Our roots can be traced back to the mid-1930's, when the Jews of Marlborough would gather informally in various homes to pray. Temple Emanuel was incorporated on December 14, 1945, formally meeting in a house on Newton Street. Later on, in the 1960's, we built the building were we still worship today. We have a long and proud heritage as the only synagogue in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
We are a small, but vibrant, all-inclusive congregation welcoming Jews and non-Jews interested in Judiasm. We have a strong sense of community serving Marlborough along with the surrounding towns. Our membership is made up of people of all ages, coming from diverse backgrounds. We encourage our congregants to share what makes themselves unique, and respect each person's differences and level of observance.
Our small stature is what makes us stand out amongst the larger congregations in the area. It allows us to get to know our congregants personally, and maintain warm relationships with each other. When you join Temple Emanuel, you become part of our family.
Our relgious school has helped many young adults achieve Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Our spiritual leader, Cantor Wendy Siegel, provides leadership, teaching, and comfort to our members no matter what life stage, or level of Jewish knowledge and engagement they are at. Adult Jewish education has always been an important component of our spiritual growth, incorporating Torah studies with current events.