"Committed to social activism, we are a leader in the greater Long Beach area building bridges among the diverse faiths and cultures that constitute our city." - Rabbi Jack
Youth Group Activities
Our goal is to help make Temple Emanu-El a focus of Jewish life for Long Beach children of all ages. Whether it's our popular holiday-themed events like "Pizza under the Stars" for Sukkot or Second Night Seder, Junior Congregation, Youth Group theater trips, summer services on the beach, or our enormously successful Youth Choir, we believe that having fun enriches and enhances the religious experience.
The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El is a group of women dedicated to furthering the highest ideals of Judaism. We actively support the Temple through our fundraising activities. We promote closer fellowship among the members of the Congregation and we mentor religious, social, educational, philanthropic and civic activities. Sisterhood members share friendship, information, skills, and support when we plan, execute and attend meetings, fundraisers and programs.
.Brotherhood is one of the social and fundraising arms of Temple Emanu-El – participating in both religious and social functions. Brotherhood offers the men of the congregation a way to come together and enjoy each other and build connections with a great group of guys while also serving the Temple Emanu-El community. Brotherhood members enjoy the camaraderie of the group and we hope that all of the men in the congregation join us as a way of meeting and getting to know your fellow Temple members. We have fun helping the Temple by running fundraising events such as comedy nights, selling boxes for our annual “Super Sunday” football grid, sponsoring theme based activities at neighborhood establishments and organizing and attending local sporting events such as the Ducks, Islanders, Brooklyn Cyclone and Mets games. We also run an annual Brotherhood Shabbat, actively participate in the Bar Mitzvahs of our children and sponsor Shabbat dinners and movie nights featuring Jewish themes. We are open to any and all suggestions for new and exciting events.
The beauty of Brotherhood is that there is something for everyone and every member can make Brotherhood what he wants it to be. Meetings are usually held monthly. If you are interested in joining, please contact our Brotherhood president, Kevin Heller. The next Brotherhood Zoom meeting will be announced - contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
s TEMPLE EMANU-EL'S 'PEOPLE OF THE BOOK CLUB' is open to ALL and meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Temple's Sisterhood Room. Selections have a Jewish theme, character, author or story and include multiple genres. In addition to reading and discussing books, we've hosted authors, screened a movie and toured museums related to our selections. The book club also maintains a book cart located in the Temple lobby. We encourage everyone to donate a book and take a book to read, share and enjoy.
However, until it is safe to congregate again, the "POTBC," led by Rabbi Jack, meets monthly via zoom. During its next meetings, the book club will will discuss: Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 pm – THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30 pm - THE WORLD WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman All are welcome to join – Zoom info TBA
The goal of the Social Action committee is to involve our congregation in the following types of activities: ~Tzedakah projects for worthy causes such as collecting funds and items for local charitable causes; ~Social service programs (food distribution,and other "hands-on" activities that provide direct assistance to the needy of our community; ~ Advocacy programs (efforts to change local, state and national laws or to support the adoption of new laws for the purpose of furthering social justice). We are always looking for new committee members and all are welcome to participate!