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Erev Shabbat Service - Ask the Rabbi
Friday, September 8 at 7:00 PM
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 AM
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, September 15 at 6:00 PM
Erev Shabbat Service - Nachamu
Friday, September 15 at 7:00 PM
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 AM
Selichot and Study
Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 PM
Congregational Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Wednesday, September 20 at 7:30 PM *NOTE NEW TIME
Rosh Hashanah Children's Service
Thursday, September 21 at 9:00 AM
Rosh Hashanah Congregational Service
Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 AM
Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 PM
Shabbat Shuvah and Board Installation
Friday, September 22 at 6:30 PM
Kever Avot
Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 PM
Back to school
Opening Day of Religious School
Sunday, September 10
Religious School starts on Sunday.  Join in on all the first day fun!  Brotherhood will provide a pancake breakfast for the kids in the morning!  There will be a lovely Open House in our library.  At 12:30 PM there is a BBQ lunch for parents, students, and prospective members sponsored by Brotherhood with support from Sisterhood.
Library Open House
Sunday, September 10 at 9:00 AM
We ARE the people of the book. Visit our collection in the new and improved Temple library located across from the religious school office this coming Sunday, September 10.
From 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, each visitor will receive a ticket for a drawing to be held at the Opening Day BBQ. If you check out a book, you'll receive a second ticket. Current fiction, humor, cookbooks, history, children's books-we have all topics covered. Our bottomless candy bowl will be available. May you have a sweet year!
Countdown to the High Holy Days
High Holy Day tickets were mailed out this week to all Temple members in good standing (all current financial obligations paid through August 2017)!  Be sure to check your mailboxes and call the office if you have any questions.    If you would like to purchase additional tickets for services or register for our FREE children's services or childcare program, you may do so by contacting the Temple Administrative Office at 408-292-0939 or
Erev Shabbat Service - Ask the Rabbi
Friday, September 8 at 7:00 PM
Everything you've always wondered about Judaism but were afraid to ask. During Shabbat services, Rabbi Dana Magat, with humor and wisdom, answers all questions regarding Jewish history, customs, and beliefs  At the same time, participate in our service and meet our warm, friendly Temple community at the Oneg following. 
Baby Shabbat is Back from Summer Break
Saturday, September 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!
Brotherhood 3rd Annual Chef's Table
Saturday, September 9 at 6:30 PM
How would you like to enjoy a wonderful evening with your Temple friends, sampling fine exotic cuisine paired with specifically selected wines, all while enabling our Temple youth to be socially conscious and responsible.
On September 9, the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood will kick off their new "Brotherhood Social Innovation Competition". This innovative and exciting new program will challenge our religious school students to identify and promote opportunities for social impact within our community. 
Brotherhood is offering an evening of unique dining featuring a variety of small tapas style plates inspired by France, Spain, Greece and Italy. To complement these flavors, our own Chef David Wiesner will be offering samples of the perfect wine pairing.
Seating is very limited and tickets are $50 per person, payable to the Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood. For more information and to reserve your space, please register online here.
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Lunch and Learn with Ginny Hoffman "Advanced Directives"
Wednesday, September 13 at 12:00 PM
Join Rabbi Magat for lunch, and bring your opinion!  Bring a sack lunch 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.  This Lunch and Learn will include contributions from Ginny Hoffman on advanced directives.
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner is Back from Summer Break
Friday, September 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!
Erev Shabbat Service - Nachamu
Friday, September 15 at 7:00 PM
Shabbat Nachamu (Sabbath of comforting) takes its name from the haftarah from Isaiah in the Book of Isaiah 40:1-26 that speaks of comforting the Jewish people for their suffering. It is the haftarah of consolation leading up to the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 AM
Missed services Friday night or can't get enough of Shabbat?  Celebrate Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El's Saturday morning Minyan.  Lead by our clergy, everyone is invited to participate in a lively discussion of the weekly Parasha (Torah Portion).  
Selichot and Study
Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 PM
Temple Emanu-El presents a beautiful introduction to the High Holy Days. The evening begins with a film and discussion followed by a special oneg.  The evening concludes with the Selichot Service-a time for reflection that will help prepare you spiritually for the upcoming holidays.
7:00 PM - Film and Discussion
8:00 PM - Special Oneg
9:00 PM - Selichot Service
MazelTones Information
Under the direction of Cantor Amanda, the MazelTones will lead 2-3 musical pieces during each Family Shabbat service, once a month. Upcoming rehearsal dates include September 17, October 15, and October 29.  We will have lunch in the Temple House ( please send your child with a bag lunch) followed by a rehearsal in the Sanctuary. Our first Family Shabbat service will be October 6 and the next Family Shabbat service will be November 3. If your child is unsure, please encourage him/her to give a 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.
Rosh Hashanah 
Wednesday, September 20 
7:30 PM - Congregational Service at The Heritage Theatre *NOTE NEW TIME
Thursday, September 21
9:00 AM - Children's Service at The Heritage Theatre
10:00 AM - Childcare Program (2 years - 2nd Grade)  at The Heritage Theatre.  Pre-registration is required.
10:00 AM - Congregational Service  at The Heritage Theatre
5:00 PM - Tashlich at Oak Meadow Park Sites 1 and 2
Thursday, September 21 at 5:00 PM at Oak Meadow Park, Sites 1 and 2,  233 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Tashlich is a ritual that many Jews observe during Rosh Hashanah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water.   Don't forget to bring a picnic dinner for your family and a dessert to share.  
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Kever Avot
Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 PM at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Chapel of the Roses.  
Please join Rabbis Dana Magat and Philip Ohriner and Cantor Amanda Edmondson for a traditional custom of visiting the graveside of parents or close relatives and praying there. 
Break the Fast
Saturday, September 30
Temple Emanu-El will sponsor a Break the Fast at The Heritage Theatre (1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell) at approximately 6:30 PM on Saturday, September 30 to conclude our Yom Kippur Day.  To RSVP and/or become a sponsor, click here.
Enrich your High Holy Days by Volunteering
We can not have the High Holy Days without your help! We are looking for volunteers at each service to help with the following: Greeting, Ticket Checking, Ushering, and Handing Out Prayer Books! We need about 10 volunteers per service and volunteers need to arrive one hour before the service they are helping with. Please e-mail us at with which services you may be available to help with. *NEW THIS YEAR: we need volunteers to help with Break the Fast.  Let us know if you would like to help set up the food, or help with clean up after.

In the Community
Friendship Circle
Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 PM
Want to see Friendship Circle in Action?  Join us  on Sunday, September 10th from 2:00 PM to 4 PM for Friendship Circle's Family Kick-off event at Achieve Kids, 3860 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  Especially for families of children and teens with special needs! The afternoon includes a puppet show, crafts, bubbles and play time on the playground! .  All are welcome!  RSVP at
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High Holy Days Grief Group
Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 AM
JFS is hosting a special grief group to provide support at the High Holidays to those individuals who have experienced the loss of a family member. This special time of year can be challenging when we are confronting the loss of loved ones. Please come join us to share thoughts and receive support and feedback in a safe and welcoming environment.
Lisa Warner, LCSW, JFS Director of Clinical and Social Services, will be facilitating this group. 
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