Approximately fifteen minutes outside of New York City, it is conveniently located on the Hudson waterway, just south of Jersey City and Hoboken. As a congregation with over a hundred years of history, we are proud to be extending our legacy into the future with a new Rabbi, new congregants and renewed energy to meet the needs of the congregation in its next stages.
In 1911, a group of young Jewish leaders in Bayonne realized the need for an alternative in the community’s religious life. Up to this time, the only Jewish congregations were Orthodox. They desired a synagogue in which most of the traditional liturgy would be maintained but also feature the use of some English in the services, as well as the Rabbi’s sermon. The cornerstone of the building was laid on July 20, 1913. The Temple grew throughout the years, led by a prominent group of Rabbis with a strong congregational life. A hundred years later, Temple Emanu-El is still viable and looks to the next 100 years to expand and grow beyond its original glory.
Services are held Monday and Thursday in the Eisler Chapel at 7:00am.
An early Friday night evening service welcoming in Shabbat is held in the Eisler Chapel. It begins at 6:00pm.
Services are held in the Sanctuary on Saturday mornings at 9:15am. Our Shabbat and Holiday services are participatory, engaging and attract a regular group of worshippers of all ages. New participants are always welcome. Services stress learning and individual participation. Services conclude with a festive Shabbat Kiddush.
Membership is open to all Jewish adults and their partners, whether or not they are Jewish. Partners who are not Jewish are warmly invited to participate in all synagogue events and services. Members receive free admission to High Holiday services and our monthly newsletter.
Dues are determined according to the following categories:
Members who live outside of the metropolitan area
2 Adults with no children or children living at home under 21
1 Adult with no children or children living at home under 21
*All members are subject to a United Synagogue fee of $11.25 per membership.
No individual is ever denied membership for financial reasons. Confidential arrangements can be made by contacting Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen.
For additional information regarding membership, contact the Temple office at 201.436.4499.
Donations to the various funds are utilized for the overall functioning of the Synagogue and go towards expenses, holiday events, programming and administrative costs necessary to run the congregation that are not covered by the dues. General donations are also greatly appreciated and accepted at any time.
Donation contributed on the occasion of a Yahrzeit for a loved one.
Donations in the amount of $18.00 and above to commemorate life cycle events. Cards are sent to the family designated.
At the High Holidays, Temple Emanu-El receives donations from congregants, friends and alumni for an annual Kol Nidre appeal. The donations are used to augment the dues and contributions received from membership.
Specified funds are used for worthy purposes within and outside the Temple at the discretion of the Rabbi.
Donation is $250. A plaque is placed in the Sanctuary to memorialize loved ones. Lights are lit on Yom Kippur and on the Shabbat before the Yahrzeit.
A name plaque is placed on a designated pew in the Sanctuary.
Donations to any of the funds can be made by indicating the fund and amount and sending a check made payable to Temple Emanu-El to 735 Kennedy Boulevard, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002.
Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen is the new rabbi of Temple Emanu-El. He was born in England, and comes from a long line of Spanish, Sephardic congregational rabbis. He attributes his first inspiration to his grandfather Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen z’l’ with whom he shared a loving relationship with Judaism and God. This first experience has allowed him to use this teaching and make him the creative man that he is today.
He was ordained in a Conservative Rabbinic Ordination by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, California in 2006. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University. He also attended the Jewish Theological Seminary and Academy for Jewish Religion in New York receiving a certificate in Chemical dependency Counselor Certification for Clergy. His myriad of experience is an asset that will contribute to his success with the Bayonne community.
Rabbi Jacob last worked as a pulpit Rabbi at the Kings Park Jewish Center in Kings Park, NY. In addition he was also a pulpit Rabbi at the Congregation Temple Emanuel in Reno, Nevada where he revitalized Hebrew School and increased membership.
Rabbi‘s vast experience with all age groups and all possible members is a testament to his ability to create a new enthusiasm and a rebuilding at Temple Emanu-El.
Welcome to Temple Emanu-El, a conservative congregation that is ready to serve its Jewish community with services, programs and a chance to get closer to understanding the Jewish faith. Our congregation is family-friendly, “heimishe,” and welcoming. Under the leadership of Rabbi Jacob Benzaquen, our egalitarian religious services include a high level of congregational participation.
As co-presidents of the temple, our goal is to continue the efforts of our past presidents and take them to another level. We want to continue to make people comfortable as they join us in prayer or participate in our programs. We want them to feel that they are in their home away from home. Hopefully, the voices of children will bring new life and excitement to our congregation.
We thank you for the privilege of serving you and we will do our best to realize our goals.
Deborah Werner, Harriet Werner
Esther Bramson Newman
Dr. Ellen F. Goldberg
Honorary Lifetime Trustees
Hon. Samuel D. Kaye
Monday – Thursday
9:00am – 1pm
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