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If you're interested in getting involved in the Food Bank or a committee, email

A group of four Jewish men smiling for the camera while in the process of building the sukkah.

Food Bank

The Food Pantry at Temple Emanuel has been alleviating hunger since 1987. We serve any client who meets the poverty guidelines as defined by the USDA. 


The pantry offers canned and dried food items, meat, fresh seasonal produce and personal care items. 


The pantry is open once each month.  Emergency orders can be filled by calling (616) 459-5976.


Joining a Temple committee is a great way to get involved with Temple life.  Committees at Temple Emanuel are comprised of volunteers.  If you have a talent to share or a desire to serve, connect with one of our committees or teams.  


Some committees include:

  • Arts & Ceremonial Committee determines interior design of the building and oversees the artworks

  • Building and Grounds Committee determines the needs as they arise and works with contractors

  • Cemetery Committee keeps the Oak Hill Cemetery maintained as well as makes all decisions concerning the cemetery

  • Finance Committee reviews the income and expenses of Temple and provides an annual projected budget

  • Food Bank Committee handles distribution of food to those who qualify for help with food needs

  • Library Committee determines how the library is maintained and what books should be purchased

  • Membership Committee reaches out to new members of Temple to welcome them to the Temple community

  • Public Relations Committee works to keep Temple members aware of what is going on at Temple

  • Nominating Committee reviews applicants for open job and volunteer positions

  • Social Action Committee gets involved with other organizations to keep current and active with social issues and includes calling members occasionally just to keep in touch

  • Special Events are organized by volunteers on an ad hoc basis

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