• 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 Read More
  • Worship

    Temple Emanuel holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 6:15 P.M. Come and join us! Please note, Shabbat evening services times may vary due to special events or holidays. Watch the Temple Newsletter, weekly emails or check our calendar for service start times. Most services are held in our sanctuary, however, services are often held outdoors in the Padnos Read More
  • Education

    Temple Emanuel offers many educational programs for children and adults. Many programs are also open to the community at large. 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. See the Adult Education page for more details. Temple Emanuel Religious School Beginning in the Read More
  • Intro To Tikkun Olam Programs

    Tikkun olam (תיקון עולם‎) is a phrase in Hebrew that means "repairing the world." In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. Tikkun olam was given new meanings in the kabbalah of the medieval period and has further evolved in modern Judaism. Tikkun olam in the Mishnah is found in the phrase mip'nei tikkun ha-olam 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 of the Week March 31 to April 6, 2015

    We wish all of our members a happy Passover! There are no Friday night services this week. Passover begins at sundown on Friday. Morning services for the first day of Passover begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Today is the last day to sign up to join us for our Temple Second Night Seder on Saturday, April 4 at 6:00 PM. The menu includes individual seder plates, homemade fish course, matzah ball soup, a chicken main course or vegetarian entrée
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President's Column

  • April 2015

    For many years Temple Emanuel had an active youth group that engaged our young people in rich experiences with their Jewish peers locally, throughout Michigan and the U.S. As of late, youth group activity at any level here has been non-existent. A group of students in this year's 12th grade class have been blessed with several experiences that have deepened their faith, their connection to Judaism, and their desire to connect with their Jewish peers outside of Grand Rapids. This
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Rabbi's Column

  • April 2015

    I smiled this morning as I read an article from the Jewish Journal, reminding me about something I already knew. In only a few days at the annual CCAR conference, the Central Conference of American Rabbi’s, my professional organization of Reform Rabbi’s, Rabbi Denise Eger is going to be installed as president. My smile was one of pride. I am very proud to be part of a movement that not only believes in equality between women and men, but also
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From the Office

  • April 2015

    Spring has sprung at last! All of us who are not snowbirds can heave a collective sigh of relief with an extra emphatic sigh from those of us who have been worried about the new sanctuary roof all winter. I am delighted to report that it is dry as a bone inside our sanctuary! We are considering options for the future of the Temple Gift Shop. Currently we do not have a volunteer in charge of the gift shop, so
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