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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


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Upcoming Events

Friday, January 19 ~ Friday Nite Chai ~ 5:45/6:15 pm
Join us for a Shabbat Pre-Reception at 5:45 pm followed by our Friday Night Chai Musical Shabbat service including our Youth Choir.

Friday, January 26 ~ Tot Shabbat: Fizz and Fizz ~ 5:30 pm
Join us at Temple Emanu El for a Tot Shabbat including stories, songs and prayers. Then, unwind from the week with a Fizzy Float and Shabbat.  Not your Father's Rootbeer (and other beer not with ice cream) for the adults and regular rootbeer floats for the kids.  Please bring a dairy appetizer to share. For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Saturday, January 27 ~ Consecration Service ~ 10:30 am
Join us as our 1st grade students become Consecrants during our weekly Shabbat morning service. This will be an exciting theatrical performance including appearances from Moses, the Israelites and the Egyptians. The entire congregation is welcome to this uplifting production. An oneg Shabbat will follow.

Tuesday, January 30 ~ Pizza Fire Fundraiser ~ 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Raise some dough for TEMTY and JYTEE. Present this flyer when you check out at Pizza Fire, 3439 W. Brainard Road, Woodmere. 15% of your purchase will be donated back to the youth groups. 

Tuesday, January 30 ~ Kindergarten Readiness Program ~ 7:00  pm
An interactive discussion led by Dr. Suzanne Schneps, PhD covering the importance of kindergarten readiness and what parents and teachers can do to best prepare children. Geared towards parents of Group 4 and 5, but open to all. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1308.

Friday, February 2 ~ First Friday/5th and 6th Grade Family Shabbat ~ 5:45/6:15/7:15pm
Open to the entire congregation, join us for a Shabbat Pre-Reception followed by a Family Shabbat service during which the 5th and 6th grade students will participate. A First Friday dinner will follow. Dinner is free of charge, however, donations to the First Friday Fund are encouraged. Please bring a nut-free dessert or a bottle of wine to share. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1216 by January 30.

Sunday, February 4 ~ Adult Lunch n Learn ~ 12:00 - 1:30 pm
All TEE adults are invited to a conversation and lunch with Rabbi Jeffrey Schein on "1933 Bintel Brief Exchange" and technology today. Lunch is free of charge. RSVP required to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1214 by January 30.

Tuesday, February 6 ~ WOTEE General Meeting with guest speaker ~ 7:00 pm
Sandy Adland from the Women of Reform Judaism will join us to discuss how to build and strengthen WOTEE. All WOTEE members should attend! Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1210.

Friday, February 9 ~ Torah To Go ~ 5:30 pm
Join us for a family yoga experience followed by dinner at Temple Emanu El. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Saturday, February 24 ~ Magical Mystery Purim ~ 7:00 pm
Join Cantor Lawrence and the Spielers for this retelling of the Purim story. Want to support the Purimspiel? Sponsor a song for $50. To sponsor, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1216.

Monday, February 26 ~ WOTEE Lunch-n-Learn ~ 12:00 pm
Hear Dr. Alanna Cooper of Case Western Reserve University discuss "Ourselves, Our Stuff:  The Meaning of Things." Please bring a cherished object with you (no photos or photo albums) $12 per person includes box lunch. Please RSVP to Andrea Rubin at 216/454-1210.

Wednesday, February 28 ~ Purim Service & Megillah Reading ~ 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 4 ~ Family Purim Celebration ~ 10:30 am/11:00 am
The morning begins with a Family Megillah Reading featuring our Youth Choir followed by the TEE Youth Group's Candy Land Purim Carnival at 11:00 am. 

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.

Interfaith Israel Journey

Interfaith Israel Journey
Led by Rev.Dr. Shawnthea Monroe and Rabbi Steven Denker
March 12 - 21, 2018

Come explore Israel together. We’ll come to know the topography and the history of this fascinating land, and in the course of exploring its centrality to Judaism and Jewish History we will also come to better understand its place in Christian faith and history. Our itinerary is driven by the desire to see and experience as much as possible in the short time we have together in Israel, while still leaving time to enjoy traveling together as a community and to grow in understanding of that which unites and separates us. The itinerary has been carefully planned, but is subject to changes due to the weather or technical considerations. We appreciate in advance your flexibility, punctuality, and understanding. It should be quite a ride, and the Keshet staff will be available to help make it as meaningful and enjoyable as possible.

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For information, contact Temple Emanu El at 216.454.1300

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:

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.