• About Temple Emanuel

    Temple Emanuel is a warm and inviting community of diverse members who come together to celebrate, worship, study, serve, socialize, and play.  Since 1857 our congregation has been the center of Reform Jewish Life in West Michigan. We are active in both Jewish and secular causes.  Our close knit congregation of 280 families, proudly serves nearly sixty families every month from Read More
  • Worship

    Worship is a central part of community life at Temple Emanuel. Our services are lively, musical, and engaging.  Temple Emanuel holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 6:15 P.M. Prior to services, many of us gather for the wine and cheese social that starts at 5:30 PM. Oneg Shabbat follows imediately after services. Come and join us!  Please note, Read More
  • Education

    Temple Emanuel offers many educational programs for children and adults. Our programs are also open to the community at large. Please check our calendar for details.     Adult Education There are many Temple sponsored programs along with some that Temple Emanuel co-sponsors with other local Jewish organizations. Please visit our Adult Education page for more details.     Temple Emanuel Religious Read More
  • Intro To Tikkun Olam Programs

    Tikkun olam (תיקון עולם‎) is a phrase in Hebrew that means "repairing the world."  The modern Reform Jewish interpretation of tikkun olam is to "heal the world" in order to make the world a better place for all. As Liberal Jews, we tend to approach tikkun olam less from its cosmological implications and more from a focus on acts of social Read More
  • History

    Welcome to the fifth oldest Reform congregation in the United States. Temple Emanuel, first known as the Benevolent and Burial Society, was founded in 1857 and occupied two rented structures until 1881, when the congregation built it's first home on the corner of Fountain and Ransom Streets, in downtown Grand Rapids. Organized by five German families who had fled the Read More
  • Historical Archives

    Temple Emanuel's archives date back to the mid-1800s. They include the 500 volume personal library of Julius Houseman, one of our founders and the first Jewish mayor of Grand Rapids. A recent gift includes two scrap books from the Amberg family, a prominent family in the development of Grand Rapids, also a founding family of Temple Emanuel in 1857. Since Read More
  • Wine and Cheese Hour

    Join us every Friday evening for our Wine and Cheese Hour at 5:30 PM.   This is our version of Happy Hour, a time to unwind at the end of the week and get in the mood to celebrate Shabbat. This is a great opportunity to schmooze with old friends and make some new acquaintances. 
  • 1 About Temple Emanuel
  • 2 Worship
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Intro To Tikkun Olam Programs
  • 5 History
  • 6 Historical Archives
  • 7 Wine and Cheese Hour

News of the Week

  • News & Notes 10/4/16

    Judy Sernick would like to extend her thanks to everyone who baked and helped with the Rosh Hashanah Oneg on Sunday night. She is deeply grateful to your help--as is everyone who enjoyed themselves at the event. Temple Library Update from Kris SiegelAfter hearing Rabbi’s sermons about the spiritual practice of Mussar, I wanted to let the congregation know that 3 books about Mussar have been ordered and will be in the Temple library by the end of the week.
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President's Column

  • October 2016: New Ideas & Systems

    As of this writing, we are still looking for a few Tzedakah Commitments. Since we sent out the initial request, I have been asked a few questions that I would like to clarify.   1. Why was $1,300 per family the figure that you put in last month’s letter so much lower than previous years’ benchmark amounts? The $1,300 per family only gets us to our goal if absolutely every member household pays that figure. The Board wanted to include
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Rabbi's Column

  • October 2016: Welcoming the New Year with Open Arms

    During the past year I had the great pleasure of attending services in many different synagogues. Being on sabbatical allowed me the chance not only to see how other congregations approach Shabbat worship but also how strangers are made to feel welcome. I picked up quite a few new ideas for services that I am anxious to share with our congregation, but most of the time as a stranger in a new synagogue I felt almost invisible. I found that
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From the Office

  • The 5777 ~ 2016 High Holiday Service Schedule

      Rosh HashanahSunday, October 2nd Evening Service 8:00 PM followed by a community Oneg Shabbat Monday, October 3rd Morning Service 10:00 AMCongregational Lunch 12:30 PMWalk & Meditation 2:00 PMYoung Family Service 2:00 PMTashlich Service (at Front Door) 3:00 PM Yom KippurTuesday, October 11th Kol Nidrei Service 8:00 PM Wednesday, October 12th Morning Service 10:00 AMText Study 10:00 AMWalk & Meditation 1:30 PMYoung Family Service 1:30 PMProgram of Contemplative Music 3:00 PMPrayers and Music 3:45 PMHealing Service 4:15 PMYizkor Service 5:00
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