For over 60 years, the Temple Emanu-El community has had a strong tradition of volunteering. The effort and time we spend sustains the community that we love.  Our commitment is also a welcoming and inspirational sign to others who share our values. Please consider volunteering at Temple Emanu-El. Below are many opportunities. If you are interested, please contact the Temple office and we will point you in the right direction.

Thank you, in advance, for your dedication to our Temple and the community.
Rabbi Marc


  • Greet Friday night and Saturday morning congregants and service attendees.
  • Ensure that each entrant signs in on the Covid-19 contact tracing form. 
  • Provide name tags.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before services.
  • Monitor the entrance for security threats (each volunteer must receive training prior to volunteer time).

Please contact the Temple office if interested in volunteering.


Temple Emanu-El AV Club Looking for Members

Were you in your High School’s AV Club? Jealous of the kids that were? Are you studying Video Production and are looking for some related volunteer hours? Or are you, like me, just a nerd who likes playing with computers and cameras? Well, the Temple can use your help!

As we returned to services in our sanctuary, we wanted to continue using platforms like Zoom to engage members and friends who may not be able to join us in person. To support continuing our virtual presence, the sanctuary was wired for broadcast. Cameras have been installed, and we’ve purchased equipment to help polish our service’s production quality. The only thing we’re missing is YOU!

I’m looking for a group of people interested in running the video production on  Friday night services and other events. Computer experience is important. Video production experience is helpful, but not necessary. If you’re interested, please contact Sean Bendick at, or contact the Temple Office.


Other Ways to Volunteer:

Library volunteers reshelve and organize the library, preserve archives, and enhance our collections.  Writing a monthly bulletin article promoting the library would also be helpful.  
Building and Grounds
Our building and grounds require routine upkeep.  This includes minor landscaping, repairs and upkeep of the building.  

Joining a committee is a great way to meet people, make friends, learn new things, and support your Temple and community.  Consider joining a committee.  All committees are open to all members (Jewish and non-Jewish).  Below is a listing of our current committees and chairperson. 

Religious Practices: Claire Warren
Religious School: Steve Panikoff
Communications Committee: Sue Fornara
Finance: Bruce Goldstein or Tom Smith
Social Action: Karen Bloustine
Audio/Visual Club: Sean Bendick

Temple Emanu-El has been a strong force for good in SE Connecticut.  Over the years, many members have been working with many community action organizations.  Two of the largest efforts have been with the New London Meal Center and the Homeless Hospitality Center.  We need a new generation of volunteers to join the ranks of our veteran volunteers. If interested in helping in other ways contact the Temple Office.