Welcome to Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha

Our sacred mission is to inspire and affirm our diverse Jewish community by blending progressive thought with tradition, by being accepting and accessible, and by serving greater Waukesha through education, worship and social action.

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Located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha is the second oldest reform Jewish synagogue in the Milwaukee area. Our members come from a wide geographic area that includes Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson and Walworth counties. By mid 2020 our membership totaled approximately 75 households.

Upcoming Events

  1. Mon 08

    Board of Trustees Meeting

    Mar 08 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Tue 09

    Hebrew School, Level 2, via Zoom

    based on students’ schedule as far
  3. Tue 09

    Hebrew School, Level 3, via Zoom

    Mar 09 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  4. Wed 10

    Hebrew School, Level 2, via Zoom

    based on students’ schedule as far
  5. Wed 10

    Midrash Class

    Mar 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  6. Thu 11

Cantor Martin schedules virtual classes for adults

Exploring Judaism: A 4-part introduction to Jewish worship, text, and culture. Sundays from 3-5 p.m., on Jan. 24th and 31st, Feb. 7th and 14th. $10 for members, $25 for non-members.

Class on Jewish holidays and how interfaith families can enjoy the holidays in their homes and/or with their relatives. Sunday, Feb. 21st from 3:30 to 5 pm. Free to members; $10 for non-members

Adult Hebrew Class. Cantor Martin will be teaching Biblical Hebrew in a series of classes starting on Feb. 21. Learn how to read our prayers and passages from our texts. Sunday, Feb. 21st at 6:30 pm and running for 15 weeks. $100 for members; $150 for non-members

Class on Jewish Life Cycle Observances: Sunday, April 25th, from 3:30 to 5 pm. Free to members; $10 for non-members

For all of these classes please communicate with Cantor Martin: spiritualleader@waukeshatemple.org by one week before the class and send checks payable to Deborah Martin to CEEW 830 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188 (attention: Cantor Martin). Please include your contact information, as well.

Message From Cantor Martin

Shalom, and welcome to Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha! I am Cantor Deborah Martin, Spiritual Leader of this growing, vibrant, and egalitarian community of committed Jewish individuals and families. We invite you to visit us. If you wish to make an appointment with me and/or President Laurie Schwartz, feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail.


Congregation Emanu-El offers a full range of programs and activities for the Jewish community, in addition to regular Shabbat and holiday services. Our religious school serves students from preschoolers to teenagers, our adult education committee sponsors a range of programs and our social action committee engages our members in activities that benefit the surrounding communities. We also have a gift shop that carries a wide variety of Jewish items, including holiday necessities.


CEEW Sisterhood is a place for building friendships, and exploring our identity, heritage and spirituality together. 

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Advantages of a small congregation

Synagogues come in all sizes. Some are large, with memberships numbering in the thousands. Some are small, with only a few people worshipping in a member’s home. Each size has its advantages. While there are things a larger congregation can do with its increased resources, many of us find benefits from belonging to a small community that are often lost in larger organization.

  • Stronger sense of family
  • Greater opportunities for each of us to grow individually
  • More opportunities to volunteer
  • More adaptable in facing challenges