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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 Honolulu Jewish Film Festival is Back March 14-22!

The Honolulu Jewish Film Festival Committee welcomes you to celebrate a milestone as the HJFF marks its 18th or “chai” year March 14-22, 2020. Chai, in Hebrew, is the lucky number 18 as well as the precious word for “life.” 

This year's festival is better than ever with an all new "Shorts" festival, exciting sponsorship opportunities, discounted All Access Passes for students and active duty military members, plus much more!

Click below to:
Check Out the Films       Become a Sponsor       Learn More

Fall 2019 Edition of The Connection is Now Available!

We're excited to present the newest edition of Temple Emanu-El's Connection. Get a glimpse "behind the curtain" with Rabbi Ken, see the exciting developments in the Temple's youth programs and become part of the Board of Trustees' initiatives going into 2020! Click here or on the the image to see the latest!

Rabbi Ken wants to hear from you!

This issue of The Connection also features 5 questions from Rabbi Ken. Your responses are appreciated by Sunday, December 31 to

Registration for SJS is Now Open!

Online registration for our SJS (K-7), Kadima (5th-7th bar/bat mitzvah prep), Kesher (post-b'nai learning experience) and Nevatim (Sprouts for keiki ages 0-5) programs is now open!

Visit the SJS 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!

Tue, February 25 2020 30 Sh'vat 5780