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Join us for a super fun evening with Hors d’oeuvres, Cash Bar, and Games of Chance!

We will have:
Black Jack
Slot Machines

Childcare is provided, so come have a Date Night!

Advance reservation price: $18 single admission / $35 per couple
Door price: $20 per person

Call the Temple office TODAY to make your reservation. 540-342-3378 Share this event. The more the LUCKIER!

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Welcome to Temple Emanuel!

 Temple Announcements

TuBishvat Tree Planting Ceremony
Thank you to our Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Scott Williamson, Trees Roanoke, Roanoke city officials, and everyone that made our Jewish Arbor Day this Sunday such a wonderful and memorable event! There are photos posted on our Temple Facebook page here.

Please join us Friday night at 7:30 PM for Erev Shabbat services. Don Stefl, Board President, and Tomer Bitton, Building and Grounds Co-Chair, will sit on the Bima. The Oneg Shabbat is a gift of Frank and Melissa Friedman and Adrienne Bloss and Court Rosen. We thank them for enhancing our services.

Temple Band Debut!
The Temple Band debuted last week, led by Scott Williamson on the Bimah!

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Purim Shpiel Fever is Starting!

Sunday, March 24th, come be our guest for a new Purim sphiel based on Beauty and the Beast! Click the image below to view the full flyer.


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 

Shabbat Jewish Services in Roanoke Virginia


Worship at Temple Emanuel nearly always is filled with music. Scott Williamson, the Director of the Roanoke Opera, leads our choir. Our student cantors elevate our services with old and new interpretations of song and Torah readings. 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 (6:30 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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Cantors At Temple Emanuel Roanoke Virginia


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 Roanoke Virginia Calendar of Events


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 Apperson Boulevard and Brambleton Avenue, 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 (6:30 pm in summer). 

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All Events
  • Saturday
    Apr  13
    Volunteer for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
    Shabbat, Apr 13th (All day)
    Our congregation volunteers at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, which is Friday - Saturday, April 13th and 14th. If we get 25 volunteers, including 5 race marshals, our congregation gets a $1,000 donation which our Sisterhood uses to award $250 to each participant in the March of the Living. We currently have 13 volunteers, including 4 race marshals. If you would like to sign up, or see what positions are available (marking the race course, food tent, handing out water, giving out medals, etc.) please visit If your child will be attending the 2020 March of the Living, please volunteer, if possible. Please sign up by March 1st! Contact Marit Berntson or Meredith Webster if you have any questions.



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