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.

Temple Emanu-El Celebrates Hanukkah December 15

Bring your Hanukkah Menorah and do the Hora as Temple Emanu-El Presents....

"A Shabbat Hanukkah To Remember"
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Enjoy a yummy Shabbat Dinner featuring Latkes with apple sauce and sour cream plus:  

Dreidel Games for Kids Young and Old!
         An Interactive Festival of Lights Show!
               Bring your own Hanukkah Menorah to light during                                           our service!
A deliciously sweet oneg to follow the service!

*There is no charge for dinner but donations to our calabash will be gratefully accepted.

Overflow parking will be available at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu (2500 Pali Highway).


Team Latke, assemble! Join us Friday, December 15 beginning at 9:00 AM when we will prepare delicious latkes for our annual Temple Hanukkah party! Earn the admiration and gratitude from the community, plus a t-shirt! To volunteer, please click here or call the Temple office at 595-7521.

If you'd prefer to use your own kitchen, we appreciate latkes from home! Latke contributions may be dropped off at the Temple kitchen prior to the service.

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 Saturday, December 30, 2017--View the Itinerary

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!

Quick Links



  • From Camp Newman: "The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks camp has survived"--Read More
  • Registration for the new school year is OPEN at the JEC--Register
  • 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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