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Our Featured Member synagogue for May 2010 is Temple Emanuel of Newton. We are pleased to recognize the synagogue in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

Welcome to Temple Emanuel, a Conservative, fully egalitarian congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Our membership of 1,100+ families represents a diversity of Jews from Newton and surrounding communities. With our broad spectrum of religious, cultural, social & educational activities, there are as many reasons to join Temple Emanuel as there are Jews in our congregation.

Temple Emanuel is a warm, welcoming, diverse Conservative congregation that:

  • Inspires our members to a love of God, Torah and Israel
  • Builds lasting relationships that provide each of us with strength and support in life's hard times, shared joy in life's good times, and friendship at all times
  • Transmits a love of Jewish living from generation to generation
  • Helps our members make ordinary days holy by filling our lives with the mitzvot God has given us to make our lives matter

In pursuing these sacred purposes, Temple Emanuel offers the best of big and small: the resources that allow for choices, and the communities of shared passion that allow for intimacy.

Temple Emanuel's "Seven Gates" stand for the proposition that everyone can find a place at Temple Emanuel. The "Seven Gates" are Torah, Prayer, Israel, Shabbat, Redeeming the World, Building Community, and Teaching Jewish Values. Whatever your passion, whatever inspires you, it is here. All you have to do is enter.

While these are entry points, it is not only about entering. It is also about what you do once you are here. It is about engaging. And it is about finding meaning, purpose, and friends within a community of people who are moved by what moves you.

Temple Emanuel's 75th Anniversary Celebration is designed to appeal to a wide cross-section of the congregation as well as the broader Jewish community. The kick-off event in December 2009 was a Chanukah family dinner, attended by several hundred Temple members. The main social event, to be held May 2nd, the 75th Diamond Jubilee Gala evening, will feature dinner, music, and dancing through the decades. The Gala weekend also includes the annual Samuel Chiel Kallah on May 1st and 2nd with Rabbi Donniel Hartman of the Jerusalem-based Hartman Institute. The June 26th Shabbat service will honor seniors and long time members, as part of the 75th. A special adult education panel, moderated by Temple Emanuel's own member Alan Teperow, SCM Executive Director, exploring the history of the Jews of Newton will be held on September 12th at the Temple. Brotherhood will sponsor a brunch on September 26 with Rabbi Gardenswartz and Rabbi Chiel, highlighting historic times in the Temple's history. Finally, the year-long anniversary celebration will culminate with a Rabbi Samuel Chiel Kallah the weekend of November 6th, when Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary will be the featured speaker. Sisterhood will mark their 75th anniversary on November 7th with a special Donor Brunch.

Come pray, learn and enjoy with us. Call the synagogue office at 617-558-8100, or contact us via e-mail or on the web at www.templeemanuel.com.

385 Ward Street
Newton, MA 02459
Clergy: Rabbis Wesley Gardenswartz & Michelle Robinson, Cantor Elias Rosemberg, Hazzan Sheini Daniel Nesson

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