Temple Emanu-El is a spiritual, cultural and social center of Jewish life for those who live on or visit the island of Oahu who choose to live their Judaism in a variety of ways. It is our mission to help one another feel closer to God's presence and kindle the divine light within one another.

This goal is accomplished through meaningful prayer, attainment of wisdom through study, Tikkun Olam and cultural/social events. It is also achieved by having facilities which befit an inspiring Beit El or house of God.

At Temple Emanu-El, we’ve added aloha (love from Hawaii) to our treasured Jewish concept of shalom (peace) to create our own special greeting. We hope that you will feel our warmest shaloha every time you enter our special Jewish place in Hawaii.

JCSS Presents Attorney General Doug Chin

Sunday, January 14
7:00 PM

The Jewish Community Speakers Series is prou
d to present Attorney General Doug Chin and his talk entitled "Immigration Justice: Hawaii, Trump and the Courts" on Sunday, January 14 at 7:00 PM. Beth-Ann Kozlovich will lead a discussion following his talk. 

There is no charge to attend. All are welcome to this exciting event


"Midwifing the Soul: The Work of a Chevra Kadisha"

Sunday, January 21
Weinberg Learning Center

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to welcome special guest Rick Light for an enlightening presentation on..

"Midwifing the Soul: The Work of a Chevra Kadisha"

Morning Session (10:00 AM - 12:30 PM): Topics will include the process of tahara (ritual washing) as well as shomrim (watching over a departed loved one). Rick will also discuss changes in the ways we show kavod hamet (respect for the departed).

Refreshments (12:30 PM - 1:00 PM).

Afternoon Session (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM): Rick will focus on what it will take to organize an Oahu Jewish Communal Chevra Kadisha.

Rick Light, Director of the Chevra Kadisha of Northern New Mexico, has worked with Jewish communities around the country for over ten years helping them create Holy Burial Societies. He has written several books on the subject including "Jewish Rites of Death," "To Midwife a Soul,"and "Exploring the Soul of Tahara".

Join Rabbi Ken for the Incredible Israel Tour!

Join Rabbi Ken Aronowitz as he leads us on a sightseeing tour of Israel's most famous landmarks! The final deadline to book is Tuesday, January 30 2018--View the Itinerary

Purchase tickets to the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival's Opening Night

Opening reception: Saturday, March 3 • 4:30 pm

Celebrate the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival's Opening Night with dinner and a movie!

The evening begins with a deli dinner at Giovanni Pastrami followed by the film at the Doris Duke Theater. Valet parking will be included for dinner.

Tickets are $65 per person limited to the first 200 people.

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Registration for the JEC is Now Open!

Online registration for our SJS (K-7), Kadima (5th-7th bar/bat mitzvah prep), Kesher (post-b'nai learning experience) and madrichim (student teaching and leadership for high schoolers) programs is now open!

Visit the JEC page to learn more!

Special Occasion? Plant a Tree in Israel

Temple Emanu-El has teamed up with the Jewish National Fund to help celebrate your special occasions by planting a tree in Israel! Click the icon to get started!

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  • From Camp Newman: "The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks camp has survived"--Read More
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  • Read an interview with the Rabbi, get a behind the scenes look at the Temple renovations and more in the Spring Connection!--Read More
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