"To foster and promote the love, understanding, and practice of Reform Judaism"

Yom Sheini, 4 Av 5778



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We think of Temple Emanuel as a welcoming place to build community.  Members come from all the major cities of the Quad Cities (Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline/Rock Island, Illinois) including many from the smaller surrounding towns; some from as far away as 75 miles.  Many of us do not have immediate family members or relatives in the area so we rely on each other to provide that family support and traditional Jewish experiences that we all grew up with.  Please call on us if we can help you feel more comfortable settling into the Quad Cities or if you have been here many years, but now wish to enrich your Jewish heritage.

The  Temple Office  is waiting to assist you.






Temple Emanuel offers many ways to become involved in Temple and Jewish life through a variety of active committees.  We always welcome new committee members along with new ideas.  One of these committees is looking just for you!

Adult Education
The Adult Education Committee helps plan programs of interest to the congregation.  This committee is generally led by Rabbi Karp and promotes Jewish learning in a variety of ways.  Some of the programs over the last few years included: Judaism 101, Ethics and Judaism, Preparing your Heart for the High Holy Days, Adult Beginning Hebrew, B'Nei Mitzvah Classes for Adults.  One of the recent programs that was very popular was a discussion about the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity.  Rabbi Karp welcomes suggestions and ideas for new Adult Education programming.  For more information see the tab on Learning.

House & Grounds
This committee helps to keep the Temple building and grounds looking beautiful, clean and welcoming to all congregants and visitors.  If you enjoy landscaping, gardening or have a special touch and expertise when it comes to light maintenance and repairs, this is the committee for you.

Our Library Committee works to maintain our book collection for both adults and children; cataloging new and donated books as well as recommending new purchases when funds are available. 

Do you enjoy meeting and greeting new people?  We are definitley looking for friendly faces who thrive on welcoming new families and singles to our Jewish community.  Let us know if you'd like to help bring joy and befriend our newest potential members.

Mitzvah Corps
Formerly known as the Caring Committee, this great group of volunteers help prepare meals for all kinds of special times when one of our members is in need.  If you like to help people and love to cook, this committee is calling your name!

Mt. Nebo Cemetery
We have the honor of still owning and maintaining the Mt. Nebo Cemetery established in 1851.  Dedicated volunteers watch over and take care of the cemetery; make policy decisions about the cemetery and assist Jewish families who wish to make Mt. Nebo their final resting place.  This is a very humbling and meaningful committment to one of the Temple's committees.

Many of our Temple families come to us from interfaith backgrounds.  We respect these families highly as they make a committment to the Jewish faith and sometimes like to share their experiences with other families from similar histories.  Help us connect with these families and with each other by sharing your time and effort  to make them feel welcome by planning programs, activities and events.  There is more information available by clicking on Interfaith Families.

This is a focused group of Temple volunteers who along with Rabbi Karp establish the spiritual and ritual climate of the congregation.  These people are creative, flexible and willing to explore progressive as well as traditional concepts.  If this is what calls to you in your Jewish journey, please help guide us with your heart and your love of Torah.


Tikkun Olam 
One of the longest standing committees of Temple Emanuel, this group is committed to a strong sense of social justice through social action.  For more information on this committee, see the individiual tab in this section on  Community.


Temple Emanuel warmly welcomes every interfaith family to our Temple community who wishes to participate as members.  We have many families and couples who come from interfaith relationships who wish to embrace Judaism in their lives.  Many of our families are very active in a number of services and activities throughout the year and volunteer in a number of different ways.

There is never any pressure to convert to Judaism, but you may have questions about this process or the information learned from going through a process like this.  Please feel free to contact  Rabbi Karp  for a confidential and candid discussion. 

You might be interested in joining our OUTREACH COMMITTEE or Interfaith Family Chavurah to become friends with other families from interfaith backgrounds.  We hope you'll feel comfortable and get to know us.


For more information about Interfaith relationships and Judaism, you also might like to visit the URJ website.