• 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 for the week of June 23, 2015

    We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Charles Shapin, beloved father of Eric Shapin and grandfather of Rachel & Sarah Shapin. Charles was a WWII veteran who served at the Battle of the Bulge. He passed away on May 17th. We wish Mazel Tov to Irv and Mary Schwass on the occasion of their 50th anniversary on Friday! Celebrate with them at services this week at 6:15 PM. Mary & Irv are sponsoring the Oneg Shabbat. Also celebrate
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President's Column

  • June 2015

    The old Rabbi of Pinsk had dreamed all his life of finding buried treasure. He had heard in his youth that a fabulous cache was buried under the main bridge the far away city of Vienna. After years of planning one day he finally made it all the way to Vienna and began digging. It didn’t take long for him to attract the attention of the local authorities. When a policeman stopped him to find out what he was up
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Rabbi's Column

  • June 2015

    They have arrived. 350 sets of new Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer books are currently resting in an empty classroom just waiting for us to use during the upcoming High Holy Days. They are entitled, Mishkan Hanefesh which is translated as “Sanctuary of the Soul”, Mishkan Hanefesh are the companion volumes to Mishkan Tefillah, the books we use on Shabbat and festivals. The book for Rosh Hashanah is gold and the book for Yom Kippur is silver. The volume
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From the Office

  • June 2015

    I’m looking ahead in the Temple calendar and seeing a lot of quiet time in the coming months. Of course summer is always delightfully calm at Temple, but within these slower moving days there are many opportunities to finally get around to doing some of the things that we have been meaning to do. If one of those things is offering to teach a class, gather a group, work on a project, or anything else in need of a gathering
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