Shavuot Spectacular
June 4, 2022
5:30 pm

Join us in the Temple courtyard for a celebration of this ancient festival in a beautiful NEW way. Shavuot celebrates the gift of receiving Torah. For our ancestors it was a celebration of first fruits from the summer harvest.  There will be food, wine, cheesecake, prayer, music, art and so much more.

5:30pm – Activities begin
7:00pm – Havdalah & Evening Program
7:30pm – Activities continue
7:55pm – Opportunity Drawing
8:00pm – Shavuot Late Show

There is no cost to attend but consider donating HERE.

A children’s program for kids aged 5-12 with food, art and other activities will be offered.  Childcare for kids aged 2-4 will also be provided.

Please RSVP by Sunday, May 29.


You still have time to buy or sell raffle tickets to be entered in this year’s drawing! Please contact the Temple office if you need more tickets. A complete set of rules for the Opportunity Drawing is enclosed with the tickets you received in the mail and are available at the Temple office.

Tickets are $10 each. Increase your odds of winning and buy 11 tickets for $100.
Two Early Bird Prizes of $180 and $360 will be awarded for entries returned by May 27, 2022. The Grand Prize of $1,800 will be chosen from all of the entries received.

Every purchase you make can be an act of tzedakah when using our Amazon Affiliate link.

A portion of of your purchase goes directly to supporting synagogue operations, save the link and fulfill a mitzvah!

Board-Approved Guidelines
Recommended by our
Health & Safety Committee
(Effective 04/08/2022 and subject to change.)

Surgical, N95, or KN95 masks must be worn. Cloth masks prohibited.  Unmasked individuals participating in services who have been pre-approved to participate while on the bima will be required to take an antigen test no later than 24 hours before the service. Temple Emanu-El will provide the tests for these purposes. 

Friday night outdoor services (held on the courtyard)
Masks are optional. 

Hand sanitizing and social distancing will continue to be practiced. No food or drinks will be served/consumed inside the social hall. Food/drink will be allowed on the courtyard.

Upcoming Events

Tue 17

Community Jewish High

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 18

Coffee with the Rabbi

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 19

Recovery International

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thu 19

Bridge with Benj

May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri 20

Music by Amnon

May 20 @ 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm
Fri 20

Band Shabbat

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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Reflecting on 50 Years in Jewish Journalism
Aron Hirt-Manheimer
On the eve of my retirement from the Union for Reform Judaism, I’d like to share a few reminiscences and reflections.

Chapter One: Davka
I was a senior at UCLA in 1970 when our Hillel director, Rabbi Richard Levy, of blessed memory, asked students to come up with projects that needed funding. I proposed starting a West Coast Jewish Quarterly called Davka, meaning “just because,” reflecting the counter-cultural attitude I had embraced as a member of the Jewish radical community on campus. My proposal was accepted, and Rabbi Levy, who had been editor of The Harvard Crimson, showed me how to lay out the first edition — “The Ills of American Jewry” — on his dining room table.  Click here to read more...

Social Action Center

Mitzvah of the Month – May

Books for Monarch School

This month, the Social Action Committee is coordinating a collection of new or gently used children’s books to be donated to young readers in San Diego to expand their horizons and encourage a life-long habit of reading. Parents – you may want to consider donating books your children have enjoyed but outgrown as they are reading more advanced material.

For questions on this month’s collection, please contact Mitzvah of the Month Chair and committee member Becca Bierman, at the Social Action Committee,

Collection of toiletries continues to help students of Monarch School, which provides homeless and at-risk children with an education. Especially needed this month are shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and hair gel, all full size, not hotel or sample size. Please make sure all caps are on tight.

Bring all donations to the white Social Action barrel in the front office lobby of the Temple, and the Social Action Committee will deliver them.

 For any questions on this collection, please contact Bill Seager at (619) 435-8130 or email him at

Links to Social Action Sites