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. 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
6:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 15th
7:00 PM

Sat., Nov. 16th
10:30 AM

Sun., Nov. 17th
9:30 AM

Mon . , Nov. 18th
7:30 PM
Tues., Nov. 19th
7:30 PM
Fri., Nov. 22th
6:30 PM

Sat, Nov. 23rd
10:30 AM

Sun., Nov. 24th
6:30 PM

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
Second Harvest Food Bank Dinner Drive
We are partnering with our friends at Second Harvest Food Bank to help support our Silicon Valley community this Thanksgiving season. Over 30 years, our Temple Emanu-El family has provided nearly 30,000 meals to families in need. If you are willing or able to help, any support is greatly appreciated. For every $1 that is donated, Second Harvest provides 2 meals.

If you would like to donate by check:
To: Second Harvest Food Bank and write Temple Emanu-El Holiday Dinner Drive on the memo line,

OR mail to: 

Temple Emanu-El Attn : Holiday Dinner Drive 1010 University Avenue San Jose CA 95126 

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.
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 the United Methodist Chuch in Willow Glen this year. Service will be starting at 6:30pm with reception afterwards. 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 Gift Shop
Chanukah in coming and we’re gearing up. Stop in and check us out.

·    Menorahs

·    Candles

·    Giftware for adults

·    Children’s gifts

·    Men and Women’s Jewelry, both costume, sterling silver and 14k gold

·    New items arriving daily

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.”

JFS: Embrace a Family
November 15 - December 15

Each year JFS makes Hanukkah brighter for those in need. You can help us make this year special. Look for our dreidel boards in the temple lobby from November 15th through December 15th. Here's how the program works: pull a dreidel tag, purchase the specific gift on the tag, return the gift and tag to the JFS SV office. You'll receive a letter of thanks from JFS. We'll wrap your gift and see it goes to the person who asked for it.

In addition to specific gifts, JFS is also asking for:
  • Large new/unused gift bags
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards to Target, Walmart, Trader Joes and Safeway to serve our clients throughout the year. 

Add'l info & volunteers, please email Lori Cinnamon or call 408-357-7456
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.

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
Build a LEGO Menorah at the APJCC
December 12, 4:30-6:30pm

Help build a Hanukah menorah out of 5000 LEGO® pieces, with the APJCC, PJ Library, Yavneh Day School, and Play-Well TEKnologies to build the largest LEGO Menorah in California! At the Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos.

More info: mayat@apjcc.org
Temple Emanu-El
1010 University Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

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(408) 292-0939