Communal Jewish Experiences

More than simply “learning” about Judaism, at Temple Emunah, we want our students to experience it for themselves at our synagogue. As such, 3rd ­- 7th graders are required to attend 18 Communal Jewish Experiences (CJEs) of their choice throughout the year. K­ - 2 are required to attend 4 CJEs.

These experiences can include Friday Night, Shabbat Morning, or Shabbat Afternoon services or attending a Temple Emunah holiday service or program (for example: Tashlikh, Neilah Youth Program and Service, Sukkot Progressive Lunch, Simhat Torah, Yom Hazikaron Service, Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration, Yom Hashoah Service, Purim Megillah Reading, Pesah Services, Tisha B’Av Eikhah Reading, Slihot, Hanukkah Celebration, Lag b’Omer, Shavuot Services, etc.).

While the Temple provides supervision on Shabbat morning during Mini Minyan and Junior Congregation, a parent or designated chaperone must remain in the synagogue when they come to the aforementioned services.

By basing the requirement over the year, families can choose when to attend shul together. Between September and May, there are more than 150 opportunities for CJE credits.

Additionally, to encourage maximum participation, students who go above 4 CJEs (K – 2) and beyond 18 CJEs (3 – 7) will receive a gift card to Rancatore’s Ice Cream.



  • Friday Night Shabbat Services
  • Shabbat Morning Services
  • Shabbat Minhah Services
  • Synagogue holiday programs/observances (for example: Tashlikh, Pizza in the Hut, Shavuot, Passover, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Megillah Reading, Tisha B’Av, Slihot, Hanukkah Celebration, Lag B’Omer, etc.). Please note that CJE credit will be given when religious school day and yom tov coincide.
  • One credit for weekly minyan



  • One credit per year for Services at Jewish summer camp
  • One credit per year for Services at another synagogue or institution
  • One credit per year for attending a youth group activity, Kadima or USY
  • 2 credits for attending a Shul In
  • 5 credits for attending the Religious School Retreat



A sign-in sheet will be accessible during the beginning part of each program/service. (First 15 minutes of Friday Night/Minhah, Jr Cong, Mini Minyan and until about 10:30 in the main service)

  • Students sign themselves by placing a sticker by their name
  • It is the responsibility of the student to sign in to each program
  • Parents are welcome to call Ellen Weene in Rabbi Lerner’s office or Me'ir Sherer, Director of Congregational Learning, to check on CJE credit

For a calendar of this year's CJE Opportunities, click here.