Behind the Scenes With Emanu-El’s Volunteer Thanksgiving Turkey Carvers

“Just follow Norden’s instructions.” That’s the most important turkey carving tip from the seasoned volunteer carvers at Temple Emanu-El’s Thanksgiving Dinner. The Dinner isn’t for our members, but for those less fortunate who have nowhere to go on Thanksgiving. Our members coordinated volunteers, delegated, and prepared an entire meal for 200 guests — which involved …

Mitzvah Day 5780

A huge thank you to everyone: Wise Hall looked abundantly full on Mitzvah Day, when we all came together as one Temple community to volunteer, side by side. In the space of a morning, we accomplished an amazing mitzvah: 2,200 gift packages were assembled with love, ranging from dignity kits to Purim treats for the …

Thanksgiving Dinner 5780

From the appetizer to the delicious desserts, which included Thanksgiving cupcakes festively decorated by our volunteers, cinnamon doughnuts and a chocolate and vanilla parfait topped with fresh blueberries and raspberries, this Thanksgiving meal was a special way to share the warmth of the holiday with those who would otherwise be alone. All of our guests …

Where Warmth and Majesty Meet

How Temple Emanu-El creates programs for Gen Z and Millennials It is a common trope today that there is something within Gen Z and Millennials that is fundamentally opposed to joining institutions. At Temple Emanu-El, through thoughtful recalibration of our own efforts, we have begun to grow our capacity to engage this cohort. By partnering …

Religious School Sweethearts: New Members Have a Long History at Emanu-El

By Jackie Peterson, Communications Manager Religious School is a time to learn about Jewish identity and history, to develop a sense of right and wrong, to make lasting friendships, to study for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah… and, for some, a time to meet their future spouse. Matt and Annabel Perelman did not start their …

A Profound Impact: Join Us This Year

Temple Emanu-El is home to an extremely active Tikkun Olam committee. Each year, they seek to impact our community in a meaningful way — mitzvah by mitzvah, they work to repair the world. The Tikkun Olam committee not only betters countless lives in our city, but also creates and strengthens meangingful connections in our temple …

A Home for All at Emanu-El

This article originally appeared in our May/June 2019 Bulletin. By Beth Pilchik Temple Member and Religious School Parent On February 9, 2019, we celebrated our older son Miles’s bar mitzvah. We chose Temple Emanu-El for many reasons: Our friends belonged and liked it, religious school was one day a week, everyone seemed nice, and a …

Community as Family Goes Global

By Wendl Kornfeld Temple Member Temple Emanu-El is becoming increasingly recognized and praised as a trailblazer, a progressive congregation that recognizes and responds to the needs and interests of its older members. Emanu-El’s Community as Family (CAF) program began in 2015 as a self-advocacy group for congregants without adult children and has since expanded to …

Fostering Emanu-El’s Young Families

The Koeppel Family The Koeppel Family By Jaime Koeppel Temple Member When my husband Max and I were looking to join a synagogue in Manhattan, there was no question for Max that he wanted us to join Temple Emanu-El… after all, Max had become a Bar Mitzvah at Emanu-El, all of his siblings and his …