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Temple Emanu El has a rich history dating back to 1947 with founding Rabbi Alan Singer Green. In the years that followed, Temple Emanu El grew and changed, bringing us to our current location in 2008. We welcome you to visit us in our state-of-the-art facility that offers a beautiful sun-filled atrium, a large sanctuary seating 280 and a more intimate chapel seating 100. Our facility also includes a school wing that houses our Preschool, Religious School and more.

I'd encourage you to check us out on a Sunday morning during the school year. Start your day with breakfast available from our "Bagel Boys". Then immerse yourself in the community as our Kindergarten through 6th graders participate in Religious School or attend one of our Adult Education courses. You are also welcome to join us for worship services any Shabbat evening or morning or for one of our special events.

Our doors are open to you and we hope that you will come get to know us. I look forward to personally welcoming you to our congregation. 

Matt Ellin, President

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 4 ~ Salute to Orange ~ 5:30 pm
Support TEE by visiting us at the Salute to Orange at Orange Village Hall. This free community event includes activities for kids, music, vendor tables and food for purchase.

Monday, September 5 ~ Kosher Rib Burn Off ~ 12:00 pm

Support TEE by visiting us at the Kosher Rib Burn Off at Gross Schechter where we'll be distributing popsicles.

Wednesday, September 7 ~ Men's Lunch Bunch ~ 12:00 pm
Enjoy lunch and Jewish-themed conversation. Cost is $11/person. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/765-8031.

Thursday, September 8 ~ Let's Speak Yiddish ~ 10:00 - 11:30 am
Join Rifke Feinstein to read transliterated Yiddish stories, songs and poems and become reacquainted with the mame-loshn (mother tongue). Prior knowledge of Yiddish is required. $50 for TEE members; $60 for non-members. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Administrative Assistant, at 216/454-1223.
Sunday, September 11 ~ Sunday Morning Connections ~ 9:45 - 10:45 am
Come walk with us in this 4 week walking group. This is a great opportunity to connect with TEE friends while getting in some steps as we walk from TEE to Orange Village Park. Click here for more information.

Sunday, September 11 ~ The Middle East with Peter Haas ~ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taught by Peter Haas, this course will run for 8 sessions until November 6 (not including October 2). The Middle East is a complicated and diverse amalgam of peoples, tribes, ethnicities, cultures and religious communities.  It is also an area that has historically been deeply misunderstood in the West. Join us for a discussion of how the region came to be the way it is today and how its various tensions have shaped current events in such places as Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel-Palestine.  The discussions will begin with the fall of the Ottoman Empire and proceed to adducing how that foundational event has shaped the contemporary region. To RSVP, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Administrative Assistant, at 216/454-1223.


Sunday, September 11 ~ Torah To Go ~ 3:00 pm
Children ages 6 and under, along with a parent, are invited to a family friendly program at Eddy's Fruit Farm. For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Sunday, September 11 ~ Women's Book Group ~ 7:00 pm
Read "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/591-9335 for information and location.

Monday, September 12 ~ Men's Book Club ~ 3:00 pm
Read "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bill Bryson. Held in the Activity Room on the 2nd floor at Montefiore. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/407-4938.

Thursday, September 15 ~ Jewish This and That ~ 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Join Rabbi Roberts this week for a special visit from Imam Musa Sugapong, a teacher at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, who will discuss the basic tenants of Islam. This class is free and all are welcome. 
Friday, September 23 ~ Tot Shabbat Shabbarbecue ~ 5:15 pm
Children ages 6 and under, along with a parent, are invited to a family friendly Shabbat barbecue including stories, songs and a short Shabbat service. For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Saturday, September 24 ~ Selichot Program and Service ~ 7:30 pm/9:00 pm
Selichot will begin with "THE ISRAEL PLATFORMS verbatim." This program will be a non-partisan, polite, thoughtful examination and comparison of the Israel statements - direct and unadulterated - as they appear in the Republican and Democratic platform statements. Join us for what may be your only factual and mature conversation of the election season just as we begin praying for a better year ahead. The program will be followed by a dessert reception at 8:30 pm and the Selichot service at 9:00 pm.

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:

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]

October 2015:
Havdalah Service at Nature Center [link]

September 2015:
High Holy Days Offer Aliyahs For Sale, Other Solicitations [link]

July 2015:
Pet Shabbat Service Set at Temple Emanu El [link]

June 2015:
Temple Emanu El Religious School Earns Accreditation [link]

June 2015:
Solon's Matt Ellin named Temple Emanu El President [link]

May 2015:
Solon Resident Darcy Hershey Honored with Prestigious Emanu Elite Award [link]

May 2015:
Temple Emanu El "Rocks the Keys" [link]

April 2015:
Shaker Heights' Cronig has Lofty Goals as NFTY President [link]

April 2015:
Emanu El "Rocks Out" for Fundraiser [link]

April 2015:
Holocaust Survivor Frayman to Speak April 13 [link]

April 2015:
CJN Asks Rabbis: What does Passover Mean to You? [link]

March 2015:
Shaker Heights Senior from TEE to Lead Reform Jewish Youth [link]

February 2015:
Temple Emanu El Hosts 25th Annual Sports Night [link]

February 2015:
Cavs' Komoroski to speak at Temple Emanu El March 12 [link]

January 2015: Orange Village's Temple Emanu El To Present Max and Frieda Davis Tikkun Ha'Olam Award [link]

January 2015: Charter Schools Founder Honored for Social Action by Temple Emanu El [link]

January 2015:
E-Prep Founder to Receive Award at Temple Emanu El [link]

December 2014:
 What is Chanukah? Tough Question for Young Minds [link]

December 2014:
Co-chair Higer Puts "Own Spin" On Administrators Conference [link]

October 2014:
The Denker Sukkah [link]

September 2014:
Rabbis describe their typical High Holy Days meals [link]

September 2014: Choirs Hope to Strike Right Chord with Congregants [link]

September 2014:
Temple Emanu El to Hold Family Fall Festival [link]

June 2014:
New Cantor Lawrence Refers To Emanu El as Family [link]

June 2014:
Temple Emanu El is Pleased to Announce Richard Lawrence has been Hired as Cantor [link]

June 2014:
Temple Emanu El Names Lawrence as Cantor [link]

May 2014:
Temple Emanu El Third Graders Take Up Collection [link]

March 2014:
Temple Emanu El Sports Night [link]

February 2014:
Rosenthal Marks 25 Years as Preschool Director [link]

February 2014:
Tikkun Ha'olam Award [link]

January 2014:
Meshuganotes Aims to Hit High Notes [link]

January 2014:
ZOA President: Interim deal won't stop Iran [link]

January 2014: Zionist Leader Will Speak on Iran [link]

January 2014:
Belle Likover, Repairing the World at 94, Honored by Temple Emanu El [link]

January 2014:
Likover to Be Honored for Longtime Social Work [link]

December 2013
: Ruach Hadasha iniates Jerusalem - Cleveland bond [link]

December 2013:
New Spirit CEO to speak at TEE [link]

November 2013: The Values of Chanukah [link]

September 2013:
Tweeting Atonement? [link]

July 2013:
TEE to hold Special Needs Shabbat [link]

July 2013:
Three generations serving TEE Board of Trustees [link]

June 2013: Union Prayer Book Shabbat service set at Temple Emanu El [link]

May 2013
: TEE Brotherhood Receives Men of Reform Judaism Programming Award [link]

April 2013: Paint the Night Features Speed Painter [link]

March 2013: Remembering The Exodus From Egypt [link]

March 2013: TEE Adds Infant Care Room To Preschool [link]

February 2013: TEE Celebrates Fourth-Generation Member [link]

Rabbi's Study

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Prayer: We all do it!

Some say that thanks to unique wiring, human beings possess an innate sense of the transcendent, creative and potentially protective power in the universe.  For want of a better term, we may call that power Elohim - Judge, Adonai - Lord, Shaddai, - Protector, Bo’reh - Creator, or any of the dozens of other descriptive names/titles that occur in our biblical and rabbinic traditions.  We regularly use several of God’s names in one sentence or passage.  This Presence is greater than human, but still concerned about us and is, on some level, involved in our fates and fortunes.  This is what drives us to prayer.  Whether we are expressing thanks, seeking a boon, protection or just a connection, at its most rudimentary, prayer or worship, is our attempt to be in communion, in contact with, and connected to God.  Click here
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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.