Not a member? We would love for you to join us!
The synagogue—one of Judaism’s most ancient institutions—continues to provide for the spiritual, communal and educational needs of every generation of Jews. Each synagogue is unique, with its own distinct character and culture. But all synagogues have one fundamental thing in common: They are the Centers for Jewish Living in your community. A synagogue is a special place because it nurtures three things that Jews have sought for themselves and their families, three things that infuse life with a sense of meaning and fulfillment: Community, Learning and Spirituality.
Being part of a synagogue community throughout life is a priority for many; and we hope that it will be one for you too. For more information, contact Shiri Haines at (619) 286-2555 x107.
Below are ways to enhance the Temple membership experience for you and others!
1. Join a Chavurah:
A chavurah is a small group of Temple Emanu-El members who join together to celebrate Jewish life, friendship and community. The Chavurah program is designed to bring congregants with similar interests together who might otherwise not have an opportunity to meet. It is a chance for our congregation's members to get to know each other outside of the synagogue, yet it is designed to build relationships within the synagogue.
Chavurot consist of individuals, couples or families, up to about 20 people total. The difference between a chavurah and any other social group is that all members make a commitment to the group to meet regularly, once a month. These get-togethers can involve Jewish services, holidays or events, sharing personal simchas, eating meals together or any other social activities that the group determines for itself.
These groups can provide a wonderful way to get to know others and build lasting friendships with fellow synagogue members, enhancing your experience as a member. Please note: the chavurot are only open to current Temple Emanu-El members.
2. Be a Greeter:
Warm our community by greeting at a service. It takes only a half hour of your time.
Click here to sign up.
3. Get Involved:
Help out once, twice or regularly with our wonderful Temple programs. You don't need to join a committee to help out.
EXPLANATION OF COMMITTEES AND PROGRAMS :ADULT EDUCATIONPlans and coordinates continued learning experiences for members.
ADULT CHOIRMeets regularly to sing together, and occasionally enhances Shabbat and holiday services.
BEAUTIFICATIONImproves the aesthetics of our facility, including placement of art and Judaica.
CARING COMMUNITYComprises all of us and provides support for Temple members in times of need and joy.
CHAVURAHCreates and supports small friendship groups within the larger Temple community.
FORESEERSOffers activities to meet social and spiritual needs of Temple members 55 and older.
FUNDRAISINGPlans and runs fundraising activities, including the annual gala.
GREETING PROGRAMGreet members, visitors and guests at Shabbat and holiday services.
HOUSE AND GROUNDSOversees the maintenance and improvement of the Temple and grounds.
LIBRARYCoordinates and maintains the operation of our Temple Library.
MEMBERSHIPSupports Temple members to integrate into the community and enhance the membership experience
PRESCHOOLSupports the Preschool director, staff, parents and students with ongoing programs and activities.PUBLICITYCoordinates efforts to publicize Temple events and activities.SECURITY/SAFETYCoordinates/implements security and safety programs, along with local law enforcement, to ensure the security and safety of staff, students and congregants.SOCIAL ACTIONProvides the opportunity for hands-on involvement in programs such as the Hunger Project, Storefront Youth Shelter, and Mitzvah of the Month. The committee also donates goods and funds to local, national, and international agencies.TORAH SCHOOLSupports the Torah School director, staff, parents and students with ongoing programs and activities.WOMEN OF REFORM JUDAISM/SISTERHOODProvides a supportive connection among women of the congregation with a wide range of events and programs for the WRJ membership as well as support of tikkun olam, social action and educational activities in cooperation with our Temple and congregation at large.WORSHIPWorks with the Rabbi to plan, oversee, and refine aspects of ritual practice and religious events.YOUTH GROUPSAssists with social activities and fundraising efforts for Chaverim (grades K-2), OYE (grades 3-5), EASY (grades 6-8) and SANETY (grades 9-12).
Click here to download a volunteer interest form.
Temple Emanu-El 6299 Capri Drive San Diego, CA 92120 P: (619) 286-2555 F: (619) 286-3176