Temple Emanu-El Dallas

Temple Emanu-El Dallas


The Jewish Scriptures (The Torah, The Prophets, and The Writings, which make up the Tanakh or the Jewish Bible) paint a very clear picture of who the Mashiach (Messiah) will be when He eventually comes to the nation of Israel. In fact, there are over 300 prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures, which detail many facts about this coming Messiah/king. Here is just a sampling (and remember, all these verses come from the Jewish Bible): Messiah was to be born at Bethlehem: Micah 5:2. Messiah would be from the tribe of Judah: Genesis 49:10. Messiah would present himself by riding on an donkey: Zechariah 9:9. Messiah would be tortured to death: Psalm 22. Messiah would arrive before the destruction of the Second Temple: Daniel 9:24-27. Messiah's life would match a particular description, including suffering, silence at his arrest and trial, death and burial in a rich man's tomb, and resurrection: Isaiah 52:13-53:12. The prophecy is remarkably specific. In detail as to lineage, birthplace, time and lifestyle, Yeshua matched the Messianic expectations of the Hebrew Scriptures. The record of this fulfillment is to be found in the pages of the New Testament. As you review the more extensive list of Jewish Messianic prophecies, allow G-d to speak to your heart and your mind as you seek HIS truth. Interestingly, the Jewish Scriptures paint seemingly two different pictures about the Messiah to come. For one, they talk about the Messiah who will come as the reigning King, who will usher in a period of unprecedented peace on earth. But many verses talk about the Mashiach who will be a suffering servant, who will suffer and die for the sins of the people. For many hundreds of years the rabbis believed that there would be two Messiahs, the King Mashiach ben David, and the suffering servant Mashiach ben Joseph. The rabbis, unfortunately, were not able to see that one Messiah would accomplish both missions. Jewish prophecy was indeed fulfilled in the Jewish Messiah. Yeshua came to the "lost sheep of the House of Israel" 2000 years ago. He came as Isaiah chapter 53 so clearly states, to die and "suffer" for the sins of the Jewish people. He came to the nation of Israel, but was rejected. If the Jews would have accepted His "once for all" (Hebrews 10:10) atonement for sins, Yeshua would have ushered in the Kingdom of Heaven at that point in history. But the Jews did not recognize Him. Even though they had the Word of G-d in their own Hebrew Scriptures, and more than 300 descriptions of who He would be when He comes, they missed Him. As a result, the Good News of God's Kingdom went forth to the Gentile world, and for 2000 years now both Jew and Gentile have come together in Mashiach, looking forward to His soon return as reigning King, just as the rabbis have always expected. A lot of the Jews rejected Yeshua when He came, but large of the number of believing Jews.They received Yeshua as their Lord, and Savior, and Mashiach. They have been blessed with "new life" in Him, and they are looking forward to see Him face to face in G-d's heavenly Kingdom. This is a lot to digest, but if you are asking this question, it is G-d’s Spirit (the Ruach HaKodesh) who has drawn you to this information. I pray that you will continue your examination of the evidences of who Yeshua really is and His claims to be the Jewish Messiah in fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy. Remember the words of Yeshua, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20). Perhaps Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah, is standing at the door of your heart right now! Consider Him! Open the door and allow Him to come into you! G-d, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Yeshua as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Yeshua and Yeshua alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!"
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WHO IS THE JEWISH MESSIAH? The tanakh(the Jewish scriptures) foretold about the promised Messiah Micah 5:2 foretold that Bethlehem Judah would be the birthplace of the Messiah.“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”Micah 5:2. Isaiah 53:5 foretold that the Messiah would suffer, bore our sins and died. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 psalms 16:10 foretold The Messiah would rose from dead.For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.psalms 16:10 THE FULFILLMENT OF THE MESSIAH’S BIRTH, THE MESSIAH’S DEATH AND THE MESSIAH’S RESURRECTION The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! Luke 2:11. Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.1 Peter 2:24 He is not here; for He is risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6 WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE THAT HE COME INTO EARTH? God loves us and wants us to have a personal relationship with Him,but there was a problem. Problem was sin(bad things which is liying cheating and stealing.) According to God's Word, sin is what separates us from God.But your iniquities have separated you from your God Isaiah 59:2. For the wages of sin is death Romans 6:23. Yeshua died on the cross for our sins, so that we could be in relationship with The God of Israel. God is the one who made it possible for us to have a relationship with Him. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16. Yeshua is the way to God and Yeshua the way to get into heaven. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6. All you have to do is ask Yeshua to come into your heart. Dear Lord Yeshua, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. ... I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Yeshua' Name amen. To say that Yeshua is not the Messiah is to call Yeshua a liar. It would be the same as someone telling you that Moses was a liar.If Yeshua is the Messiah, are you willing pay a price to follow him? To follow the Messiah is the most Jewish thing anyone can do. If you become a believer in the Messiah, You will become more Jewish like before.
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Good Morning, I am moving to Dallas this summer and have narrowed down the buildings I am looking to four. They are all within walking distance of Emanu-El. Can you please recommend one? Do any of the other congregants live there? Do you have any input? 1. Bandera at Preston Hollow, 6848 Bandera Ave 2. Renaissance at Preston Hollow, 8600 Thackery 3. Tonti Lakeside, 7777 Glen American 4. The Preston, 7775 Firefall Way
Hello Temple Emanu-El Members. This summer I plan on moving from Tampa, Florida to Dallas on my own. I grew up in New York and when an opportunity came up about three years ago, I moved down to Tampa, Florida. While Florida is the south, compared to New York, I have not found it to be as warm and hospitable as I had hoped. It is really hard to meet people down here. Even one the social directors at the JCC had to admit that it is really hard to meet someone locally. Perhaps because people go back and forth between NY and FL so often, but who knows. I have met many people from Dallas and Texas in general and they are all the warmest, kindest people you would ever want to know. They would give you the shirt off their back and fix you a plate at the same time. :) Now that I am in my early 40s, bouncing around has lost its appeal and the idea of growing roots, making strong connections and having a a family have way more importance to them. New York isn't a great place to go back to right now. Plano, Addison and McKinney sound amazing but as a transplant, I am going to need some help. and a bunch of people to lean on at first. I am hoping to be sucked into a true Southern Community where I can finally feel connected to something. Does someone who has not been all that social in his life stand a chance?
Really wonderful & heartwarming Shabbat Service & Dinner in honor of retiring Executive Director, Rick Rosenberg tonight. Good luck and enjoy your retirement Rick!
Can someone help out my friend Bill Holston at Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. They need a Hebrew translator asap. Hs email is below. Thanks. Going to the hive mind here. We desperately need a Hebrew Translator for a document. So far we have had quite a few leads decline to help unwilling to sign a background ck and confidentiality agreement. I'm reaching out to lots of folks and giving this a shot too. thanks all. If you can help email me at [email protected] bill

Temple Emanu-El is a vibrant Reform Jewish community that strives to be a place of sacred encounter. www.tedallas.org

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Immerse yourself in the fascinating and often hilarious story of Cantor Jack Mendelson’s Brooklyn childhood and his quest to preserve the art of cantorial tradition. FREE with RSVP: https://participate.tedallas.org/cantorjackmendelson

COMING SOON: Brotherhood's monthly Dinner and Program welcomes film producer/director Barak Epstein, who oversees the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas. Only $10 for dinner and a fun program. Open to members and non-members to attend. To reserve your spot, email Ivan Edelman, [email protected].

BROTHERHOOD BREAKFAST. On Sunday, Brotherhood hosted a community breakfast with Dr. Andrew Rehfeld, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Rabbi Mark Washofsky from HUC-JIR, Dr. Richard Wasserman and Cantor Vicky Glikin. The topic: "The Future of Reform Judaism." Photos: Stephen Shore


Advocates in Action

ADVOCATES IN ACTION: Temple member Michael Blum and his two grandsons spent time on Monday organizing items and making care packages for 40 asylum seekers arriving in Dallas today. https://www.tedallas.org/blog/advocates-in-action

tedallas.org Temple member Michael Blum and his two grandsons, pictured above, spent time yesterday organizing items and making care packages for 40 refugees. Arriving in Dallas tomorrow, these asylum seekers will be settled with the help of Refugee Services of North Texas. Join the Temple Responds...

HERE AND NOW: Deborah E. Lipstadt, the award-winning author of "The Eichmann Trial" and "Denial: Holocaust History on Trial" gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left.

THURSDAY, 2/20 @ 7PM. Free with registration: https://participate.tedallas.org/lipstadt

Temple was honored to welcome JCC Jewish BookFest on Tuesday, with special guest author Pamela Nadell who spoke about her prize-winning book, “America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today.”

Real "Good" Concert

IT WAS ALL GOOD! It was delightful to see so many friends at Saturday's "It's All Good" concert. Special thanks to all our talented performers for making the evening memorable. Photos by Winn Fuqua, Dallas.

IT WAS ALL GOOD! It was delightful to see so many friends at Saturday's "It's All Good" concert. Special thanks to all our talented performers for making the evening memorable. Photos by Winn Fuqua, Dallas.

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? Temple's Sisterhood group welcomes NYC fashion blogger Liri Cohen-Mordechai this Thursday, 2/13 @ 7PM for an interactive presentation on the evolution of Israeli style. RSVP: https://tesisterhood.org/

VISITING GUEST: This weekend Temple proudly welcomes Dr. Andrew R. Rehfeld, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.Come hear his dynamic message at Services or the Sunday community breakfast. Click on link to get info and a seat at breakfast: https://tedallas.org/learning/adult-jewish-learning

Adopt-A-Tree for Tu BiSh'vat

For Tu BiSh'vat, the celebration of trees, Temple launched a new initiative to assist families whose property and generations-old trees were damaged or destroyed in the tornado. Learn more in this this five-minute episode of the Telling Temple podcast. https://www.buzzsprout.com/267894/2677075

EXCITING NEWS: Author Pam Nadell's book on history of U.S. Jewish women was just awarded Jewish Book Council’s top prize for the year! Ms. Nadell will be at Temple this Tuesday, Feb 11 @ 7pm to talk about "America's Jewish Woman: A History from Colonial Times to Today." Tickets for the JCC Jewish BookFest event are available online at https://jccdallas.org/event/pamela-s-nadell/

GOOD VIBRATIONS: Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night, 7:30pm, for the "It's All Good" concert! It will be a great evening of beautiful music saluting the harmony of nature and the human spirit. Tix $18 at the door.

MOMS & DADS: A class for you and your children ages 1-3 to socialize and learn together, through various multi-sensory activities and experiences. Offered Monday & Tuesday mornings for just $20. Come make new friends in the community. Open to non-members, too. Contact Daniella Denn at [email protected].

97% of people say it’s important to put their final wishes in writing. YET, only 37% have done so.

92% of people say talking to their loved ones about end-of-life care is important. YET, only 32% have done so.

The Conversation Project emphasizes having a conversation on values — what matters to you, not what‘s the matter with you. Join Rabbi Debra Robbins at Temple Thursday, Feb. 13 to start those conversations. A light lunch will be served, 11:30-1pm. Register: https://participate.tedallas.org/TCPstarterkit

Teen Emanu-El and Moms Demand Action leaders taking part in Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Gun Safety day of action. Join us in writing our senators to ask for their support of background check expansion! Temple Emanu-El Youth Learning + Engagement


Tu BiSh’vat

As we approach the holiday of Tu BiSh’vat, the celebration of trees, Temple is launching a new initiative to assist families whose property and generations-old trees were damaged or destroyed in the tornado. We invite you to “Adopt A Tree” and care for the young tree for a recipient Temple family. Find out more and sign up: https://www.tedallas.org/prayer/tu-bshvat

tedallas.org   Rebuild Our Community by Fostering a Tree for a Tornado-Affected Family Tu BiSh’vat is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the trees, occurring on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat. Contemporary Jews celebrate it as a time of environmental awareness, and plant trees in...


Radishes, Rats and Radicchio!

Volunteers at the Temple Emanu-El Community Garden count themselves lucky in the Lunar New Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. We are already starting to see our garden embody these traits. Learn why! 👇

tedallas.org Volunteers at the Temple Emanu-El Community Garden count themselves lucky in the Lunar New Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. We are already starting to see our garden embody these traits. In January 2020 the Garden has provided more than 151 lbs....


Cast Your Vote in the WZC Elections

BLOG ON: Do you believe the Reform Movement should have a stronger presence in Israel? You can actually do something about it by voting in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections. Here's how you can cast your vote. https://www.tedallas.org/blog/cast-your-vote-wzc-elections

tedallas.org Do you believe the Reform Movement should have a stronger presence in Israel? You can actually do something about it by voting in the World Zionist Congress (WZC) elections. Every five years, the WZC elections take place.  Your vote can make an impact on the future of Progressive Judaism in...

[01/18/20]   An important message for Temple Members:
We apologize for interrupting the sacred time of Shabbat.
Many people have reported getting an email which seemed to be from Rabbi David Stern asking recipients to contact him, as he needs a favor. This email is NOT from Rabbi Stern or Temple. Please do not respond to it.
Thank you for your understanding. Shabbat Shalom.

A warm thank you to our friends who joined our Shabbat B'Yachad on January 11. We love these photos shared by The Special Needs Partnership of Jewish Family Service!

This service is for families with children of all ages who have special needs. Our next Shabbat B'Yachad is on Saturday, February 22.

Thank you to Rabbi Amy Ross and Temple Emanu-el for creating such a warm, wonderful and welcoming service! Shabbat B’Yachad (which means all together in Hebrew) is such a joyful expression of faith!
Everyone is welcome! Everyone is singing, dancing, playing instruments (guitars were a big hit this time) and loving being together! What a gift to a special needs community. ❤️🕊


Sh'ma Emanu-el

Temple Emanu-El strives to build a vibrant, inclusive community where members feel strongly connected to our congregation and to one another through small group encounters: https://vimeo.com/384827904

Watch this short video to learn about Sh'ma Groups at Temple Emanu-El

Temple was delighted to welcome Artist-in-Residence Shira Kline this weekend working with our youth choir, Kol Shir. Kline is recognized worldwide as a performance and ritual artist, activating imagination and expression through music and heart opening.

Proud of our Confirmation students who are lobbying today on Capitol Hill! Stay tuned for snippets of their powerful speeches.

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Confirmation LIVE at Jefferson Memorial

L’Taken Havdalah service at the Jefferson Memorial 01/11/2020


Temple Emanu-El

In lieu of attending our services tonight, visit TE Dallas Live after 6:30 p.m to view three Stormy Shabbat videos made for you by our clergy. https://live.tedallas.org/

live.tedallas.org Our place of connection and caring, of seeking wholeness and our truest selves. We welcome you from wherever you traveled to get to us—from down the block or across the world, from a place of deep faith or one of questioning and uncertainty.

Shabbat Shalom!!! From Confirmation Class in DC!✡️✡️

[01/10/20]   WEATHER ALERT: Due to weather concerns, Temple Emanu-El is closing at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10. Tonight's services and dinner are canceled. ECEC closed today at 1 p.m. Temple re-opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. with scheduled programming as planned. Check our page for updates as needed. We wish you a safe Shabbat Shalom.


Light the Way in 2020

BLOG ON: Light the Way in 2020 - Thousands of Central American immigrants who have fled crime, poverty, and persecution are clustered on a lawless strip of land in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande River from Brownsville, Texas. Here's how we are helping to light the way. https://www.tedallas.org/blog/light-the-way-in-2020

tedallas.org Thousands of Central American immigrants who have fled crime, poverty, and persecution are clustered on a lawless strip of land in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande River from Brownsville, Texas. In this makeshift camp, with little in the way of sanitation, clean water, and basic needs,...

JEWISH AND PROUD: Temple members @ City Hall yesterday with Dallas City Council Member for District 12, Cara Mendelsohn #JewishAndProud


Jews Are Going Underground

The author of this timely commentary, Deborah Lipstadt, will be at Temple on Thurs, Feb 20 @ 7pm to discuss her newest book, "Antisemitism: Here and Now." RSVP online @ participate.tedallas.org/lipstadt

theatlantic.com A month of terrible anti-Semitic attacks culminated with a stabbing yesterday of multiple people at a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home in Monsey, New York.

TODAY STAND AGAINST HATE: Today, January 6, show the world that you're #JewishandProud. Update your profile picture with this frame. More details on AJC - American Jewish Committee #JewishandProud Day January 6 here: https://global.ajc.org/secure/JewishandProud. Also, be at Dallas City Hall by 4:15pm for a group photo with others in the community.

Show the world that you're #JewishandProud. Update your profile picture with this frame.
More details on AJC's #JewishandProud Day January 6 here: AJC.org/JewishandProud

HOMES STILL NEEDED: Dallas is hosting BBYO's International Convention this February, and more families are needed to house teens from around the world for the 5-day event. Teens have programming planned each day; they just need to come home to welcoming families each evening and a great place to experience Shabbat. Register to host https://form.jotform.com/91194430377156.

Join us for Hanukkah recipes, songs and blessings! Find out more at tedallas.org/8nights


Boyz II Menorah: 'A Week and a Day' ft. Zach Braff, Charlie Puth, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Josh…

A new Jewish boy band hit the scene with an instant Hanukkah classic! Check out Boyz II Menorah with "A Week and a Day" (featuring James Corden with Zach Braff, Josh Peck, Charlie Puth and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) 👇

Hanukkah has a new anthem thanks to Boyz II Menorah, a supergroup with James Corden, Zach Braff, Charlie Puth, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Josh Peck. So, gi...

Are you ready? Hanukkah’s coming. Meet up at NorthPark where we’ll be singing our hearts out in just a few minutes!

So proud of our Temple staff for representing us at the PEPRJ Conference. Great ideas on the way back to 8500 Hillcrest!

2019 PEPRJ Conference photo


PATRON's 2019–2020 December/January Performing Arts Issue

We are in the news! Patron Magazine featured Temple in its December issue. Thank you to writer (and Temple member) Nancy Israel, and to publisher Terri Provencal.

issuu.com Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: PATRON's 2019–2020 December/January Performing Arts Issue, Author: P...

Look who's smiling at the URJ Biennial in Chicago! Temple staff and leadership with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, accepting the Belin Award for our efforts in gender identity awareness. We can't wait to welcome back our team and hear about all the great ideas from Biennial, the largest gathering of Reform Jews in North America.

Jewish Family Service, Dallas

Such a beautiful video describing Temple's inclusion efforts. Thanks to the Jewish Family Service Special Needs Partnership! Temple was honored last week by the SNP.

In case you missed it: Check out The Special Needs Partnership of Jewish Family Service's event video highlighting Temple Emanu-El Dallas's Special Needs programs and services. We are proud to partner with this incredible institution in so many ways to better serve our community.

Two awesome projects this week to help out our neighbors: We delivered clear backpacks to the kids from Cary Middle School who were displaced by the tornado. The backpacks were donated by Jacob Stein at High Sierra, who grew up at Temple! And the Women of Reform Judaism collected supplies for, prepared and delivered hundreds of lunches to our friends at Austin Street Center. Shabbat shalom all!


This Congregation is Teaching Jewish Leaders to Better Affirm Trans and Queer-Identifying Community Members

Check this out. Temple is in the news for our work in the area of gender identity. We are grateful to the Union for Reform Judaism for the 2019 Belin Award. See details here!

urj.org The Reform community’s is committed to the full equality and inclusion of people of all gender identities and gender expressions. Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX, decided to implement this value in its Gender Identity Training program, which won the congregation a 2019 Belin Award

“1492 is not the end of the story,” said Paul Liptz on our last day together. “The Spanish part of us survived in the past, it is surviving today and all of us must carry on. They are a part of us as well.”

We spent an inspiring Friday night at Bet Shalom in Barcelona, and on Saturday, saw Gaudi sites and enjoyed free time. We closed Shabbat with Havdalah and a beautiful good-bye dinner. Hasta luego España!

In 1918, the Jewish community of Barcelona was re-established, 426 years after the Expulsion of 1492. Today, Victor Sorrenssen, a 36-year old Barcelonian and Jewish leader, described today’s Jewish community and growing cultural life here.

Tours included a visit to the restored medieval city of Girona, and to Besalu, home of Europe’s best preserved medieval mikvah. Tonight we are going to a synagogue for Shabbat. “We want to define our own narrative,” Victor said. Temple Emanu-El is glad to share in that story. Shabbat Shalom!

The motif for Granada, not surprisingly, is the magnificent tiles of Alhambra, with their vivid colors and interlocking patterns. So too is the Sephardic Jewish culture we’ve been learning about: three religions coexisting on the Iberian Peninsula, beautiful and fragile at the same time. While we saw no signs of a preserved Jewish past, we did study the poetry of Shmuel Hanagid, the 11th century intellectual and military leader.

We have arrived in Barcelona. How exciting it was to go to a synagogue discovered in 1996 on a site where Jews had been praying since Roman times!

Who We Are

At Temple Emanu-El, our tent is always open. We care about you. We support you. We need you. At Temple, we know that there are many different paths to being Jewish. Whether you grew up as a Jew or found us as an adult, chose a soulmate of the same or opposite sex, married a Jewish partner or choose to create an interfaith family, you are part of the beautiful tapestry of Temple Emanu-El. Wherever you’re at, we’re here for you.

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8500 Hillcrest Rd
Dallas, TX

General information

Temple Emanu-El is a vibrant Reform Jewish community that strives to be a place of sacred encounter. It is a place where learning, prayer and deeds change people’s understanding of themselves, of their world and their responsibilities in it. We affirm the power of Jewish learning to create and deepen Jewish identity and commitment. Life-long Jewish learning—from childhood through adulthood—brings Jewish values to our daily lives, nurtures spiritual experiences, and both anchors and challenges us to reach out to a world in need. We celebrate the potential of prayer to help us reach out to God, root ourselves in community, and affirm the most deeply held values of our people and our faith. Jewish observance at home and at Temple nurtures and inspires both faith and deed. We see the creation of enriching Jewish homes as a fundamental obligation of synagogue life. At Temple Emanu-El, the creation of a vibrant and meaningful community is both an enduring value and an ongoing endeavor. For us, community means a sense of warm welcome, meaningful relationships, and mutual responsibility. We affirm a sense of both valued boundaries and a great respect for diversity. We celebrate our identity as a multi-generational community. We envision the relationship between congregants, rabbis and staff as a partnership based upon mutual respect, shared Jewish commitment, and ongoing Jewish growth. That relationship is manifest in a governance structure which is democratic and reflects the diversity of our congregation. We emphasize the ethical ideals of social justice at the core of the Jewish tradition. This covenantal obligation frames our actions in terms of our relationship to God and to Jewish tradition. It is Temple Emanu-El’s obligation to engage in the ongoing task of world repair. We value being an integral part of and contributor to the total Dallas community. As Reform Jews, we exist in vital relationship to our own movement and to the Jewish people as a whole. We understand that a fundamental connection exists between Temple Emanu-El and the Jews in Israel and the rest of the world, and we acknowledge our responsibility in promoting the concept of pluralism in the Jewish world. -- Core Values Statement approved by the Temple Emanu-El Board of Trustees on April 10, 2000
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