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Services at Temple Emanuel follow the traditions of Reform Judaism and use the Mishkan T'filah as the siddur (prayer book). Music and prayers in Hebrew and English are the cornerstones of our services, which typically end with a convivial Oneg Shabbat (social gathering) in our social hall.

We particularly encourage children to attend services. They often are given an opportunity to open the Ark doors and otherwise participate in the liturgy. That being said, many generations sit side by side in our Sanctuary, and we also love to host and take care of our senior members.

Starting in 2016, we use the Mishkan Hanefesh as our Machzor for the High Holy Days. These prayer books include beautiful new readings and arguably more accessible language selections.

Kippot and tallitot are available for all who wish to wear them, though their use is not required. Aids are available with advance notice for those with impaired vision or hearing.

Did You Know?

The Alternative Shabbat Service has its own prayerbook, assembled by members of our congregation. This lay-led service uses many traditional songs and prayers, both in English and Hebrew, along with some new prayers written or collected by our congregants.

The Alternative Service also offers time for quiet contemplation and meditation, rousing Shabbat songs, stimulating conversation, challah for the Motzi, wine for Kiddush, and a welcoming, participatory spirit. We meet at 6 P.M. on Friday evenings, usually about once a month from September through May. It's a great way to welcome Shabbat!

Statement on Recommended Clothing

In the spirit of respect for the Temple and Sanctuary as well as for ourselves and other congregants, the following are clothing recommendations for those attending services at Temple Emanuel. Everyone is encouraged to attend services, and no one will be denied admittance based on these guidelines:

  • Young worshipers should adhere to public school guidelines, and adults should serve as a role model for youngsters
  • Those scheduled to participate on the Bimah should wear collared shirts and long pants or appropriate dresses/blouses/skirts; denim is not appropriate
  • Everyone should wear modest attire to honor the Sanctuary

What is Reform?

What is Reform Judaism?
Throughout history, Jews have remained firmly rooted in Jewish tradition, even as we learned much from our encounters with other cultures. Nevertheless, since its earliest days, Reform Judaism has asserted that a Judaism frozen in time is an heirloom, not a living fountain.

The positions of the Reform Movement are based primarily in two sources: Resolutions adopted by the Union for Reform Judaism, and resolutions adopted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

To Learn More

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Sat, January 29 2022 27 Sh'vat 5782