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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

Friday, July 10 ~ 2nd Fridays ~ 7:30 pm
Join us for our 2nd Friday of the month late Shabbat service including a discussion topic. Rabbi Denker will discuss "ALLY: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide" by Michael B. Oren, amember of the Knesset and former Ambassador of Israel to the United States.

Sunday, July 12 ~ Women of Reform Judaism Central District Area Day ~ 11:30 am
Hosted by TEE, the WRJ Central District will be holding Northern Ohio Area Day to benefit the YES Fund. Brunch is at 11:30 am followed by the program. Click here for information.
 
Saturday, July 25 ~ Pet Shabbat ~ 10:30 am (Raindate, Saturday, August 1)
Bring your furry, feathered or scaly family members to this outdoor service. Can't bring your pet or don't have one? Stuffed animals, photos of animals, or animal lovers without a pet are all welcome. Animals will be individually blessed by Rabbi Denker or Cantor Lawrence.  The service will be followed by a pet and people kiddush. Free and open to the community. Click here for more information. For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1215 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Sunday, July 26 ~ Family Day at Progressive Field ~ 1:10 pm
Save the date for Kids Day and Sliders Birthday at Progressive Field with the Cleveland Indians playing the Chicago White Sox. More information to follow.

Monday, August 3 ~ Men's Book Club ~ 3:00 pm (please note there is no meeting in July)
"The Nazis Next Door: How America Became A Safe Haven for Hitler's Men" by Eric Lichtblau. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/407-4938.

Friday, August 7 ~ Friday Night Chavurah Dinner ~ 7:30 pm
Join us for a Pre-Reception at 5:45 pm, services at 6:15 pm, and stay for dinner. There is no cost for dinner, but donations to the Friday Night Chavurah Fund are encouraged. Please bring a nut-free dessert to share. RSVP with your family count today to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1216.

Friday, August 14 ~ 2nd Fridays ~ 7:30 pm
Join us for our 2nd Friday of the month late Shabbat service. Come enjoy "Whose Prayer is it Anyway?  A Musical Improv Service" with Cantor Lawrence. Our Torah Cover donated by Myrna & Louis Snow and Family will be dedicated during the service.Also join us for August birthday and anniversary blessings. Oneg Shabbat sponsored by Myrna & Louis Snow and Family.

Sunday, August 16 ~ Brotherhood Lunch and Museum Trip ~ 11:30 am
Join Brotherhood for lunch at the Winking Lizard followed by a trip to see  "Chasing Dreams" baseball exhibit at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. More information to follow.


Sunday, August 30 ~ Backyard Summer Fest ~ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Join us for our end of summer event with the Euclid Beach Rocket Car, music, games, crafts, face painting and lunch. $6/person or $25/household maximum. To RSVP, visitwww.TEECleve.org, click on Member Log In (top right corner). Sign in and go to Event Registration. Interested in volunteering, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.




Rabbi's Study

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Shabbat VaYetze 5775
Torah: Genesis 28:10-32:3
Prophets: Hosea 12:13-14:10 & Micah 7:18

Causing Thanks

The American mythology of the “first” Thanksgiving does not always sit well.  Alleged to have begun by the Pilgrims, a group of religious fanatics who came to North America the celebration of survival, should have taken place in springtime, after making it through their first winter here.  Because they came seeking religious freedom – but, only for themselves – it is less than unlikely that they envisioned today’s interfaith acknowledgment of diversity and pluralistic ideals which, in truth, are still not really shared by all. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.

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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.

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:

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]