used to support ovarian cancer research and support services locally.  Please join us for a day of hope, love, and support.  Trophies for the top finishers, kids activity center, free raffle, and more!  Dogs are welcome too!  Register at:   WWW.THETEALRUN.ORG
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