Welcome to Temple Emanu El

It truly is an honor and a privilege to serve as the President of our wonderful Temple Emanu El. I look forward to a year filled with inspiration, hopefulness, energy, celebrations, spiritual connections, and engagement. 

Temple Emanu El means so much to my family and me.  I hope over the years that you too will benefit as greatly as I have from your involvement and relationship with this wonderful congregation.

My parents joined Temple Emanu El soon after they were married and since then, my sister and I were baby named, consecrated, confirmed, and married at Temple Emanu El.  Our kids are proud preschool graduates and were also baby named, consecrated, became B’nai Mitzvah, confirmed, and became high school graduates of Temple Emanu El.  My great niece is now a proud student of TEE Preschool.  My grandmas became devoted, proud members too in their later years, as did my in-laws, so Temple Emanu El has joyfully touched the lives of 5 generations of my family.  This Congregation has been home to all of our blessed simchas and has been there for our difficult times as well. So many people from Temple Emanu El have  touched and bettered my family’s lives, which gave me the inspiration to take on this role after being a Board and Executive Committee member for most of the past 20 years.  

We offer so much here at Temple Emanu El, and you can find what pulls at your heart, what brings you fun and laughter, or what stimulates your mind, without having to look too hard.  Sign up to help with one of these goings-on or just participate.  When you are able to participate and help with making decisions, no matter the size, your sense of ownership and engagement will increase.  We offer a wide array of adult education classes, Torah study, book discussions, fun programming, receptions before each Shabbat Service, events for families of young children, the amazing advocacy and speaker programs  — the list is endless. If there is something else that you are yearning to see offered at Temple Emanu El, reach out to me and let’s talk.  

I urge you to join me and show up. Show up at services. Show up at educational programs. Show up at our social justice series. Show up at our social and fundraising events.  This is our Congregation, and with everyone’s involvement, we can do great things if we all work together.  I look forward to our time together this coming year and beyond.  

If you are not a member of Temple Emanu El, come visit and let us welcome you and show off our beautiful spiritual home.

Susan Krantz, President

 
 UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, November 19 ~ Max & Frieda Davis Tikkun Ha’Olam Award & Shabbat Service • 6:15 pm
TEE presents Elizabeth Klein with the Tikkun Ha’Olam Award. Join in person, online via Zoom, Facebook Live or live stream. See your TEEmail for the weekly Shabbat Zoom link.

Sunday, November 21 ~ In Her Best Light: Chanukiyah Drip Tray & Learning • 4:00 pm
Sponsored by TEE’s Engagement Committee & WOTEE. Open to all women 21+, Create your own collaged Chanukiyah Drip Tray led by Elizabeth Elia, Learn with Eileen Sadowsky “Shedding Light on Women for Chanukah,” Enjoy wine & kibbitz. RSVP to Darcy, dhershey@teecleve.org by 11/17.

Monday, November 29 ~ Create: explore the creation story thru art • 6:30 pm
Intergenerational Event for Grades 7-12 + Adults. This first Create Event we will be making Luminaries with artist Debbie Apple-Presser. RSVP to Beth, bmann@teecleve.org

Friday Evening Shabbat Worship Service • 6:15 pm
We are pleased to re-engage in person at TEE weekly. Wine & Cheese Reception at 5:45 pm. Services are also on Facebook Live & live streamed.

Saturday Morning Parshat HaShavua                          (Torah Study) Class • 9:00 am
Torah study is password protected. Please check your email for the password that was sent out. If you do not have the password but want to be a part of Torah study, please reach out to rhiger@teecleve.org.

To access Zoom, download the app to your smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer from the App store. Press the join link and put in the specific Meeting ID.

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Choosing Hope in Times of Trial

Choosing Hope in Times of Trial jemerman December 6, 2021

From Covid and climate change to the erosion of democratic norms and the decline of a shared sense of truth (and the list could go on), two things are clear. First, are we living in an age that tests our ability to sustain hope. Second, if despair dominates hope, we will be unable to meet the challenges that beset us.

For the Love of Jeff: A Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest

For the Love of Jeff: A Reflection on Mister Rogers’ Most Memorable Young Guest jemerman November 30, 2021

At 10, Jeff Erlanger appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” in his wheelchair. I recently asked Jeff’s parents about how they raised such a competent and loving son.

Reflections on the Significance of December 7 on American Jewry

Reflections on the Significance of December 7 on American Jewry jemerman November 29, 2021

December 7 marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. The attack led to America's formal entry into World War II. What ensued would have a profound impact on Jews everywhere, including the American Jewish community.

For Some of Us the Holidays Are Just…Hard

For Some of Us the Holidays Are Just…Hard jemerman November 18, 2021

As we head into the holiday season, I am acutely aware of how much different this year is going to be than previous ones. I will be celebrating without my mom for the first time. My mother died in January 2021, and I'm still dealing with the unexpected waves of grief that wash over me, sometimes out of nowhere. As I head into this first winter holiday season without her, I'm not quite sure I know what to expect, other than everything is going to be very different.