Services at Temple Emanuel are known for their warm and inviting spirit. The clergy highly value participation from all aspects of the congregation, young and old. We welcome a baby’s cry, a laugh out loud, or a question from the kahal, the congregation. Our liturgy is liberal and egalitarian, allowing for different views of faith and tradition to exist beautifully side by side. The Rabbi and the Cantor weave music, stories, text and teaching into services for Jews from all backgrounds. The clergy and leadership are always in tune with what is new and creative in the Reform Movement, and they are often leading those creative trends.


We gather every Friday evening to welcome shabbat.  Our service consists of Kabbalat Shabbat (receiving the Sabbath) and Maariv (the evening service).

Erev Shabbat Services

We have several types of Erev Shabbat Services, and hope you’ll come and enjoy them all!

One Shabbat a month, our 300 seat sanctuary is full to overflowing when we honor various classes in our Religious School with a family service which they help to lead. Joined by our outstanding Junior Choir, Kol Ruach, the students share songs, stories, dramatic presentations and thoughtful readings about their experiences as Jewish young people. Full of toe-tapping and hand-clapping, the music and spirit of this service bring the whole community together to celebrate the future of our congregation – our children.

Our very talented and active Adult Choir, Kol Zimrah shares their love of music and of prayer during one Friday Shabbat service every month, and they perform in various community concerts throughout the year.

Our home-grown band of temple members, the Mizmor L’Shabbat Ensemble, enhance our music and sense of community when they share the bimah leading many times during the year.

Kabbalat Shabbat

During much of the year, we invite you to join us for a half hour of wine and cheese, followed by a sweet, joyful and shorter Shabbat service.  This is a wonderful opportunity to share a meal with family and friends at home or out after the service.

We are occasionally joined by our Mizmor L’Shabbat Ensemble, our home-grown band of temple members.

Tot Shabbat

Bring your instruments and join Cantor Lindsay in singing songs, hearing stories, and celebrating Shabbat with your Temple Emanuel community. This engaging 30-minute service is appropriate for newborns through 6-year olds. Tot Shabbat services are on Friday evenings at 5:30 pm, or at 9:00 am on Saturday mornings. Please check our calendar to view our Tot Shabbat schedule. To register, contact the office at, or at 301-942-2000.

Please check our calendar for the next Tot Shabbat service.

Saturday Morning

Torah Study

Every Saturday the Torah Study Group meets at 9:00 on Zoom Torah Study is lay led and open to all.

Learn more and sign up to lead a weekly Torah study HERE

Temple Emanuel has hosted Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Shabbats since 1987. Click here for details of past programs and speakers.