Erev Shabbat Family Service with the 3rd and 6th grades and MazelTones
Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM
Bar Mitzvah of Jared Nussbaum
Saturday, December 2 at 10:30 AM
Erev Shabbat Service with Sermon and Song
Friday, December 8 at 7:00 PM
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, December 9 at 9:00 AM
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, December 15 at 6:00 PM
Chanukah Rock Shabbat Service
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 PM
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, December 16 at 9:00 AM
#GivingTuesday Thank You
Thank you to everyone who participated in #GivingTuesday this week! We had tremendous support.  Watch your inbox for a special recap from President Andrew Weinberg on Friday.

Village House Shelter
Wednesday, December 6 - Wednesday, January 3
Village House addresses the needs of up to 15 medically fragile women through the provision of food, shelter, hygiene services, spiritual and part-time case management support.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We encourage everyone to donate their time to Temple Emanu-El as we host these women.
Shabbatluck Dinner
Friday, December 1 at 6:00 PM
Everyone is welcome to join our congregational family for a Shabbatluck Dinner. These potluck dinners take place throughout the religious school year on the first Friday of each month before the Erev Shabbat Family Service.
On December 1, our family service will be led by our 6th Grade Class and will feature the participation of our 3rd Grade Class.
Meet and schmooze with these students, their families, and our congregation during a friendly potluck dinner and stay for a delightful Shabbat service.
Please bring a dish to share. The following designations are based in the first letter of your last name:
A-L: Side dish, salad, fruit M-Z: Main Dish
Erev Shabbat Family Service with 3rd and 6th Grades and the MazelTones
Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM
This service includes the participation of our 3rd Grade Class with leadership from our 6th Grade Class. We're proud of our students and their participation and leadership in our service. We hope you share in this delightful Shabbat service with us.
Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM
Great exercise! Great fun! Great chance to meet new people!
Put on your dancin' shoes and come to our free Israeli 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.
lunch and learn
Lunch and Learn with the Cantor
Wednesday, December 6 at 12:00 PM
Join the Cantor for lunch, and bring your thirst for Jewish knowledge!  Bring a sack lunch and join Cantor Edmondson on the first Wednesday of each month to share in a stimulating discussion of Jewish liturgy and music. This event is open to the community.
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, December 9 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!
Tot Shabbat
Friday, December 15 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 these brief services. The perfect way to introduce your little ones to the tradition of Friday nights. Following services, enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Chanukah Rock Shabbat Service
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 PM, Cheese and Appetizers at 7:30 PM
Featuring the musical stylings of our Rock Shabbat Band!  An innovative and joyous worship experience with musicians (piano, percussion, guitars, trombone, etc.) and singers joining Rabbi Dana Magat and Cantor Amanda Edmondson. Congregational singing is definitely encouraged, as is dancing in the aisles.  Join us as we welcome the Sabbath in a fun and lively manner.  All members and non-members are invited to a service like you've never been to before.
Concert Benefiting Camp Newman
Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 PM at Shir Hadash,  20 Cherry Blossom Ln, Los Gatos
Cantor Amanda Edmondson is beyond thrilled and honored to be participating in a URJ Camp Newman benefit concert at Shir Hadash: Light the Way to a New Camp Day!  Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 PM, join Cantor Amanda, Cantors Devorah Felder-Levy, Kay Greenwald, Jamie Shpall, and Camp Newman song leader Daniel Bernstein for a fun benefit concert filled with Camp Newman melodies, Chanukah lights, and spirit!  All funds raised will go directly to Camp Newman to provide relief in the aftermath of the Northern California fires.  All donations are appreciated, and suggested values include $18, $36, and $54, or any form of Chai.
Latkes and Laughs
Sunday, December 17. Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Show at 6:30 PM
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Enjoy potato pancakes and punchlines from amazing comedians.  A delicious, vegetarian, latke dinner is included in the ticket price. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.  Childcare is available for children ages 5-11 at $25/child.  Sign up by contacting
Temple Emanu-El Holiday Dinner Drive
Help share the joy of holiday meals with others! We are participating in the holiday dinner drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Donate online here.  You may also donate by mailing a check to 1010 University Ave., San Jose, CA 95126 made out to Second Harvest Food Bank with "Holiday Dinner Drive" in the memo line.
Now-December 19
Once again, Temple Emanu-El is partnering with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley to fulfill the Chanukah holiday wishes of families and seniors who would otherwise go without gifts. Stop by and pick up a wish card, return your gift and dreidel tag to JFS by December 19, and put a large smile on someone's face! For more information, check the Jewish Family Services Embrace-A-Family webpage at Contact Lori Cinnamon at 408-357-7467 or   
We are Going to Israel
Temple Emanu-El has two unique and fun opportunities to travel to Israel with Rabbi Dana Magat in the near future.  Each trip is an amazing opportunity to connect to Judaism, your fellow congregants, and more!
Trip One: June 18-29, 2018.  For adults looking to return to Israel and experience the country on a deeper level.
Trip Two: July 4-15, 2018.  For families and first time Israel travelers.

In the Community
Camp Newman Update
Registration began November 12
URJ Camp Newman is thrilled to announce our summer 2018 home, Cal Maritime , a beautifully scenic campus in Vallejo, CA. For all your questions, please refer to this link.
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1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126