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Yom Chamishi, 14 Kislev 5776

Welcome to Temple Emanu-El!

The mission of this Reform Jewish Congregation is to provide services, education, and foster the essential moral and ethical principles of Judaism.

This Congregation is committed to establishing and maintaining a synagogue and religious school dedicated to mainstream Reform principles, and for these purposes to do all things which may be necessary and proper.

Current Events

Upcoming Events

Fri Nov 27th, 2015

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mon Nov 30th, 2015

Tue Dec 1st, 2015

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wed Dec 2nd, 2015

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Fri Dec 4th, 2015

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sat Dec 5th, 2015

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Sun Dec 6th, 2015

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Religious School Announcements

Book Fair!

November 4th through 11th

Wednesdays from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Sundays from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Memories of the Rabbi

Rabbi Rosenberg respects all people and one feels welcomed and included in the Temple Emanu-El Family, regardless of his/her social/financial status.  This is an admirable quality that most of us aspire to.

Ellen Gottfried











The first time we met Rabbi Rosenberg my husband commented that this was someone who should be a rabbi.  He is kind and patient.  When I took his Introduction to Jewish Literacy class, he was the perfect teacher (very patient; G-d knows I'm not the brightest bulb in the box).  Because of him I stayed and learned a lot!  Thank you Rabbi.  We will miss you at Temple Emanu-El!

Norma Hollandersky










In 1989 I decided to relearn Hebrew to follow along in the siddur.  I signed up for Rabbi Rosenberg's class, and was fortunate to have him as my tutor.  I had learned Ashkenazi Hebrew and the Rabbi was trying to retrain me.  "It's not Adonoi, it's Adonai," he would say while pointing to his eye.  It worked.  I wouldn't be where I am without you.

Sherry Barnes










Famous quotes of Rabbi Rosenberg:
0. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally.
1. Do we have a minion?
2. Good Shabbos everyone!
3. Claudia, I read your letter in The Day.
4. Let's thank the people in the Kitchen for our meal.
5. My mother celebrated her ____ birthday.
6. I will be at Goldy's Wednesday.
7. Do you need a ride home?
8. The late John Kennedy and Dr. King were my heroes.
9. This delicious challah was made by Merrill Mazzella.

Claudia & Lester Shapiro
~Congregants & Friends










Rabbi, you don’t know me by name, and you might not even remember my face, but I am Patty and Seymour Hendel’s niece and have been attending your High Holiday services for approximately 20 years. Bringing in the Jewish New Year with you has been a highlight over the years. Your warmth exudes from the pulpit – I will miss you next year, but wish you all the best.

Susan Z. Rubins
~Patty & Seymour Hendel's Niece










One of my earliest and fondest memories with the Rabbi was having the honor of meeting him at Bradley Airport on this first visit to our Temple. He had a 2:00 PM meeting with Rabbi Knobel. We toured the New London/Waterford area, had lunch at “The Whaler” in New London and talked about the Temple and the community. He was so easy going and enjoyable to be with. What a great experience!!

Barbara Kallan
~Congregant & Friend










Aaron: You have been there for us in triumph and tragedy. You were the perfect religious mentor preparing our kids for their B'nai Mitzvah; you comforted our family at our most sorrowful time; and you officiated at two weddings. We will miss you as Rabbi, but we know our friendship will continue and deepen. Thanks for the memories!

Barbara & Scott Wolfe
~Congregants & Friends










In 1983, coming from an Orthodox background, an interfaith marriage, and no affiliation, I was pleased to read about Emanu-El’s monthly preschool program. I enrolled my 3 year old daughter, Emily. Was I surprised the following year when Rabbi Rosenberg asked me to teach the class. He always had a knack for getting us involved, and I’ve been a member ever since!

Hali Keeler











Rabbi Rosenberg is a warm gentle person. He has helped me in many ways. He restored my confidence in my decision to convert to Judaism and let me know that would find a Temple home at Temple Emanu-El. His sermons that tell of compassion, tzedakah, and mitvot always remind me to be thankful for G-d’s gifts every day. Thank you Rabbi.

Erva Beard











The support that Rabbi Rosenberg and Temple Emanu-el have given to the families of the Habitat for Humanity program is enormous. The passion for helping others and doing what is best for all is evident in each interaction and partnership. On behalf of the Habitat for Humanity families, board of directors, volunteers and staff, THANK YOU!

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut











It's so very hard for me to believe our beloved Rabbi will be retiring. I feel like I just became part of the Temple family. So many wonderful memories. As the mother of a recent Bar Mitzvah, I truly came to appreciate the Rabbi's skill as a teacher as I watched him pain-stakingly ease a beautiful sermon from my son's very busy mind. On more than one occasion, I have sat in service and just listened to his calming voice. His self-effacing humor is charming and a wonderful illustration of lead by example. Sometimes the simplest things leave lasting impressions. One such example was a review I read written by Rabbi on, "Eat, Pray, Love". I thought he particularly zeroed in on a very subtle point that had been troubling though I had not been able to formulate why until I read his review. Aaron Rosenberg, you will be missed as our Rabbi, but your legacy will continue on for generations. You and your family (you know, that lady who lives in your house and had something to do with some school somewhere in New London) are a treasure and a love to our community for always.

Renee Kohanski

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Have a Special Occasion you want to commemorate? Then print out the Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat form and mail it to the Temple Office.

Gift Shop Announcements

Hannukkah Fair Date:

November 22nd at 9:30 A.M.

Gifts, wraping paper, and more!