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Support March of the Living with your very own TE Tikkun Olam T-Shirt!

Show your "Shul Spirit" with your very own TE/Tikkun Olam Tee!
Order here online or in the Temple office or lobby!
You can also print your order form here and bring it to Temple.

Please email if you have any questions.

Join us on Monday, February 24 to hear guest speaker, Dr. Joel Hoffman.

Join us on Sunday, March 15 for Purim Dinner and Esther's Stone Groove!

We will be taking reservations online. You can RSVP by going to

The February Bulletin is available!

February's monthly bulletin is available! Bulletins can be found here ...

 Temple Announcements

Erev Shabbat Services will begin at 7:30 PM on Friday. Sara Beth Katz, President and Court Rosen, 1st Vice President, will sit on the bima. Dedra Pentecost will lead our music. Thank you, Dedra! Our Oneg Shabbat is a gift of Wendy and Joe Gallo and Shirnley and Wayne McNeil. We thank them for enhancing our Shabbat! It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air! There will be a special gift for every female at services.

Tot Shabbat
Services for ages 2-7 will be held this Saturday at 10:00 AM. Join the Rabbi for prayer, story, and fun!

Tuesdays at the Temple
Join us February 18 in the library at 7:00 PM. Tomer Bitton will speak about growing up in Haifa. 

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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

Tuesdays at the Temple

Join us on February 11th in the library at 7:00 PM. Noga Orange will talk about growing up as a secular Jew in a Kibbutz.

Sundaes on Sunday!

On June 23, we had some great family fun and great music led by Scott Williamson!


Romania: Revolution, 1989

With many thanks to everyone who helped make the premiere reading of Aaron Garber's new opera Romania: Revolution, 1989 possible. It was a special day in Virginia. The subject hit home in a powerful way as many in the audience experienced the juxtaposition of life and art, history and the present, at once jarring, moving, disturbing, cathartic. (Spoiler alert: the first act ends with the protagonist's 16-year-old twin sisters shot and killed.)

What an honor and privilege it is for me to work on it in this Fall at West University of Timișoara with Romanian friends Mihai Popean, Mariana Faur, Cismariu Liliana, and Săndulescu Ramon. Ciao!

- Scott Williamson, Musical Director


Welcome to Temple Emanuel!

We hope you were our guest for Purim 2019: Esther and the Beast!

Sunday, March 24th, we celebrated Purim, ate Hamantashen, and sat down to watch the Temple Emanuel Players present a unique play, Esther and the Beast, that tells the story of Purim using the themes from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. There was song, drama, some eunuchs, a curse and a rose, blossoming love, and a hateful villain. Would there be redemption for the Beast? What will become of Esther and the Jews?

If you missed the spiel, you'll have to wait for it to come out on DVD! One thing was for sure: it was certainly one for the records!


The Beregovski Suite: Klezmer Reimagined was a success!

Through the efforts of our Music Director, Scott Williamson and AGAR we were treated to an incredible concert by Alicia Svigals and Uli Gcissendocrfer.

"I couldn't be more thrilled we are kicking off our music series with this program. Alicia Svigals was a founding member of the Klezmatics, one of the world's leading performers of klezmer repertory," said Temple Emanuel Music and Program director, Scott Williamson. "This music expresses the heart, soul and spirit of life that is core to one of the world's great folk cultures. 'Klezmer' music, with its bluesy harmonies, memorable melodies and infectious dance rhythms is one of the most beloved forms of Jewish culture. We're honored to co-host this fantastic, jazz-inspired duo with our friends from Amherst, the non-profit arts organization, Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR)."



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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All Events
  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  10 , 2020
    MOTL Fundraiser
    Tuesday, Mar 10th 12:00a
    Show your "Shul Spirit" with your very own TE/Tikkun Olam Tee! Order here online or in the Temple office or lobby! ! You can also print your order form here and bring it to Temple. Please email if you have any questions.


  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  15 , 2020
    2020 Purim Dinner and Spiel: Esther's Stone Groove
    Sunday, Mar 15th 6:00p to 10:00p
    Join us for our Purim Dinner and Spiel (an R&B Megillah). Dinner including: Gyros with all the fixins, Mujadera (rice and lentils), Israeli chopped salad, Persian watermelon salad, Hamantaschen and Halvah. $15 per adult, children under 13 are free.



Sun, February 23 2020 28 Sh'vat 5780