Welcome to Temple Emanu El. We are a reform congregation conveniently located to encompass the Jewish community in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland. Our doors are open to you and your family. Please come join us for Shabbat services, for learning opportunities, for fun and spirituality. We are a family centered congregation and strive to provide opportunities for members of all ages and interests to be meaningfully engaged.
At Temple Emanu El, we believe that learning is life-long. We know that our children are our future, but we also know that our parents and grandparents may want to gain knowledge and insight as well. Our religious school is outstanding with a child-centered approach and an active, participatory learning environment that has been recognized nationally. Our students are active in youth group, activities, camp and family retreats. Our pre-school is a warm and nurturing environment for our little ones. And for the adult learner, we have much to offer. Whether you love to cook, have a passion for music, are an avid reader or enjoy Torah discussion, we have a spot for you.
We strive to be your Jewish home away from home. Come visit us and find out more.
Judy Uram, President
Pekudei (Shabbat Shekalim)
Exodus 38:21-40:38 & 30:11-6
I Kings 7:51-8:21
This week's readings include Pekudei, the last Torah portion of Exodus and a special maftir (additional reading) from Exodus 30 which reminds us, now that we are approaching Purim and Passover (yes, I know its still cold and snowy in Cleveland), of each individual's responsibility for all of Jewish life.
The title of this last reading in Exodus comes from the work 'pakad' that can mean either count or appoint or better - count on. Shabbat Shekalim is the annual reminder of the minimum payment required of each Hebrew family that attached them to the People of Israel. Appropriately, this comes after the Exodus from Egypt, receipt of the Torah and Ten Commandments and the building of the Tabernacle. In other words - the Hebrews were all set to head out into the wilderness and toward the Promised Land.
If nothing else, seeing the vital work being done to feed, clothe, house, educate and care for the beleaguered and impoverished Jewish of the former Soviet Union in Georgia drives home the message of the need for each Jewish household to be pakad - counted upon - to support the Jewish People as we care for our own. Likewise, Shabbat Shekalim says that everyone's help is vital and that, through our participation, we merit inclusion.
This is easy to say when sitting in the capital city of the Jewish State and totally clear after having visited the programs and people I will be discussing on our website in the days ahead. For now, it is enough to understand that, just like our ancestors in the wilderness, it is our turn to pick up the burden of survival through whatever wilderness may lie ahead.
L'Shalom from Jerusalem!
Rabbi Steve Denker
Friday, April 25 ~ Hands on Holiday ~ 5:30 pm
Join us for stories, songs, snacks and crafts with a Yom Ha'atzmaut theme. For information, contact Carolyn Abrams.
Friday, May 2 ~ 67th Congregational Annual Meeting ~ 7:30 pm
Join us for reports from President Judy Uram and Rabbi Steven Denker, election of Temple Trustees and presentation of the Emanu Elite of the Year Award. A potluck dinner will precede the Annual Meeting at 6:00 pm. Cost is $4/person or $18/household. TEE will provide chicken, please bring a non-dairy side dish for 10 (no nuts please). RSVP to Renee Higer.
Sunday, May 4 ~ Informational Dinner for 2015 Family Israel Adventure ~ 5:30 pm
Connecting to the People & Land of Israel (June 30 - July 9, 2015), will be led by Rabbi Steven Denker and Kate Milgrom. Join us for this final informational meeting and dinner for those considering joining us on the Israel trip. We will share the updated itinerary for our fun, spiritual and unforgettable family experience of Israel's heritage and the real people and places of Israel today. Final price information will be available as well. RSVP by April 25 to Kate Milgrom.