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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, December 4 ~ Chanukah Jubilee ~ 5:45/6:15/7:15pm
Begin the evening with a Shabbat Pre-Reception at 5:45 pm. Next join us for a live musical Shabbat service featuring our Youth Choir. Then enjoy a delicious dinner including latkes and brisket. Please bring 3 dozen of your favorite nut-free Chanukah cookies for our cookie contest! Click here for more information. Please click here to register on line.

Thursday, December 10 ~ Family Night at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank - 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Families with children ages 6 to 11 are invited to help at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland. Pizza will be served upon arrival. Click here for more information. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Thursday, December 24 ~ Brotherhood Annual Chinese Dinner & Movie Night ~ 5:30 pmWho says Jewish men can't cook? Dinner prep begins at 3:00  pm, dinner is at 5:30 pm. Movies for children will be provided. Adults/$10; Children/$5. RSVP by December 20 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 301/728-0348.

Friday, December 25 ~ Volunteer at Menorah Park

Join our Tikkun Olam committee by helping out at Menorah Park. Up to 8 volunteers are needed to help with Bingo from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. An additional 8 volunteers are needed to transport residents to an Oneg Shabbat from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. For information or to volunteer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

February 13 - 14 ~ Congregational Retreat
Save the date as TEE travels to Quail Hollow for a weekend of worship, learning, fun and relaxation for all ages! More information coming soon. Any questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1220. 

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
 to read more.

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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:

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]

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.