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Congregation Established

1861
Originally called the San Jose Bickur Cholim Society (“visiting the sick”), Temple Emanu-El was...More »

First Building Dedicated

1870
Located on the corner of Third and San Antonio Streets, the first building served as the center of...More »

Fire Destroys Building

1940
In 1940, a devastating fire destroyed the building. It was a complete loss except for a few items....More »

Current Building Dedicated

1948
Our University Avenue facility, where the congregation still resides, was dedicated in 1948....More »

Religious School Built

1950s & 1960s
Temple Emanu-El built a three-story religious school to accommodate the area's growing Jewish...More »

125th Anniversary

1986
The synagogue is honored by the White House with best wishes sent via a personal letter from...More »

City Commendation

2005
Temple Emanu-El and Senior Rabbi Dana Magat were honored by the City of San Jose with a commendation for our pioneering support and twinning relationship with Temple Emanu-El in Odessa Ukraine. More details on our Torah and computer infrastructure donation to this congregation may be found in this article from Reform Judaism Magazine.

Tue, October 20 2020 2 Cheshvan 5781