Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, April 21 at 6:00 PM

Erev Havurah Shabbat Service
Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM

Shabbat in Nature
Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 AM

Kabbalat Shabbat Service featuring Israel
Friday, April 28 at 6:30 PM

Erev Shabbat Family Service with 4th and 2nd Grades, Teacher Appreciation
Friday, May 5 at 7:00 PM

Bat Mitzvah of Samantha Wiesner
Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 AM

Re-Wedding of Marvin and Joan Fox & Robert and Ruth Fox
Sunday, May 7 at 11:30 AM

Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, April 21 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 Havurah Shabbat
Friday, April 21 at 7:00 PM
Please join our Temple family for Havurah Shabbat.  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!
Shabbat in Nature
Saturday, April 22 at 10:00 AM
Join us outdoors for a spring-themed, clergy led minyan service, followed by a potluck lunch and optional walk around Hellyer Park.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.  Hellyer County Park is located at 985 Hellyer Ave., San Jose, CA 95111.  Park at the Visitor's Center parking lot.  Parking $6, dogs on leash allowed.  This event is sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Ritual Committee.
Mitzvah Day
Sunday, April 23 at 10:00 AM
This year, Mitzvah Day falls on Earth Day weekend. Bring your donations: Bicycles to be upcycled by Good Karma, Household goods ready to be re-loved, Granola bars, applesauce and instant oatmeal for JFS' Vocational ESL Program, Eyeglasses to be refurbished by the Lions Club, Coins for EESY's coin drive to benefit InnVision, Books for Silicon Valley Reading Partners.
More ways to support our community on Mitzvah Day: Make a blanket with Knitzvah, Help us garden in the courtyard, Cook a meal for homeless women-or help us serve it the next day at Women's Gathering Place, Visit Chai House for songs and board games with residents, Learn about local nonprofits like PACT and get involved!!
The day will start at 10:00 AM with a brief T'fillah and wrap up with lunch provided by Brotherhood and Sisterhood. All religious school students will be participating in service activities with their classes. Interested in volunteering? Contact Karen White at
lunch and learn
Lunch and Learn Torah Study
Wednesday, April 26 at 12:00 PM
Food for your body.  Food for your soul.  Need a better way to spend your lunch hour?  Join Rabbi Magat for an informal study and discussion session of a selected Torah portion.  Together we will navigate through traditional interpretations and modern applications of our historic teachings.  Bring your lunch and be ready to get a new perspective on Torah. Open to members and non-members and no previous Torah study is required.
Rosh Chodesh
Saturday, April 29 at 9:00 AM
Ladies, please join us on Saturday, April 29th, for a relaxed brunch and spiritually uplifting Shabbat experience, as Cantor Edmondson helps us welcome the new month of Iyar. This Rosh Chodesh experience, co-sponsored by the Temple Ritual Committee and Sisterhood, is open to all adult women in the congregation and will take place from 9:00 AM until about noon. Each Rosh Chodesh experience will focus on different ideas and have different activities, and in this one we'll embrace the month that is traditionally a month of healing. We'll get to know each other with a guided meditation, study, and exploration of faith on this lovely Shabbat morning. We'll also have the opportunity to learn about the healing power of crystals by making our own crystal grids. Please come and see what this relaxing and rewarding experience is all about!  And also bring a copy of your challah recipe--whether it's the one your grandmother made and handed down to you, one you created, or one you just found on the internet! Also enjoy brunch, generously provided by the Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood. RSVP is a MUST to BY FRIDAY AT NOON, APRIL 28TH.
Shabbatluck Dinner
Friday, May 5 at 6:00 PM
Everyone is welcome to join our congregational family for a Shabbatluck Dinner.
Meet and schmooze with our Religious School 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 you see you there!
Erev Shabbat Family Service with 2nd and 4th Grades, Teacher Appreciation
Friday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
This service includes the participation of our 4th Grade Class with leadership from our 2nd Grade Class. We're proud of our students and their participation and leadership in our service. Most Family Services are preceded by a congregational Shabbatluck potluck dinner.  We hope you share in this delightful Shabbat service with us that will also recognize the amazing teaching staff of both our Religious School and Preschool.
Re-Wedding of Marvin & Joan Fox and Robert & Ruth Fox
Sunday, May 7 at 11:30 AM
The honor of your presence is requested on Sunday, the seventh of May, two thousand and seventeen, at 11:30 in the morning for the reaffirmation of wedding vows of Marvin & Joan Fox and Robert & Ruth Fox in the sanctuary of 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 to attend a light reception following the ceremony in the Temple House.

In the Community
Holocaust Exhibit at Congregation Beth David
April 17 through May 3, 2017
The purpose of the project is to educate the community not only about the Holocaust but also about the importance of tolerance and genocide prevention. The museum is 'living' and new ideas & stories are added each year. Congregation Beth David is located at 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA 95070.   More info here.

Local Author Series
Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 PM
Temple Emanu-El member Norma Slavit will discuss her two children's picture books, "September Thanksgiving" and "Peaches, Frog, and the Man in the Moon."  The themes in the books include cooperation, patience, and the importance of doing mitzvot.  Held at Congregation Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306.
Community Yom HaShoah Event
Sunday, April 23 at 6:30 PM
Join Rabbi Magat and Cantor Edmondson for a Community Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial) Service on Sunday April 23rd. The program will begin at 6:30 pm with presentations by Eric Kay who, a child, was rescued by the Kindertransport. There will be a slide show of art work and poetry by students from Fisher Middle School, the Harker School, St. Andrews, St. Mary's, Yavneh and the Congregational Religious Schools. Finally there will a presentation by HIAS and a viewing of segments of their film "Refugee Children".  A Yom HaShoah memorial service will follow with the lighting of candles by survivors and Second and Third Generation families and the participation of the community's rabbis.  This program will be especially meaningful to adults and children in middle school and high school. The entire community is welcome so please invite your friends and neighbors.  Hosted by Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos.
"The Case for Israel"
Monday, April 24 at 7:00 PM
On Monday evening, April 24th at Shir Hadash the Men's Club Speaker Series will be presenting a screening of the award-winning film, "The Case for Israel" with Alan Dershowitz, followed by a presentation and discussion moderated by Tom Johanix, former Silicon Valley Area Director of AIPAC.  Shir Hadash is located at 20 Cherry Blossom Ln, Los Gatos, CA 95032.  Free and open to all.
County of Santa Clara Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
Tuesday, April 25 at 4:00 PM
Tom and Susan Klein, local Holocaust survivors, will share their stories.  Yavneh Day School choir and Westmont High School student Anat Baird will perform vocal selections.  Archbishop Mitty High School students will speak about what they have learned from refugee stories.  Held at the County Government Building, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose.
Calling All Game Lovers
Friday, May 12 at 10:00 AM
Option 1: Join us and bring your friends. Play your favorite card or tile game: Mah Jongg, Mexican Train Dominoes, Poker, Bridge, Canasta, Pinochle.  You name it and you may play it.  $34.00-Call Janet Truman 1-408-238-3803 or email
Option 2: Special Round Robin $39.00-Call Bernice Vitcov
1-408-832-6390 or email  Enjoy morning coffee and pastry. Then our catered-by-the-Clubhouse fabulous luncheon of soup, Oriental chicken salad or eggplant parmigiana and dessert. Indicate your choice when you make your reservation.  Pre-pay with your personal check made out to Villages Hadassah or charge it to your house number. (Checks are preferred.)  Please send check to 3241 Lake Lesina Drive, San Jose, CA 95135 made payable to Villages Hadassah.  Please indicate your choice for lunch.
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1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126