|About Temple Emanu-El|
WELCOME TO TEMPLE EMANU-EL, SAN JOSE!
At Temple Emanu-El, we join together in a vibrant, diverse community to make our Jewish heritage relevant to our lives in the 21st Century through innovative Shabbat Service worship, joyous Holiday celebrations and Life Cycle events, and enriching Education opportunities for all ages. We offer great Community Programs through our Auxiliaries and Committees and information on how you can be involved in our community.
More than 150 years of tradition, warmth and caring distinguish Temple Emanu-El, where our founders made history by establishing Santa Clara Valley's first Jewish congregation in 1861. Today, we are proud to be one of the oldest Reform congregations on the west coast.
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MEETING TODAY'S NEEDS
Temple Emanu-El offers a balance between Judaism's rich traditions and modern-day realities - our synagogue provides a solid foundation for members' spiritual, intellectual, and social needs. As a congregation we adhere to the principles of egalitarian mainstream Reform Judaism as warmth of song, prayer, sermons, learning, social events and community service add meaning to our lives. We also have Clergy available for all life cycle events as well as one-on-one counseling.
Temple Emanu-El's members include individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds. Some members come from more traditional Jewish backgrounds - others are interfaith couples, individuals looking to Judaism for answers, or those rediscovering their religion. We embrace diversity of all forms and those who choose to make our Synagogue a part of their lives will find themselves welcome into our Congregational family.
Recognizing Jewish education as a top priority for preparing and grounding our children in the hyper-competitive world of the Valley, we offer classes with personalized attention from preschool through the 12th grade. With the addition of our Temple's national award-winning preschool and adult education classes, we provide a continuous life experience for education - a true Beit Midrash, or House of Learning.
We invite you to connect with your Jewish roots by visiting us at Temple Emanu-El. You can easily - and best - experience the spirit of our community by attending Friday night Shabbat services - we are as welcoming a synagogue as exists in the Bay Area. Please feel free to call us at 408-292-0939 or contact us if you have any further questions - we look forward to hearing from you and hope to welcome you as a member of our extended family.