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"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

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

Updated March 1, 2022

Dear Congregants: Based on revised CDC guidelines for Roanoke City and Roanoke County, the Task Force has determined that, effective immediately, the wearing of face masks at Temple Emanuel should, for most congregants and their families, be optional. Temple Emanuel continues to require that all adult congregants and their guests attending Shabbat services or otherwise entering the building be fully vaccinated. Likewise, congregants or their families who have Covid-19 symptoms, have recently tested positive for Covid-19, or have recently been exposed to someone with Covid-19 should not enter Temple Emanuel. In addition, as an effective mitigation measure, we will continue to maintain reasonable social distancing among different households both in the sanctuary during services and other gatherings, and in the social hall during Onegs, Kiddush luncheons, and congregational dinners.  In accordance with CDC guidelines, individuals who are immunocompromised or otherwise at a high risk of severe illness, because of age or underlying medical conditions, should consult with their health care provider as to whether the wearing of face masks at Temple Emanuel would be in their best interests. Likewise, children who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue to wear face masks at Temple Emanuel.  Finally, congregants who live or work outside the Roanoke Valley, where the risk of Covid-19 infection or hospitalization is currently at a high level, should consider wearing face masks at Temple Emanuel. Higher quality face masks will continue to be available at the door for use by Temple Emanuel congregants and their families. The Task Force further encourages that: 1. All eligible congregants and their families receive booster shots. 2. All congregants and their families who choose to continue wearing face masks use a higher quality face mask, such as a N95 or KN95 face mask. 3. All eligible children not already fully vaccinated take steps to become fully vaccinated. The Task Force will re-evaluate this revised face mask policy in the event that health conditions in the Roanoke Valley worsen at a future date. Sincerely, Mark A. Black President

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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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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 Our Summer Shabbat services start at 7:00 pm and are held from June 1 – August 31.  


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Whether you're new to Judaism, or you're hoping to deepen your Jewish commitment ... whether you're considering a move to the Roanoke Valley, or you're a Roanoke or New River Valley area resident exploring the benefits of Temple affiliation ... we've got resources to answer your questions!


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