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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 and this Friday, January 15 at 7:00 PM on the Temple Emanu-El Facebook page or
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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.

Virtual Shabbat Services  will be streamed Friday, January 22 at 7:00 PM on and the Temple Emanu-El Facebook page.

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Andrea Snyder's mother, Sherie Vaughn, died peacefully in Hawaii this morning. Please join our virtual shmirah as her mom will be buried in Philadelphia in the coming week.

One of our precious Jewish traditions is to sit shmirah with the body and soul of our dearly departed until the funeral, burial and/or cremation. These days, to be safe, we are doing virtual shmirah that allows for family and friends across the globe to participate.

We invite our  Jewish community to sign up for 2-hour rotations during the coming days. During these 2 hours, mourners create privately a sacred space honoring the memory of Andrea's dear mother.  Some people might light a candle and read psalms (see virtual shmirah box attached), some people write, some meditate, and some might just reflect. Our virtual shmira box (link below) has many resources for your special time. Andrea and her family are precious to our community and sharing in shmirah is a way to honor her mourning for her mom.  May Sherie Vaughn's memory be for a blessing.

Here's the link to sign up:

And here is the link to the digital shmirah box  of resources with psalms,  readings, music, and guidance for shmirah: 

Thank you. Alice and Barry and Chevra Kadisha Kavod of Oahu.

Any problems signing on, please email Alice

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