Celebrating construction rather than destruction, Temple Emanuel dedicated the Jonas and Barbara Miller Family education wing on Friday, September 11, 2015. Highlights of the event included the ribbon cutting and installation of a mezuzah on the entrance to the new wing. The mezuzah, generously donated by Congregation Mishkan Israel, was affixed by Rabbis Michael Farbman and Herb Brockman. The remainder of the evening included the congregation’s annual Shabbat Under the Stars cookout and Kabbalat Shabbat service.
The unification of synagogue life in one building is the culmination of the congregation’s 40-plus years in Orange. The new wing houses the religious school and the temple offices. The library is named for the Berkowitz family and the Rabbi’s study is named for the congregation’s Rabbi Emeritus, Gerald Brieger. The majority of the funds for the One Campus project came from members of the congregation, and was supplemented by a $75,000 matching grant from the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven.
The congregation is planning a dinner in celebration of the major donors to the One Campus project on Saturday, December 5.
Since the opening of the new space, members of the congregation have celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and the beginning of the religious school year under the same roof. “We are excited about the opportunity to have both family-oriented and adult activities happening in such close proximity,” said Dr. Melissa Perkal, president of the synagogue.
Upcoming events at Temple Emanuel include:
- 10/18/15: Author Presentation and Book Signing – Ed Cantor will discuss his book, “Remember Me,” a memoir of his late wife’s battle with ovarian cancer;
- 10/29/15: Red Cross Blood Drive;
- 10/30/15: Music Shabbat with members of the Temple Emanuel band;
- 11/13/15: Remembrance Shabbat to honor all World War II veterans;
- 11/15/15: Discussion about the history and significance of Rosh Kodesh with a service by Rabbi Suri Kreiger, admission for non-TE members $5 at the door;
- 11/22/15: Temple Emanuel hosts the Orange Interfaith Thanksgiving Service;
- 12/11/15: Shabbat Hanukkah – our annual family celebration including a latke-baking contest, Shabbat dinner and a joyous Kabbalat Shabbat service with musical accompaniment by Rabbi Farbman, the TE band, children’s choir and intergenerational choir.
All members of the greater New Haven Jewish community are welcome to join us at our services, celebrations and special events. For more information, please contact the TE office at 203-397-3000, or go to our website: www.templeemanuel-gnh.org.