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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:

May 2017: Temple Emanu El Appoints Blum As Life Trustee [link]

May 2017: Dolan Talks About Trip To Israel, Baseball [link]

May 2017: Tribe Own Paul Dolan [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El 70th Birthday Gala Celebrates Close-Knit Community [link]

April 2017: TEE Brotherhood Swings for The Fences With Dolan [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El to Celebrate 70th Anniversary [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El Brotherhood Recognizes Levine [link]

April 2017: Temple Emanu El Gift Shop [link]

March 2017: Tikkun Olam Award in Orange Village [link]

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

Friday, May 19 ~ Confirmation Service and Dinner ~ 5:30/5:45/6:15 pm
Confirmation students should arrive at 5:30 pm for family portraits and the class photo. At 5:45 pm the entire congregation is invited to a festive pre-reception followed by the Confirmation Shabbat Service. Confirmation families are invited to a celebratory dinner. Confirmands are free, all other guests are $18 each. Please RSVP by May 1 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223. If there are any dietary restrictions, please let us know

Sunday, May 21 ~ Women's Book Group ~ 7:00 pm
Read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/591-9335 for information and location.
Tuesday, May 30 ~ Yizkor Service ~ 7:00 pm

Friday, June 2 ~ Preschool Graduation & Shabbat Service ~ 9:30 am
All are welcome to join us as our Group 5 students graduate from TEE Preschool. The celebration will continue with brunch following the ceremony. Graduating students along with up to 4 family members are invited at no cost. Additional guests are $18 each. Please RSVP with your family count to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Friday, June 2 ~ First Fridays Shabbat Service & Congregational Dinner ~ 5:45/6:15/7:15 pm
Join us for a Shabbat pre-reception followed by a Shabbat Service including TEE's 2nd Annual "Whose Prayer Is it Anyway? A Night of Musical Improv" led by Cantor Lawrence. The evening will conclude with a congregational dinner. Dinner is free of charge, however, donations to the First Friday Fund are encouraged. Please bring a nut-free dessert or a bottle of wine to share. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1216 by May 31.

Monday, June 5 ~ Men's Book Club ~ 3:00 pm
Read The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High Tech Military Super Power by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot. 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, June 7 ~ 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.

Sunday, June 11 ~ Women's Book Group ~ 7:00 pm
Women's Book Group Annual Picnic. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/591-9335 for information and location.

Friday, June 16 ~ Donuts with Dads ~ 9:00 - 9:45 am
Dads, Grandpas, Uncles and other special men in our Preschoolers' lives are invited to join us for a Preschool Shabbat service with Rabbi Denker and Cantor Lawrence in the Siegel Chapel followed by a kiddush including donuts and coffee. RSVP with your count to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1209.

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.