President’s Message


I am delighted to welcome you to our Temple Emanuel community. Temple Emanuel has been our family’s spiritual home for more than 40 years. After all this time, I continue to be amazed at how many wonderful people we know, how many friends we’ve made, and how many programs and activities continue to engage us. I believe this is because of our members and amazing Clergy, because of the many connections between us that make our community so special. We encourage you to reach out and make new friends and participate in the wonderfully diverse programs and events that we offer. Young, not so young, married or single, parents or not, Temple Emanuel is a place for everyone to feel at home.

People join a synagogue for a variety of reasons. Our Seven Gates are symbolic of our commitment to creating opportunities for everyone to find a way to belong. Whether you attend daily minyan or Shabbat services, take an adult education course, support Israel, engage in social action, or connect with our youth, we want you to find your spiritual place. Temple Emanuel offers numerous programs to enrich lives, deepen faith and build connections. We come to pray, to study, and to support each other both in times of joy and sorrow. We want our children to come here too, to ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Our wonderful Clergy, Staff and Lay Leadership are here to support you and help you explore your personal interests so that you can utilize the synagogue, your synagogue, to its fullest.

Personally, participating in Temple Emanuel life has been a uniquely gratifying experience. When I walk into the shul on a Tuesday morning for the weekly Sisterhood Study Group or return on any given evening for a meeting or event, I feel right at home. I hope you will enjoy that special feeling as well.

The Clergy, Staff and I look forward to getting to know you and we encourage you to reach out to us for help, to answer any questions or just to say hello. Please know that we are always here for you.

Most Sincerely,
Mady Donoff, President