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, interfaith families, young professionals, empty nesters, new parents, LGBT, 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.