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

Updated January 7, 2022

Dear Congregants:

Based on Task Force determinations, Temple Emanuel continues to require that all adult congregants and their guests attending Shabbat services or otherwise entering the building must be fully vaccinated and wear a face mask. With the dominance of the highly contagious Omicron variant, the Task Force met earlier this week and further encourages: 1. All eligible congregants to receive booster shots. 2. All congregants and their families to wear high quality face masks, such as N95 or KN95 masks. These higher quality face masks will be available shortly at the door for use by Temple Emanuel congregants and their families. Finally, until further notice, based on input from national and local public health officials, we are immediately suspending Onegs, Kiddush luncheons, congregational dinners, and other food service because of the necessity, at the present time, for the wearing of face masks at all times after entering the building. There will, however, be an opportunity for congregants to take pick-up food home after Shabbat services and to socialize with other members while continuing to wear their face masks. We will re-evaluate this policy in approximately sixty days, with a sincere hope that public health conditions improve to the extent that we can resume normal food service. Sincerely, Mark A. Black President

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

The January Bulletin is available!

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

Special January Event

Please click  to see special January concert Information January MLK Concert

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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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Sat, January 29 2022 27 Sh'vat 5782