DSCN2091BrightShalom and thanks for visiting our Temple Emanu-El website. We are a Reform Jewish Congregation in Irondequoit, New York, a few minutes from downtown Rochester.

We feel fortunate that we share a rich heritage, a vital Jewish community life, and a promising future. Our congregation reflects the diversity of today's society - we invite you to share in our warm, informal approach to Reform Judaism

Friday Shabbat services generally begin at 7:30 pm. 

To find out more about our congregation, please click “About Us” on the menu bar. Better yet, come visit us. 

 Events This Month





In honor of Independence day, we had special readings at our July 1 Shabbat service, sang Adon Olam to the tune of America the Beautiful, and had red-white-and-blue challah




 Friday Morning Challah Baking  July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Join Rabbi Setel and others in baking delicious challah breads at our Temple on Friday mornings. The dough will be prepared at 9:00 AM, and then it will be braided at 11:00 AM. Feel free to come at either time! 

Shabbat Morning Chevra Torah
July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Chevra Torah meets on Saturday mornings for an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. We’d love to have you join us.  

Monday, June 20, 9 AM Men's Club Coffee Monday, July 11, 9:30 am

Meet at Panera Bread at Twelve Corners, Brighton, RSVP to Michael Perlson (, 585.388.5211).

Save the Date: Sunday, August 21, 12-4 p.m

Temple Emanu-El Picnic at Buckland Park

Temple Emanu-El’s Summer Picnic welcomes friends, families, and newcomers to meet our temple family on a summer afternoon! This year’s celebration takes place August 21 from 12 noon-4 p.m. at Buckland Park on Westfall Road in Brighton (between Clinton Ave. and Winton Road), with live music by Two for the Road. Admission is free, but please RSVP by August 15. A dish to pass is requested. Questions? Call (585) 266-1978 or email Randy Perlson at; phone (585) 729-1588.


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Our Services This Month

Friday, July 1, 7:30 PM - Shabbat service.

Friday, July 8, 7:30 PM – Shabbat service. The service will include our monthly birthday blessing for our July-born congregants, followed by a campfire oneg, complete with s’mores and stories.

Friday, July 15, 7:30 PM – “Music Shabbat” service with members of our Chorale joining the service to lead songs both familiar and new.

Friday, July 22, 5:45 PM – “Shabbat Luck” Potluck dinner together in our social hall, followed by Shabbat Family Service at 7:00 PM. Our family services are lively, family-friendly musical events appropriate for all ages. Noa Elimelech Ferguson will play guitar and lead us in joyful singing.

Friday, July 29, 7:30 PM – Shabbat service, followed by our ever first game oneg - board & table games to challenge, giggle and unwind.

Hearing Loop


Temple Emanu-El welcomes those who would benefit from hearing assistance. Our sanctuary and social hall both have hearing loops. Personal receivers, headphones, and earbuds are available for those who do not wear T-coil equipped hearing aids. Click hearing loop.

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Updated 7/4/16