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
Pekudei (Shabbat Shekalim)
Exodus 38:21-40:38 & 30:11-6
I Kings 7:51-8:21
Welcome to the new timing of TEE Mail and its Torah message. We hope that you will take advantage of the more advanced notice of events coming up this weekend and that you take a few moments to read about the Torah Portion which will be read and studied this coming Shabbat here at Emanu El along with Jewish Communities around the world.
I am writing to you from Jerusalem, having traveled here with the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America after having visited the Jewish community in Georgia (the country). Over the next few weeks I will be sharing details of our mission and what this group of rabbis from all streams of Judaism and from across North America learned. For now, I would like to focus on this week's parashah and special Torah reading.
This week's readings include Pekudei, the last Torah portion of Exodus and a special maftir (additional reading) from Exodus 30 which reminds us, now that we are approaching Purim and Passover (yes, I know its still cold and snowy in Cleveland), of each individual's responsibility for all of Jewish life.
The title of this last reading in Exodus comes from the work 'pakad' that can mean either count or appoint or better - count on. Shabbat Shekalim is the annual reminder of the minimum payment required of each Hebrew family that attached them to the People of Israel. Appropriately, this comes after the Exodus from Egypt, receipt of the Torah and Ten Commandments and the building of the Tabernacle. In other words - the Hebrews were all set to head out into the wilderness and toward the Promised Land.
If nothing else, seeing the vital work being done to feed, clothe, house, educate and care for the beleaguered and impoverished Jewish of the former Soviet Union in Georgia drives home the message of the need for each Jewish household to be pakad - counted upon - to support the Jewish People as we care for our own. Likewise, Shabbat Shekalim says that everyone's help is vital and that, through our participation, we merit inclusion.
This is easy to say when sitting in the capital city of the Jewish State and totally clear after having visited the programs and people I will be discussing on our website in the days ahead. For now, it is enough to understand that, just like our ancestors in the wilderness, it is our turn to pick up the burden of survival through whatever wilderness may lie ahead.
L'Shalom from Jerusalem!
Rabbi Steve Denker
Discuss "The Book of Mischief" by Steve Stern. Contact Pam Levine at 216/591-9335.