Welcome to Temple Emanu El

I am so honored to serve as President of Temple Emanu El.  With the support of our amazing Rabbi, staff, teachers, Temple Board, and volunteers, wonderful things are ahead for our congregation.  

So, how did I get to this place in my life?  I married into the TEE family 35 years ago when Rabbi Roberts officiated at my wedding to Lisa. (Her grandparents had become members only a few years after TEE’s founding in the 1950’s.) We have been active members ever since. Our children grew up at Emanu El, were very active in youth group, and graduated from the Religious School. TEE gave them the knowledge and confidence to go into the world as Jews. TEE is my most important community outside of immediate family.  


Both Lisa and I have served on the Board of Trustees.  I am a Past President of TEE Brotherhood and have been active on many committees including multiple capital campaigns and our most recent rabbinic search. You may hear my harmonica from time to time when I accompany Rabbi Matt or play in the TEE Chai band.


Temple Emanu El has so much to offer.  We have programming that is interesting, educational, and sometimes even fun!  There are uplifting services, lifecycle events, along with a supportive and caring community.  If you are not yet a member, please visit us for a Friday night service.  If you are already a member, I hope you continue to participate in Temple events.  We are always glad to see you!


Mitchell Cronig, President

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Five Jewish Beach Reads for Summer

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Whether you need a new vacation read or something to relax into after a long day, I've compiled a list of five new-ish Jewish beach reads to take along with you!

Being Honest with God and Myself

Being Honest with God and Myself jemerman

I took the Commandments seriously. However, one of the Commandments deeply resonated above all others: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," meaning "You shall not lie" (Exodus 20:13). This affected me most because I was lying to others and myself about a core aspect of my identity: my bisexuality.

Attending to a Palestinian Family on Hanukkah/Ramadan From December 1999

Attending to a Palestinian Family on Hanukkah/Ramadan From December 1999 jemerman

The trauma pager beeped loudly as I went about my duties as on-call chaplain. It was December 1999, and I had been in training to become a chaplain for all of three months.

A Message of Support

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While we recognize that the deep conflict between Israelis and Palestinians will not be resolved over the summer, we believe that come the fall, college campuses must once again be safe for all students - and this includes Jewish students living their Jewish commitments openly and proudly.