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How many members does Temple Emanu-El have?
With more than 495 member households, we are just the right size. We are large enough to offer a rich and diverse selection of programs and services, but small enough that you can get to know everyone.

What is your religious ideology?
We are a mainstream Reform congregation, but our individual members are remarkably diverse. Most of us come from Reform and Conservative backgrounds, and we have many interfaith couples.

What do you offer for young families?
Emanu-El is a vibrant center of young Jewish life in Sarasota-Manatee. From monthly Family Shabbat services featuring a live band to a religious school based on joy and love of Judaism; from our adorable Tot Shabbat on Saturday mornings to our sweet and nurturing preschool featuring extended hours for working families ... Emanu-El is the place to be!

Where do most of the Jews live in Sarasota?
Everywhere! From 1950 through the end of the century, the strongest concentration of Jewish residents could be found in the neighborhoods around the McIntosh Road/Bahia Vista area but that is no longer the case. From South County to Lakewood Ranch over to Longboat Key, the Jews of Sarasota and Manatee are now fairly widely dispersed.

Click here for VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. There are many ways to become involved.

How do I become a member?

Call the Temple office at (941) 371.2788 or click here to download our membership application.

Benefits of Temple Membership

  • A diverse selection of social, educational and community service programs throughout the year.
  • A place to worship for the High Holidays.
  • Complimentary membership to Brotherhood and Sisterhood for the first year of your new membership.
  • Invitations to the annual New Member Dinner and New Member Wine & Cheese Reception.
  • Rabbinical services for life cycle events and hospital stays.
  • Receipt of Temple news and mailings, including the monthly Bulletin, weekly emails and event invitations.
  • The good feeling of supporting a temple and future generations of Jewish life.
  • And the most wonderful benefit of all: our congregants - your new extended family.


 Kim Sheintal, Membership Chairperson