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Erev Shabbat Family Service with 5th and 7th Grades
Friday, November 4 at 7:00 PM

Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, November 11 at 7:00 PM

Baby Shabbat
Saturday, November 12 at 9:00 AM

Tot Shabbat with Kindergarten and 1st Grade with Catered Dinner
Friday, November 18 at 6:00 PM

Erev Shabbat Service
Friday, November 18 at 7:00 PM

The Annual Campaign
It's November!  We are about one-third of the way through our Annual Campaign, and still have a ways to go until we meet out goal.

All gifts to the Annual Campaign will be recognized in Connections and make a difference in the lives of your fellow congregants. 

Thank you to those of you who have already donated! If you haven't had your chance at bat yet, take the swing by clicking here to donate!   Click here to donate if you have not done so already.
25th Annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 PM
Join Brotherhood during the Silicon Valley Jewish Films Festival for "The Kind Words" at AMC Saratoga 14 in San Jose. $10 cost.  No Host Dinner at Capers restaurant will proceed the movie at 7:00 PM.  Contact if you are still interested in joining!
San Jose Students Bring Anne Frank Exhibit to School
Sunday, November 6 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  RSVP by November 4 to
Some of our students at Discovery Charter School in Moreland school district learned about the Holocaust.  They committed themselves to raising the funds required to host an exhibit.(It was over 5,000!) Together with other DCS middle-schoolers, these students will be hosting the exhibit, "Anne Frank: A History for Today," in Room 3.   Join Temple Emanu-El for a special viewing of the exhibit on Sunday, November 6. Corrected Address:  Discovery Charter School is located at 4021 Teale Ave., San Jose.

Friday, November 4 at 6:00 PM
Everyone is welcome to join our congregational family for a Shabbatluck Dinner. 

Meet and schmooze with our 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
Friday, November 4 at 7:00 PM
This service includes the participation of our 5th Grade Class with leadership from our 7th Grade Class. We're proud of our students and their participation and leadership in our service. This Family Service is preceded by a congregational Shabbatluck potluck dinner. We hope you share in this delightful Shabbat service with us.
Adult Intro to Hebrew Class
Next Meeting: Sunday, November 6 at 10:30 AM.
This class will be held for 10 sessions and be taught by Cantor Amanda Winter and Director of Education Phil Hankin.  The class will be open to the public and will concentrate on basic Hebrew reading skills. There will be a materials fee of approximately $25.
Members who are interested in having an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah are required to attend this class (as it will be a pre-requisite to the Adult B'nai Mitzvah class).  Please e-mail with any questions, or to sign up for the class.  If you missed the first session, you are still able to attend!

Tikkun Olam: Green Team Kick-Off Meeting
Wednesday, November 9 at 7:30 PM
Join Temple Emanu-El's newly formed Green Team.

Come with your thoughts on how the Temple Emanu-El family can help to preserve our beautiful planet

The meeting will take place at the home of Judy and Bob Levy
On Wednesday from 7:30-9:00 PM at 1078 Kelly Drive San Jose.  RSVP (optional) to

Baby Shabbat
Saturday, November 12 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!

Sisterhood Membership Luncheon
Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 PM
Come thank fellow members and enjoy lunch and a program focusing on the history of our Sisterhood.  The Membership Appreciation Luncheon is free to members who have paid their dues for 2017.  Lunch features Mediterranean cuisine.  Non member guests are welcome for $10.  Contact for more information.

Parenting Circles: Raising a Resiliant Child
3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM beginning October 20.  Next Meeting: November 17.
Learn how to raise resilient children in the face of trends toward anxious parenting and over-parenting, and share your own ideas and experiences.  Parents of children ages 0-11 will discuss the novel The Blessing of a Skinned KneeFor more information, contact Emily at   Purchase tickets here.  Although the first meeting has happened, you may still attend future meetings.  Please contact Emily about the materials and reading for the November meeting.

Tot Shabbat with Kindergarten and 1st Grade with Catered Dinner
Friday, November 18 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 Winter, 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. Followng services, enjoy a delicious dinner provided by Sisterhood, of course at no charge!
Brotherhood Paid-Up Membership Dinner
Saturday, November 19 at 6:00 PM
Brotherhood Members - Please be our guest, with your significant other, for our annual paid-up member dinner on Saturday, November 19 in the Temple House. New members may pay at the door!  Enjoy a delicious, buffet dinner.  This promises to be a very fun night. RSVP to no later than November 14.

2nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 20 at 6:30 PM
At this time of year, when it is especially important for us to be thankful, we will join together with other organizations and congregations to share our gratitude as a community and give back.  There will be a canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank.  A communal reception will follow the service.  
Turkey Drive
Now through November 22
Please join Temple Emanu-El Preschool in our annual Turkey and Canned Food Drive to benefit Sacred Heart Community Services.
Turkeys (frozen), canned food and donations (made payable to Sacred Heart) can be delivered to the preschool between the hours of 7:00 AM and 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday 11/1-22.  Please help us to touch the lives of others!!!
Contact Barbara 408-293-8660 or with any questions.

Latkes and Laughs
Sunday, December 18.  Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Show at 6:30 PM
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!  Enjoy potato pancakes and punchlines from amazing comedians.  NEW THIS YEAR: A delicious, latke dinner is included in the ticket price. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.  CALLING ALL TEMPLE MEMBERS: We are looking for babysitters to help provide childcare during Latkes and Laughs.  If you are interested, please contact

An Interfaith Trip to Israel and Rome!
April 18-May 2, 2017
Rabbi Dana Magat and Bishop PJ McGrath will be leading an interfaith trip to their respective spiritual homelands: Israel and Rome! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the roots of two of the most influential and important world religions. Registration is available on our website, or by clicking here.

In the Community
Become a JFS Friendly Visitor -- Make A Real Difference in the Life of An Isolated Senior!
JFS is in need of empathetic and committed volunteers to become Friendly Visitors.  A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly or every other week visit and they form lasting friendships with the senior. Our Friendly Visitors say that they get so much more than they give. Volunteers must be amenable to JFS' screening process.  For more information, contact Lori Cinnamon at

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Tour Colma's Jewish Cemeteries
Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 AM
Meet at Colma Historical Association Museum.  1500 Hillside Boulevard, Colma.
The museum is near Serramonte Blvd and closer to 280 than 101. It is at the corner of F St. and Hillside Blvd. It's about a half-mile walk from the Colma BART station.
Enjoy a tour of three of the Jewish cemeteries in Colma: Home of Peace, Hills of Eternity, and Eternal Home. The tour will begin at the museum with a 10-minute film which discusses the history of all of Colma's cemeteries, including moving burials from San Francisco. We will then visit the three Jewish cemeteries and hear about some of the history and the burials, famous and perhaps some locals. There is no fee for the tour.
Torah Study Class at the JCC: Women's Commentary
Wednesdays November 30-December 21 at 7:00 PM
In the last generation or so, our ongoing conversation with Torah has been greatly enriched by the unique perspectives and experiences of women rabbis, scholars and thought-leaders. This lively and engaging class will explore selected Torah portions through the lenses of some of our wisest and most profound women commentators. Please  join us as we find new ways for our ancient texts to inform our lives as women and men today. Instructor: Rabbi Carol Caine. Cost: $79 (JCC members $36). For more information or to register, contact
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1010 University Ave
San Jose, CA 95126