• 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 July 14, 2015

    Thanks to all who assisted at the community garden on Sunday. We have a wonderful supply of beets and onions for our food bank distribution tomorrow morning. Thanks to all who made the trek to Muskegon for the July Pub Crawl last weekend. A good time was had by all! We celebrate July birthdays and anniversaries at Shabbat Services on Friday, July 17 at 6:15 PM in the Titche Multipurpose Room. Social hour will begin at 5:30 in the beautiful
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President's Column

  • August 2015

    By now I hope everyone knows that we are replacing a lot of the carpet in our Temple. Twenty-three years ago it was quite good looking (weren’t we all?) but now there are places where it is worn out. Actually, instead of saying that the carpet is worn out, I should say that we have worn it out. The difference between those two statements is evidenced by the stains. While Ted, our custodian, has done an excellent job of cleaning
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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

  • August 2015

    I am living in the future! Far from achieving feats of time travel or spending an afternoon in Disney’s Tomorrow Land, I am currently spending my time and energy working on the High Holy Days. This is the time of year when planning is important because the tidal wave of work that flows through the Temple office at the end of each summer is rather daunting. The masses of details, letters, tickets, programs, books and, of course, FOOD that must
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