About Temple Emanuel
Temple Emanuel is an innovative, financially stable synagogue in an oceanfront community located in Virginia Beach: intimate, accepting, and open to all. Dating back to its establishment in 1949, Temple Emanuel has continually embraced its diversity and the many ways in which members express their Jewishness and spirituality. While there are tight bonds with the overall Jewish community, Temple Emanuel is self-sufficient with strong lay leadership, engaged volunteers, a high performing religious school, and a supportive, caring congregation.
We embrace Jewish Diversity in theory and in practice. We have many interracial and interfaith families in our congregation and on our Board of Directors, and we have LGBTQ representation on both the Board of Directors and the Search Committee. Keshet’s middle school LGBTQ awareness curriculum is used for our religious school teens.
We practice Tikkun Olam by caring for each other through our G’mach committee, providing worship space to a Reform congregation, holding an annual blood drive, raising money for our local Beach Health Clinic, providing food for the needy via our Food Pantry, and feeding the homeless at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. We build bridges with area churches and mosques through interfaith programs.
For more information about who we are, see our detailed description at http://www.tevb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/RabbiSearch.pdf