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Men's Club Book Group
Wednesday, Dec 3rd
8:30 AM

Open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Our December selection is "Little Failure: A Memoir" by Gary Shteyngart, the all-too-true story of an immigrant family betting its future on America, as told by a lifelong misfit who finally finds a place for himself in the world through books and words.

Baby Shabbat
Friday, Dec 5th
9:15 AM to 9:45 AM

Admission is FREE
One East 65th Street

New this year...Baby Shabbat, a 30-minute program designed for younger siblings of Nursery School children, although all children younger than 33 months are welcome to attend. Enjoy the company of other families as we anticipate Shabbat, with music, blessings and a taste of challah.

Day of Congregational Visioning
Sunday, Dec 7th
9:15 AM to 12 PM

There is no charge for this event, but reservations are appreciated.
I.M. Wise Hall (One East 65th Street)

All Temple members and their families are invited to speak together across generations to imagine the next chapter in the Emanu-El story. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP to dayofvisioning@emanuelnyc.org.

Stitch'n Time
Sunday, Dec 7th
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.

Winter Wishes Gift-Wrapping Project
Sunday, Dec 7th
12 PM


10 East 66th Street

The Women's Auxiliary and the Tikkun Olam Committee once again are partnering to celebrate the holiday season by fulfilling "wishes" of 125 low-income children from the Association to Benefit Children. Temple members are needed to help wrap presents.

Emanu-El Cares: Community as Family
Monday, Dec 8th
6 PM to 8 PM

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

Temple seniors without children (singles and couples) who would like to discuss their concerns about growing older in the absence of family, as well as explore options and strategies, are invited to meet in a relaxed environment. RSVP to Rabbi Amy Ehrlich: (212) 744-1400, ext. 206.

CLUB 65: A Group for Seniors
Tuesday, Dec 9th
11 AM

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

CLUB 65 welcomes Men's Club board member and new Club 65 co-chair Dr. Arthur H. Schore. Membership in CLUB 65 is free of charge and open to all Temple members age 65 and forward.

Sliders and Latkes and Beer...Oh My!
Tuesday, Dec 9th
6:30 PM

$30 for Women's Auxiliary/Men's Club/Saviv members, $40 for all others
One East 65th Street

Join the Women's Auxiliary for a special evening co-sponsored with Sixpoint Brewery: beer pairings with delectable Chanukah treats! RSVP by December 5.

Shir Chadash ("A New Song")
Friday, Dec 12th
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!

Young Families Chanukah Concert
Sunday, Dec 14th
11 AM

Charge per family: $25 Temple members (in advance), $30 nonmembers (in advance), $35 at the door
One East 65th Street

Temple members and their guests are invited to a special Chanukah concert featuring Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds and her "kindie" rock band, The Nightlights. Grandparents, feel free to invite your grandchildren!

Tefilah Boot Camp
Sunday, Dec 14th
11 AM

There is no charge for this event
10 East 66th Street

Temple Emanu-El's Religious School offers this Parent Education program to boost prayerbook skill.

Young Artists Concert
Sunday, Dec 14th
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 second performer of the year is Daniel Kim.

Bukharian Jewish Journey
Tuesday, Dec 16th
Bus leaves Emanu-El at 9 AM/Tour at 10 AM

$85 for Women's Auxiliary/Men's Club members; $95 for all others
Departure from One East 65th Street

Join the Women's Auxiliary for a guided tour of the Bukharian Jewish Community Center and the Bukharian Jewish Heritage Museum in Forest Hills, Queens, as we learn about their history, culture and traditions. Lunch to follow at Eilat. RSVP by December 12.

Stettenheim Literary Circle
Wednesday, Dec 17th
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 "A Country Doctor" by Sarah Orne Jewett, a luminous portrayal of rural Maine and a semi-autobiographical look at Jewett's world. (Note: Our 1 PM session is co-sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary.)

Chanukah (5775)
Dec 17th - 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.

Chanukah Family Worship Service and Dinner
Wednesday, Dec 17th
5:15 PM (Worship service)/6 PM (Dinner)

Dinner: $40 per family; $15 for each additional adult
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary/One East 65th Street

Celebrate the Festival of Lights first by joining us at our 5:15 PM family worship service in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary, where our magnificent chanukiah will be lit. The festivities continue at 6 PM with our Family Dinner and Celebration, featuring food from Dinosaur BBQ, as well as latkes and Chanukah activities. Come spin a dreidel and enjoy a latke! Dinner is for all Temple families and their guests.

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.

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.

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.)

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!

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