Erev Shabbat Family Service
Friday, February 3 at 7:00PM
Erev Scout/Choir Shabbat Shira
Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM

Shabbat in Nature
Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM

Tot Shabbat Celebrating Barb
Friday, February 17 at 6:00 PM

Brotherhood Shabbat
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM

Bar Mitzvah of Jeremy Meltzer
Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 AM

Shabbatluck Dinner
Friday, February 3 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.

Meet and schmooze with our 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
We hope to see you there!
Green Team Meeting about Mitzvah Day
Sunday, February 5 at 10:00 AM
Join the Temple Emanu-El Green Team to begin the planning and brainstorming process for Mitzvah Day.  Our Green Team works with Tikkun Olam to make our Temple and the community a better place.
Preschool Open House
Tuesday, February 7 at 5:00 PM
This is a fun night for families interested in our program to come and check us out. Our program is open to children ages 2-6.
We will have activities for the kids in each classroom, the entire staff will be present to answer any questions and the playground will be available for tours.  Be sure to tell your family and friends with kids getting ready for Preschool!
Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 PM
Great exercise! Great fun! Great chance to meet new people!
Put on your dancin' shoes and come to our free Israeil 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
Wednesday, February 8 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.
Erev Scout/Choir Shabbat Shira
Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM
Please join us for special Shabbat services on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM, as members of our Temple choir join the Rabbi and Cantor to welcome Shabbat Shira--Shabbat in Song. It is the special Shabbat during which we read the Torah portion containing the Song of the Sea and the Mi Chamocha prayer, sung as the Israelites crossed the parted sea on their journey to freedom. Cantor Amanda and the choir will present "Music of the Book of Exodus," a mini-concert exploring various works that use text from the book of Exodus. You won't want to miss this awesome, musical Shabbat!

Temple Emanu-El's connection with the Scouting movement remains strong, and once a year, usually in February, scouts from the Congregation and around the South Bay are invited to attend a Shabbat service, coming in uniform.  

This unique Shabbat service will be followed by a special Tu B'Shevat Oneg
Shabbat in Nature
Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 AM
What better way to celebrate Shabbat than in the beautiful outdoors of California?  Rabbi Magat and Cantor Amanda will lead this Shabbat Morning Minyan in Nature. This Shabbat in Nature is geared towards people of all ages, and will be combined with our Babies and Bagels service this month.  This Shabbat in Nature will take place at Kelley Park at the Redwood Grove picnic area.  Kelley Park is located at 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112.  This unique Shabbat experience will include a vegetarian potluck lunch and a trip to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo for families after.
New Junior Choir!
Beginning Sunday, February 12
If your child is in grades Kindergarten through 7th and loves to sing, consider signing him/her up for Temple Emanu-El's newest musical group:  the MazelTones! The MazelTones will be getting together 2 Sundays per month, after Religious School to hang out, eat lunch, and learn some great Jewish music. Under the direction of Cantor Amanda, the MazelTones will lead 2-3 musical pieces during each Family Shabbat service, once a month. Our first 2 rehearsals will be Sunday, February 12 and 26 from 12:30-1:30 PM. We will have lunch in the Temple House followed by a rehearsal in the Sanctuary. Our first Family Shabbat service will be March 3. If your child is unsure, please encourage him/her to give the first rehearsal a try to see if s/he would like to continue to participate. Please contact Cantor Amanda at to sign up or to ask questions.
Sisterhood Family Game Night
Sunday, February 12 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.
Mitzvah Opportunity
Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 PM
Temple Emanu-El will again participate in sorting food at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6 - 8 PM. This can be a good (and easy-to-do) mitzvah for Havurah, families with teens (minimum age of 14), couples, individuals, etc.  High school students can get Community Service credit.  Brotherhood will provide ToGo's sandwiches to our group beforehand.
Second Harvest is located at 4001 N. First Street, San Jose.
We are limited as to how many people can participate, so please RSVP to Dan Lee, 408-268-0926 or
Tot Shabbat Celebrating our Preschool Director Barbara Smead!
Friday, February 17 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 this special Tot Shabbat honoring Barb's 50th birthday and 30th year in the industry.  Following services, enjoy a delicious catered and potluck dinner.  Please RSVP to so we can have an accurate count for food.
Brotherhood Shabbat
Friday, February 17 at 7:00 PM
Brotherhood, the men's auxiliary at Temple Emanu-El leads a Shabbat service during the year. They have adapted a liturgy created by the Men of Reform Judaism, the national organization, adding their own selection of readings.
Refugees Need Your Help!
Through February 25
Jewish Family Services Silicon Valley serves 200 vulnerable refuges each year and distributes food to benefit these hard working families in our community who are facing food insecurity.  This year, JFS' funding for emergency food was greatly reduced due to the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Board reducing its allocation to Santa Clara County. Please help refugee families by donating non-perishable food items at the bin at Temple Emanu-El.  Thank you for your support! Questions? Contact Leo Michels:
Student Mitzvah Project
Through May 21
Josh Tucker and Jeremy Meltzer are joining together for their mitzvah project. We are helping out the organization Pitch In For Baseball which gives kids who can't afford baseball gear the chance to play. We are collecting gear and money for this cause. We hope you'll help out as well. There will be a box outside the synagogue for you to put new or gently used baseball gear in. The box will be there until the end of religious school (May 21). Also, you can donate money, using the link below. Thanks for your help!

In the Community
Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivor's Brunch
Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 AM
The community is invited to gather with us in the Adult Lounge at the APJCC. All are welcome!  It is not necessary to be a Shoah Survivor to join us. Please bring a salad, fruit or dessert to share if you wish.  Admission is FREE! A $5 donation is recommended, all donations help defray our cost.  APJCC is located at  14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032.

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San Jose, CA 95126