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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

What a Jewish Community Can Be

A welcoming and giving reform congregation committed to social justice, on-going learning, vibrant spirituality, diversity and the State of Israel
Yom Shlishi, 3 Kislev 5778


Upcoming Events

11.20.2017 - 11.26.2017
Main Office Closed
11.21.2017 8:45 am - 10:00 am
Rhinebeck Meditation & Torah Study
11.22.2017 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Hebrew Trope
11.22.2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Conversational Hebrew
11.24.2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Service with Zemer Participation
11.25.2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Morning Minyan
11.27.2017 10:15 am - 1:15 pm
Mah Jongg

A selection of photos from our fun weekend of celebration!

Temple's timeline:

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Our incredible hardworking talented 160th Anniversary Committee:

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Every Sukkot at Temple Emanuel begins with a community wide mitzvah of building the Sukkah on the front lawn.  Led by Brotherhood, this enjoyable mitzvah is accomplished in a few hours, with decorations provided by our talented Religious School students.  Our Sukkot festivities will continue with a family-friendly festive potluck vegetarian/dairy meal in the Sukkah, and many of our classes and services will be held in the Sukkah for the duration of Sukkot.


In 1853, fourteen Ashkenazi Jewish families from the Kingston area began to hold Orthodox religious services at Alexander Adler's home, in the Village of Rondout, NY.   In a hand written document, Congregation Emanuel was legally incorporated in 1854, making it one of the oldest Jewish congregations in the Hudson Valley.  As the congregation grew, a Rabbi was employed and, in 1861, a former Baptist Church on the corner of West Union and Post Street was purchased for worship.


Social Action is involved in social causes, and with activities that will help those in their time of need and respond to our Jewish responsibility to actively participate in repairing the world.  Our Congregation offers our members many opportunities for social action.  By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world, but also strengthen our Jewish identity and provide an important example of our values for our children.