Temple Emanu-El is a warm and vibrant congregation in the heart of Sarasota. With more than 560 member households, we are large enough to be vital and small enough to feel like a family.
Founded March 11, 1956, Temple Emanu-El was the first Reform congregation in the area. We remain active members of the Union for Reform Judaism. Our sanctuary building was erected in 1961 and rests on 4.6 acres. There have been several additions over the years, including a renovation in 2000 and a major interior renovation that was completed in the summer in 2014. We are located on McIntosh Road, just south of Fruitville Road.
The temple is a diverse congregation where everyone feels at home. Our retirees and young families are linked through an innovative Mishpucha program bringing generations together. We welcome interfaith couples, single parents, and other kind people seeking a Jewish home. We encourage a life of Torah, service of God, dedication to Israel, and responsibility for all humanity
Temple Emanu-El is enjoying an exciting renaissance under the leadership of Rabbi Brenner Glickman. He brings a spirit of joy and warmth to our services, intelligence in his sermons, and caring and integrity in his daily conduct. Since his arrival in Sarasota, the congregation has grown substantially and the religious school has tripled in size. The members are delighted that Rabbi Glickman will be with us for many years to come.
In the summer of 2016 we were blessed to have Rabbi Michael Shefrin join us as Assistant Rabbi. His warmth, sense of humor, and kindness towards our entire congregation, and especially our children, is a welcome addition to our growing congregation.