FAQs for Prospective Members

What is the style of your services?

Our services are warm and welcoming.  We typically welcome Shabbat on Friday night with joyful music and prayer, led by our Rabbi and Cantor.  We generally follow our service with an Oneg, where we have refreshments and an opportunity to socialize with others.  We don’t have a formal dress code; some people wear everyday clothes to services, some wear their work clothes and others may dress up. Tallitot (prayer shawls) and kippot (yarmulkes) are optional.

In warm weather, we hold our services outdoors in our Mark Mann Pavilion in our beautiful park-like backyard.

Must I know Hebrew?

Many of our members don’t speak or read Hebrew.  While Hebrew prayers are a part of our service, all of our prayers have English translations. Our services are full of music and spirituality;  you don’t need to know Hebrew to appreciate and enjoy them.

Will my non-Jewish spouse/partner feel comfortable?

Temple Emanuel prides itself on being a welcoming congregation to all.  We have many interfaith families in our community.

How do I meet people?

There are many ways to meet and develop friendships with fellow-congregants. A great way to get to know other members is through participation in Temple groups like Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) and Brotherhood, and through committees such as the Global Mitzvah Project or the Community Social Action Council (CSAC), or through adult education programs.  Parents with children schmooze on Sunday morning over bagels and coffee in our upstairs lobby while their children attend Religious School.  And our youth groups offer fun-filled ways for our children to make lasting friendships.

What if I cannot afford Temple dues?

Special financial arrangements can be made by meeting with our Executive Director.

Is there parking?

There is ample parking in our Temple parking lot and on the side streets near the Temple.  On some Jewish holidays, additional parking is arranged at nearby churches.

How can I arrange to visit the Temple and meet the clergy?

A visit and meeting with clergy can be arranged by calling the Temple office, at (301) 942-2000.

How is the Temple accessible to the handicapped?

The Temple is ADA compliant.  Ramps lead to the front door of the building, as well as on to the Bima, and there is an elevator between floors.  We also have audio equipment for those who are hard of hearing, and large print prayer books for those who are visually impaired.