From the celebration of new life to the saying of Kaddish, Temple Emanuel is your spiritual family for honoring life cycle events as well as the Jewish holy days. Our rabbis, cantor, religious school teachers, as well as our office staff, assist in the preparation and celebration of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Confirmations, weddings, Bris and Baby Namings, and funerals. During the year, you will enjoy participating in our meaningful services, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and other events which honor and celebrate the history of our people.
On Friday evenings, we use an egalitarian Reform prayer book. The music is a pleasant mix of traditional Shabbat melodies and more contemporary “camp style” folk music. On Shabbat morning, we use the Conservative “Siddur Sim Shalom” which offers a more traditional mode of Jewish prayer. The Saturday morning minyan service is chanted almost entirely in Hebrew. Congregants pray at their own speed, or together. It is less formal and is partly lay-led, though not completely, which is perfectly acceptable by Jewish tradition. The early sections of the service are chanted by a congregant, as are the ending portions.
The weekly Torah explanation (D’var Torah, lit. a “word ” of Torah) is almost always delivered by a lay person. The Cantor chants the middle sections of the service and the Rabbi comments on the Torah portion. Generally, they leave the service early in order to officiate at the later Bar/Bat Mitzvah service in the sanctuary.
The bar/bat mitzvah service takes place at 10:30 am. The service is led by the rabbi and cantor and the Reform prayer book is used.
All are welcome to any of our services! Please join us.