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Temple Emanu El has a rich history dating back to 1947 with founding Rabbi Alan Singer Green. In the years that followed, Temple Emanu El grew and changed, bringing us to our current location in 2008. We welcome you to visit us in our state-of-the-art facility that offers a beautiful sun-filled atrium, a large sanctuary seating 280 and a more intimate chapel seating 100. Our facility also includes a school wing that houses our Preschool, Religious School and more.

I'd encourage you to check us out on a Sunday morning during the school year. Start your day with breakfast available from our "Bagel Boys". Then immerse yourself in the community as our Kindergarten through 6th graders participate in Religious School or attend one of our Adult Education courses. You are also welcome to join us for worship services any Shabbat evening or morning or for one of our special events.

Our doors are open to you and we hope that you will come get to know us. I look forward to personally welcoming you to our congregation. 

Matt Ellin, President

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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:

February 2017: Temple Emanu El Revamps Preschool Summer Session [link]

February 2017: Temple Emanu El to Sell Merchandise from Maltz Museum [link]

February 2017: A Primer on the Johnson Amendment [link]

February 2017: Leadership, Philanthropy, Flexibilty 'Coming Together' for Executive Directors [link]

January 2017: Rabbi Steven L. Denker Letter to State Representatives [link

January 2017: Temple Emanu El Seeks Director of Early Childhood Education [link]

January 2017: Temple Emanu El Seeks Part Time Education Director [link]

January 2017: Cantor Lawrence Offers Israeli Folk Music [link]

December 2016
 CJN Asks Rabbis: "What do you like most about Chanukah?" [link]

December 2016: Q & A with Julie Rosenthal [link]

November 2016:
Temple Emanu El Slates Events [link]

August 2016
: Temple Emanu El Goes Fruit Picking [link]

June 2016: Shabark Shalom For Animals July 23 [link]

April 2016: Temple Emanu El Denim & Diamonds [link]

April 2016: Children Can Do More Than Just the Four Question [link]

April 2016: Temple Emanu El's Denim & Diamonds Benefit [link]

April 2016: Saltzman Receives 2016 Max & Frieda Davis Tikkun Olam Award [link]

March 2016: Pluto To Speak at Brotherhood March 30 [link]

March 2016: 
Temple Emanu El Teens Represent Region  [link]

March 2016:
Temple Emanu El To Honor Dave's Supermarket Owner Burton Saltzman  [link]

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 3 ~ Men's Book Club ~ 3:00 pm
Read All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Held in the Activity Room on the 2nd floor at Montefiore. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/407-4938.

Wednesday, April 5 ~ Men's Lunch Bunch ~ 12:00 pm
Enjoy lunch and Jewish-themed conversation. Cost is $11/person. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/765-8031.

Friday, April 7 ~ Max and Frieda Davis Award Presentation ~ 6:15 pm
Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International, will be presented with TEE's Annual Max and Frieda Davis Tikkun Olam Award for his outstanding work in the Jewish Community as well as  his devotion to public service and higher education. A Friday Night Chavurah congregational dinner will follow. Dinner is free of charge, however, donations to the Friday Night Chavurah Fund are encouraged. Bring a nut-free dessert or a bottle of wine to share. RSVP by May 3 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1216.

Sunday, April 9 ~ Sunday Morning Connections ~ 9:45 - 10:45 am
Come walk with us. This is a great opportunity to connect with TEE friends while getting in some steps. Meet in the atrium at TEE and head out for a walk to Orange Village Park. We will walk each Sunday that Religious School is in session through May 21, weather permitting. For information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1210.

Sunday, April 16 ~ Passover Yizkor Service ~ 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 22 ~ #TEE in the CLE ~ 7:00 pm

Save the date for Temple Emanu El's 70th birthday celebration gala including dinner, dessert, auction and music.  Join us to honor our beloved congregation's history together at this memorable evening.

Monday, April 24 ~ Holocaust Speaker Sol Factor ~ 7:00 pm
All are welcome to join our TEEn Kolel students in hearing our very own Sol Factor speak. His discussion titled, "Searching for Rosa" includes his personal story of being born in Germany in 1946, becoming separated from his mother and then being brought to the United States to be adopted. Any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1214.

Friday, April 28 ~ Friday Nite Chai Service & Shabbat Scoops ~ 5:45 pm
All are welcome to celebrate the sweetness of Shabbat. Enjoy our Shabbat pre-reception at 5:45 pm, followed by our Friday Nite Chai Musical Shabbat service at 6:15 pm. An ice cream social will follow. Bring a friend! Ask about special rates for new members. 
Saturday, April 29 ~ Torah To Go ~ 4:30 pm pm
Children ages 6 and under along with their parents are invited for stories, songs and a short PJ Havdalah service at Temple Emanu El. For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-122
Friday, May 5 ~ 70th Congregational Annual Meeting ~ 5:45 pm/6:15 pm
Join us at 5:45 pm for a Shabbat Pre-Reception followed by the Annual Meeting and Shabbat Service. There will be reports from President Matt Ellin and Rabbi Steven Denker, election of the Temple Trustees, and presentation of the Emanu Elite of the Year Award.
Friday, May 12 ~ PreK - Grade 2 Family Shabbat ~ 5:45/6:15/7:15 pm
Our PreK through Grade 2 students have been preparing to participate in this Shabbat service during which we will celebrate Lag B'Omer. Join us for the pre-reception at 5:45 pm, followed by the service and a potluck dinner. Details to follow soon.

Rabbi's Study

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Prayer: We all do it!

Some say that thanks to unique wiring, human beings possess an innate sense of the transcendent, creative and potentially protective power in the universe.  For want of a better term, we may call that power Elohim - Judge, Adonai - Lord, Shaddai, - Protector, Bo’reh - Creator, or any of the dozens of other descriptive names/titles that occur in our biblical and rabbinic traditions.  We regularly use several of God’s names in one sentence or passage.  This Presence is greater than human, but still concerned about us and is, on some level, involved in our fates and fortunes.  This is what drives us to prayer.  Whether we are expressing thanks, seeking a boon, protection or just a connection, at its most rudimentary, prayer or worship, is our attempt to be in communion, in contact with, and connected to God.  Click here
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Cantor's Corner

Cantor Lawrence_Reception_editedCantor Rick Lawrence invites you to join us for Shabbat services every Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

Are you interested in getting involved with our Chai Band, Youth or Adult Choir or other musical opportunities? Please be in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1215.

You can now follow Cantor Rick on Facebook. Click here to see his page or check out check out recent written and video Divrei Torah.