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Changes in Temple Re-entry Procedures

Dear Friends:

In late July, after the building had been closed for several months, the Temple’s Re-Entry Task Force developed guidance that allowed us to resume some aspects of Temple activity in-person with modifications and limitations. Since that time, a limited number of congregants have signed up online each week and attended Shabbat services. Rabbi Cohen, Patty, and Asherah have been able to maintain a staggered, socially distant schedule to come into the office. Recently, Rabbi Cohen initiated Hebrew classes on a hybrid schedule with some students attending in person and some virtually. Throughout, we have appreciated everyone’s respect of the safety precautions of wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and hand sanitizing whenever they are in the Temple.

Unfortunately, now we need to adjust our procedures again and return to the previous policy of minimal entry into the building. As I am sure you are aware, the caseload of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is rising in our area and the predictions are that the number of cases will continue to increase. Out of precaution, the following adjustments to procedures for re-entry into the Temple have been made and will be in effect until November 15. At the end of that period, a decision will be made to continue with the adjusted plan, if necessary, or to resume with the plan developed by the Re-Entry Task Force.

1) After the Temple bulletin is completed this week, the office will be closed through November 15, operating as it did previously. Rabbi Cohen, Patty, and Asherah will primarily work from home with occasional trips to the office when necessary. If you need to contact the Rabbi or the office, please email or call the office and leave a message. The messages are monitored regularly and your call will be returned.

2) The online Shabbat Sign-up procedure for Yahrzeit observers and the general congregation will be temporarily discontinued through November 15. In-person attendance at services in the sanctuary will be limited to only the Rabbi, soloist, and persons involved in producing and streaming Shabbat services.

3) Through November 15, there will be no in-person Hebrew classes. All Hebrew instruction will be virtual. Rabbi Cohen will communicate with the teachers and families of Hebrew students to provide information about this change.

With appreciation for your understanding,
Sara Beth Katz

Temple Services: Programs in Zoom and Facebook Live!

We have now switched to a 7:30 start time for Shabbat Services!


Tonight's Services can be downloaded here ...

We are celebrating Shabbat remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please join us on Facebook Live at 7:30 PM on Friday as we join in community from our homes.
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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Please join us virtually for "The Matzo Ball Diaries"!

The Jewish Women's Theater in Los Angeles is presenting an exciting virtual performance that explores the power of food to nourish our souls, heal us, and move us to action. A Zoom link will be sent out before the event, so watch your email! This event is hosted by the TE Sisterhood.

March of the Living TE/Tikkun Olam T-Shirt Fundraiser!

Our website can take checks over the Internet and post them directly to your member account if you're logged in. For those who want the old fashioned form and wish to mail their check in, here is the link to the order form.

The November Bulletin is available!

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

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


Dear Friends,

As the spread of the corona virus disrupts our daily routines and causes anxiety and fear to envelop our society, I want to let you know the Temple is here to support you at this difficult time. As of last Friday, we have closed our building and canceled all services, classes and celebrations for the foreseeable future. We have made some small purchases which will allow us to stream services with better quality than in the past. We will also be conducting classes and tutoring by Zoom in the coming days. Zoom is a platform that allows for discussion in a meeting format. You will receive an email invitation to a class and you simply click on the invitation and it will take you to the class. Older Hebrew School students will also be tutored by zoom.

For the time being I will be coming to the Temple daily for several hours each day. If you become ill, please let us know. We want to support you in any way possible. As a way of staying in touch regularly during this unusual time, I will be sending an email several times a week with Jewish teachings, helpful ideas from trusted professionals or conversation starters.

I understand that especially for those who live alone, social isolation is a very difficult and lonely prospect. I will be calling our seniors and others who live alone to check in with you as often as I can.

I know that as a community we will support each other and we will get through these difficult times. Jewish tradition teaches us that when we finish reading one of the five books of Torah we say to one another “CHAZAK CHAZAK V’NITCHATZEIK” – May we have strength and may we strengthen each other! With compassion, caring and love we will strengthen each other. With prayers for health and peace,


Rabbi Kathy Cohen

Tuesdays at the Temple

Please stay tuned for upcoming Tuesdays at the Temple!

Upcoming Tuesdays at the Temple can be found here.

Welcome to Temple Emanuel!


Shabbat Jewish Services in Roanoke Virginia


Worship at Temple Emanuel is nearly always filled with music. Scott Williamson, former Director of Opera Roanoke and current Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Romania directs our music and programming. Asherah Capellaro is our interim choir director and music leader. 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 (7:00 pm in summer). 

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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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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 ful 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 normally open between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. It can be reached at (540) 342-3378. Visitors are requested to please contact our office before arriving. Shabbat services are held each Friday evening at  7:30 pm (7:00 pm in summer). 

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    SepSeptember  1 , 2020
    MOTL Fundraiser
    Tuesday, Sep 1st 12:00a to Sunday, Nov 15th 12:00a
    As you know the March of the Living Trip this spring was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19. We are hoping all will be well for 2021 and the teens will be able to go. All funds collected so far will be going to support that trip.



Sat, October 31 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781