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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

Get Connected

Stop the Sirens!

1356crisis WEB-content-page-banner_7-9-14Please join us now in supporting the emergency needs of our sisters and brothers’ in Israel.  You may donate online below:
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Israel Emergency Assistance Fund
Call:  216.593.2900, ext. 400;
Mail: Jewish Federation of Cleveland, P.O. Box 74320, Cleveland, OH 44194-4320
For more information, visit the Rabbi's Study Below ↓

Rabbi's Study

Rabbi Bima_editAlthough we have all been praying for a quick end to the violence between Israel and Hamas, as we write to you, hundreds of rocket launchings against populated areas throughout Israel continue unabated.

Militarily, Israel’s defense forces are protecting the Jewish State from an enemy pledged to its annihilation – whatever the cost.  Diplomatically, Israel relies on those who recognize its right to exist even in the face of increasing anti-Semitic demonstrations, worldwide. 

Socially – and this is where we come in – the constant sirens, the threat of incoming bombs send everyone in Israel on their 15 second shelter-seeking dashes many times each day.  The elderly and infirm are often unable to reach a safe places, families and children are unable to attend to the routines of normal life.

The Union for Reform Judaism - together with the United Synagogue (Conservative Movement) and the Jewish Federations of North America - has opened a fund to provide emergency assistance and alleviate the pain and suffering of Israelis. 100% of the proceeds from emergency fundraising goes directly to relief efforts.

During this time of terror, your donation will provide care for homebound elderly and disabled adults; respite for tens of thousands of children fleeing rocket attacks; and, crisis counseling for Israelis who are overwhelmed by anxiety and in need of relief.

Please join us now in supporting our sisters and brothers’ emergency needs.  You may donate through:

Jewish Federation of Cleveland – Israel Emergency Assistance Fund, www.jewishcleveland.org; phone, 216.593.2900, ext. 400; or mail, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, P.O. Box 74320, Cleveland, OH 44194-4320, Re: Israel Emergency Assistance Fund or Union for Reform Judaism, www.urj.org or the Jewish Federations of North America, www.jewishfederations.org.

You may indicate that you are a member of Temple Emanu El in Orange Village, Ohio or simply make your donation in honor of Temple Emanu El.

Prayer for the Israel Defense Forces

May God Who blessed our ancestors bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.  

May God watch over and protect the bodies and spirits of our soldiers presently engaging our enemies in Gaza so that they may swiftly complete their task of destroying our enemy's tunnels and tools of war while limiting the loss of limb and life.

May the Holy One, Blessed is God, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may God send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May God lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway, grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: "For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you."

Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 27 ~ Potluck Park Picnic ~ 12:00 pm
Grades 7 - 12 are invited to a potluck picnic at Orange Village Park. Enjoy field games and socializing with friends. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Wednesday, July 30 ~ Yael Bartana Exhibit and Panel Discussion ~ 7:00 pm
Visit this exhibit at the Maltz Museum, attend the exhibit opening festival and attend the panel discussion. Rabbi Denker, along with other leaders in the community, will be participating in the panel discussion on the conflation of Jewish and Christian ritual and symbolism figures prominently in Yael Bartana's Inferno, raising questions about the nature of personal and collective identity. Click here for details.

Wednesday, August 6 ~ Men's Lunch Bunch ~ 12:00 pm

Lunch and Jewish-themed conversation facilitated by Rabbi Denker. Cost is $12. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 216/765-8031.

Thursday, August 7 ~ Senoritas & Sangria ~ 7:00 pm

Women ages 55 and under are invited to a Girls Night Out including appetizers, desserts, sangria, door prizes and a chance to socialize with other TEE women at the home of Jenny Mills in Shaker Heights. Potential members welcome. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 216/454-1210.

Friday, August 8 ~ Zip City ~ 6:00 pm
Grades 7 - 12 are invited to this kickoff event. Meet at TEE for a Shabbat service, then off to Zip City to enjoy trampolines and zip lines. Click here for information, Zip City waiver form and to RSVP.

Sunday, August 17 ~ Baking ~ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us in the TEE Kitchen to help WOTEE stock the freezer with baked goods for the Shabbat Pre-Receptions. For information or to RSVP, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunday, August 24 ~ All Temple Picnic ~ 12:00 pm
Join us for our annual picnic for all ages. There will be food, crafts, volleyball, activities for children, teens, adults and seniors and a chance to meet Cantor Lawrence. The picnic will begin with a meet and greet with your children's Religious School teachers. 

Thursday, August 28 ~ Soup Kitchen ~ 4:00/4:30 pm
Join us to volunteer at the Soup Kitchen at Calvary Presbyterian Church. Participants ages 12 and up can either meet at 4:00 pm at Mitchell's Ice Cream at La Place for carpooling or meet at the church at 4:30 pm. In addition, we need volunteers to prepare pans of spaghetti in advance. Click here for the required recipe. If you are volunteering, you can bring the spaghetti with you or the Tikkun Olam Committee can arrange for someone to bring your donation. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at 440/461-7275 to volunteer and/or make spaghetti.

Sunday, August 31 ~ Salute to Orange ~ 5:30 pm
Enjoy this community event behind Orange Village City Hall including food, activities and music. Don't forget to stop by TEE's information table. Event concludes with fireworks at dusk.

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:

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_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. You can now follow Cantor Rick on Facebook. Click here to see his page.