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Temple Closed 

Temple Emanu-El will remain closed until we are able to resume operations in a manner that ensures the health and safety of our congregation and staff. View all Covid-19 announcements from the Board of Trustees and Pandemic Response Committee.

In the meantime, the following restrictions remain in effect:

  • There will be no in-person meetings permitted at the Temple until further notice.
  • The Temple office  and Levinson-Krupp Library are closed until further notice. The Temple staff is available by email ( and telephone (808-595-7521).
  • Friday Night Shabbat services have gone virtual! Visit the Temple Facebook page and to tune in to Shabbat Evening service at 7:00 PM.

From all of us at Temple Emanu-El, we wish you good health and shaloha until we are able to meet again in person!  

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Special Blessings for a Pandemic

A Reflection for Receiving the Coronavirus Vaccine by
Rabbi Rebecca Kamil

As we move from darkness to light 
May we take this vaccine as a sign of what is to come 
A world reopened and renewed 
Embracing family and friends 
Gathering together in joy 
May we also be mindful of what has been 
The lives lost 
The sorrow felt 
And may the past and present intertwine 
Giving us hope for the future.

A Blessing for Putting on Face Masks
The following blessing affirms the act of putting on a mask to keep ourselves and others healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha-olam, asher keed’shanu b’meetzvotav, v’tzeevanu al sh’meerat ha-nefesh.
You are bountiful, our infinite God, majesty of space and time, who has sanctified us with divine commandments and has commanded us about protecting life.


A Blessing For Washing Hands During a Pandemic By Trisha Arlin
As we wash our hands We pray, Blessed is the Soul of the Universe, Breathing us in and breathing us out. May our breaths continue And our health and the health of all Be preserved In this time of sickness and fear of sickness. Holy Wholeness, We take as much responsibility for this as we can By observing the obligation to wash our hands Thoroughly: For as long as it takes to say this prayer. Amen.

Barukh atah adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam asher kidshanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al netilat yadayim. 
Blessed are you, our God, ruler of the universe, who sanctified us with God's commandments and instructed us on washing hands.

Sun, May 16 2021 5 Sivan 5781