We are delighted you are interested in joining the Temple Emek Shalom community.  We are in a challenging time and are pleased to continue to offer our community a rich selection of services, educational programs, and opportunities for spiritual enrichment.

One of my highest priorities as Temple President is for new members to find their place in our community as quickly and comfortably as possible. Our Rabbi, staff, board, and membership committee are all here to help you feel welcome and at home.

We understand that people join a synagogue for many reasons.  It is our hope that whatever your reasons, our community will be a vehicle for making your Jewish life and the Jewish lives of those living in the Rogue Valley richer and more fulfilling.  We have found there is no better way to appreciate life in our community, meet people and gain a grasp of our inner workings, than to join a committee or volunteer at an event and offer your knowledge, special talents, or mere schlepping (hauling) ability.  We’re sure you will find our participatory culture meaningful and rewarding.

Please take a few minutes look over and fill out our New Member Information:

New Member form, reach out to Diane Werich ( with membership questions.

Dues Commitment form.  We are a Fair Share congregation.  Reach out to Carolyn Mandell ( with dues questions.

Contact Sara Wolfson, TES Office Manager, with any questions.

We try hard to reach out and involve everyone but feel free to give us a nudge if that hasn’t happened. Our annual new member welcome is only the beginning of ways to join in.

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you.  Please call us any time for help, to ask a question or just to chat.


Steven Portnoy

President, Temple Emek Shalom