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4x5 Color_for_Internet_Uram_0013Welcome 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

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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.

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook or Twitter  or check out recent Divrei Torah.

Cantor's Corner

Cantor Lawrence_Reception_editedWe are pleased to welcome Richard Lawrence as Temple Emanu El’s new Cantor. Please join us for Shabbat services as well as programs and events at TEE to get to know him.

Children in Grades 2-6 are invited to participate in our TEE Children's Choir. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, prior to Religious School. For information, contact 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 an archive of Cantor Rick's monthly Divrei Torah.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 19 ~ Chanukah Jubilee Service and Dinner ~ 6:15 pm
Join us for our lively Shabbat service featuring our TEE Youth Choir followed by a Chanukah dinner including latkes and deli, and crafts for kids. Please use our new online registration to RSVP. Go to the top of the TEE website homepage and click "Member Log In" in the top right corner and select Event Registration. If you have any questions on using the online registration, please contact Ina Yablonsky at 216/454-1217.

Wednesday, December 24 ~ Family Dinner & Movie Night ~ 5:30 pm
Who says Jewish men can't cook? TEE Brotherhood invites you to a Chinese dinner and family movie night. Volunteers are needed to help prepare dinner beginning at 3:00 pm. Price is $7/person or a $21 household maximum. RSVP by December 19 to Michael Holub at 301/728-0348.

Thursday, December 25 ~ Volunteer Opportunities ~ 1:00 - 4:30 pm

Volunteers are needed for various tasks and times on Christmas Day at both Menorah Park and Wiggins Place. Jobs will include transporting residents to programs, and helping with the ice cream social and with Bingo. If interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 440/461-7275.

Friday, January 2 ~ 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. We will provide a meat meal with a vegetarian option available upon request. 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 by December 30 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 216/454-1216 or contact Joan Levy with any questions.

Friday, January 9 ~ Tot Shabbat ~ 5:30 pm
Join us for stories, songs, a short Shabbat service and crafts. For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 216/454-1223.

Sunday, January 11 ~ Omelet Sunday ~ 8:30 - 10:00 am
The Bagel Boys invite you to enjoy a bagel, beverage and omelet for just $5. Please note that Religious School students must place their omelet order by 9:15 am in order to get to class on time.

Friday, January 23 ~ Max & Frieda Davis Tikkun HaOlam Award ~ 7:30 pm
Join us during our 7:30 pm Shabbat service as we present the 2015 Davis award to  John Zitzner, Chief Executive Officer of  Friends of Breakthrough Schools. Breakthrough Schools is the highest-performing network of free, public charter schools in Cleveland. Their mission is to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life.

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:

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]