• 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. 
  • 2015 Spring Gala ~ Planting the Seeds of Our Future

    We cordially invite you to the Temple Emanuel Spring GalaPlanting the seeds of our future Sunday, May 31st at 6 o’clock in the evening. Please join us for an evening of dining, entertainment anda last chance to bid on silent auction items at the beautiful Bridgewater Place. Suggested attire: cocktail dress, jacket and tie Dinner and Entertainment:  $100 per plate Read More
  • Spring Gala Silent Auction!

    Silent Auction Items: Bidding on Silent Auction Items will continue online until 5:00 PM on May 29th.  Final bids will be accepted at the Gala event on May 31st. -- Tickets To U OF M Football, & Broadway Grand Rapids(courtesy of Mark & Louise Finkelstein) This auctions includes two tickets to the home game at U of M, against the BYU Read More
  • 1 About Temple Emanuel
  • 2 Worship
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Intro To Tikkun Olam Programs
  • 5 History
  • 6 Historical Archives
  • 7 Wine and Cheese Hour
  • 8 2015 Spring Gala ~ Planting the Seeds of Our Future
  • 9 Spring Gala Silent Auction!

News of the Week

  • News of the Week May 12-18, 2015

    We invite our entire membership to join us for Confirmation on Friday night at 7:00 PM. (Note the later start time) Come and celebrate with our students and their families. We wish Mazel Tov to the 2015 Confirmation Class: Olivia Barbour, daughter of Linda & Jim Barbour, granddaughter of Flory Silverstein; to Jenny Belfer, daughter of Karen & Paul Belfer, granddaughter of Sylvia Belfer; to Jacob Cieply, son of Lori Reineke & Larry Cieply; to Ben Finkelstein, son of Louise
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President's Column

  • May 2015

    A traveler was walking along the road and saw an old man planting olive trees. The sun was hot and the old man struggled to break the soil, put the tiny seedlings in the ground and then haul water for them as he went along. The traveler stopped and asked the old man “Why do you work so hard? Surely you know that you won’t live to see these trees bear fruit!” The old man paused, mopped his brow and
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Rabbi's Column

  • May 2015

    I now understand. Kicking and screaming all the way to my first postings I have become a Facebook fan. Over the past few months as I have increased my friend circle, I am delighted that I now have the ability to better keep up with our members in ways that I had not been able to before. From youth sports achievements to professional recognitions to milestone occasions, so many of the moments of joy from our Temple family now find
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From the Office

  • May 2015

    Does anyone else feel like spring has them in its thrall? After such a cold winter it is rather intoxicating to be out in the sunshine without the heavy coat, gloves, scarves, hats, boots and the other 20 pounds of sub-zero gear that we climb into sometime in November. Now if only I could shed the other 20 pounds that I seem to have accumulated during hibernation... In another month the UJS will be on summer vacation, B’nei Mitzvah season
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