The mission of Temple Emanuel is to ensure the perpetuation of the Jewish people and to cultivate a love of our heritage: God, Torah and Israel. We are a warm, welcoming, diverse synagogue of 1100+ families affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, blending the beauty of tradition with the creative expression of liberal Judaism.
Emphasizing the Six Core Values of Connection, Diversity, Spirituality, Jewish Education, Social Responsibility and Community, Temple Emanuel fosters spiritual and personal growth through collaboration, respect, and communication in a vibrant environment enhancing our committment to each other, our community, and the rest of the world with a variety of experiences for our congregation and visitors. Creatively evolving Shabbat Evening Services are held at 8 pm in the Sanctuary, except on the first Friday of each month, when both our Family Service and an intimate, adult-oriented Alternative Service are held at 7:30 pm.
Come As You Are Shabbat is held on the second Friday of each month at 6 pm. Shabbat Morning Saturday Services are at 10:30 am. Guest speakers, musical and multi-themed aspects add to the Shabbat spiritual experience.
Tot Shabbat Service is celebrated at 7 pm on the first Friday of each month, with added Pot Luck Dinners at 6 pm prior to our 7 pm Tot Shabbat Service on the third Friday of each month. Tot Shabbat Breakfast & Service is held at 9:15 am on the fourth Saturday of each month. Strollers and care seats are always welcome!
Enjoy our Mini-Minyan Pot Luck Dinner on the fourth Friday of each month, 6:15-7 pm; Shabbat Service follows 7-8 pm. Mini-Minyan Shabbat Morning Service & Kiddush at 9:30 am on the second Saturday of each month provides ample opportunities to socialize within the warm, welcoming and diverse synagogue community for parents and kids.
Temple Emanuel offers individuals and couples of all ages and at all stages of life and lifestyles, and families, children, youth and teens abundant opportunities to explore Judaism and Jewish Education. Dr. Rena Alpert is the Director of Lifelong Learning.
Our Caring Community program supports congregants in both celebration and need, and Social Action Community Outreach reinforces mitzvot of charity and social justice.
Sisterhood, Men's Club, and groups for Interfaith Families, Up & Comers, Prime Timers, Baby Boomers, and Henry Raich Seniors offer social gatherings, learning and worship opportunities.
Four Youth Groups serve children grades K-12 with innovative programs. Shirei HaYeladim, our youth choir and Kol Emanuel adult choir sing at services and community events.
Our highly regarded Religious School (pre-K-grade 12) is accredited by the National Association of Temple Educators -- one of only two congregational schools in New Jersey with this distinction. Small classes and dedicated teachers ensure positive learning experiences for children of all levels.
Special Needs are supported with smaller, less structured holiday worship services, advocates, tutors, flexible scheduling and our renowned interactive Resource Room.
Temple Emanuel is also the only Religious School in the tri-state region to offer No Place for Hate, the comprehensive, preemptive ADL program combatting face-to-face and cyberbullying coupled with practical, proactive guidance.
Judaic studies, K-6, are taught on Sundays. Hebrew Studies take place on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons. The 7th Grade Star Program combines Wednesday classes with optional conversational Hebrew, monthly trips and community service. Confirmation and ELITE programs on Tuesday evenings for grades 8-12 include electives, overnight retreats and trip to Israel for Confirmands.
Our Family Education Program includes family-oriented learning experience such as Chocolate Seder and Sukkot Hayride, and Temple Emanuel's entire curriculum for youth through adults emphasizes hands-on learning, fosters Jewish idenity, spirituality and knowledge.
Temple Emanuel Pre-School, chosen "Best of South Jersey" four years in a row, presents nurturing, developmentally appropriate programs from birth through age 5, giving children a healthy sense of self-worth and awareness of their Jewish identities. Parents are always welcome to participate in the educational process. The Parenting Center offers classes, seminars, and social opportunities for parents with young children. Expanded day options are also available.
Temple Emanuel's stylish yet neutral Social Hall is available for weddings and b'nai mitvot with foods offered by your choice of four caterers.
Adrienne Hoffman Mintz serves as Temple Emanuel president. Mayda Clarke is our Executive Director. Capable and compassionate clergy include Senior Rabbi Jerry David, Rabbi Geri Newburge, and Cantor Neil Schnitzer.
For more information about everything we have to offer, please contact Tracey Graeff, Director of Membership & Programming at 856.489.0029 x 115 or [email protected]. You may also refer to our website at the top of this page. And don't forget to ask about our innovative Free Gift Membership! We hope to see you soon!