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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.

Save the Date for the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival!

March 2-3, 9-10
Doris Duke Theatre

The 17th Annual Honolulu Jewish Film Festival comes to the Doris Duke Theatre for two consecutive weekends this March! In addition to fantastic films and guest presenters, special visiting guests will be in attendance for two films making their national premieres at the festival!

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Opening Night Reception Tickets Now Available!

The Festival kicks off with The Samuel Project on March 2 beginning at 8:00 PM. An exclusive Opening Night Gala at Temple Emanu-El will precede the film at 5:00 PM featuring guest appearances by The Samuel Project’s Producer Steve Weinberger, Director Marc Fusco and Actress Malina Moye. Israeli comedian and TV personality
Guri Alfi will also be appearing. Complimentary heavy pupus and libations will be served.

  • Red Carpet VIP Package -$175 | Includes an “All Access Pass” for all 10 HJFF films, plus admission to the Opening Night Reception on March 2nd        
  • All Access Pass –$120 | Admission to all 10 HJFF films (does not include the Opening Night Gala Reception)
  • Opening Night All-Inclusive – $75 | Includes Opening Night Gala Reception plus admission to the Opening Night Movie, The Samuel Project

Hamantashen Now On Sale!

All proceeds will benefit Jewish Experience Center students. You may Mix & Match by 1/2 dozens. Made from scratch from dedicated Temple Emanu-El volunteers!

Pre-Orders: $16/dozen or $8/ 1/2 dozen

At the March 10th SJS Purim Celebration: $18/dozen or $9/ 1/2 dozen

Pickup on Sunday, March 10 from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM ​​​​​​.​

All pre-orders must be received by Friday, March 1, 2019.

Download the order form here. We accept cash or check made out to: Temple Emanu-El

For more information, please contact Temple Emanu-El:  or  (808) 595-7521

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!

Thu, February 21 2019 16 Adar I 5779