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About Temple Emanuel

As a Beit T’fillah (house of prayer), Temple Emanuel is constantly innovating. For those who pray through music, we offer a rich, beautiful, and soulful musical experience. Several years ago we began bringing to Temple Emanuel a Student Cantor from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Each of these students has enriched our congregational life and our prayer experiences. Once a month the Chailites sing at services and it is not a service to miss! Our Music Director, Scott Williamson, is the jewel of our program. His musical knowledge, gentle personality and thoughtful disposition have helped our choir reach new heights. He also shares his beautiful voice with us as our Cantorial Soloist once a month. We are also honored to have Dedra Pentecost as our “anchor” soloist. Dedra’s sweet voice and relaxed presence guides us through prayer with an emphasis on congregational participation. Each Shabbat at Temple is truly a musical feast! Though we love the new Reform prayerbook, Mishkan T’fillah, this year we will be introducing a book of “homegrown” creative services. These services will offer different English readings that will hopefully introduce a deeper spiritualty.

As a Beit K’nesset (house of gathering) we are so proud of our very active Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Senior Youth Group! Regular brunches, congregational meals, book club, retreats, Superbowl parties, kid’s night out, teen lock ins, participation in regional events are just a sampling of the many ways that we join as a community. Our Social Action Committee brings us together to fulfill the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam (fixing the world) through opportunities such as tzedakah monthly sponsorship, serving at RAM House, participating in Family Promise, providing dinners at Ronald McDonald House, Mitzvah Days, and Giggles ‘n Grins (our newest program to provide for the needs of area impoverished youth). Monthly Movie Mondays bring us together to enjoy a Jewish themed movie and share snacks. Don’t miss out on these amazing programs!

As a Beit Midrash (a house of learning), we are very fortunate in the variety of classes we offer! Adults can enjoy Tanach (Bible) Study at noon on Mondays, Mussar (Jewish ethical spirituality) on Sundays or Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Temple (our ongoing adult education series on varying topics), Scholar in Residence activities, Hebrew, Basic Judaism, and Shabbat morning Torah Study. Our Hebrew School, Summer Camp, Learner’s Minyan, Loebl Library programs, Joint Preschool, Joint Religious School and March of the Living allow our children to have a rich and meaningful Jewish experience.

Shabbat services are held each Friday evening at  7:30 pm (6:30 pm in summer). 

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


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