Burbank Temple Emanu El is a welcoming and participatory Jewish community that honors traditions, celebrates diversity, and practices an authentic and dynamic Judaism.
We strive to build connections and bring more holiness, justice and compassion into the world by deepening our relationships with each other, our tradition, our God and the wider world.
At BTEE, our goal is to expand and deepen our impact in our congregation and our world. We aim to ensure our programs and education, including our religious services, Hebrew School, youth groups and adult education, are engaging and foster a Jewish identity. Our goal is to sustain a thriving and active Jewish community for our members and families.
Burbank Temple Emanu El has been serving the Jewish community of Burbank and the greater San Fernando Valley since 1946.
A Message about Covid-19
Many people in our community may be feeling isolated at this time. Now, more than ever, all of us need human connections. What is usually a shared space, a handshake or a hug, now needs to be done by new means. Please continue to reach out to one another through whatever method you can – phone, text, or other means. We must ensure that we support each other through this unprecedented period. If you or someone you know needs special assistance during this time, please reach out to the office and we will work to find resources from within our community. If you are able to offer additional help, please let us know as well.
We understand that social distancing is a key strategy for mitigating the spread of the Covid-19. For the health and safety of all of our members, staff and the greater community, we are suspending all in-person gatherings including Shabbat services effective immediately. We know for some of you this news may be a relief, while for others it may be profoundly disappointing. We as staff and lay leaders are feeling both of these things. But we are also grateful for the ways our community will be able to remain connected to one another, even in these trying times. For updated information, please check the LA County Department of Health and/or the CDC. We will continue to keep a close eye on things and evaluate next steps within the coming weeks.
As Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky said, “Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”
We thank you all for your kindness and patience now and always.
- Lauren Z. Conner & Limor Zimskind, Co- Presidents
Going into Shabbat in Israel, my parents reported that one of their fellow synagogue goers has now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and both of my parents are now in mandatory isolation. I pray for their health as well as for all those affected. I know that you join me. There is little doubt that such a report will be the last from within our community, and so I am hopeful and prayerful that we can care for one another from within the whirlwind.
During these unprecedented events, it is vital that we continually remind ourselves of central tenants of Judaism, for service to God, and care for ourselves and of one another.
- Rabbi Tsafi Lev