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Temple Services: Programs in Zoom and Facebook Live!


A program for tonight's service 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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The Temple Brotherhood Presents: Bagel Boxes!

Bagel Boxes from Donnie D's Bagels & Deli!!!

Our Temple Brotherhood is bringing a great bagel experience to the Temple! Place your order for fresh, made from scratch bagels from Donnie D's Bakery & Deli! Each Bagel Box is $25.00 and contains 4 plain bagels, lox, cream cheese, sliced tomatoes and onions and fresh fruit. Orders must be picked up at the Temple Emanuel parking area drive through located at 1163 Persinger RD SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24015 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Click here to order your bagel boxes now!

The Temple Brotherhood is also taking donations.


Guidelines for In-Person Shabbat Services Attendance During Covid-19 (rev.2/11/21)

February 11, 2021

  1. TE Shabbat Sign Up and Covid-19 Self-Screening Questionnaire - You will receive an email from Temple with a link to the Shabbat Sign Up. Instructions are found at the top. The Covid-19 Self Screening Questionnaire is located on the right side:
    -If you answer “Yes” to any question, please do not sign up because you may not attend in person; please watch the service on Facebook Live.
    -If you can answer “no” to all questions, proceed to the sign-up section.

  2. Shabbat Sign Up - Pre-registration using the on-line sign up is required to attend services. You will not be admitted if you have not preregistered using the sign- up sheet. At this time, there is a limit of 10 individuals for in-person attendance. Those wishing to observe Yahrzeits have priority and must sign up by 5 pm Wednesday of the week the Yahrzeit will be read. Other congregants who want to attend need to sign up between 5 pm Wednesday and 12 pm noon Friday for the service that week. Please rotate your attendance so all who want to come to services will have a chance to sign up.
  3. Entrance into the Temple –You need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service start time. Masks must be worn and physical distance of 6 feet must be maintained at all times at the Temple. Double-masking, with your best mask on top to improve fit and filtration, is recommended but not required. When you arrive at the entrance doors, your temperature will be checked before you enter; then hand sanitizer will be provided to you. Proceed directly to the sanctuary to be seated. Please do not linger in the hall or atrium before the service. Restroom use is limited to one person/family unit at a time. Water fountains are not available. Kippahs and tallit will not be available at Temple.
  4. Sanctuary -Someone will assist you with seating. Physical distance of 6 feet will be maintained in the sanctuary. Every other row is blocked off and you must allow 3 seats between you and the next congregant. Masks must be worn throughout the services; please refrain from singing. If a prayer book is needed, take one from the top of the cabinet outside the sanctuary. After the service, put your prayer book in the designated basket on the floor by the sanctuary door as you leave.
  5. Exiting the Temple – Someone will assist with exiting from the sanctuary at the conclusion of the service. One row at a time will be dismissed. Please continue to maintain physical distance and do not linger in the atrium, hallway, or lobby. Exit promptly and, if you desire, greet fellow congregants in the parking lot (remember to maintain physical distance and wear your mask).

    Thank you for your compliance with these guidelines. They were developed with concern for the health and safety of all who enter Temple Emanuel. If you have questions, please contact Sara Beth Katz (


The May Bulletin is available!

The May 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

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 currently closed. Please call (540) 342-3378 and someone will return your call.  Shabbat services are held each Friday evening at  7:30 pm (7:00 pm in summer). 

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