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

Open to all temple members
One East 65th Street

Our final selection of the program year is "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" by David I. Kertzer.

Holocaust Remembrance Day
Wednesday, May 4th
5:30 PM

All are welcome to attend
Greenwald Hall (One East 65th Street)

The internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. This year, the Reform Movement observes this day from sunset on Wednesday, May 4 through Thursday, May 5. Please join us for the Sunset Service at 5:30 PM.

Six Nights at the Museum
Thursday, May 5th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations requested
One East 65th Street (Bernard Museum of Judaica)

Tonight: Poland (WWII) with Eve Keller, author of "Two Rings: A Story of Love and War." (NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from April 13.)

Shir Chadash ("A New Song")
Friday, May 6th
7 PM

All are welcome to attend
Beth-El Chapel

This periodic service features a contemporary liturgy interspersed with Chasidic tales and other teachings. The music, led by a vocalist and instrumentalists, is less formal than that of our traditional services. NOTE: This is a "New Members" service. We also will celebrate Israeli Independence Day.

Bring-a-Friend Day
Sunday, May 8th
9:30 AM to 12 PM

There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested
10 East 66th Street

Temple member families and nonmembers are invited to join us for a session of our innovative and dynamic weekly program for children in Pre-K through Seventh Grade. Discover what makes Temple Emanu-El a great place for families to learn and grow! (Session repeats on Monday, May 9 from 4 PM to 6 PM.)

Bring-a-Friend Day
Monday, May 9th
4 PM to 6 PM

There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested
10 East 66th Street

Temple member families and nonmembers are invited to join us for a session of our innovative and dynamic weekly program for children in Pre-K through Seventh Grade. Discover what makes Temple Emanu-El a great place for families to learn and grow!

Nursery School in the Library
Tuesday, May 10th
9:30 AM to 9:50 AM and 10 AM to 10:30 AM


Ivan M. Stettenheim Library (One East 65th Street)

Over the course of the year, Sammy Spider ~ of the beloved book series ~ will visit our Nursery School students, "live and in-person," to teach about different Jewish holidays and values. Today's selection: "Sammy Spider's First Mitzvah."

CLUB 65: A Group for Seniors
Tuesday, May 10th
11 AM

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

Club 65's final program of the year will feature Joe Nadis of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who will discuss current problems in Israel.

Israeli Independence Day Community Celebration
Wednesday, May 11th
6:30 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations are required
Park Avenue Synagogue (50 East 87th Street)

Temple Emanu-El is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Second Annual New York City Yom Ha'Atzmaut Israeli Independence Day Community Celebration, bringing together the Upper East Side community to celebrate Israel's birthday. Preregistration is required at www.jnf.org/nycyomhaatzmaut.

Women's Auxiliary Annual Spring Meeting and Luncheon
Thursday, May 12th
12 PM

$35 for Women's Auxiliary/Men's Club members, $45 for nonmembers
One East 65th Street

All Temple members and their guests are invited to the Women's Auxiliary annual spring meeting and luncheon, which includes the election of board members and officers. This year's speaker will be pioneering food writer and former restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton.

Parent Rooftop Happy Hour
Thursday, May 12th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested
One East 65th Street

Come join with other parents as we raise a glass to another successful year! This is a chance to socialize with your friends and meet other Emanu-El parents of children in grades Pre-K through 12. RSVP to rbrumberg@emanuelnyc.org.

Adult B'nei Mitzvah Shabbat
Friday, May 13th
6 PM

All are welcome to attend
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

As part of this evening's worship service, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of our first Adult B'nei Mitzvah ceremony at Temple Emanu-El. Members of that first class will be invited to the bimah for a blessing of commemoration. Please join us as we celebrate the importance of continued Jewish learning. Also during this Shabbat, we will be joined by special guest Rabbi Micky (Michael) Boyden of Kehilat Yonatan Reform Congregation in Hod Hasharon, Israel, near Tel Aviv.

Saviv Shabbat: Relax, Schmooze, Pray
Friday, May 13th
7 PM to 10 PM

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

Join 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.

Final Bar/Bat Mitzvah Mini-Retreat
Sunday, May 15th
12:30 PM (optional lunch at noon)

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

The mini-retreat is an integral part of the collaboration between clergy, families and staff to make the bar or bat mitzvah experience a meaningful and empowering one. This program is only for families of sixth graders whose b'nei mitzvah services have been scheduled for the spring, summer and fall of 2016. An optional lunch will be held at noon.

A Taste of Judaism...Are You Curious?
Sunday, May 15th
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Participation is FREE
One East 65th Street

If you've ever wondered why Jews eat braided bread on Fridays or celebrate the New Year in the fall, then this course is for you! This two-part class is open to all; come to one or both classes. (Second session meets Sunday, May 22.)

Project Art Student Exhibition
Sunday, May 15th
2 PM to 5 PM

All are welcome to attend
One East 65th Street (I.M. Wise Hall)

All are welcome to join us as Temple Emanu-El hosts Project Art's 15th Student Art Exhibition. A festive buffet of desserts and beverages will be served.

A Evening With Natan Sharansky
Monday, May 16th
7 PM to 9 PM

Admission is FREE for temple members
10 East 66th Street

Natan Sharansky's personal story is as remarkable as his professional accomplishments. A child chess prodigy, he defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov. In 1977, he was arrested for allegedly collaborating with the CIA and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. After nine years of imprisonment, because of intense international pressure, he was released on February 11, 1986, and arrived in Jerusalem on that very day. Join us in welcoming one of the great Jewish heroes of our generation. Moderated by David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee.

Six Nights at the Museum
Wednesday, May 18th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations requested
One East 65th Street (Bernard Museum of Judaica)

Tonight: Spain with Doreen Carvajal, author of "The Forgotten River: A Modern Tale of Survival, Identity and the Inquisition."

Men's Club Annual Meeting and Samuel Sacks Achievement Award Reception
Thursday, May 19th
6 PM to 9 PM

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

Each year since 1977, the Men's Club board of directors has established a committee to recommend deserving persons to receive the Samuel Sacks Achievement Award, which recognizes members of the congregation for their service and support of the temple. The award is presented each year at the Men's Club annual meeting. This year's recipient is Ramlal ("Joe") Bisram, director of maintenance.

Meet the Author: Classic Edition
Thursday, May 19th
10:30 AM

For Temple Emanu-El members only
One East 65th Street

Continuing our Meet the Author, Classic Edition series, we are proud to host Anita Diamant, whose novel "The Red Tent" became a best-seller and a perennial favorite with book groups. She also will discuss her latest book, "The Boston Girl."

Congregational Shabbat Celebration
Friday, May 20th
6 PM (Service)/7:15 PM (Dinner)

Charge for dinner: $45 per family by May 16, $65 after May 16; $15 for teens; $18 for additional adults
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary/One East 65th Street

Join us first for our Friday evening Shabbat service and then stay for dinner! All temple members and their guests are invited to attend. We will be honoring Cantor Lance Rhodes, Rabbi Rena Rifkin, our Seventh and Eighth Grade students, and all students receiving Religious School With Honors. (NOTE: This service takes the place of the Shabbat Kodesh service previously scheduled for this date.)

Young Families: Rooftop Party
Sunday, May 22nd
10 AM to 11:30 AM


10 East 66th Street

Don't miss our end-of-the-year celebration! If it rains, then we'll play inside.

A Taste of Judaism...Are You Curious?
Sunday, May 22nd
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Participation is FREE
One East 65th Street

This is the second of our two classes. All are welcome to attend!

Emanu-El Cares: Community as Family
Monday, May 23rd
6 PM to 8 PM

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

Following two popular introductory sessions last year for temple members without adult children or other available family, this program resumes with a series of casual and interactive discussions related to this growing cohort's particular challenges. RSVP to Rabbi Amy Ehrlich: (212) 507-9603 or CommunityasFamily@emanuelnyc.org.

Orchestra of St. Luke's: All-Vivaldi Program
Monday, May 23rd
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Admission is FREE for temple members
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

Thirteen string instruments. Three wind instruments. Sixteen virtuoso musicians. One (more) magnificent concert. The St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble will perform an all Vivaldi program.

Ronald McDonald House
Tuesday, May 24th
5 PM

Open to Temple members only
405 East 73rd Street

Once a month, under the sponsorship of the Women's Auxiliary, Emanu-El congregants serve dinner and organize art projects and entertainment for the families residing at New York City's Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers must register with the Women's Auxiliary: (212) 744-1400, ext. 235.

The Hidden Children Book Reception
Wednesday, May 25th
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations are requested
One East 65th Street (Ivan M. Stettenheim Library)

Members of Temple Emanu-El's Hidden Children Book Club will read passages from their new book about their experiences as hidden children during the holocaust. This event is open to all. Breakfast will be served.

Six Nights at the Museum
Wednesday, May 25th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations requested
One East 65th Street (Bernard Museum of Judaica)

Tonight: Germany/Ashkenazi with Peninnah Schram and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, authors of "Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folk Tales, Legends and Letters."

Lech Lecha: Becoming Abraham
Wednesday, May 25th
7 PM to 9 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations are required
One East 65th Street

As a forefather of Judaism, much has been written about Abraham. However, like the Torah, there are many layers to his story. Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg will examine Abraham's odyssey through a combination of psychoanalysis, Rabbinic commentary, art history and other disciplines for a truly unique perspective.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation
Thursday, May 26th
6 PM

All temple members are encouraged to attend
One East 65th Street

This year's annual meeting once again will be held after the Sunset Service. As part of our agenda, we will approve the appointment of Cantor Mo Glazman as our new senior cantor.

Six Nights at the Museum
Wednesday, Jun 1st
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Admission is FREE, but reservations requested
One East 65th Street (Bernard Museum of Judaica)

Tonight: Ukraine with Marina Rubin, author of "Stealing Cherries."

Shir Chadash ("A New Song")
Friday, Jun 3rd
7 PM

All are welcome to attend
Beth-El Chapel

This periodic service features a contemporary liturgy interspersed with Chasidic tales and other teachings. The music, led by a vocalist and instrumentalists, is less formal than that of our traditional services.

Emanu-El Celebrates Israel
Sunday, Jun 5th
10 AM to 12:30 PM

This event is for temple members only
10 East 66th Street

Join us for a pre-parade party on the roof of Temple Emanu-El where we will celebrate together as a community before joining the festivities on Fifth Avenue for the Celebrate Israel Parade.

Stitch'n Time
Sunday, Jun 5th
11 AM to 2 PM

Open to temple members only
One East 65th Street

All temple members are invited to Emanu-El's monthly knitting group. Stitch'n Time is a volunteer program at which individuals knit items for various organizations in need. Both experienced and novice knitters are invited to join us; instruction provided for "Knew Knitters." We furnish yarn...you bring #8 needles. Light refreshments are served.

Shavuot Services and Confirmation (5776)
Jun 11th - Jun 12th
6 PM/10:30 AM

All are welcome to attend
Beth-El Chapel (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)

All are invited to Eve of Shavuot and Shavuot services. No tickets are required. On June 11, we will celebrate with our high school students as they confirm Torah's place in their identity. The June 12 service is a Yizkor service.

Jazz on Fifth
Saturday, Jun 18th
7 PM to 9 PM

This event is for temple members only
One East 65th Street

Join us for a summer evening on the rooftop of Temple Emanu-El. This is a chance to unwind and relax with friends old and new while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and the magic of jazz.

Ronald McDonald House
Tuesday, Jun 21st
5 PM

Open to Temple members only
405 East 73rd Street

Once a month, under the sponsorship of the Women's Auxiliary, Emanu-El congregants serve dinner and organize art projects and entertainment for the families residing at New York City's Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers must register with the Women's Auxiliary: (212) 744-1400, ext. 235.

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