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About Temple Emanuel

Temple Emanuel is the only Reform congregation in the greater Roanoke area. Founded in 1889, Temple Emanuel represents the historical traditions of Reform Judaism as well as an innovative, creative approach to Jewish prayer and education. The theme of this Temple is to be found in its name, Emanuel, which is Hebrew for "God is with us." Our Temple has adopted this name, symbolic of the mission of the Jewish Religion ... the calling forth of the faith in God and the fulfillment of God's purpose. Our programs include religious services, adult and family education, Tikkun Olam, and many social events. Guests are always welcome.

Temple Emanuel is heir to over 125 years of tradition. Today, our congregation is vibrant with song and prayer. Our membership is thriving. We continue to be proud of the new ways we learn to teach and to reach our congregants.

The growth of our congregation has led to improvements in the quality of Jewish life we offer our members. We enjoy a cantorial soloist at each of our High Holy Day Services, and we insure that our Torah Scrolls are maintained on a regular basis. Continuing education classes for adults and the Jewish Community Preschool  and Shalom for our children meet the congregation's lifelong learning needs.

Our Mission Statement




From the Bylaws of Temple Emanuel:

"The purpose of this congregation is to promote the fundamental and enduring principles of Judaism; to insure the continuity of the Jewish people; to enable its members to develop a relationship with God through communal worship, study of Torah, and assembly; and to apply the principles of Reform Judaism to the values and conduct of the individual, the family and the society in which we live."


Reform Judaism



The URJ has compiled a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions (with answers!) on the following topics:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Parenting
  • Jewish Life Cycle
  • God
  • Reform Judaism
  • Intermarriage
  • Choosing Judaism
  • Doing Jewish
  • Choosing the Covenant

Learn More About Temple Emanuel


  • Kathy S Cohen is our Rabbi. Visit her page for more info about her.
  • Court Rosen is our Temple President. Learn more about our Temple Leadership and Office Staff.
  • Want to donate to Temple Emanuel? See our Giving page.
  • Our building has been renovated and expanded. Learn more here.
  • Keep up-to-date with our Temple Bulletin.
  • Our cornerstone shows three important milestones in the history of our Temple.
  • Take a look at our History Pages.

Contact Us

Please call our office at (540) 342-3378 or contact us by e-mail if you have any questions.

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