Welcome to Temple Emanuel of North Jersey

Welcome to Temple Emanuel of North Jersey!

Temple Emanuel of North Jersey is a community that welcomes participants from all backgrounds and ages.  Our community is the heart and soul of our congregation.  We value individual spiritual growth, Jewish learning, and acting in the world to make it a better place.  Our prayer services are traditional, egalitarian, and Conservative, in which Jewish men and women participate equally.  We encourage interfaith families to join us and become a part of our community.  Our membership includes individuals and families from Bergen and Passaic Counties, New York, and beyond.

Our synagogue is located in Franklin Lakes overlooking the beautiful Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve.



  • Hilchot Chagim Monday, December 1st, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Join our ongoing weekly adult study program with Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser. For flyer, click here.
  • First Friday Shabbat Dinner Friday, December 5th Services at 6:30 p.m. Dinner to follow. $20 per adult, $8 per child 6-13, children under 5 are free. Maximum charge per family is $55.00. Please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, December 2nd. For flyer, click here.
  • Gabbai Boot Camp Sunday, December 7th, 7:30 pm Master the liturgy, ritual, protocol, etiquette, history, and choreography of the Shabbat and Festival Torah Service in all its detail and permutations. Post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah youth also welcome!! Classes will be held Sunday evenings. For flyer, click here.
  • Minchah Service Saturday, December 6th, Rabbi Prouser will be observing Yahrzeit for his father, Melvin Prouser. The Prousers are sponsoring the Kiddush following Shabbat Morning Services. A brief Minchah (afternoon) service will follow the Kiddush (from approximately 1:15-1:45 p.m.). Please join us.
  • Book Club Meeting Monday, December 8th, 8:00 p.m. We will discuss “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” by Mordechai Richler”.
  • Sundays with Sokol Sunday, December 14th, 2:00 p.m. BAR MITZVAH (1935) – A Yiddish film, with English subtitles. Light refreshments, including popcorn and ice cream, will be provided. For flyer, click here.
  • Celebrating a Century of Chanukah at Temple Emanuel of North Jersey Friday, December 19th, 7:30 p.m.  During festive Shabbat Chanukah evening services, we will be rededicated TENJ’s Chanukah Menorah, first dedicated in 1915, now in its 100th year of service. Please come join us. Services will feature your favorite Chanukah songs. For flyer, click here.
  • Sundae Saturday Saturday, December 20th, 9:30 a.m. Make your own ice cream sundaes at Kiddush. Post Bar/Bat Mitzvah students will be offered Aliyot. Kids!!! Come and celebrate with your friends. For flyer, click here.
  • Chanukah Children and Teen’s Program Sunday, December 21st, 11:00 a.m. Details to follow in the eManuel.
  • Second Annual “Movie Day” Thursday, December 25th, 3:00 p.m. Screening of “The Princess Bride”. Chinese Buffet will be served. Movie and a Meal… $14 per person (children 12 and under free). RSVP to office@tenjfl.org or (201) 560-0200 by December 18th. For flyer, click here.
  • Prescient Parshah Series Friday, January 30th, 7:30 p.m. Speaker: To be announced… Torah Portion: Beshallach and Alan Sherman. Members of the Congregation examine lives of historically influential Jews, whose biographies parallel the content of the weekly Torah Portion. For flyer, click here.
  • Oneg with Ora” Date: To Be Announced. Professor Ora Horn Prouser leads a study session during the Oneg Shabbat which follows the services. Innovative approaches to understanding the Bible will be presented. Next topic: Review of “In the Beginning There was Darkness: A Blind Person’s Conversations with the Bible” by John Hull.



TENJ Community

Rabbi Prouser’s  Articles

Rabbi Prouser’s Blog: “Initial Instructions”

  • Initial Instructions:  A weekly translation celebrating the Book of Genesis -  in lipogram!
    A lipogram is a composition from which the writer rejects all words that contain a certain letter or letters.  “Initial Instructions” renders all of Genesis, translating directly from the Hebrew, without a single use of the letter E. Be sure to subscribe on the blog to receive notification of weekly chapters!

Rabbi Prouser’s Sermons

TENJ in the Media

Of Interest to Our Community

TENJ Events: Photos and Videos

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