Temple Emanu-El is in the vibrant city of Birmingham, Alabama, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and the home of the world class University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center. Birmingham will surprise you with its beauty! Our city is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and has a temperate climate which makes it a year-round location for outdoor enthusiasts. We are especially proud of our restaurant scene which includes James Beard Award winning restaurants. Birmingham has impressive and diverse cultural activities; the city is now an indie music destination as well as the home of the Alabama Symphony and a number of musical, ballet, and theater companies.
Birmingham, known as the Magic City, has affordable living in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. The areas where most of our congregants live are an easy 15-minute commute to Temple Emanu-El and most other destinations in the Birmingham area. As the largest Jewish congregation in the state of Alabama, Temple Emanu-El plays an influential role in the broader community. There is great respect for people of all faiths in Birmingham where religious affiliation is strong.