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About Us (Continued)

Temple Emanu-El offers a balance between Judaism's rich traditions and modern-day realities and provides a solid foundation for members' spiritual, intellectual, and social needs. 

As a congregation we adhere to the principles of egalitarian mainstream Reform Judaism, as the warmth of song, prayer, sermons, learning, social events, and community service add meaning to our lives. We have clergy available for life cycle events as well as counseling. 

  • As a House of Assembly, we welcome everyone to participate in our religious, social, educational, and community programs and life-cycle events.
  • As a House of Learning, we cultivate a lifelong love of Torah, Jewish heritage, ethics, and values through innovative and engaging educational programming for all.
  • As a House of Worship, we create a sacred space where our congregation gathers to pray and experience a sense of Kedushah (holiness).
  • As a Family, we promote fellowship and support each other, ensuring our members feel a deep sense of Kesher (connection).
  • As a Community, we are committed to Tikkun Olam (repairing our world) through proactive leadership and participation in social justice and social action initiatives.


We embrace diversity of all forms, and those who choose to make our synagogue a part of their lives will find themselves welcomed into our congregational family. Temple Emanu-El's members include individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds. Some members come from more traditional Jewish backgrounds, while others are interfaith couples, individuals looking to Judaism for answers, or those rediscovering their religion. 


Recognizing Jewish education as a top priority for the continuity of our people and faith, we offer classes with personalized attention from 1st through the 12th grade. With the addition of our Temple's national award-winning preschool and adult education classes, we provide a true Beit Midrash, a House of Learning.


We invite you to experience the welcoming spirit of our Temple-El community by attending Friday night Shabbat services. Please contact us at 408-292-0939 for details or if you have questions. We look forward to meeting you and hope to welcome you as a member of our family.


Rabbi Dana Magat
(408) 292-0939

Fri, April 19 2024 11 Nisan 5784