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Services & Events
Friday, August 5
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service

Friday, August 12
6:30 PM Sisterhood Shabbat
7:30 PM Potluck Dinner and Discussion

Friday, August 19
6:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service
Membership Renewal
Just a reminder that the fiscal year ended July 1.  If you have not yet done so, please log in to your Temple account and set up recurring payments via ACH or Credit Card.  You may also mail in your check to Temple Emanu-El. If you have questions about your online account, please contact  If you have questions about your dues, please contact Stephanie at 408-292-0939.   

Religious School Registration is OPEN
Religious School registration is now open for our 2016-2017 school year.  Find out about our new course curriculum and school structure when you  Register here!  We can't wait to see everyone back on September 11!
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Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, August 10 at 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.

We Are Closed
Thursday, August 11
The Temple Administrative and Clergy Offices will be closed on the afternoon of Thursday, August 11 for a staff team building activity.

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Sisterhood Shabbat
Friday, August 12 at 6:30 PM
Members of Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood participate in leading an Erev Shabbat service once a year. Our women come together to lead Friday night service, chanting their favorite Hebrew blessings, and sharing special poems and readings. This is a wonderful service for everyone in the community and our congregation to show Sisterhood support for all they do for Temple Emanu-El.

Potluck Dinner and Discussion
Friday, August 12 
6:30 PM Sisterhood Shabbat
7:30 PM Potluck Dinner and Discussion
Following our Kabbalat Shabbat Patio Service, join us for a potluck dinner and discussion with a focus on the politics of our state and nation.
A-L: Main Dish, M-Z: Side dish, salad, fruit. Designations based on last name.
Parking at Temple
Just a friendly reminder that the parking spots in our side lot are reserved 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Thank you for your cooperation.
Neighborhood Havdalah
Saturday, August 27 at 6:30 PM
Join your Temple Emanu-El neighbors to mark the end of Shabbat at Neighborhood Havdalah.  The hosts will provide the home, the guests will provide an appetizer or dessert, and Temple Emanu-El will provide the ritual.   Register here.  You will be matched with a host home after you register.  Would you like to be a host home, or have other questions? Contact  
Save the Date: 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 will be available on our website soon.  If you have initial questions, please contact the Administrative Office at 408-292-0939.

In the Community
College Israel Encounter
Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 PM
Attention all high school juniors, seniors, college students and their parents!   This program provides an opportunity to learn, discuss and ask questions about the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which spurred 15 campus divestment resolutions last year. While these resolutions are largely unsuccessful, this program is focused on educating students and helping provide language and strategies for civil discourse.

Students from diverse universities, along with high school juniors and seniors, are invited to join together for this event, to
create communal learning and support for each other. A parallel track is provided for parents of students, so register together.

Temple Emanu-El is a community partner for this event. Registration:
RSVP by August 15

Local Food Crisis: We Need Your Help!
This year the FEMA National Emergency Food and Shelter Board (EFSP) withheld its annual allocation ($775,000 in 2015) to Santa Clara County as it did not meet their criteria used to determine allocations. Because of Santa Clara County's astronomical housing rate we have
many people living in poverty - even if our actual poverty rate is above the federal standard used by EFSP. Our County's EFSP Board is seeking an appeal, but unless that appeal is approved, Jewish Family Services doesn't have the funds ($48,000 in 2015) for our food package program.

We need to collect over 12,000 pounds of kosher food and we need your help to make this happen.  Bring non-perishable items to the donation bins at Temple Emanu-El throughout the month of August.

For more information, please contact Sheila Monheit at or 408.357.7451. You may also click here.
Opening at Hatikvah House 
Hatikvah House is a lovely Jewish home for six adults with developmental disabilities located in Campbell, CA.  We are a licensed, level 3, staff-operated residential program providing services and support in an environment that embraces Jewish values and traditions.  Each resident participates in a structured schedule of activities that is responsive to their individual needs and services plan.  Hatikvah House currently has one opening for an adult age 18-59 with challenges in cognitive, self-help, and social functioning.  For more information click here.

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San Jose, CA 95126