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Adam Abrams

Welcome to Temple Emanu El. 

Recently celebrating its 70th anniversary, Temple Emanu El has blossomed into a leading Reform Congregation in Cleveland, Ohio.  Our current facility, constructed in 2008, is a state of the art building, that is warm and welcoming.  As you walk into the open and inviting atrium, you will see that our home also features a stunning large sanctuary, intimate chapel, as well as a Pre-school and Religious school facility. 

Our openhearted congregation is an all-inclusive, caring community, that encourages individuals to discover everything we have to offer.  Fostering the ability to build relationships, encourage lifelong learning, and become involved with social action.

Our clergy and dedicated staff continue to create meaningful programs and experiences to ensure that each congregant has the resources available to them for lifecycle events, holidays, and daily Jewish experiences.

Inspired by our past, our synagogue is also built on our future.  Our youth continue to be an inspiration for all.  Our teens continue to be leaders in the local community and the regional youth organization. 

I hope you come and get to know us.  Our goal is to create relationships with our fellow congregants that will last a lifetime.  I look forward to personally welcoming and meeting you.

Adam Abrams, President


Get Connected

Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 22 ~ Documentary Screening and Rabbinic Panel ~ 2:00 pm
Join Rabbi Denker at the screening of the documentary "The Chosen People?" followed by a Rabbnic Panel Discussion including Rabbi Denker, Rabbi Roland (Shaarey Tikvah), Rabbi Berger and Rabbi Segar (Kol HaLev). $12/general public or $6/Maltz Museum Members. Held at The Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Road, Beahcwood. Click here for information and registration. 

Monday, April 23 ~ Next Generation Judaism ~ 7:00 pm
Rabbi Mike Uram, author, speaker, leader and son of member Judy Uram, will share insights from his award winning book, "Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations." Uram will provoke us to think differently with a mix of theory, methodology, data, and stories, all intended to help leaders build a bridge between the organizations of today and the organization needed for tomorrow.

Friday, May 4 ~ Congregational Annual Meeting ~ 5:45/6:15 pm
Join us for a Shabbat Pre-Reception at 5:45 pm followed by our Annual Meeting and Shabbat service at 6:15 pm. There will be reports by President Adam Abrams and Rabbi Steven Denker, election of trustees, and presentation of the Emanu Elite of the Year Award.

Wednesday, May 16 ~ Torah To Go: Orange Village Park ~ 5:15-6:15 pm
Come join us for Shavuot in the park including a pizza dinner. Orange Village Park, 4600 Lander Road.  The rain location will be at Temple Emanu El. RSVP by May 13 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, May 19 ~ Tikkun Leil Shavuot ~ 5:45 pm
Join Rabbi Denker, TEE Member Rabbi Peter Haas and other members of the community to commemorate the giving of the Torah through study and prayer. Tikkun Leil Shavuot, co-sponsored by Temple Emanu El, will be held at B'nai Jeshurun, 27501 Fairmount Blvd. Free and open to the community. Click here for details. 

Chesed (Caring) Committee

Temple Emanu El's Chesed (Caring) Committee is available to provide support to our congregation. Whether you are in need of help or want to lend a hand, click here to learn more.

Press Room

News about Temple Emanu El can frequently be found in the pages of the Cleveland Jewish News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Solon Times, Chagrin Valley Times as well as others. Some recent articles include:

February 2018: JECC Honors Five at Annual Meeting [link]

September 2017: Preschools, day cares focus on activity for High Holy Days [link]

May 2017: Temple Emanu El Selects Wolf as Education Director [link]

May 2017: Temple Emanu El Names Theobald Early Childhood Education Director [link]

May 2017: Temple Emanu El Appoints Blum As Life Trustee [link]

May 2017: Dolan Talks About Trip To Israel, Baseball [link]

May 2017: Tribe Own Paul Dolan [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El 70th Birthday Gala Celebrates Close-Knit Community [link]

April 2017: TEE Brotherhood Swings for The Fences With Dolan [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El to Celebrate 70th Anniversary [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El Brotherhood Recognizes Levine [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El Gift Shop [link]

March 2017: Tikkun Olam Award in Orange Village [link]

February 2017: Temple Emanu El Revamps Preschool Summer Session [link]

February 2017: Temple Emanu El to Sell Merchandise from Maltz Museum [link]

February 2017: A Primer on the Johnson Amendment [link]

February 2017: Leadership, Philanthropy, Flexibilty 'Coming Together' for Executive Directors [link]

January 2017: Rabbi Steven L. Denker Letter to State Representatives [link

January 2017: Temple Emanu El Seeks Director of Early Childhood Education [link]

January 2017: Temple Emanu El Seeks Part Time Education Director [link]

January 2017: Cantor Lawrence Offers Israeli Folk Music [link]

December 2016
 CJN Asks Rabbis: "What do you like most about Chanukah?" [link]

December 2016: Q & A with Julie Rosenthal [link]

November 2016:
Temple Emanu El Slates Events [link]

August 2016
: Temple Emanu El Goes Fruit Picking [link]

June 2016: Shabark Shalom For Animals July 23 [link]

April 2016: Temple Emanu El Denim & Diamonds [link]

April 2016: Children Can Do More Than Just the Four Question [link]

April 2016: Temple Emanu El's Denim & Diamonds Benefit [link]

April 2016: Saltzman Receives 2016 Max & Frieda Davis Tikkun Olam Award [link]

March 2016: Pluto To Speak at Brotherhood March 30 [link]

March 2016: 
Temple Emanu El Teens Represent Region  [link]

March 2016:
Temple Emanu El To Honor Dave's Supermarket Owner Burton Saltzman  [link]

Cantor's Corner

Cantor Lawrence_Reception_editedCantor Rick Lawrence invites you to join us for Shabbat services every Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

Are you interested in getting involved with our Chai Band, Youth or Adult Choir or other musical opportunities? Please be in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1215.

You can now follow Cantor Rick on Facebook. Click here to see his page or check out check out recent written and video  Divrei Torah.