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Temple Emanu-El Temporary Closure

With the number of Covid-19 cases currently rising, the Temple Emanu-El campus will remain closed until further notice. Click here for additional information.

Tune in for Temple Emanu-El’s  live-streamed Shabbat Service! Join Rabbi Ken this Friday, September 25 at 7:00 PM (Keiki Shabbat begins at 6:00 PM) on the Temple Emanu-El Facebook page or
 View Archived Shabbat Services and Torah Study Sessions.

Yom Kippur begins this Sunday, September 27! View service times using the banner below. 

Want to brighten your day? Click to see our Top Ten Reasons to Attend Temple E's Virtual High Holiday Services!

About Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El is a spiritual, cultural and social center of Jewish life for those who live on or visit the island of Oahu. It is Hawaii's largest and only affiliated Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) Jewish congregation. 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 greeting. We hope that you will feel our warmest shaloha every time you enter our special Jewish place in Hawaii.


The Temple Office is closed until further notice. To get in touch with the office, please email
or call 808-595-7521.

High Holiday Services  will be streamed online. View services  via and the Temple Emanu-El Facebook page at their scheduled times.

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Yom Kippur Schedule+Information

  • Yom Kippur Evening Service Sunday, September 27 | 7:00 PM
    Be moved once again by the haunting melody of Kol Nidre as we usher in the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
  • Yom Kippur Morning Service: Monday, September 28 | 10:00 AM
    On this day for atonement and aspiration, we will offer our prayers while the heavenly gates are still open.
  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Study Sessions: Monday, September 28 
    • “Using Mindfulness in a Time for Teshuvah (Seeking/Granting Forgiveness) and the age of Covid-19”| 1:00 PM.  A Zoom presentation led by Roger Epstein of the Hawaii Forgiveness Project.(Registration required).
    • “Can You Hear Me Now?”| 3:00 PM Join Rabbi Ken on Zoom as he looks at the connecting themes through the Yom Kippur afternoon Torah reading and Haftarah story of Jonah. (Registration required).
  • Yom Kippur Afternoon Torah and Haftarah Readings | 4:30 PM
    Hear the most familiar commandment in all of the Torah as well as the "Tail" of Jonah and the whale.
  • Yizkor: A Time to Remember All of Our Departed Loved Ones | 5:00 PM
    Before praying the words of the Kaddish Yatom (Mourner’s Kaddish), we will hear from members of our Temple Emanu-El community who are mourning the death of loved ones during the past year. We will also pray for all of our deceased love ones, including those who have died from Covid-19.
  • N’ilah: A Concluding Service of Celebration | 6:00 PM
    As the Day of Atonement comes to a close we express our gratitude for the ability to make changes in our lives for the better.

Classes and Community

Introduction to Gemilut Chasadim/Acts of Kindness
October 4, 2020, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Please contact  for Zoom Link

Like a Sukkah sheltering the People of Israel in uncertain times, the Chevra Kadisha enfolds our island Jewish community. Come explore and learn with us how the Chevra Kadisha supports the Jewish community, including rituals that guide us through the most challenging times, offering a pathway for embracing life fully, a companion through the proc ess of integrating life’s inevitable losses, and doing it as one community together.

More than a “Burial Society,” a Chevra Kadisha cares for the Jewish community in times of need. We welcome strangers, visit the sick, comfort the bereaved, console and counsel, offer guidance, bake challah and provide meals of consolation. Chevra members are “Holy Friends,” educators, navigators, prayer leaders, caring companions, mikvah attendants, guardians, shroud makers, casket builders, and grave diggers. We are holders of Wholeness.

For more information, download the flyer here.

Support SJS with Foodland's Give Aloha Program

From September 1-30, customers are invited to make donations of up to $249 to participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Donations are accepted at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms checkout. Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation. Individuals must use their own Maika'i number to make a donation. Donations made without a Maika'i number will not be matched.

How to Donate
At checkout, present your Maika'i card (or provide your number) and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to:

Temple Emanu-El School of Jewish Studies
Organization Code: 78252

This year, donations can also be made when you place an online grocery order for curbside pickup or delivery at

Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. The amount you donate and the name of our organization will appear on your receipt. 

View Weekly Shabbat Service & Torah Study

Keiki Shabbat Service
Friday, September 11, 2020

Shabbat Service
Friday, September 11, 2020

Torah Study
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781