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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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Changes in Temple Re-entry Procedures

November 18, 2020

Dear Fellow Congregants:

I am writing to let you know that, until further notice, we will continue to follow a policy of minimal entry into the Temple. The Temple’s Re-Entry Task Force met this week, reviewed health data and information regarding the continuing trend of increasing incidence of COVID in our area, and the Board of Directors concurred with the recommendations of the Task Force. Presently, the Task Force plans to review the situation in mid-January, after the winter holiday season, to consider the path forward at that time.

At the present time and until further notice:

1) The office remains closed. Rabbi Cohen, Patty and Asherah are working from home with only occasional trips to the office if necessary. If you need to contact the Rabbi or the office, please e-mail or call the office and leave a message. The messages are monitored daily and your call will be returned. The Jewish Community Preschool (JCP) continues to operate and their activities are limited to the downstairs level and playground area.

2) In-person attendance at services in the sanctuary continues to be limited to only the Rabbi, soloist, and those persons involved in producing and streaming Shabbat services. The online Sign-up procedure for Yahrzeit observers and the general congregation has been temporarily suspended.

3) Hebrew school will be conducted virtually for all students. Rabbi Cohen will be sending packets home for lower grade students. She will communicate with teachers and families regarding changes in the schedule.

4) Monthly Temple Bulletins, beginning with the December edition, will be delivered electronically to your e-mail address and posted on the Temple website. Only a very limited number of paper copies of the bulletin will be sent through USPS mail to those congregants who do not have or do not use e-mail.

Although the building remains closed, please know that the Temple is open for business and there are activities and events- online with Zoom or Facebook Live- that you can participate in and that offer the opportunity join your Temple community to pray, to learn, to celebrate, and to be together. Shabbat services continue to be streamed on Facebook Live on Friday evenings at 7:30. Torah Study and Tuesdays at the Temple on Zoom continue to offer stimulating programs and lively discussion. We are fortunate to have monthly musical programs with Cantor Alexandra Fox and our next event with her will be a Hanukah Havdalah Saturday, December 12 on Zoom. Plans are in the works for our Hanukah celebration in the Temple parking lot on Sunday, December 13. Look for information and details about all of our programs and events in the Temple bulletin, in email blasts from the Temple office, on Temple’s Facebook site, and on the Temple website. Temple Emanuel is here for you - please let us know how we can help and be of assistance to you.

With wishes to you all for peace, happiness, and good health,

Sara Beth Katz

The March Bulletin is available!

The March 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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