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. To receive a membership packet, call the Temple Front Office at (619) 286-2555 and ask that one be mailed to you.
For those who are able to go above and beyond…Chai Circle
Through our Chai Circle program, Temple Emanu-El can provide dues subsidies to those who wish to join us but are truly not able to pay the full amount. The Chai level ($4,250) provides dues for your membership and a portion of dues for a family in need, making a Jewish education for their children possible. Your participation in Chai Circle strengthens the bonds of our Temple family. We appreciate your generosity in not leaving any Temple Emanu-El member behind!
Click here to download a Chai Circle Brochure
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.