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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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Upcoming Events

Friday, May 1 ~ Dinner & Congregational Annual Meeting ~ 6:00 pm/7:00 pm
Join us for a potluck dinner. TEE will provide chicken as the main dish, please bring a non-dairy side dish (no nuts) to feed 10. Cost is $5/person or $20/household. Annual meeting will include reports by President Judy Uram and Rabbi Steven Denker, election of Trustees and Presentation of the Emanu Elite of the Year Award. RSVP for dinner to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday, May 3 ~ Lou Clay Memorial Blood Drive ~ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Stop in the Laks Social Hall to donate blood. Please make sure to have a good meal and plenty of fluids before donating. Click here to make an appointment.

Friday, May 15 ~ Hands On  Holidays ~ 5:30 pm
Children ages 6 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us as we explore Shavuot in addition to a short Shabbat service, songs and snacks. For information, contact Carolyn Abrams.

Friday, May 15 ~ Confirmation ~ 7:30 pm
Join us as we celebrate the confirmation of our 10th graders during our Shabbat service.

Sunday, May 17 ~ Violet Spevack Celebration ~ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
In honor of Violet Spevack's retirement there will be an ice cream social celebration in her honor here at TEE. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 216/342-5312.

Sunday, May 24 ~ Shavuot Yizkor Service ~ 10:00 am

Thursday, May 28 ~ Wine & Canvas ~ 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Join the Women of Temple Emanu El for our first Wine and Canvas party on Thursday, May 28. It's a painting class with cocktails and no painting experience required! Your payment is your confirmation and it's "first come, first served" as space is limited. Please mail your check to TEE by May 8, note Wine and Canvas. Join the fun, meet friends, and take home your own painting!  Click here for information.Space is limited, reserve your spot today. For information, contact Beth Lockshin at 440/318-1127.


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.

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:

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]