Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, December 15 at 6:00 PM
Chanukah Rock Shabbat Service
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 PM
Shabbat Morning Minyan
Saturday, December 16 at 9:00 AM
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Friday, December 22 at 6:30 PM
Erev Kabbalat Shabbat Service led by Ritual Committee
Friday, December 29 at 6:30 PM
Make Your Year-End Donation Today!
Big or small, the Temple appreciates it all!  We are 85% of the way to meeting our overall Annual Campaign goal of $75,000.  As we prepare to kindle the third Chanukah candle and bring light into our homes, consider turning that light outward and support Temple Emanu-El.  Help spread the light on these cold days and make an impact on our Annual Campaign.

Visit to our website and make your year-end tax deductible donation today.  The Annual Campaign continues through December 31 and all gifts are tax deductible.

Tot Shabbat
Friday, December 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!
Chanukah Rock Shabbat Service
Friday, December 15 at 8:00 PM, Cheese and Appetizers at 7:30 PM
Featuring the musical stylings of our Rock Shabbat Band!  An innovative and joyous worship experience with musicians (piano, percussion, guitars, trombone, etc.) and singers joining Rabbi Dana Magat and Cantor Amanda Edmondson. Congregational singing is definitely encouraged, as is dancing in the aisles.  Join us as we welcome the Sabbath in a fun and lively manner.  All members and non-members are invited to a service like you've never been to before.
December Dilemma
Sunday, December 17 at 10:00 AM
Join Rabbi Magat for this special Adult Education class where we will discuss the challenges so often faced by parents(particularly in interfaith families) in connection with the winter holidays.
Latkes and Laughs
Sunday, December 17. Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Show at 6:30 PM
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Enjoy potato pancakes and punchlines from amazing comedians.  A delicious, vegetarian, latke dinner is included in the ticket price. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.  Childcare is available at $25/child.  Sign up by contacting
We are Going to Israel
Deadline to Sign Up is January 15
Temple Emanu-El has two unique and fun opportunities to travel to Israel with Rabbi Dana Magat in the near future.  Each trip is an amazing opportunity to connect to Judaism, your fellow congregants, and more!
Trip One: June 18-29, 2018.  For adults looking to return to Israel and experience the country on a deeper level.
Trip Two: July 4-15, 2018.  For families and first time Israel travelers.
Village House Shelter
Now - Wednesday, January 3
Our guests have moved in!  Village House addresses the needs of up to 15 medically fragile women through the provision of food, shelter, hygiene services, spiritual and part-time case management support.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We encourage everyone to donate their time to Temple Emanu-El as we host these women.
Temple Emanu-El Holiday Dinner Drive
Help share the joy of holiday meals with others! We are participating in the holiday dinner drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Donate online here.  You may also donate by mailing a check to 1010 University Ave., San Jose, CA 95126 made out to Second Harvest Food Bank with "Holiday Dinner Drive" in the memo line.
Now-December 19
Once again, Temple Emanu-El is partnering with Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley to fulfill the Chanukah holiday wishes of families and seniors who would otherwise go without gifts. Stop by and pick up a wish card, return your gift and dreidel tag to JFS by December 19, and put a large smile on someone's face! For more information, check the Jewish Family Services Embrace-A-Family webpage at Contact Lori Cinnamon at 408-357-7467 or   
Chinese Food and Game Night
Sunday, December 24 at 6:30 PM
What's a Jew to do on Christmas?  Spend it at Temple of course!  Enjoy Chinese Take-Out Dinner and family-friendly game night.  Soft drinks, coffee, tea, snacks, and desserts provided by Sisterhood. For more information and to RSVP contact Jan Phinick.

In the Community
Concert Benefiting Camp Newman
Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 PM at Shir Hadash,  20 Cherry Blossom Ln, Los Gatos
Cantor Amanda Edmondson is beyond thrilled and honored to be participating in a URJ Camp Newman benefit concert at Shir Hadash: Light the Way to a New Camp Day!  Saturday, December 16 at 7:00 PM, join Cantor Amanda, Cantors Devorah Felder-Levy, Kay Greenwald, Jamie Shpall, and Camp Newman song leader Daniel Bernstein for a fun benefit concert filled with Camp Newman melodies, Chanukah lights, and spirit!  All funds raised will go directly to Camp Newman to provide relief in the aftermath of the Northern California fires.  All donations are appreciated, and suggested values include $18, $36, and $54, or any form of Chai.
The Meshuga Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 PM
Theaters across the country will present a feature film of our live production! Don't miss this national event and the chance to share in the candlelighting with families throughout the USA.  Get tickets here.
Temple Emanu-El | (408) 292-0939 | |
1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126