Temple Emeth - reform Jewish synagogue in Bergen County, Northern New Jersey (Teaneck)synagogue


Seder: April 15

Temple Emeth’s second-night seder will be on Tuesday, April 15, at 6 pm. Sign up now, using this form.

Dinner Dance: May 3, 2014

In addition to cocktails, dinner and dancing, we will have a Journal paying tribute to our honorees and a fabulous Silent Auction.

Please show your support for the Temple and our honorees by taking an ad in the Journal, and/or donating goods or services to the Silent Auction. 

Thank you in advance for your support.

If you have any questions, please contact Dinner Dance committee chairs Jill Kantor  and Ellen Buckwalter.


URJ Shabbaton, January 25

Registration is now open for the URJ Shabbaton!

Shabbaton is a one-day event on Saturday, January 25, 2014:

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM: Registration and Light Breakfast

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Morning Learning Session Aleph

10:35 AM – 12:35 PM: Shabbat Worship and Interactive Torah Discussion

Services will led by Rabbi Steven Sirbu of Temple Emeth in Teaneck and Cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut of Temple Beth Or in Township of Washington

12:45 PM – 2:20 PM: Kiddush and Lunch

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Afternoon Learning Session Bet

3:35 PM – 4:00 PM: Seudah Shlisheet

4:05 PM – 5:30 PM: Concert with Cantors Meredith Greenberg and Ellen Dreskin, Rick Calvert, and Katya Gohr

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM: Havdalah

Shabbat for All, January 11

The annual event Shabbat for All event on Saturday, January 11, 2014 is part of our ongoing effort to celebrate Shabbat as a time of both unity and diversity at Temple Emeth. Our programming on this Shabbat will relate to the themes of the book “By Fire By Water,” by Mitchell James Kaplan, the selection of this year’s “One Book, One Community” initiative.

Below is a schedule of the Shabbat for All events. Attendees can choose among any or all  activities.

  • Torah Study at 9:00 a.m.—Torah Study, a weekly tradition at Temple Emeth, gives Temple members the chance to study our most sacred text in English and discuss the deeper ideas presented within its pages. This week we examine the weekly Torah portion, Beshalach, through the lens of Ramban, one of the greatest Spanish commentators.
  • 10:30 a.m.: Four Concurrent Services and Activities: Tot Shabbat—Our youngest friends (ages 0 to 5) and their families will sit on the bimah in the Sanctuary and learn a song inspired by the Jews of Spain.
    • Family Activity—A Spanish Scavenger Hunt! Beginning in the Youth Lounge, we will be having a family-friendly scavenger hunt through the cities, food, and Jewish history of Spain. Through this fun and interactive activity, we will be able to learn about the Jews of Spain, virtually “visit” some of the major Spanish cities, and literally taste what Spanish cuisine has to offer. Looking forward to seeing you there, Amigos! (Please note: Each child must have a responsible adult present at one of the Shabbat for All options.)
    • Longing for Sefarad: Why the Jews of Spain Matter – Temple member Florette Rechnitz Koffler, Professor Emerita of Romance Languages and Literatures at St. Thomas Aquinas College, will lead a presentation. Among Dr. Koffler`s published works are articles on the traditional ballads of the Hispanic world, including Judeo-Spanish ballads, and on literary relations between Spain and Italy during the Renaissance. She is the co-editor of Uncertain Refuge: Italy and the Jews during the Holocaust.
    • Shabbat Morning Service—Our service using Mishkan T’filah will incorporate poetry written during the Golden Age of Spain to add depth and perspective to our worship.
  • Noon: Kiddush Lunch —The entire congregation is invited to join in a light Kiddush lunch in the Social Hall. In order to ensure that there is enough food and seating, RSVPs are requested from those who plan to attend the Kiddush lunch. (RSVPs are greatly appreciated but not required; it’s okay to decide to join us at the last minute).
  • 1:15 p.m.: Screening of “The Key from Spain: The Songs And Stories of Flory Jagoda.” In this uplifting tale, acclaimed Sephardic folksinger Flory Jagoda tells about her journey from Sarajevo to the United States. Along the way she performs cherished Sephardic melodies and even shares some of her own. A discussion will follow. We will conclude at around 2:30 p.m.

We appreciate your response via evite.

Free Enrollment for Religious School (new students K-3)


Temple Emeth Religious School is offering free enrollment for new students in Grades K-3 from now through June 2014.

Membership is not required for this Chanukah Gift offer.

We offer:

• A creative Reform Jewish curriculum

• A nurturing learning environment

• A highly professional faculty

• A dynamic Temple community

For information, call Dora Geld Friedman @ 201-833-8466 or email bshater@emeth.org


Names due for the Book of Remembrance

Each year, Temple Emeth publishes a Book of Remembrance which gives congregants the opportunity to remember, and to see in writing, the names of persons who dwell with the Eternal. The Book will be distributed to all worshippers at the Yizkor on Yom Kippur.

If you are a Temple member who would like to participate in this tradition by including names in the Book, please fill out this form or mail in the paper form from the recent Temple mailing.

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