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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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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 9 ~ Whistle While You Pray: A Disney Shabbat ~ 7:30 pm
Join us as Cantor Lawrence infuses Disney music into this Shabbat evening service. Children and children-at-heart will enjoy the songs they love plus explore new ones whose content is thematically related to the contest of the prayer at hand.

Sunday, October 11 ~ Bagels & Lox Sunday ~ 8:30 - 10:00 am

Join the Bagel Boys for another special Sunday morning with omelets, bagels, lox and more. Please note that Religious School students must order their omelets by 9:15 am.

Sunday, October 11 ~ URJ Lake Erie Community Family Picnic ~ 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Join Reform Congregations from the Cleveland area and surrounding communities at the Mandel JCC for a family picnic including an Israeli lunch and camp-style song song session. $8/adult, $6/child. Click here to register or click here for more information.

Saturday, October 17 ~ TEE Torah to Go: Havdalah at the Shaker Nature Center ~ 3:00 pm
Children ages 6 and under along with a parent or caretaker are invited to this family friendly program that will explore Havdalah at the Shaker Nature Center at 2600 South Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Sunday, October 18 ~ Midrash & Margaritas ~ 7:00 pm
Join us for Challah baking as well as a discussion on the tradition and laws behind the practice. Please bring a nosh to share. Click here for more information. RSVP by October 8 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1223.

Thursday, October 22  ~ Soup Kitchen ~ 4:00/4:30 pm
Volunteers are needed! Participants ages 12 and up can join us at the Soup Kitchen at New Life at Calvary. Meet at 4:00 pm at Mitchell's Ice Cream at La Place for carpooling or meet at the church at 4:30 pm. We also need prepared pans of spaghetti for serving. Click here for the required recipe. You can bring the spaghetti with you or the Tikkun Olam Committee can arrange for someone to bring your donation. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 440/461-7275 to volunteer and/or make spaghetti.

Sunday, October 25 ~ Latkes Outside of the Box ~ 2:00 pm
WoTEE's paid up membership event will include fun, fellowship, wine and food including latkes made by our very own Matt Ellin. Free to WoTEE members. WoTEE annual dues are $35. Click here for more information or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 440/318-1127.

Sunday, November 1 ~ Chanukah Boutique
Mark your calendar for the annual Chanukah Boutique. New vendors who have already confirmed their participation include Fran & Lily Handmade Soap, Leather Artisan, A Piece of Time, Forever Friends Jewelry and more. Returning vendors include Pampered Chef, Thirty One Gifts, Lia Sophia and many more. WoTEE is still seeking additional vendors. Click here for information and click here for the vendor registration form. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Friday, November 6 ~ New Member Shabbat & Friday Night Chavurah Dinner ~ 5:45/6:15/7:30 pm

Start by joining us for a Shabbat Pre-Reception at 5:45 pm followed by a Shabbat service during which Rabbi Denker and Cantor Lawrence will officially welcome and bless our newest members as a part of the TEE family. After dinner, join in the fun with our monthly Friday Night Chavurah Dinner. There is no cost for dinner, but donations to the Friday Night Chavurah Fund are encouraged. Please bring a nut-free dessert to share. RSVP with your family count to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 216/454-1216.

Sunday, November 15 ~ Lou Clay Memorial Blood Drive ~ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

There is a waiting period after donating blood to be eligible to donate again. So, if you would like to donate at Brotherhood's November 15 Blood Drive, please do not make another donation after September 10

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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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:

October 2015: Havdalah Service at Nature Center [link]

September 2015:
High Holy Days Offer Aliyahs For Sale, Other Solicitations [link]

July 2015:
Pet Shabbat Service Set at Temple Emanu El [link]

June 2015:
Temple Emanu El Religious School Earns Accreditation [link]

June 2015:
Solon's Matt Ellin named Temple Emanu El President [link]

May 2015:
Solon Resident Darcy Hershey Honored with Prestigious Emanu Elite Award [link]

May 2015:
Temple Emanu El "Rocks the Keys" [link]

April 2015:
Shaker Heights' Cronig has Lofty Goals as NFTY President [link]

April 2015:
Emanu El "Rocks Out" for Fundraiser [link]

April 2015:
Holocaust Survivor Frayman to Speak April 13 [link]

April 2015:
CJN Asks Rabbis: What does Passover Mean to You? [link]

March 2015:
Shaker Heights Senior from TEE to Lead Reform Jewish Youth [link]

February 2015:
Temple Emanu El Hosts 25th Annual Sports Night [link]

February 2015:
Cavs' Komoroski to speak at Temple Emanu El March 12 [link]

January 2015: Orange Village's Temple Emanu El To Present Max and Frieda Davis Tikkun Ha'Olam Award [link]

January 2015: Charter Schools Founder Honored for Social Action by Temple Emanu El [link]

January 2015:
E-Prep Founder to Receive Award at Temple Emanu El [link]

December 2014:
 What is Chanukah? Tough Question for Young Minds [link]

December 2014:
Co-chair Higer Puts "Own Spin" On Administrators Conference [link]

October 2014:
The Denker Sukkah [link]

September 2014:
Rabbis describe their typical High Holy Days meals [link]

September 2014: Choirs Hope to Strike Right Chord with Congregants [link]

September 2014:
Temple Emanu El to Hold Family Fall Festival [link]

June 2014:
New Cantor Lawrence Refers To Emanu El as Family [link]

June 2014:
Temple Emanu El is Pleased to Announce Richard Lawrence has been Hired as Cantor [link]

June 2014:
Temple Emanu El Names Lawrence as Cantor [link]

May 2014:
Temple Emanu El Third Graders Take Up Collection [link]

March 2014:
Temple Emanu El Sports Night [link]

February 2014:
Rosenthal Marks 25 Years as Preschool Director [link]

February 2014:
Tikkun Ha'olam Award [link]

January 2014:
Meshuganotes Aims to Hit High Notes [link]

January 2014:
ZOA President: Interim deal won't stop Iran [link]

January 2014: Zionist Leader Will Speak on Iran [link]

January 2014:
Belle Likover, Repairing the World at 94, Honored by Temple Emanu El [link]

January 2014:
Likover to Be Honored for Longtime Social Work [link]

December 2013
: Ruach Hadasha iniates Jerusalem - Cleveland bond [link]

December 2013:
New Spirit CEO to speak at TEE [link]

November 2013: The Values of Chanukah [link]

September 2013:
Tweeting Atonement? [link]

July 2013:
TEE to hold Special Needs Shabbat [link]

July 2013:
Three generations serving TEE Board of Trustees [link]

June 2013: Union Prayer Book Shabbat service set at Temple Emanu El [link]

May 2013
: TEE Brotherhood Receives Men of Reform Judaism Programming Award [link]

April 2013: Paint the Night Features Speed Painter [link]

March 2013: Remembering The Exodus From Egypt [link]

March 2013: TEE Adds Infant Care Room To Preschool [link]

February 2013: TEE Celebrates Fourth-Generation Member [link]

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.