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During our 75-day countdown Emanu El will share videos, photos, trivia and exciting announcements pertaining to the celebration scheduled for 2019. Here we will showcase multimedia commemorating the 75th anniversary.

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75 Days of Celebration

 

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12/31/2018

To close out our #ee75 countdown, we share a video that was presented to the congregation in honor of the 60th birthday celebration in 2004. You'll recognize some familiar faces and certainly some of the photos, some of which were also utilized out of the archives for our countdown.

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12/30/2018

In 1949, Rabbi Robert Kahn was joined by Rabbi Levi Olan from Temple Emanu-El in Dallas along with Emanu El leadership at a cornerstone ceremony, laying the foundation for the generations of congregants to take advantage of Emanu El’s building for years to come.

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12/29/2018

Rabbi Alan Green led Congregation Emanu El while Robert I. Kahn was serving as a chaplain in the United States Army.

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12/28/2018

From My Son the President to Hey Darling, Sisterhood shows were highlights of the programming schedule.

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12/27/2018

Emanu El & Our Teens: From its role in putting together the first Texas temple youth conclave in 1953 to fun events for today's teens, Emanu El has always had an active youth presence.

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12/26/2018

During the 2016 High Holy Days, Emanu El released a Create A Legacy brochure in which a photo of Rabbi Kahn and Rabbi Walter on the bimah was re-envisioned with Rabbi Walter & Rabbi Hayon. Emanu El remains a part of the Create a Legacy campaign as congregants have committed to leaving legacy gifts to the congregation

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12/25/2018

Rabbi Robert H. Loewy served as Assistant then Associate Rabbi at Emanu El from 1977 through 1984. Rabbi Loewy recently became Rabbi Emeritus at Gates of Prayer in Metairie, LA. after 34 years of services. 

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12/24/2018

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! Emanu El has created new traditions in recent years around this time of year: 2019 was our third year of serving food at Ronald McDonald House on Christmas Eve and fourth celebrating Egg Foo Shabbos.

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12/23/2018

In 1978, Rabbi Robert I. Kahn retired after serving as the senior rabbi since the synagogue's founding in 1944. 

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12/22/2018

From kiddush luncheons to board dinners and more. Anne Joachim, Inez Taylor and Rita Wilkenfeld served as the "Sisterhood Caterers", providing meals to thousands of individuals to come through Emanu El's doors.

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12/21/2018

Congregation Emanu El is a place where multiple generations come together for everything from lifecycle events to Shabbat worship. Our Becker School celebrates Grandparents & Special Friends Shabbat every fall. 

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12/20/2018

In 1973, Emanu El hosted Israel Expo which transformed the building into one giant celebration of Israeli culture and history. 35,000 people came to see it.

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12/19/2018

Emanu El Purim celebrations have traditionally featured Purim schpiels. During his tenure, Rabbi Roy Walter showcased many different looks including exotic headwear and thematic clothing.

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12/18/2018

In the 1980s, what became known as the "Dolores apron" made its debut. Inspired by Hillel, the apron alludes to the dilemma of the contemporary woman with a phrase coined by Past President Dolores Wilkenfeld:

"If I am not in the kitchen, who will be there? But if I am in the kitchen only, what am I?"

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12/17/2018

From multi-generational tables to renditions of the Four Questions, Emanu El has been hosting Second Night Seder annually since 2014 in an event that fills Feld Hall to capacity. The 2019 edition will be our sixth annual. 

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12/16/2018

Rabbi Mathew Michaels was named Associate Rabbi in 1988 and held the position until 1999. Rabbi Michaels recently retired from Temple Beth El in Knoxville and has returned home to Houston, where he is a member of our congregation. 

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12/15/2018

Lay leaders have played an important role in the upkeep of our building. From navigating recovery post-Hurricane, to seeking grants to enhance security and giving direction on physical plant expansion, lay leaders have made their imprint on our campus.

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12/14/2018

Memorable Quotes from Rabbi Walter: An excerpt from Rabbi Roy A. Walter's Shabbat remarks on September 6, 1991 in response to the question, "If you weren’t a Rabbi, would you belong to your Temple?

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12/13/2018

A focal point of our synagogue, Sisterhood’s gift shop, known today as New Traditions, is run by volunteers and continues to be a “one-stop shop” for items such as silver Kiddush cups, mezuzahs and, of course, Bar and Bat Mitzvah gifts. 

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12/12/2018

Emanu El's youth choir has always had a role in the music of our congregation, performing at everything from services to Purim Schpiels, from Rice University baseball games to Chanukah services.

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12/11/2018

Emanu El has hosted prominent national and contemporary speakers over the years, including Governor Mario Cuomo, journalist Carl Bernstein and actor Joshua Malina.

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12/10/2018

The Aubrey & Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund housed at Congregation Emanu El has given away close to $600,000 to small and emerging non-profit organizations in the greater Houston area. It will celebrate 35 years in 2019.

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12/9/2018

In the last few years, Rabbi Hayon has built strong relationships with colleagues from First Christian Church, Christ the King and Palmer Episcopal Church. They have studied and shared together; and, in 2018, they headed to Alabaa to visit the National Memorial for Peace & Justice.

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12/8/2018

Is it winter yet? In Houston, the weather can change on a dime! One day if may be in the 40's, and the next in the 80's. In January of 1973, our beautiful building and our city were covered in snow.

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12/7/2018

Following Hurricane Harvey, Emanu El partnered with the URJ Greene Family Camp and the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC to host a day camp with several hundred students and many gracious volunteers.

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12/6/2018

In 1994, Emanu El celebrated its 50th anniversary by commissioning a Torah. An opportunity was given to preschool and religious school students to endow a letter and meet scribe Rabbi Moshe Klein.

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12/5/2018

Rabbi Jeffrey Clopper served as an assistant and then associate rabbi at Congregation Emanu El from 1995-2003.

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12/4/2018

In 1969, Emanu El celebrated its 25th anniversary. During the festivities, the Emanu El Sisterhood brought together all of the ladies who served as Sisterhood president dating back to the founding of the auxiliary.

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12/3/2018

Emanu El's Brotherhood has hosted its Chicken Soup Cookoff, with proceeds directed toward the Houston Food Bank and Emergency Aid Coalition since its inception. 

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12/2/2018

Mazel Moments: On June 27, 1980, Emanu El had its first grandparent and grandchild B'nei Mitzvah as Jean Duval and his granddaughter, Michelle Greenfield, led our community in worship. 

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12/1/2018

Ann Frohbieter has served as the organist at Emanu El for over 50 years in addition to helping lead both the Emanu El professional and volunteer choirs.

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11/30/2018

In 2008, Hurricane Ike left Emanu El without electricity for over a week. From a Bar Mitzvah by flashlight to an outdoor prayer service, Emanu El continued on with worship services and life cycle events.

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11/29/2018

Emanu El has had long-standing relationships with many organizations including Interfaith Ministries, which has united people from all faiths to provide services to citizens in the greater Houston area for over 50 years.

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11/28/2018

Our students give Keren Ami to benefit others. Keren Ami has been a part of our religious school since our founding. This 1945 article shares how funds were directed. 

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11/27/2018

An alum of our Becker program, Jenna Mark returned in 2018 to help lead Shabbat worship for our school. A student of Hebrew Union College and a song leader at URJ Greene Family Camp, Jenna is pursuing a career as a cantor.  

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11/26/2018

In 1992, Joan and Bill Spitz dedicated a Sephardic Torah to the congregation. The Torah is on display predominantly in the Proler Chapel.

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11/25/2018

In 1985, Emanu El hired its first female cantor as Sharon Kohn joined the clergy team.

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11/24/2018

In 1965, Rabbi Robert I. Kahn and President Robert Cohen issued a Call to Conscience, an Emanu El statement on racial justice which outlined the synagogue's role and responsibilities to pursue racial justice.

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11/23/2018

In the late 1990's, Emanu El launched its first website!  

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11/22/2018

Emanu El reflects on major events: Rabbi Kahn's sermon on the evening of JFK's assassination.

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11/21/2018

Mazel Moments: Emanu El's first consecration class was September of 1945. 

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11/20/2018

In December 1944, the Emanu El Board of Trustees approved negotiations towards buying the land that the synagogue building sits on today. In January 1945, an offer was received for another site which was discussed at a special meeting. What is presently located at said site in 2018?

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11/19/2018

Do you have a tile on the wall? In 1994, Emanu El celebrated its 50th anniversary with nearly 1,000 ceramic tiles decorated by Helfman Religious School students. 

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11/18/2018

During Emanu El’s 50th anniversary in 1994, Lois Plumb directed a team that did the needlepoint work for Emanu El’s Torahs. 

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11/17/2018

Marvin Barish celebrates his 2nd Bar Mitzvah as Emanu El formally dedicates the renovated Barish Sanctuary.

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11/16/2018

In 1974, Emanu El hired Glenn Groper as its first cantor. According to the August 1974 Bulletin, his first responsibilities were to the music in our pulpit & our school.

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11/15/2018

Keeping up with our college kids: Our rabbis have maintained a tradition of visiting our college students in Austin, College Station and, occasionally, points further way. 

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11/14/2018

In 1945, Rabbi Robert Kahn and Rabbi Alan Green led a Sukkot experience for our religious school.

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11/13/2018

The Sisterhood in 1964 hosted an annual gala on Election Night with TV sets to watch the returns, festive dancing & a delicious buffet.

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11/12/2018

Emanu El's Board of Trustees held its first meeting in the board room of the new building in 1949.

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11/11/2018

Salute to Our Veterans: On this – November 11th, Veterans Day – we give thanks to our men and women in uniform, past, present and future. 

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11/10/2018

Emanu El Breaks Ground on Proler Chapel: The Proler family joins Rabbi Robert Kahn in "breaking ground" on the space that will become the Proler Chapel in 1974.

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11/9/2018

In the early 1990s, Emanu El formed an AIDS Care Team to help offer social, emotional, physical and spiritual support in many forms. 

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11/8/2018

Embracing Texas at the Temple: From Rodeo Tot Shabbats to trail ride visits, rodeo trips for our youth groups to outside barbecues... and Rabbis wearing cowboy hats, Emanu El has always embraced what it meant to "giddy up".

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11/7/2018

Celebrating Mazel Moments: Emanu El's first Bar Mitzvah in its new building was held on October 22, 1949, as Joseph Pulaski, son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Pulaski was called to the Torah.

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11/6/2018

Election Results: July 11, 1944 

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11/5/2018

Emanu El's influence on the Reform Movement: The above quote was given by Rabbi Jack Stern, speaking at Emanu El on June 7, 1985, on behalf of the 1,400 rabbis of CCAR during Shabbat services, honoring Rabbi I. Kahn on 50 years of the rabbinate.

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11/4/2018

Celebrating the Holidays: Latke Making at Emanu El. From clergy to lay leaders, latke making is a part of a deeply-rooted Emanu El tradition.

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11/3/2018

Emanu El Thanks the People Behind the Scenes. Hattie, Lawrence and William amongst others became the friendly faces of the synagogue, laying the foundation for today's team of Juan, Dolly and Manuel. Much of what goes on at Emanu El would not go as flawlessly without their help.

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11/2/2018

In the 1970's, Emanu El took to the airways with The Voices of Temple Emanu El, a 15-minute show aired weekly on KTRH as a public service of the station.

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11/1/2018

The earliest available photo of Emanu El's Boy Scout Troop 190. Founded in 1948, this photo features the Troop in 1952.

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10/31/2018

Beautifying Emanu El Memorial Park: This quote is by founding President Nathan Klein in 1977, about the steps taken to beautify the newly acquired land.

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10/30/2018

In 1960, Brotherhood hosted a Sports Nite introducing Houston’s new pro football franchise - the Oilers. It also included a badminton exhibition!

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10/29/2018

Celebrating Congregational Trips: Emanu El has a history of taking trips as a community. In 2017, this group went to Israel. In 2019, we have a group headed for Eastern Europe.

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10/28/2018

Celebrating Mazel Moments: The first wedding in Emanu El's completed building: Julien Epstein & Morris Rosenthal, September 11, 1949.

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10/27/2018

Celebrating our Schools: Then-Becker School director Shirley Burkom with Shirley & Allen Becker on the occasion of the Becker School’s 10th anniversary in 1999. 

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10/26/2018

Congregation Emanu El has made close to 100,000 meals in the battle to curb childhood hunger in the Houston area since our partnership with Kids' Meals began.

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10/25/2018

75th Anniversary Chairs Cheryl Levy & Elyse Kalmans share their excitement over the celebration ahead.

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10/24/2018

Through the generosity of the Barish family, three groups of Helfman Religious School students have visited Israel and brought their experiences back to our congregation.

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10/23/2018

Rabbi Benjamin Marcus, pictured with two Emanu El students (Al Kahn & Anitra Lurie), was the first assistant Rabbi at Emanu El, serving from 1952-1954.

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10/22/2018

The above text was published in the concluding line of an undated written history of Emanu El's beginnings by Rabbi Robert I. Kahn, the congregation's first Senior Rabbi.

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10/21/2018

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Emanu El is committed to inclusivity and access for all. In 1968, our Sisterhood volunteered at The Lighthouse of Houston as certified braillists.

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Emanu El is excited to unveil the 75th Anniversary Logo designed by Principle. The logo is derived from the 1946 Emanu El seal, the first logo in the history of the synagogue.

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10/19/2018

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In honor of the 75th anniversary, Emanu El collaborated with Noah Aronson to commission a new piece of music, “Do Justice (Hinei Ma Tov)”.
 

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10/18/2018

10/18/2018

Rabbi Oren Hayon via a video message to the congregation formally launches a 75-day countdown to the 75th anniversary of the synagogue.
 

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Tue, July 16 2019 13 Tammuz 5779