Temple Emanuel, Our Home

Temple Emanuel serves the Jewish population of Lakeland and surrounding communities, with programs and religious services that reflect the diverse interests of our active, participatory congregation.Enter our beautiful lakefront synagogue and meet a diverse congregation that comes together in a spirit of warmth and caring to learn, pray, socialize and forge a sense of family.

There are many reasons why our congregation comes together; family, friends, a common sense of purpose, and a commitment to Judaism. Temple Emanuel is a congregation where people across all backgrounds and generations can learn, play and connect. This is where we not only come together, but we are also kept together.

We are comprised of multi-generational families, founding families, young professionals, empty nesters, new parents and more. As the center of Jewish life in Polk County, we are steeped in a rich history with a forward-thinking approach to meeting the needs of our community. We tap into core values of Judaism to transform both our lives and the lives around us. We strive to explore Jewish values to help navigate contemporary life and improve our community. Our egalitarian services respect a wide range of our members’ ritual practices and foster a culture of participation for all ages.

Temple Emanuel believes in lifelong learning. Our religious school, B’nai Mitzvah program, and adult education opportunities keep families engaged, stimulated and informed. In our Sunday School and Hebrew School Classes, as well as Adult Education Classes, we teach everyone to understand their community, care about it and take responsibility for its future. Lakeland is a warm and caring place to live, learn, pray and play.

So come check us out! Meet a friend, watch a movie, help a child, celebrate, dance, study, eat, think, and engage!

We hope you will make Temple Emanuel your own home.


Join us for services Friday night or Saturday morning, come celebrate a festival, call or email for more information! 863-682-8616 , info@templeemanuellakeland.com

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The Temple Emanuel community is broadly diverse with programs designed for young families through seniors. Adult learning, book club, mah jongg, and movie night, are just a few of the many types of opportunities one can find themselves participating in. Take advantage of activities and events for families with children of all ages, including our Family Shabbat, and Holiday Celebrations. Throughout the year, we celebrate special occasions with dinners, festivals, and parties. Explore the different ways you can spend time with the Temple Emanuel family and find something of interest where you can help.

Temple Emanuel Committees

Archives – Responsible to acquire, organize, and maintain the historical records of Temple Emanuel. Cat Eskin, Chair

Budget and Finance – Prepares the annual budget for the temple. Gary Rabin, Chair

Building and Grounds – Responsible for the physical maintenance of the Temple buildings and grounds. Marvin Wyman, Chair

Catering and Rental / B’nai Mitzvot Advisory Committee – Oversees the rental and use of Temple facilities for social, religious or organization activities. Provides direction to B’nai Mitzvot parents on the rules and guidelines for use of the Temple kitchen. Tammy Serebrin & Lizandra Izsak, Co-Chair

Cemetery Committee – Responsible for the sale of plots and proper maintenance of the cemetery grounds. Marvin Odro, Chair

Charity Drives – Co-ordinates the donation drives to local charitable causes.

Community Social Action – Coordinates Temple involvement in community events and local community outreach programs that impact humanitarian and social needs.

Congregant Outreach – Helps congregants to feel welcomed, engaged and appreciated, and coordinates assistance and support in both times of need and times of joy.

Development, Bequests & Investment – Responsible for exploring avenues to provide a continued long-term financial security for the temple through means other than collection of membership dues. Michael Riskin, Chair

Dues Adjustment - Reviews and considers all member requests for dues alterations. Mark Scolnick & Marvin Odro, Co-Chair

Executive Committee – Consists of all elected officers of the Temple, and Immediate Past President – Discuss matters related to the operation of Temple Emanuel, and make recommendations for Board consideration. Allen Shane, Chair

Fundraiser – Plans, and coordinates the annual “Live Artfully” fundraiser for the Temple. Jodie Snyder, Chair

Fundraising – Responsible for planning our smaller fundraisers such as Honey Sale and Chanukah Sale.

Honorial and Memorial – Encourages the remembrance of the departed and the honoring of the living through the named dedication of various tangible permanent items at the Temple. Harris Estroff, Chair

Marketing - The Marketing Committee strives to make Temple Emanuel visible to members and the community in fresh and informative ways via Facebook, our website, press releases, information cards etc. Irma Cole, Chair

Membership - The membership committee is responsible for welcoming, integrating and retaining members. We help create connections and a community spirit through the congregation. Tammy Serebrin & Heidi Sichelman, Co-Chair

Programming - Organizes cultural, educational and social events for the Temple.

Religious School – In conjunction with the Rabbi plans the curriculum and administers the activities of the religious school. Lori Dougherty, Administrator

Ritual – In conjunction with the Rabbi plans religious services including Shabbat, Festival and High Holy Days. Jordan Eckert & Amy Blocher, Co-chair

Social Events (Young Families) - Responsible for planning and organizing activities of interest to our younger families. Jodie Snyder & Heidi Sichelman, Co-Chair


We have many opportunities to fulfill the important mitzvah of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Join us in:

  • Visiting the Sick
  • Attending Minyan
  • Helping to make membership phone calls
  • Being a greeter during Shabbat, holidays and other community events
  • Volunteering in the Temple Emanuel Gift Shop
  • Assisting in the Office
  • Fundraising
  • Program Planning
  • Marketing

For more information on ways to get involved or volunteer fill out the form provided.



Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

We are so glad that you have chosen to visit or make Temple Emanuel your Jewish home. You are the most important link in the sacred chain that connects Jews across the millennia and around the world. We hope that you will explore the diversity of interesting opportunities to connect that our community offers.

Whether your interests include making social connections, educating your children or participating in social action, or praying at our Friday night and Saturday morning services, celebrating a lifecycle event, or learning to read Hebrew, Temple Emanuel has a wide array of programs that are sure to meet your needs.

Thank you for completing our Member Information Sheet. Having current contact and interest information helps us to stay in touch with you. If you have any questions about membership, please email info@templeemanuellakeland.com or call 863-682-8616.

At the end of the Member Information Sheet, you will find our Annual Commitment form. It is through the support of our member families that we are able to provide the programs and services that make our community special. We are grateful for those families who are able to make an Annual Commitment. Through their support, we are able to welcome everyone who chooses to make Temple Emanuel their Jewish home. If you are unable to make an Annual Commitment at one of the standard levels, please contact us for a confidential conversation about an appropriate adjustment.

Welcome home. We are glad that you’re here. View our 2017-2018 Membership Application.

Paying Dues:

As per our Temple Bylaws, Section 10: In order to be current in dues obligations, members may pay their yearly dues in advance, or any amount, which will equal at least ten percent of their yearly dues monthly for the first ten months of the Temple year.

Payments may be made by check and sent to the Temple or pay online here:

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