Tot Shabbat Chanukah Service with Catered Dinner
Friday, December 16 at 6:00PM
Erev Shabbat Service with Ask the Rabbi Session
Friday, December 16 at 7:00 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, December 23 at 6:30 PM
Kabbalat Shabbat Chanukah Service
Friday, December 30 at 6:30 PM
Make Your Year-End Donation Today!
Through December 31, 2016
Big or small, the Temple can use it all!  Temple Emanu-El's Annual Campaign will end December 31st, and there's still time to make a meaningful gift to the campaign.  ALL donations, big or small, help the Temple tremendously!  

With the generous support of you, our members and friends, to the Campaign, Temple is able to provide unique  programming and services for everyone throughout the year. This is an important effort, and thank you to all who made gifts so far.  

Don't let 2016 come to a close without making your gift to the campaign, which ends December 31, 2016. All gifts are tax deductible, but must be postmarked or paid by year end!

Chanukah Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, December 16 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!
Special December Dilemma
Sunday, December 18 at 10:00 AM
In response to what is happening in our world and the request of some parents, Rabbi Magat will hold a special December Dilemma session on prejudice, antisemitism and Islamophobia.  This event is free and open to the public.
Latkes and Laughs
Sunday, December 18.  Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Show at 6:30 PM
WE ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!  Enjoy potato pancakes and punchlines from amazing comedians.  NEW THIS YEAR: A delicious, latke dinner is included in the ticket price. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.  CHILDCARE NOW AVAILABLE!  If you are interested in signing up your child(ren) ages 2-12, contact or fill out this form.  There is a charge of $20 per child.
Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 PM
Put on your dancin' shoes and join our free dancing class taught by our very own Loui Tucker. This class takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. No dance experience necessary and we welcome everyone from the community to join.
Help Others this Holiday Season! Embrace-A-Family 
November 17 to December 23
We are partnering with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley to fulfill the Chanukah holiday wishes of families and seniors who would otherwise go without gifts. We have displayed in our foyer a dreidel board full of wish cards - as well as those online on the  Target Gift Registry for Embrace-A-Family wish that you can choose from. Stop by and pick up a wish card, return your gift and dreidel tag to JFS by December 23, and put a large smile on someone's face! Any questions? Contact Lori Cinnamon at 408-357-7467 or
Erev Shabbat Chanukah Service
Friday, December 30 at 6:30 PM
Different special activities are incorporated into our Erev Shabbat Services.  On December 30, bring your chanukiah to light the candles with your Temple family and friends.  Celebrate with a Chanukah oneg after services.
Temple Library Grand 
Sunday, January 8 at 12:15 PM
The Temple Emanu-El Religious School Committee is thrilled to announce that after painting and refurnishing our Temple library, it is ready for use and filled with new books just for you!  Everyone who attends the re-opening will receive a raffle ticket for a great prize.  At 12:15 PM our religious school classes will join Rabbi Magat as we affix a new mezuzah to the door.  Join us for lunch with Brotherhood following. 
Welcome Back from Break Lunch with Brotherhood
Sunday, January 8 at 12:30 PM
Join our Religious School families for a back from winter break delicious lunch provided by Brotherhood.  Come tour the Temple and facilities, meet our clergy, leadership, and congregation, and have fun in the process.  Prospective members are welcome and we'd love to see you there.  No RSVP is required.  The fun begins at 12:30 PM.
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
Chanukah Festival of Lights in Union Square
December 24 to January 1
A local miracle happened in San Francisco in 1975 when community leaders joined together to create the first big menorah public celebration of Chanukah outside of Israel. Today that spark of innovation has spread to annual Chanukah celebrations in over 500 cities worldwide including; Berlin, Paris, Buenos Aires, Brisbane and Ho Chi Minh City. In San Francisco the legacy of innovation to spread the light continues.   Click here to view further event details.

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.

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. Rabbi Dana Magat will be presenting.  Registration is now open.  To get your tickets and view the full schedule, click here.
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San Jose, CA 95126