Temple Emanu-El Happenings
Annual Campaign
Our Annual Campaign launched on Erev Rosh Hashanah and continues through December 31. This is an integral part of the Temple operating budget. It is thanks to generous donors like you, that we are able continue to provide enriching experiences like Neighborhood Havdalah, Rock Shabbat, Shabarbecue and much more. Every contribution makes an impact and we invite you to get involved in a way that is meaningful to you and your family. Support the Annual Campaign here!
Service & Event Times
Fri., Nov. 1st
6:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 1st
7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 2nd
9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 2nd
10:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 2nd
6:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 8th
7:00 PM
Sat., Nov. 9th
9:00 AM
Sat., Nov. 9th
10:30 AM
Wed., Nov. 13th
12:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 15th
6:30 PM

Fri, Nov. 15th
7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 16th
10:30 AM

Sun., Nov. 17th
9:30 AM
Adult Education
Learning Hebrew, about our holidays, or our heritage isn't just for the kids, it's for adult too! We've got a great variety of classes available for adults wanting to learn more about their Jewish faith and upbringing. Both members and on-members are welcome to attend! Check out the class list below.

Important Upcoming Events
Animal Shelter Blankets
Fleece Anyone? Several of the religious school classes will be making fleece blankets in early November for the animal shelters. If you have unused fleece to donate to us, or a Joann's gift card, please drop if off in the religious school office ASAP or e-mail Lynn to make other arrangements.
Yoga minyan with Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
November 2 - 9:00 AM

Join Rabbi Laurie Matzkin for a Shabbat yoga class combining mindful movement, creative ritual and reflective study. Makom Yoga provides a refreshing mix of Jewish learning (with themes flowing from the weekly parsha, upcoming holidays, and beyond) with guided meditation, breath work and asana practice.

Rosh Chodesh
November 2 - 6pm

Ladies of Temple Emanu-El, please join Cantor Edmondson and Sisterhood as we celebrate Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan - the new month of Cheshvan. This month is often called  Mar Cheshvan , meaning "bitter Cheshvan." It's referred to as bitter not just because of the colder weather, but mainly because there are no major holidays that occur during the month. But it doesn't have to be bitter for us. We will gather together for Havdalah - to recognize the separation between Shabbat and the everyday. While we acknowledge those differences, we will simultaneously acknowledge and honor the diversity we claim as Jews in this very special Havdalah service. We'll also have the opportunity to create a special ritual object for our own Havdalah use at home - a spice box. We suggest a donation of $10 for supplies. This special experience will take place at Temple Emanu-El in the BFR on Saturday evening, November 2nd, beginning at 6PM. We thank Sisterhood for providing a light dinner for us this evening, as well. 

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Magat
November 13 - 12:00 PM

Join the Rabbi for lunch, and bring your opinion! Bring a sack lunch and join Rabbi Magat on the second Wednesday of each month to share in a stimulating discussion of recent events, political happenings, and other relevant topics related to current events. This event is open to the community.

Understanding Muslim Neighbors
November 17 - 9:30 AM

UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM NEIGHBORS is an intensive, in-depth seminar for the Jewish community to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims. In two full days with a world-class scholar on Islam, this seminar navigates through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes to equip Jews with the knowledge and tools to better understand and collaborate with Muslims in tikkun olam. Enjoy an unforgettable learning experience sponsored by Temple Emmanu-El,

Interfaith Thanksgiving
November 24 - 6:30pm

We will be joining our friends for Interfaith Thanksgiving at Stone Church in Willow Glen this year. Dinner will be starting at 6:30pm with reception afterwards. If you would like to bring pies to share with the community, please let us know. Questions? Contact us at  admin@templesanjose.org

Latkes & Laughs
December 8 - 5:30pm


There's nothing better than an evening of comedy and jokes, while enjoying fresh potato pancakes! We invite you and your friends to join us for another year of Latkes and Laughs. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend this hilarious evening!

Sisterhood Special Interest Groups
Join us for our first group outing!

Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for the Israeli television. After the shooting ended the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as prime minister. Based on that never-seen-before talk, testimonies of supporters and opponents and rare archival footage,  Golda  tells the story of Meir's dramatic premiership - from her surprising rise to power and iconic stature as "queen of the Jewish people" to her lonely demise.

If you're interested, please email Anita Medeiros Here.

Community Events
Become a JFS Friendly Visitor
As we put our best foot forward during this new Jewish year of 5780, consider taking action to enrich your life and the life of others. JFS is in need of empathetic and committed volunteers to become Friendly Visitors.

A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly or every other week visit and they form lasting friendships with the senior. Our Friendly Visitors say that they get so much more than they give.

Contact Lori Cinnamon at loric@jfssv.org.
Rabbi Lynn Claire Feinberg, Norway’s First Female Rabbi, to Speak At Congregation Beth Israel
November 14 - 7pm
Congregation Beth Israel will host a special evening with Rabbi Lynn Claire Feinberg. Rabbi Feinberg became the first female rabbi in Norway in 2009. She was born in Oslo. She is an adherent of Jewish Renewal, and is the founder and spiritual leader of Havurat Kol haLev, the first Jewish Renewal havurah in Oslo. Her talk will be based on her current PhD work entitled “Ancestral Shadows– Memories of the Shoah transcended in descendants of survivors in Norway today.”

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion
Mondays, October 28 - December 30
10:30am - 12pm

While modern medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical dilemmas related to the sanctity and dignity of life—issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. With instructor Rabbi Leslie Alexander at the JCC, 14855 Oka Rd., Los Gatos.

Volunteers Needed
October 28 - November 17

Love film & movies? The Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival could use your help! They are looking for voluntter Ushers to help out during the 3-week festival. The movies will be be happening in Palo Alto, Saratoga and San Jose.

For more information on the festival, please visit www.svjff.org.

If you would like to volunteer or require more information, please contact Julie Mell ASAP at 650-575*8133 or julie@svjff.org
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness - Team Tikvah
November 2

This November, Ari, Sherry and Nat will once again take part in the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network’s Purple Stride walk to raise money for pancreatic cancer research and advocacy.  They are sponsoring a team - Team Tikvah - for the walk. They would like to extend an invitation to the Congregation to participate in the event. The walk will be on Saturday, November 2. It is estimated that this cancer causes the second-largest number of deaths in the US yearly. It also dis proportionally affects certain ethnic groups, for example Ashkenazi Jews and African Americans.  

PACT Leadership Luncheon
November 7

Come join your fellow Temple Emanu-El congregants at the annual PACT luncheon. Pact is a a multi-faith, grassroots organization deigns to work together to solve contemporary and social problems.Temple Emanu-El is proud to be a member of PACT.

24/6: The Power of Unpluggng One Day a Week
November 19 - 7:00 pm

Tiffany Shlain, author of a book about her commitment to unplugging her phone on Shabbat, will be speaking about how taking breaks from the phone brought her family closer. Join us at the Addison-Penzak JCC for this author meet, greet and book signing.

Temple Emanu-El
1010 University Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

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