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Chanukah (5775)
Dec 16th - Dec 24th
First candle is lit December 16

Named for the Hebrew word for "dedication," Chanukah commemorates the Maccabees' defeat of the Syrians, which led to liberation of the Jews and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 B.C.E. Chanukah also is known as the "Festival of Lights" because of the custom of lighting bright lights in celebration for eight days.

JPS/Skirball Author Series
Thursday, Dec 18th
7 PM to 9 PM

Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated
One East 65th Street

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the novel that inspired generations, this evening will feature a reading of "As a Driven Leaf: The Heresy of Rabbi Elisha Ben Abuyah," a full-length play by Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz based on the novel by Milton Steinberg.

Saviv Chanukah Party
Thursday, Dec 18th
7 PM

$10 per person
Finnerty's (221 Second Avenue)

Mark your calendars for doughnuts, latkes, drinks and fun! Charge is $10 per person. SAVIV IS A PROGRAM FOR TEMPLE MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS IN THEIR 20s AND 30s. RSVP to saviv.org.

Torah's Light at Chanukah
Thursday, Dec 18th
7 PM

Admission is free, but reservations are requested
One East 65th Street

Come for candle lighting, two classes, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and Chanukah gelt. Admission is free. RSVP to EmanuelSkirballnyc.org. (Sponsored by the East Side Torah Learning Coalition)

Congregational Chanukah Service
Friday, Dec 19th
6 PM


Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)

Sabbath services will include candle lighting and the Temple Emanu-El Choir singing from the bimah. We also will be joined by flutist Sato Moughalian and harpist Bridget Kibbey. A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow.

The Medici Archive Project and Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe
Friday, Jan 2nd
7:15 PM

There is no charge for this program
One East 65th Street

Following the Friday evening service, join us for a discussion on the vast cache of documents uncovered that relate to the generally unknown, extensive relationship between the Medicis and the Jewish communities of that time. Sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center, this program is open to the public. All are welcome.

Shopping for Theology
Sunday, Jan 4th
9:30 AM

Attendance is free, but reservations are required.
10 East 66th Street

Families of our Fifth Grade Religious School students are invited to join us for a session of exploring thoughts and questions about God as a family...and trying to figure out what it all means. (Emphasis on trying!) NOTE: THIS SESSION REPEATS ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7 AT 4 PM.

Emanu-El Reads Book Discussion
Wednesday, Jan 7th
8:30 AM to 10 AM

Attendance is open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Temple members are invited to discuss "The Story of the Jews" by Simon Schama, our Emanu-El Reads selection for this year. Temple librarian Elizabeth Stabler will be leading the discussion. This session has been organized by the Men's Club.

Shopping for Theology
Wednesday, Jan 7th
4 PM

Attendance is free, but reservations are required.
10 East 66th Street

Families of our Fifth Grade Religious School students are invited to join us for a session of exploring thoughts and questions about God as a family...and trying to figure out what it all means. (Emphasis on trying!) RSVP to the Department of Lifelong Learning.

Young Families: Tot Shabbat
Friday, Jan 9th
4:30 PM to 6 PM

There is no charge for this event
One East 65th Street (Room 402)

Tot Shabbat is a special Sabbath service geared specifically for our youngest Temple members (preschool and Nursery School students) and their families. RSVP by January 8.

Shabbat Kodesh Family Worship Service
Friday, Jan 9th
7 PM


Beth-El Chapel (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)

At Shabbat Kodesh worship services, we sing Hebrew prayers with lively melodies and experience the weekly Torah reading through interpretation and storytelling. All ages are welcome to attend. An Oneg Shabbat follows.

Saviv Shabbat and Dinner
Friday, Jan 9th
7 PM (Doors open/cocktail reception); 7:30 PM (Service, followed by dinner)

Charge is $15 per person
One East 65th Street

Join together with other young professionals to celebrate Shabbat and wind-down from the week. Wine and a little nosh will be served at 7 PM, so come early. Then we'll enjoy Shabbat services together, followed by dinner. SAVIV IS A PROGRAM FOR TEMPLE MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS IN THEIR 20s AND 30s.

Stitch'n Time
Sunday, Jan 11th
11 AM to 2 PM

Open to Temple members only
One East 65th Street

Stitch'n Time is a volunteer program at which individuals knit or crochet items for various organizations in need.

Sixth Grade Bar/Bat Mitzvah Mini-Retreat
Sunday, Jan 11th
12:30 PM (preceded by an optional lunch at noon)

Attendance is free, but reservations are required.
One East 65th Street

This event is for sixth grade families only. Our mini-retreats provide dynamic and interactive activities to help families gain a deeper understanding of the history and values underlying the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, as well as the tools to infuse the process with meaning.

Heart Health for Women
Tuesday, Jan 13th
10:30 AM

$20 for all Temple members and their guests, includes a continental breakfast
One East 65th Street

Join the Women's Auxiliary for coffee with Dr. Jennifer H. Mieres, one of the leading experts and patient advocates in the field of cardiovascular disease in women. This event is open to all Temple members. RSVP by January 9. Price of admission includes a continental breakfast.

Stettenheim Literary Circle
Wednesday, Jan 14th
1 PM to 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

This month's selection will be "The Interestings" by best-selling author Meg Wolitzer, a dazzling, panoramic novel about what becomes of early talent and the roles that art, money and even envy can play in close friendships. (Note: Our 1 PM session is co-sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary.)

World Zionist Congress Elections
Jan 15th - Apr 30th
$5 for ages 17 to 29, $10 for 30 and older
Voting can be completed online or in person at Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El invites you to strengthen Reform Judaism in Israel by registering to vote in the World Zionist Congress elections.

CLUB 65: A Group for Seniors
Thursday, Jan 15th
11 AM

There is no charge for this event
One East 65th Street

CLUB 65 welcomes Rabbi Benjamin Zeidman, who will discuss how demons and demonology played a role in the creation of Judaism as we know it today. PLEASE NOTE: We will meet on Thursday this month, instead of Tuesday. Membership in CLUB 65 is free of charge and open to all Temple members age 65 and forward.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat Service
Friday, Jan 16th
6 PM


Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to host this special event commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with special guests the Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III and the Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir. All are invited to attend.

Straight Talk With Daniel Henninger
Sunday, Jan 18th
10 AM

$30 for Men's Club/Women's Auxiliary members; $35 for all others
One East 65th Street

Join the Men's Club for brunch with Daniel Henninger, deputy director of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page and a frequent guest on Fox News. His weekly column, "Wonder Land," appears in The Wall Street Journal each Thursday. RSVP by January 9.

Young Artists Concert
Sunday, Jan 18th
3 PM

Attendance is free and open to the public
One East 65th Street (Greenwald Hall)

Sponsored with the Stecher & Horowitz Foundation, this annual series presents the prize winners of the biennial New York International Piano Competition. Our third performer of the year is Fanya Lin.

Shir Chadash ("A New Song")
Friday, Jan 23rd
6 PM


Lowenstein Sanctuary (10 East 66th Street)

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to offer a new style of worship service to be held once a month on Friday night. The liturgy is interspersed with Chasidic tales and other teachings. The music, led by a vocalist and supported by instrumentalists, is less formal and more participatory. All are welcome!

Parental Wisdom in an Era When Children Know it All (Or Think They Do)
Sunday, Jan 25th
10 AM to 2 PM

$65 per person (Lunch included)
One East 65th Street

Sunday Seminars sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center are open to the public. Rabbi Daniel C. Goldfarb leads this week's lecture. Register in advance: EmanuelSkirballNYC.org or (212) 507-9580.

Emanu-El Reads Book Discussion
Sunday, Jan 25th
10:30 AM to 12 PM

Attendance is open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Temple members are invited to discuss "The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BC - 1492 AD)" by Simon Schama, our Emanu-El Reads selection for this year. History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner will lead a genealogy workshop. This session has been organized by the Department of Lifelong Learning.

Aaron Copland: The Champion of American Music
Friday, Jan 30th
6 PM


Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)

As part of this evening's worship service, Cantor Lori Corrsin will offer commentary on one of the most respected American classical composers of the 20th century. The Temple Emanu-El Choir will sing from the bimah. K. Scott Warren will conduct, and Dr. Andrew Henderson will accompany on the organ. We also will be joined by members of the New York City Children's Chorus. NOTE: This evening is the start of Shabbat Shira, the Sabbath of Song.

Talking to Your Child About God
Sunday, Feb 1st
11:15 AM

Attendance is free, but reservations are appreciated.
10 East 66th Street

Temple Emanu-El's Department of Lifelong Learning offers this special program for parents of Religious School students. Attendance is free. RSVP to (212) 744-1400, ext. 334. NOTE: Session repeats Monday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 4 at 5:30 PM.

Talking to Your Child About God
Monday, Feb 2nd
5:30 PM

Attendance is free, but reservations are appreciated.
10 East 66th Street

Temple Emanu-El's Department of Lifelong Learning offers this special program for parents of Religious School students. Attendance is free. RSVP to (212) 744-1400, ext. 334. NOTE: Session repeats Wednesday, February 4 at 5:30 PM.

Emanu-El Reads Book Discussion
Tuesday, Feb 3rd
12:30 PM to 2 PM

Attendance is open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Temple members are invited to discuss "The Story of the Jews" by Simon Schama, our Emanu-El Reads selection for this year. Temple librarian Elizabeth Stabler will be leading the discussion. This session has been organized by the Women's Auxiliary.

Men's Club Book Group
Wednesday, Feb 4th
8:30 AM

Open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Our February selection will be "The Innocents" by Francesca Segal, winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, the 2013 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a 2013 Betty Trask Award, the 2013 Harold U. Ribalow Prize and the 2013 Premio Letterario Edoardo Kihlgren Opera Prima in Milan. It also was long-listed for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize).

Talking to Your Child About God
Wednesday, Feb 4th
5:30 PM

Attendance is free, but reservations are appreciated.
10 East 66th Street

Temple Emanu-El's Department of Lifelong Learning offers this special program for parents of Religious School students. Attendance is free. RSVP to (212) 744-1400, ext. 334.

Senior Youth Group: Midnight Run
Friday, Feb 6th
5:45 PM


One East 65th Street

Students in Grades 9 through 12 are invited to help the homeless by delivering food and other necessities. Donations are needed for our clothing drive.

Family Dinner & Shabbat Kodesh Family Worship Service
Friday, Feb 6th
6 PM (Dinner)/7 PM (Service)

$40 per family for reservations made by February 2
One East 65th Street/Beth-El Chapel

At Shabbat Kodesh Family Worship Services, we sing Hebrew prayers with lively melodies and experience the weekly Torah reading through interpretation and storytelling. All ages are welcome to attend. A Family Dinner precedes this month's service; a delicious dessert Oneg Shabbat follows. Reservations for dinner are required. NOTE: We will honor our faculty at the worship service.

Young Families: Tot Shabbat
Saturday, Feb 7th
10 AM to 11:30 AM

There is no charge for this event
One East 65th Street (Room 402)

Tot Shabbat is a special Sabbath service geared specifically for our youngest Temple members (preschool and Nursery School students) and their families. RSVP by February 6.

Sixth Grade Parent Bar/Bat Mitzvah Meeting
Sunday, Feb 8th
11 AM

Attendance is free, but reservations required
One East 65th Street

This event is for parents of Sixth Grade students who are approaching the age of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah. The meeting will be held during the final hour of Religious School. NOTE: THIS SESSION WILL REPEAT ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 5 PM.

Stitch'n Time
Sunday, Feb 8th
11 AM to 2 PM

Open to Temple members only
One East 65th Street

Stitch'n Time is a volunteer program at which individuals knit or crochet items for various organizations in need.

Emanu-El Reads Book Discussion
Tuesday, Feb 10th
11 AM to 12:30 PM

Attendance is open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Temple members are invited to discuss "The Story of the Jews" by Simon Schama, our Emanu-El Reads selection for this year. Temple librarian Elizabeth Stabler will be leading the discussion. This session has been organized by Club 65.

Stettenheim Literary Circle
Wednesday, Feb 11th
1 PM to 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

This month's selection will be "Mary Coin: A Novel" by award-winning author Marisa Silver. Inspired by "Migrant Mother," the iconic Depression-era photograph snapped by Dorothea Lange in 1936, Silver reimagines the lives of both the photographer and the subject. (Note: Our 1 PM session is co-sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary.)

Sixth Grade Parent Bar/Bat Mitzvah Meeting
Wednesday, Feb 11th
5 PM

Attendance is free, but reservations required
One East 65th Street

This event is for parents of Sixth Grade students who are approaching the age of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah. The meeting will be held during the final hour of Religious School.

Saviv Shabbat & Oneg
Friday, Feb 13th
7 PM (Doors open/cocktail reception); 7:30 PM (Service, followed by Oneg Shabbat reception)

Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated
One East 65th Street

Join together with other young professionals to celebrate Shabbat and wind-down from the week. Wine and a little nosh will be served at 7 PM, so come early. Then we'll enjoy Shabbat services together, followed by an Oneg Shabbat reception. SAVIV IS A PROGRAM FOR TEMPLE MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS IN THEIR 20s AND 30s.

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