Erev Havurah Shabbat with Torah Service
Friday, April 13 at 7:00 PM
Babies and Bagels:
Baby Shabbat
Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 AM
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, April 20 at 6:00 PM
Erev "Green" Shabbat Service
Friday, April 20 at 7:00 PM
Bat Mitzvah of Liana Bzostek
Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 AM
Wine and Cheese honoring Annual Campaign Donors
Friday, April 27 at 6:30 PM
Rock Shabbat Service
Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM
4th Grade Minyan and Shabbaton
Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 AM
Erev Havurah Shabbat with Torah Service
Friday, April 13 at 7:00 PM
This is a great time for our Temple members and their guests to learn more about the Havurah program at Temple Emanu-El. A Havurah is a social group of Temple members who have similar interests. They celebrate holidays together, attend events together, have ladies nights out, take trips together, and much much more.  New Havurot are always forming - If we don't have an existing group that will fit your needs, we will form another! You will also enjoy a Torah service led by our clergy during this service.
Babies and Bagels: Baby Shabbat!
Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 AM
Babies and bagels and blessings, oh my!  Join other parents on the second Saturday of every month for a  Shabbat  experience geared towards families with children ages 0-30 months.  Little ones will enjoy a service full of  Shabbat  songs, Torah stories, and parachute play!  Kiddush, motzi, and a bagel oneg sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood will follow this fun-filled program.  This is a great opportunity for parents of young children to meet and form groups with their peers- maybe even lifelong friends!
Put on your dancing shoes for Israeli Dancing!
Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 PM
Join us in dance! Our very own Loui Tucker leads this Israeli dancing class, a tradition practiced all over the globe - and one you're sure to enjoy. Open to all exprience levels, this class is held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, April 20 at 6:00 PM
Worried that your little ones will squirm during services? No need to worry at  Tot   Shabbat ! Led by Rabbi Magat and Cantor 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. This is 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!
Re-Wedding of Jake and Pauline Braunstein
Sunday, April 22 at 11:30 AM
Join us for the reaffirmation of wedding vows of Pauline and Jacob Braunstein in the sanctuary at Temple Emanu-El. This community and congregational event is a wonderful part of the Fifth Grade Religious School life cycle curriculum. We hope you plan to attend, everyone is welcome! Reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Temple House. 
Disney Sing-Along - come together and sing!
Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 PM
Grab your favorite Disney outfit and sing your heart out at Disney Sing-Along! Be ready to enjoy some delicious treats and wonderful songs along with our clergy, Rabbi Magat and Cantor Edmondson.
Rock Shabbat
Friday, April 27 Wine and Cheese honoring Annual Campaign Donors at 6:30 PM followed by Rock Shabbat Service 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.
Mitzvah Day - give back to your community!
Sunday, April 29 at 10:00 AM
Sign-up to donate blood beginning at 8:30 AM
Special composting workshop at 9:00 AM
Come out for Temple Emanu-El's annual Mitzvah Day! A  family-friendly day of service and community engagement. Open to all members and non-members, please join in this day of caring and service for your Temple and community. You can donate books, bikes, eyeglasses and more, or do hands-on activities such as no-sew blankets, beautification projects at Temple, put together blessing bags for refugees and more! Learn more and sign up here.
Calling all Secret Agents: Casino Royale Gala 2018
Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 PM
Spy Headquarters is now open for Temple Emanu-El's Casino Royale Gala 2018! The night will be full with dancing, an elegant dinner buffet, a silent auction, casino games, and of course - intrigue. Sit down for an elegant dinner, partake in some espionage among fellow international spies, and sip cocktails with Temple Emanu-El on this special evening. To learn more or purchase tickets or even to up the ante and become a sponsor, click here.
Mitzvah Project
March 4 to April 16
Recent B'nai Mitzvah students, Rachel Weinberg of Temple Emanu-El and Sylvie Loh of Shir Hadash, are running a drive to collect gently used or new kitchen supplies for refugees in need. The collected items will be donated to the Jewish Family Services for refugee families. These families are in desperate need of kitchen items like pots and pans, spatulas, utensil sets, etc. Donated items must all be in good condition or new. From March 4 to April 16, there will be a box located in the sanctuary foyer where you  can bring your donations.Thank you so much for your help!
In the Community
Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival
April 14-18
It's Chai time for the 2018 Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival! Showing contemporary films that explore diverse Jewish identities/perspectives and promote cross cultural appreciation and respect. Uplifting stories of tolerance, compassion and hope will be shown. Opening Night Reception to be held at Temple Beth El JCC (3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos) on Saturday, April 14 at 5:45 PM. For more information and full schedule, click here.
Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration and Volunteers Needed
Sunday, April 15 at 11:00 AM
The Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley Community is looking for volunteers to make the celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel at 70 come to life. The day will be full of joy of arts and crafts, comedians, and music. The event needs volunteers for face painting, fashion shows, and much more. Be a part of making this special day and celebration happen by signing up to volunteer  here .
Honeymoon Israel in Style!
Deadline: Monday, April 16
Looking for your next big, romantic adventure? Join Honeymoon Israel SF Bay Area for a 9-day luxurious trip through Israel. Explore all of Israel's ownders while meeting 19 other young couples from the community. Open to all eligible couples with at least one Jewish partner, with trips in December 2018 and February 2019. Cost to participate is $2,200 per couple, all inclusive of flights and ground costs. To learn more about the experience and eligibility requirements, click here
JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest
Deadline: Friday, April 20
Calling all teens ages 13-16: be a part of the Silicon Valley JCC delegation to this summer's JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest! This nationwide sports and arts event will be held in Orange County from August 5-10. To learn more, click here, and to sign up for the Games or ArtsFest, contact
Relay for Life
Friday, April 27 at 6:00 PM at Leigh High School, 5210 Leigh Ave., San Jose, CA
Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.  To donate, click here.
Silicon Valley Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM
By joining Take Steps, you will become part of the IBD community, who not only provide support to each other, but who, together, are actively raising money to support the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation fund research into better treatments and ultimately cures for IBD. Join the Take Steps movement to raise funds for IBD and we can celebrate together at your local Take Steps event.  To join or support a team that is connected to Temple Emanu-El, click here.
Global Judaism and Israel--Navigating Democracy in the Jewish State -  Donniel Hartman lecture
Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 PM
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman will discuss "Global Judaism and Israel: Navigating Democracy in the Jewish State." Issues around pluralism and democracy have significantly strained the Diaspora-Israel relationship.  At the same time, rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. and around the world raises up our need and desire for unity. Rabbi Hartman brings his expertise and that of the Shalom Hartman Institute to this essential question of how the Diaspora-Israel relationship can navigate these challenges and strengthen our mutual support. Hartman is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute, one of Israel's most prestigious research institutions. He is a prominent essayist, blogger, and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics and policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community. Co-hosted by the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Tickets available here.
Taste of Melton
We Are What We Remember: Mondays, April 16-May 5 at 10:30 AM
This new four-lesson course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning addresses the important role of collective national memory in the ongoing development and adaptation of Judaism throughout the generations. What do we remember and why? How are national memories formed and preserved?
Modern Living-Maintaining Balance: Thursdays, April 26-May 24 at 7:00 PM
A new four-lesson course of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Searching for ways to find balance in our lives is a recurring theme in modern living. Throughout this course texts will be studied related to the various elements of our lives that are constantly hanging in the balance. For the sake of organizational clarity, the course has been broken up into four topics of focus: Focus on Family, Focus on Work and Community, Focus on Self, and Finding the Balance.