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
Welcome to The Rabbi's Study
The concurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving affords a rare opportunity to think about who we are as Jews, Americans and American Jews – or is it Jewish Americans?
Here are a few ‘discussion starters’ for your consideration:
· Through human exertions, both Pilgrims and Maccabees brought about miracles of religious freedom, but - neither were pluralists. Each group fought for their own rights – not anyone else’s. Achieving true pluralism without loosing our Jewish identity is an ongoing struggle.
· When the Rabbis canonized Hanukkah and Lincoln canonized Thanksgiving, both tried to put a hopeful, spiritual face on some of the worst internecine strife either the US or the Jews had ever seen. Hope and gratitude are not the opposite of frightening and dangerous realities; they come together as parts of the human condition.
· Modern Zionism took Hanukkah as the precedent for taking up arms to fight for the survival of Jewish People. Lincoln could have just let the south secede. Judaism and Lincoln both abhorred bloodshed yet found the military option necessary. Were/are they right?
· No religious or civil tradition is immune from over commercialization.
· Although things are never perfect as Jews and as Americans we really have so very much for which we should be thankful, Remembering God and declaring the world – “Beautiful, Beautiful”! (Zechariah 4:7, from the Haftarah for Hanukkah)
Enjoy your Latkes and your Turkey!
Rabbi Steve Denker
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Discuss "The Round House" by Louise Erdlich. Contact Pam Levine at 216/591-9335.
Join us for this interactive Shabbat service followed by a light brunch sponsored by the Linda Lefkovitz and Roy & Lillian Schlachter. RSVP to Judi Roseman at 216/454-1216.
Sunday, December 15 ~ Parenting Program ~ 10:00 am
Join Scott Schlachter, LISW, Child and Adult Therapist, for a discussion on "Drugs and Alcohol: How to to talk openly and honestly with your children." This discussion will address how to handle your children's questions about the legalizing of marijuana, whether you tried any substances as a teenager and more. For information, contact Kate Milgrom.
Sunday, December 15 ~ Midrash & Margaritas ~ 7:00 pm
Hosted by WOTEE at the home of Pam Richards. All TEE women are welcome. The topic is "Leah and Rachel." For information or to attend, contact Pam Richards.
Connecting to the People & Land of Israel (June 30 - July 9, 2015), will be led by Rabbi Steven Denker and Kate Milgrom. The informational meeting and dinner for those considering joining us on the Israel trip will share the preliminary itinerary for our fun, spiritual and unforgettable family experience of Israel's heritage and the real people and places of Israel now. RSVP to Kate Milgrom or 216/454-1214.