Timeline

1952

Temple Emanuel is formed by 28 families. Social activist, Leon Adler, served as its first Rabbi.

1961

There were 491 families. Today, TE has 550 families. TE has always been and continues to be a strong and vibrant congregation actively engaged in social justice and Jewish life.

In the 1960s, Temple Emanuel participated in civil rights and anti-Vietnam war programs. TE housed protesters that came to the DC area and served them breakfast. The Social Action Committee held two benefits for war injured children from Vietnam with Napalm burns. In addition, the Social Action Committee held two fundraising events of cooking meals for 250 and 300 people to raise money for Vietnamese children flown to US hospitals and then returned home to their families.

1967

Received Holocaust Torah on permanent loan from England

1973

New Temple Emanuel Sanctuary was added

1978

TE begins providing meals for So Others May Eat (SOME) in Washington, DC.

1988

Rabbi Warren Stone joins Temple Emanuel as its second spiritual leader, making the Fall of 2013 his 25th year.

1989

Mark Mann Pavilion dedicated to a past president killed in a car crash.

Temple Emanuel began a cultural arts program of Art Shows and Musical Performances

1990

“Green” policies were adopted, making TE a national Jewish leader in environmental policies and activities.

2000

Dr. Itzik Eshel Joined TE as Director of Education, and continues to serve today.

2001

Cantor Rosalie Boxt Joins TE.

TE forms KULANU Group supporting Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender adults

2002

Dedication of second sanctuary, HaMakom, and major renovations

2005

Religious School receives Educational Excellence Award and grant from the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning

2006

TE joins thousands on the National Mall for a rally against the violence in Darfur.

2007

Temple Emanuel’s Early Childhood Center is formed based on the Reggio-inspired approach. Madeline Lowitz Gold joins as Director. Global Mitzvah Team is initiated supporting world projects in Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, and Nigeria.

2010

Rabbi Stone Endowment Fund is started to provide funds to pay for rabbinic services in perpetuity. Fund was named to honor Rabbi Stone’s 18 years of service to the Temple.

2011

Ubiquitous community wireless access added to the building

2012

  • 550 member families, with some being of 4 generations
  • 280 students in Religious School
  • 98 children in Early Childhood Center
  • 27 B’nai Mitzvah
  • 14 Confirmands
  • 2 youth groups
  • Over 30 committees
  • Bakes over 160 shepherd pies for SOME over a 4 month period for over 30 years
  • Global Mitzvah Team raises thousands of dollars for Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, and Nigeria