Congregation Emanu-El

7011 E. Central
Wichita, KS 67206

(316) 684-5148


About Congregation Emanuel

Welcome to Congregation Emanu-El.

For more than 100 years, Congregation Emanu-El has been a vibrant community; a model of progressive, liberal Judaism in the Heartland of America.

We welcome new members, whatever their background or affiliation, and invite them to come and be a part of something exciting, working to fulfill their unique potential and make the world a better place (Tikkun Olam).

Our Temple Building
The Sanctuary is constructed to represent the elements of G’s nature:  the wood walls represent the forest, the high windows look out to the sky above, and the green carpet is G’s earth beneath our feet.  Our sanctuary, like all Jewish sanctuaries, faces east so that we are facing toward Jerusalem as we pray.

In the front of the sanctuary is the Aron Hakodesh, the Holy Ark, which contains the Torah scrolls.  A Torah is a scroll made of animal skins, on which are written the five books of Moses:  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  These scrolls are handwritten by specially trained scribes, using a special ink and a natural feather quill.  There are no vowels or punctuation in the Torah.  There are also no cantillation marks to help the reader with the chanting melody.  In preparation for Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah (for a boy) ceremony, the students must learn the entire Torah passage and its cantillation well enough not to need vowels or other notation.

Directly above the Ark is a representation of the Ten Commandments.  The first words of each commandment are stylized on the stone tablets.

Hanging from the ceiling above the ark is the Ner Tamid, the Eternal Light.  It is left burning at all times.  This is a reminder of the Eternal Light in the Ancient Temple in Jerusalem.  It is symbolic of the Divine Presence and the light of the Torah.

There are two Menorot, (candelabras), located on each side of the bima, (reader’s platform).  The seven-branched candelabra goes back to biblical times and is perhaps the oldest symbol of Judaism.  Depictions of Menorot can be found in ancient synagogues dating back millennia.  You may have noticed, as well, the menorah on the front lawn of our synagogue.      

In the Social Hall, in which we are holding services this morning, you will see other pieces of art including a Ben Shahn tapestry depicting a menorah and a series of cloisonné illustrations by Margaret Seeler on the opposite wall.  We have other artwork in our building as well, including works by David Sharir, Mordechai Rosenstein, Marc Chagall and Zvi Milshtein.

 

 
 

Temple Events

Monday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Sisterhood Coffee Talk and
Open Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Brotherhood Board Meeting

Thursday, May 4, 5:45 p.m.
MKJF Community Yom Ha’atzmaut
Film & Israeli-style dinner

Friday, May 5, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Family Service

Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m.
Choir rehearsal

Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Service

Sunday, May 14, 12:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
CE Board Meeting

Friday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Service with Choir

Sunday, May 21, 12:30 p.m.
Choir rehearsal

Wednesday, May 24, 11:45 a.m.
MKFJ Café Chevre

Friday, May 26 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbat Service
Adley Solomon Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
Adley Solomon Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, May 28, 12:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 30, 7:00 p.m.
Erev Shavuot Service

Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 a.m.
Shavuot & Yizkor Service

 

Community Events

Thursday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
MKJF Board Meeting (HC)

Sunday, May 21, 12:00 p.m.
Event for Dale & Jerry Marcus
(Crestview Country Club)

 

 

 

This Year in Photos

Read our current Ruach

May Sabbath Services

Friday, May 5
Shabbat Evening Service
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 6
Shabbat Morning Service
10:00 a.m.
Acharei Mot –Kedoshim-Lev. 16:1-20:27

Friday, May 12
Shabbat Evening Service
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 13
Shabbat Morning Service
10:00 a.m.
Emor-Lev. 21:1-24:23

Friday, May 19
Shabbat Evening Service
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 20
Shabbat Morning Service
10:00 a.m.
Behar-Bechukotai-Lev. 25:1-27:34

Friday, May 26
Shabbat Evening Service
7:00 p.m.
Adley Solomon Bar Mitzvah

Saturday, May 27
Shabbat Morning Service
10:00 a.m.
Bamidbar-Num 1:1-4:20
Adley Solomon Bar Mitzvah