Temple Emanu-El strives to be a warm and welcoming Bet Knesset (House of Assembly), an inspiring and uplifting Bet Tefilah (House of Prayer), and an engaging and enlightening Bet Midrash (House of Study) for people of all ages and backgrounds. We invite you to join us in our full range of services and programs.
As I was driving home from the November temple board meeting, I realized how lucky our temple is with having so many talented, creative, out-of-the-box thinkers who are willing to give their time and energy. We had such a productive meeting and all of us will reap the benefits with some changes which are in the works. Look for new programs and events, new ways to celebrate holidays, more Shabbat dinners, temple ambassadors helping our new members to integrate into our temple community, a new Facebook page and a more visible presence on The Waterford Patch. We, as a board, are trying to stay current and stay in touch with the membership in many ways... [click here to read further]
Two thousand years ago the sages Shammai and Hillel debated the order of the Chanukah lights. Shammai suggested that 8 lights be lit the first night of Chanukah and it should diminish by one each night. Hillel taught that there should be one light on the first night and each night an additional one should be added. Hillel argued that we should increase holiness rather than diminish it. As often was the case Hillel’s view prevailed... (read more here)
After honoring Frank Church, a very talented cello player, last month for his heartfelt playing of Kol Nidrei, you will be happy to know that our congregation is blessed with many very talented people. Armi and I would like to showcase some of them for you, or maybe it is you that would like to participate in our Cabaret evening, here at Temple Emanu-El, on January 25th, at 7:00. We will be looking for acts, so look for more details in Armi Rowe's bulletin article. I'm sure it will be a wonderful evening. Make sure to come and listen or sign up to participate! Either way, it will brighten up your January! ... [click here to read more]
Join the Sisterhood for Yoga on Thursday, December 12 from 7-8:30 pm. Please see the flyer below for more information.
The Brotherhood's Annual Hanukah Latke Dinner will once again be coupled with the Temple Raffle. Dinner begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, December 8. Join us for Potato Latkes, Brisket with Vegetables, Salad, Chicken Wings and more! Bring your menorah, we'll light them at the tables before dinner.
We will have bagels and coffee on Sunday mornings, December 8 and 15 this month and take a holiday break before resuming on January 5.
For more information about these and other Brotherhood activities, check out the Brotherhood web page!
Do you have photos of Temple events? Want to share them with the Temple Emanu-El community? Just click on the webmaster link at the bottom of the page and I'll help you post them here at the Temple Emanu-El website! - Phil Ross
Cabaret Night: Call for Musical Acts Next month, Temple Emanu-El's stars will light up the night, as we host our first Cabaret Night, a very special evening that celebrates music and features talented performers among us. If you play a musical instrument, sing, dance, act or have a gift for comedic timing, we want you! We are now accepting proposals for musical acts, etc. Please send us, by Dec. 8th, the following information via e-mail or send a note through our Temple Office marked Cabaret Night:
1) Your proposal for your act -- please describe if you will be playing an instrument, acting, singing (accompanist need not be live, karaoke CD okay), etc. and what kind of equipment you will bring and let us know if there are any resources you might need, such as a keyboard.
2) Name(s) of performers -- we encourage duos, trios and groups and need to limit solo performers to one act given our show's time constraints. Performers must be at least 13 years old.
As you plan your performance, please keep in mind that your actual piece must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.
The Cabaret Night performances will begin shortly after Havdallah Service on Saturday, January 25th at 7pm. There will be desserts, premium flavored coffees and other refreshments offered. It is a Temple fundraiser benefiting the Essential Services Fund. We look forward to hearing from you and your fellow performers!
Bentley Memorial Golf Tournament
Over the past seven years, the Bill Bentley Memorial Golf Tournament has raised over $180,000 to benefit the youth services of Temple Emanu-El and the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Community Cancer Center. The funds from our tournament have been used to support the following:
Camperships to Eisner, Crane Lake and other Jewish camps
Conference attendance by TEFTY members
Trips to Israel
Attendance at Jewish Learning Institutes
Youth Group Events
Community Events (e.g. Josh Nelson Concert)
Pot Luck Dinners
Religious School Aides Salaries
Purchase of the Library Computer
If you have any questions about the various youth services benefits, please contact Scott Wolfe at 860-449-3009 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Event Highlights
Decadent & Fabulous Emanu-El Sisterhood Fun
Temple Emanu-El's kitchen was standing room only during a live French Cooking demonstration by Florence Betten, who expertly showed over thirty-five Sisterhood members and prospects how to prepare an elegant appetizer course of Goat Cheese and Apple Croustade with a Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette. She also shared some French cooking tips, which she learned from gourmet cooking schools in France. The well-attended "Taste of France" dinner, cooking and baking demonstration event kicked off a new year of Sisterhood events on Tuesday, October 9. The ladies later dined on a farm-fresh salad prepared by Cecile Feldman, delicious butternut squash soup prepared by Robyn Krasner and tomato and goat cheese puff pastry dish prepared by Jennifer Zettler, who planned the event. Afterwards, Cecile Feldman led French baking demonstrations of a variety of pies which she learned from her mother when she lived in France. She dazzled the ladies with her no-nonsense and artful approach to pie and tart favorites such as Tarte Aux Peches, Tarte Aux Fraises, Tarte Aux Pommes, Pear Cake Tatin and Tarte Tatin.
Travel Raffle and Italian Night Dinner at Temple Emanu-El on March 18, 2012.
Making latkes at Temple Emanu-El on December 14, 2011.
Photos from Progressive Dinner on November 5, 2011.
Video from Simchat Torah.
Photos from Sisterhood Dinner Bunko on October 17, 2011.
Photos from Sukkot on October 12, 2011.
Photos from Tailgate Treasures and Trash on September 18, 2011.
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