Temple Emanu-El turns 150 in 2022, and our leadership, clergy and staff have been working on an exciting calendar of celebrations; learning opportunities; social justice partnerships; special worship services; and enhancement of our Temple archives. TE 150 has two main components: a year of celebration and community, and an endowment campaign to ensure that Temple is strong and vibrant for generations to come.
The High Holy Days in September 2022 launches 15 months of focus celebrating this very special milestone.
The Endowment Campaign works to secure the future of Temple Emanu-El by generating income from its corpus to support Temple’s annual budget. Gifts to our Temple endowment also enables future leadership to allocate funds where they are most needed.
The TE150 celebration will be highlighted by three anchor components, each focusing on a different aspect of Temple’s remarkable past and present, and hopes for the future.
The Harvest anchor is a celebration of Jewish values and justice related to food, including working to eradicate hunger and welcoming others to our tables. It will kick off with a special Sukkot Shabbat service and dinner on Oct. 14, 2022, and be followed by several events, including a cooking demonstration, a challah-braiding workshop, a festival celebrating tastes of our heritage, a symposium on food insecurity, and more.
We will rededicate ourselves to our core values and collectively envision the future of Temple.
This anchor will celebrate the arts and their power to building understanding among people, while also connecting us to the past. It will include partnerships with a number of leading local arts organizations in Dallas. We will of course celebrate our wonderful Temple Emanu-El music heritage, as well as an immersive community art experience that will tell our story in an exciting and fresh way.
In addition to the anchor events, the TE150 celebrations will be undergirded by these values:
Documenting Our History: The goal of this effort is to honor our history and inspire our future through the lessons and achievements of our remarkable past. Plans include a multimedia timeline; an interactive map that shows significant connections among the City of Dallas and Temple a beautiful photo exhibit of members and staff and a visual feature showing a year in the life of our community garden.
Torah, Worship, Music: All of our celebrations will be illuminated with the richness of our sacred Torah, the energy of communal prayer and the power of music to create connections among people and reach toward the Divine.
Social Justice: Temple’s legacy of social justice will infuse all our efforts and be deeply embedded in the anchor events and the Documenting Our History project.