Welcome to Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El of San DiegoTemple Emanu-El is a Reform Jewish synagogue, affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. It is located at 6299 Capri Drive, in the neighborhood of Del Cerro, in the city of San Diego, California. We strive to build in our congregation a community and a family for our membership. We hope your connection with our temple will be meaningful and rewarding for you and your family. 

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Mitzvah of the Month: November
Help Keep Elementary School Children Warm!

Ibarra Elementary School in City Heights serves many families living below the poverty line, many of whom are refugees from around the globe. These families struggle to provide the basic necessities for their children.

In November we will help by collecting:
New or gently used sweatshirts and jackets, girls and boys sizes extra small through large; men’s and women’s sizes small and medium

Contact Barbara Pollack at rrbp@aol.com or (619) 224-3087 for any questions on this project.  Bring your donations to the white barrel in the lobby of the Temple office building, and members of the Social Action Committee will deliver them.

Upcoming Events

  1. Weight Watchers

    Nov 21 @ 8:00am - 9:00am
  2. Coffee with the Rabbi

    Nov 21 @ 11:15am - 12:15pm
  3. Shabbat Evening Service

    Nov 23 @ 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  4. Torah Study

    Nov 24 @ 9:00am - 10:00am
  5. Shabbat Morning Service

    Nov 24 @ 10:30am - 12:00pm
  6. Yoga with Gail

    Nov 27 @ 9:00am - 10:00am

Click Here
to listen to Rabbi Devorah Marcus’ interview on KPBS radio on November 1, 2018. 

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San Diego Rapid Response Network Shelters Asylum Seekers in San Diego;
Launches GoFundMe Campaign

Every day since October 26, 2018, immigration authorities have released into San Diego 20-30 migrant families (50-70 individuals) seeking asylum at the San Diego-Tijuana Border.  These families are desperately fleeing violence, suffering and persecution in their home countries. They have braved the elements and dangerous hardships on their journey to the U.S. in search of a safer, better life.  Once initially processed and vetted for security risks, the Department of Homeland Security has quietly dropped these families – tagged with ankle bracelets and without any resources – at various locations throughout San Diego. The situation has left hundreds of migrants homeless on San Diego’s streets, with nowhere to go and no way of getting to their final destinations.  The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN), a coalition of human rights and service organizations, has worked with partners to set up a migrant shelter and are responding to the needs of these vulnerable children and families by providing meals, medical care and legal services.
Appealing to the San Diego community for help, a GoFundMe campaign has been launched by the San Diego Rapid Response Network to raise funds for the shelter to maintain its daily operation and provide basic necessities, such as food, blankets and bedding, portable showers and toilets. The funding will also help SDRRN provide free legal representation for these families and fund bond fees. To donate, visit GoFundMe.com/MigrantReliefSD.
The families include an average of one to two young children, ranging in age from three months to 10 years old. Children are given age-appropriate resources, including bottles, formula, diapers and toys.  Once their basic needs are met, families receive one-on-one support and case management from trained staff and volunteers to help them reunite with family members in their destination cities – often a multi-day bus trip across the country. Families also receive detailed information about their rights as asylum seekers and details on their responsibilities to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and court appearances in their destination cities.
Along with the SDRRN’s GoFundMe campaign, Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego has established a travel fund to support cross-country travel expenses for these migrant families. To donate, visit sharejourneysd.org/families.
Core partners for SDRRN include ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, Employee Rights Center, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, SEIU Local 221 and San Diego Organizing Project.  A 24-hour hotline is available for individuals to call, should they or someone they know be experiencing an immigration emergency (raid, arrest, checkpoint and/or harassment): 619-536-0823.
Hear Rabbi Devorah speak at the SDRRN Press Event on November 19, 2018:

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