Temple Emanuel’s rabbi marks his first year

by | Jul 14, 2014 | Other News

Last June, Rabbi Marc Kraus arrived in Virginia Beach to become the rabbi at Temple Emanuel.

Rabbi Kraus’ wife, Alicia Cohen Kraus, was recently appointed Old Dominion University’s Hillel director.

Since their arrival, the couple has hosted more than 120 people for dinner. “Hospitality is key value for us,” Alicia Kraus says. “We’ve loved this opportunity to build relationships, and feel so blessed to have found a community that shares our love of welcoming people in.”

“We’re so excited with everything happening at Temple Emanuel,” Rabbi Kraus says. “We want our community to be a great choice for young families. We hope that by including religious school, Hebrew and bar/bat mitzvah tutoring with membership dues, parents will see how passionate we are about providing a high-quality integrated Jewish education for their children.

“At Temple Emanuel we believe that Judaism is about having meaningful spiritual experiences, and this simple belief permeates everything we do,” he says. “Our worship services are musical, joyous and succinct. Our school curriculum is focused on ethical and spiritual skills that will be meaningful for kids in their everyday life. Our community has a distinct feel and flavor.”