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Temple Emanuel

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Temple Emanuel is a Reform congregation that embraces its history, Jewish tradition and its diverse, inter-generational membership.

During the first two decades of the 20th century, many families moved from the east side to the west side of the city of Worcester. In 1921, a synagogue was organized and a house was purchased to serve as a religious school. In 1923, a larger building was purchased to house the growing congregation. At this time the congregation was named Temple Emanuel.

Temple Emanuel's first full-time rabbi, Maurice Mazure, was hired in 1923. After serving the congregation for three years, Rabbi Julius Gordon was elected the congregation's second rabbi and served until 1929. Rabbi Levi Olan served the congregationuntil 1949. Rabbi Olan guided the congregation through the Great Depression and World War II. His leadership helped shape Temple Emanuel into a major participant in the Reform Movement and in interfaith activities throughout Worcester.Rabbi Berger is known for his love of teaching, Jewish music, pastoral presence, and warmth. He has reintroduced the Adult B'nei Mitzvah program, revitalized the Temple's website, formed a Young Families' Chavurah and created a Family Shabbat worship experience alongside his puppet "colleague", Rabbi Love. He is also a guitarist and co-leads Temple Emanuel's house T'filah Prayer Band, "The Fringes", with congregants Ellen Allard and Peter Allard.

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