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.


Nar-Anon Greeter

  • Open and close the Temple building for Nar-Anon.  Nar-Anon meets every Thursday evenings from 6:15 until 7:45 PM.  Volunteers arrange to pick up a key and security system instructions from the office prior to their volunteer time.  

Please contact the Temple office if interested in volunteering.


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: This committee needs a chairperson! Contact Rabbi Marc Ekstrand
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.