Services & Events
Friday, April 1
6:15 PM Shabbatluck Dinner
7:00 PM Erev Scout Shabbat Family Service with 1st Grade

Friday, April 8
6:30 PM Erev Havurah Shabbat
Saturday, April 9
9:00 AM Baby Shabbat
10:30 AM Bar Mitzvah of Jayden Zwern

Friday, April 15
6:00 PM Tot Shabbat
6:30 PM Tot Shabbat Catered Dinner
7:00 PM Erev Shabbat Service
Saturday, April 16
9:00 AM Shabbat Morning Minyan
Passover Food Drive
March 25 through April 13
Help Jewish Family Services collect and distribute Passover Food to families and seniors in our community.  We appreciate donation of the following wrapped Kosher for Passover foods: Gefilte fish, horseradish, jam, candies, matzoh ball soup mix, latke mix, potato starch, grape juice, matzoh, matzoh ball soup in a jar, macaroons, cookies, dried fruit, matzoh meal, cake meal, and tea.  Barrels will be at Temple Emanu-El until April 13.
Friday, April 1 at 6:15 PM
Everyone is welcome to our Shabbatluck Dinners!  This week, our family service will feature the participation of our 1st grade class. Meet and schmooze with our students, their families, and our congregation during a friendly potluck dinner and stay after 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
Erev Scout Shabbat Family Service with 1st Grade
Friday, April 1 at 7:00 PM
Temple Emanu-El's connection with the Scouting movement remains strong, and once a year, scouts from the Congregation and around the South Bay are invited to attend a Shabbat service and come in uniform.  This Shabbat Service also includes the participation of our 1st grade students.
Sisterhood Camperships
Deadline is April 2, 2016
Sisterhood is pleased to offer Campership (scholarships for Jewish Summer Camp) opportunities to children of Sisterhood members.  Applications are available on the Temple's website here and are due April 2, 2016 by mail or e-mail.
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New Member Event
Saturday, April 2
We regret to inform you that the New Member Event has been cancelled. Please check out the other wonderful events we have coming up at Temple Emanu-El.

Death and Dying Course
Sunday April 3, April 24, and May 1 at 11:30 AM
This course will investigate traditional and Reform Jewish practices, customs, and concepts surrounding death.  We will also discuss some of the important issues that surround bereavement and the grieving process.  Finally, we will investigate some modern theories concerning the stages of grief.  We will also spend time discussing life after death and how death relates to our beliefs. This three-course Adult Education opportunity is taught by Rabbi Dana Magat and is free and open to members and non-members.  RSVP to

Israeli Dancing
Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 PM
Put on your dancin' shoes and join our free dancing class taught by our very own Loui Tucker. This class takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, and this month on the bonus 5th Tuesday! No dance experience necessary and we welcome everyone from the community to join.

Erev Havurah Shabbat
Friday, April 8 at 6:30 PM
This is a great time for Temple members and their guests to learn more about our Havurah program.  A Havurah is a group of Temple members that have similar interests and do activities together: holiday celebrations, special events, mommy and me time, potluck dinners, game nights, and more.   Rabbi Dana Magat and different members of our Havurah groups will lead the service. New Havurot are always forming so stop by our table after services to find a group that is right for you!

Baby Shabbat
Saturday, April 9 at 9:00 AM
Babies, and bagels, and blessings, oh my! Join us 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 studies, 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!
2nd Annual Chef's Table
Saturday, April 9 at 6:00 PM
Are you trying to make sense of the current elections?  Looking for a nice dinner with friends?  Then join us for dinner and hear Temple Emanu-El's own Professor Larry Gerston, author and Political Science Professor at San Jose State, who will share some thoughts on this surprising political campaign.  Brotherhood's accomplished chefs will provide a dinner of an eclectic mix of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.  This event is open to the community and would be a wonderful event for Havurah.  Tickets are $35. Questions? Contact Zach at 408-834-9466.   Purchase your tickets here.
No Classes
Sunday, April 10, Wednesday, April 13, and Sunday, April 17
There will be no Religious School or Hebrew School classes held on these dates in observance of Spring Vacation.

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Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, April 13 at 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.

Tot Shabbat with Catered Dinner
Friday, April 15 at 6:00 PM
The perfect way to teach your children about Shabbat!  Led by Rabbi Magat and Cantor Meeka Simerly, families with young children will enjoy upbeat songs, a short story, and a talk with the Rabbi on the bimah.  All are welcome to these brief services on the third Friday of each month, starting at 6:00 PM. Stay after services and enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Sisterhood Family Game Night
Saturday, April 16 at 6:30 PM
BIG fun for a SMALL price! Enjoy family game night. We will have lots of board games available to play, and occasionally get a game of Poker or Mah Jongg together.
Member Prices: $3/person, $5/couple, $10/family
Non-Member Prices: $5/person, $10/couple, $15/family
PLUS bring a snack to share!
Cold drinks, coffee and tea, and dessert provided by Sisterhood. You may bring other liquid refreshment.
Second Night Seder
Saturday, April 23 at 5:00 PM
Why is this seder different from all other seders?  Enjoy a warm seder and have a joyous time with your friends, family and loved ones at Temple Emanu-El as we explore the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Passover dinner served; bring your own wine to share. Vegetarian meals available upon request.   Reserve your seat by April 15!

Hooray for Hollywood
Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM
You're invited to attend the 2016 Hooray for Hollywood Temple Emanu-El Gala. Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet, dessert extraordinaire, and be dazzled by "celebrity" performers and entertainment. Be prepared to walk the red carpet and bid at the silent and live auctions.  THE BOX OFFICE IS NOW OPEN: Get the hottest ticket in town!  Sponsorship opportunities, wall of fame stars, and tickets are  available for purchase here.

In the Community
Violence-Free, Resiliant Communities
Friday, April 1 at 11:30 AM
We all play a role in creating violence-free, resilient communities.  Join us for a special community awareness program to learn what is needed for our community to thrive, despite ongoing challenges, and how we can help address the needs.  People from the faith community, medicine, behavioral health, justice and law enforcement communities are invited to join together in learning from two panels of experts and our multi-disciplinary conversation. Held at San Jose City Hall, 200 Santa Clara Street, San Jose.   Click here for information on panelists.

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Sunday, April 3 at 4:00 PM
Enjoy dramatic reenactments of scenes from the Exodus Story from Muslim and Jewish scriptures, Interfaith conversations, and a Halal/Kosher dinner. $10, purchase tickets here.

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Reader's Theater: The Diary of Anne Frank
April 9 at 7:00 PM and April 10 at 2:00 PM
A staged reading of Wendy Kesselman's stage adaptation of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. Content may be inappropriate for children younger than teens. Parental discretion is advised. Tickets $10-$20. Tickets and more info.

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1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126