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New to Providence & Having a Blast

By: Judy Rosenberg


As a new member of Temple Emanu-El, I can honestly say that I am having a blast


It all started a few days after my move from West Hartford, Connecticut. Laura Nevel, a

Temple member and friend of mine, invited me to join her for a special Hava Nagila

event and dance party at the temple. I met so many wonderful people, the food was

delicious, and the spirit of those who joined in Israeli folk dancing was unbelievable!

I knew that wherever I was going to move, there had to be a nice Jewish community.

After dancing the night away at this Hava Nagila event, I decided that I did not need any

prodding to become a member. Everybody I have been interacting with is so incredibly

warm and welcoming!

The temple I belonged to in West Hartford was also called Emanuel (just spelled

differently), so it's been hard not to compare it. Here, at Temple Emanu-El, the main

sanctuary is beautifully designed so you do not feel overwhelmed. I love the

participative spirit of the congregation, and the lively discussions have a very natural

feel. I prefer the even simplicity of Temple Emanu-El Kiddushes, where the food takes

a backseat to wonderful conversations and rejoicing in the true spirit of Shabbat.

In the first month of becoming a Temple Emanu-El member, I joined Rabbi Kaunfer's

fabulous Hebrew study group. It's a great learning group and I really enjoy deciphering

the texts that are brought to each lesson.

The clergy and staff here at Temple Emanu-El are very welcoming and warm. I am so

happy that I was able to quickly find a nice, active community like Temple Emanu-El.

Mon, May 25 2020 2 Sivan 5780