• About Temple Emanuel

    Temple Emanuel is a warm and inviting community of diverse members who come together to celebrate, worship, study, serve, socialize, and play.  Since 1857 our congregation has been the center of Reform Jewish Life in West Michigan. We are active in both Jewish and secular causes.  Our close knit congregation of 280 families, proudly serves nearly sixty families every month from Read More
  • Worship

    Worship is a central part of community life at Temple Emanuel. Our services are lively, musical, and engaging.  Temple Emanuel holds Shabbat evening services every Friday night at 6:15 P.M. Prior to services, many of us gather for the wine and cheese social that starts at 5:30 PM. Oneg Shabbat follows imediately after services. Come and join us!  Please note, Read More
  • Education

    Temple Emanuel offers many educational programs for children and adults. Our programs are also open to the community at large. Please check our calendar for details.     Adult Education There are many Temple sponsored programs along with some that Temple Emanuel co-sponsors with other local Jewish organizations. Please visit our Adult Education page for more details.     Temple Emanuel Religious Read More
  • Intro To Tikkun Olam Programs

    Tikkun olam (תיקון עולם‎) is a phrase in Hebrew that means "repairing the world."  The modern Reform Jewish interpretation of tikkun olam is to "heal the world" in order to make the world a better place for all. As Liberal Jews, we tend to approach tikkun olam less from its cosmological implications and more from a focus on acts of social Read More
  • History

    Welcome to the fifth oldest Reform congregation in the United States. Temple Emanuel, first known as the Benevolent and Burial Society, was founded in 1857 and occupied two rented structures until 1881, when the congregation built it's first home on the corner of Fountain and Ransom Streets, in downtown Grand Rapids. Organized by five German families who had fled the Read More
  • Historical Archives

    Temple Emanuel's archives date back to the mid-1800s. They include the 500 volume personal library of Julius Houseman, one of our founders and the first Jewish mayor of Grand Rapids. A recent gift includes two scrap books from the Amberg family, a prominent family in the development of Grand Rapids, also a founding family of Temple Emanuel in 1857. Since Read More
  • Wine and Cheese Hour

    Join us every Friday evening for our Wine and Cheese Hour at 5:30 PM.   This is our version of Happy Hour, a time to unwind at the end of the week and get in the mood to celebrate Shabbat. This is a great opportunity to schmooze with old friends and make some new acquaintances. 
  • 1 About Temple Emanuel
  • 2 Worship
  • 3 Education
  • 4 Intro To Tikkun Olam Programs
  • 5 History
  • 6 Historical Archives
  • 7 Wine and Cheese Hour

News of the Week

  • News & Notes for the week of July 26, 2016

    Ahavas Israel Corners of the Field Community Garden Update: Arend Vyn harvested 230 onions for the Temple Emanuel Food Bank, which he had planted in April. Arend has been helping in the garden as part of his Bar Mitzvah program. We welcome and need helpers to assist with harvesting and weeding. We meet early Sunday mornings. For more information email either Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Allyson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thursday this week (that's 2 days away!) is our night at the
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President's Column

  • Thoughts from President Len Robinson, May 2016

    From the Home Office in Grand Rapids, MichiganHere are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Temple Spring Gala on May 15th:(drum roll, please!) 10. The room will be filled with incredible, exciting, interesting and beautiful people. 9. You will have a fantastic time. 8. The food at Thousand Oaks Golf Club is fabulous. I've had it. I recommended it. (and I'm a picky foodie) 7. Two words: dessert bar! 6. If you sponsor the wine for your
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Rabbi's Column

  • Thoughts from the Rabbi, May 2016

    Many of our members have been hearing the rabbi speak about his experiences while he was away on sabbatical. These were the words he shared with our congregation on a very snowy Friday, April 8. It started with a sandwich. A few weeks ago on a gorgeous sunny day in Tel Aviv I was ready for lunch. Not wanting another pita with hummus or another falafel I walked into a small French cafe called “I Love Ma Poulet”. With chickens
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From the Office

  • August 2015

    I am living in the future! Far from achieving feats of time travel or spending an afternoon in Disney’s Tomorrow Land, I am currently spending my time and energy working on the High Holy Days. This is the time of year when planning is important because the tidal wave of work that flows through the Temple office at the end of each summer is rather daunting. The masses of details, letters, tickets, programs, books and, of course, FOOD that must
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