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Temple Emanuel Welcomes You!

"Welcome to Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, Virginia.  We are the only Reform Congregation in the greater Roanoke and New River Valley region.  We take an innovative approach to Jewish tradition, while remaining true to the values and ethics of our heritage.  Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we strive to embody the ideals of “Doing right, loving goodness, and walking humbly with our God.”

Our Temple represents a wonderful blend of people from many countries and walks of life.  As a relatively small congregation, we serve each other as a warm and welcoming family — always ready to support each other, and always ready to include new members in our mix. Our doors are open to all who wish to learn about Judaism, explore their Jewish heritage, or deepen their Jewish commitment.

Temple Emanuel is an active, dynamic, and spiritually fulfilling community. Explore our website and you will see the amazing energy of our congregation!"

– Rabbi Kathy Cohen

Temple Services: Programs in Zoom and Facebook Live!

Be sure to look in your emails for information about our upcoming events!


A program for Thanksgiving service can be downloaded here.
A program for November's  
services can be downloaded here.

We have updated our Covid-19 entry procedures to allow in-person attendance for services. Services are still broadcast for those who cannot attend. Please join us in-person or on Facebook Live at
7:30 PM on Friday and on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. Please see our Covid-19 entry guidelines above or contact the Temple office with any questions.

Here is how to access Facebook Live:

Go to our Temple Emanuel Facebook page for Shabbat services:

If you are signed into Facebook and have previously "liked" Temple Emanuel, then you will automatically receive a notification once our Facebook Live services start.

We are using Zoom, Facebook Live and our emails to keep in contact with you.

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Guidelines for In-Person Shabbat Services Attendance During Covid-19

Updated November 20, 2021

Dear Congregants:

Based on CDC and Task Force recommendations, Temple Emanuel continues to require that all adult congregants, their children ages 12 or older, and guests attending Shabbat services or otherwise entering the building must be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask.

A member of the Task Force will inspect a digital photo or paper copy of your vaccination card at the door before you enter. Once your full vaccination status has been documented, you will not need to present your card again.  Children ages 5 to 11, whether vaccinated or still unvaccinated, may attend services but should wear a face mask.  

What is new and exciting is that in light of the recent availability of booster shots for fully vaccinated adults ages 18 or older and the recent availability of vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, Onegs, Kiddush luncheons, and Congregational dinners will resume on condition that all attendees continue to wear face masks except when eating or drinking.  When sitting at your table but not eating or drinking, or when gathering food from a buffet, please continue to wear your face mask.  Further, no more than six persons may sit together at one of our eleven round tables. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in suspension of these social gatherings.  

For unvaccinated or other congregants who cannot attend services in-person, streaming on Facebook Live will remain available for Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services.

This opportunity for congregants and their families to gather together again to eat, to drink,  and to socialize offers immeasurable benefits for a Jewish community desperately seeking a return to normalcy.

Mark A. Black

The November Bulletin is available!

The November monthly bulletin is available! Bulletins can be found here 

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Members of Temple Emanuel in Roanoke Virginia Are Upstanding Citizens


Numerous members of Temple Emanuel are upstanding citizens in their community. They are well-regarded in Roanoke as a result of their business acumen, contributions to the arts and sciences, and help for others in need without asking for anything in return. We particularly honor the senior members of the Temple Emanuel community who continue to share their wisdom, love and energy with new generations. 

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Temple Emanuel's calendar is chock full of events. From Jewish holidays, to Shabbat services, to classes, social activities and community functions, our synagogue is busy. Our online calendar, which updates automatically, can be copied into Outlook and web-based calendars such as those in Gmail. Below you will also find a summary of upcoming events at Temple Emanuel.

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Directions to Temple Emanuel in Roanoke Virginia


Temple Emanuel is conveniently located near the intersection of Persinger Road, SW and Brambleton Ave, SW, near Virginia Western Community College. Our office is open Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.  (540) 342-3378 Shabbat services are held each Friday evening at  7:30 pm and on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am. We will be live on Facebook on Temple Emanuel's page.

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Shabbat Jewish Services in Roanoke Virginia


Worship at Temple Emanuel is nearly always filled with music. Children are always welcome at services and Rabbi Kathy Cohen encourages them to participate. Shabbat services are held each Friday evening at  7:30 pm and Saturday morning at 9:30 am.



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Temple Emanuel Roanoke 125 Year Anniversary


For over 125 years, Temple Emanuel has welcomed diverse groups of persons to worship, learn, support one another, and celebrate life together. In the noble tradition of Reform Judaism, ours is an inclusive community that is particularly welcoming to families who may not have a Jewish member. Our doors are always open to newcomers and to Jews who have lived in the Roanoke area, even for a long time.

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Temple Emanuel Roanoke Volunteering Opportunities


Temple Emanuel is recognized as one of the leading supporters of the Roanoke valley. Our programs include Giggles 'n' Grins, which helps provide clothing, school supplies, and food to over 25 area children. We also support Family Promise, which takes a holistic approach to ending homelessness among families in our area. From our Brotherhood and Sisterhood, to our many individual Mitzvah Day volunteers, Temple Emanuel cares.

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Jewish Life Events in Roanoke Including Funerals, Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs


Temple Emanuel is always there to bring Jewish understanding and tradition to life events in and about Roanoke. From joyous events such as weddings, to introspective ones such as funerals, we support members and relatives at all times. Many of our children celebrate Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, Confirmations, and other Jewish milestones in our synagogue, surrounded by family, friends, and well-wishers from the Roanoke Jewish community. 

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Kids At Temple Emanuel Roanoke Virginia


Everyday, we hear children laughing at Temple Emanuel. The Jewish Community Preschool, a separate entity established by Beth Israel Synagogue and Temple Emanuel, is located in our building. The Jewish Community Religious School, also in concert with our friends at Beth Israel Synagogue, offers classes to all age groups. Older students participate in NFTY and many attend URJ sports, science, and other camps.

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Jewish culture and devotion are characterized by life long learning. At Temple Emanuel, adult education includes scholars in residence, Hebrew classes, film, concerts, a book club, and domestic and international travel. Our library provides a quiet place to browse through our Jewish collection or simply to relax. Persons wishing to learn more about Judaism or begin their journey in our tradition are taught by our rabbi and resident experts. 

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