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Jewish Bereavement Support Group
Jan 12th - Mar 8th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

Admission is FREE.
The Jewish Board (135 West 50th Street)

Draw strength, solace and support from other adults in their 20s and 30s who have lost a parent and from Jewish spiritual resources. Groups are co-led by a rabbi and a social worker for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. RSVP to awarren@jbfcs.org or (212) 632-4693.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Feb 16th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Rabbi Barry Schwartz on Bathsheba.

Noa (Achinoam Nini) in Concert With Gil Dor
Tuesday, Feb 16th
7 PM to 9 PM

FREE for temple members; $25 general admission; $18 students; $100 reserved section, post-event reception with Noa and Gil, and CD
10 East 66th Street

Noa, Israel's beloved and controversial singer/songwriter, has performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Vatican, Rome's Colosseum and many other prestigious venues around the world. In addition to her music, Achinoam Nini is a high-profile peace activist. This special event is presented by the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center, America-Israel Cultural Foundation and Golden Land Concerts & Connections, and sponsored by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.

Women's Auxiliary Book Group
Thursday, Feb 18th
12:30 PM to 2 PM

Open to all Temple members
One East 65th Street

Rabbi Amy Ehrlich will lead our discussion of "Nine Essential Things I've Learned About Life" by Harold S. Kushner. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are requested. PLEASE NOTE OUR DATE CHANGE FROM FEB. 25.

Sabbath Services
Feb 19th - Feb 20th
6 PM/10:30 AM

All are welcome to attend
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

Sabbath services at Temple Emanu-El are held Friday evenings at 6 PM (EST/EDT) and Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street). An organ recital precedes Friday evening services, starting at 5:45 PM, and Saturday morning services, starting at 10:15 AM. Friday D'var Torah: Rabbi Amy Ehrlich; Saturday Sermon: Cantorial Intern Richard Newman.

Young Families: Tot Shabbat
Saturday, Feb 20th
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 preschool and Nursery School students and their families. RSVP by February 19.

The Future of American Espionage
Sunday, Feb 21st
10 AM to 12 PM

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

All temple members and guests are invited to brunch with Joseph Wippl, a former CIA officer who will discuss the U.S. clandestine service and Jews who have successfully served it. (Sponsored by the Men's Club)

Critical Situations, Tough Decisions
Sunday, Feb 21st
10 AM to 2 PM

$30 for temple members (lunch included), $60 for all others
One East 65th Street

New and pending laws have thrust the dilemma of life and death decisions into the media and our lives. Sadly, many of us will face (either directly or indirectly) the decision to terminate a life. Led by Rabbi Daniel Goldfarb. Register with the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center.

All About Hummus!
Sunday, Feb 21st
10:30 AM to 1 PM

FREE for temple members, $45 for all others
One East 65th Street

Hummus, an appetizer and dip that was practically unknown in this country just 20 years ago, is now a billion-dollar industry. So how did hummus become a beloved American dip? Join us for a discussion and lunch with 10 flavored hummus varieties. Register with the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center.

Tefilah "Boot Camp"
Sunday, Feb 21st
11 AM

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

Temple Emanu-El's Department of Lifelong Learning offers three fun, engaging education sessions (January 31, February 7, February 21) to boost prayerbook skills. Come to all three, or drop in for a single session. Open to all temple members.

Telling Your Story: Art & Craft of Memoir Writing
Feb 22nd - Mar 28th
Mondays, 6:30 PM to 8 PM

$120 for temple members, $240 for all others
10 East 66th Street

This is a rare opportunity to learn the fundamentals of writing a successful, viable memoir directly from a best-selling author. Shulem Deen, author of the critically acclaimed memoir "All Who Go Do Not Return," will lead this six-week workshop that will address how to shape a narrative, find a unique voice and reflect on the past through the present. Register through the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center.

Back When Harlem Was Jewish
Tuesday, Feb 23rd
Check-in at 9 AM ~ Departure at 9:15 AM

$115 for Women's Auxiliary/Men's Club members; $125 for other temple members/guests
One East 65th Street

The Women's Auxiliary invites all temple members to join together for a three-hour "hop-on/hop-off" private bus tour, and step back in time to the days of Jewish Harlem. Lunch and round-trip bus transportation is included. Reservations are needed.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Feb 23rd
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove on Eve.

Footnote: A Film by Joseph Cedar
Thursday, Feb 25th
7 PM to 9:30 PM

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

This suspenseful family drama tells the story of father and son Talmudic scholars working at the same university. When the winner of the coveted scholarly prize for their field is announced, confusion and conflict ensue, leading to a tumult of emotions and a cliff-hanger ending. Screening is followed by a commentary and Q&A with director/screenwriter Joseph Cedar; moderated by film historian Dr. Eric Goldman.

Shabbat Kodesh Family Worship Service
Friday, Feb 26th
6 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 a dramatic yet humorous interpretation. All ages are welcome to attend. An Oneg Shabbat follows.

Sabbath Services
Feb 26th - Feb 27th
6 PM/10:30 AM

All are welcome to attend
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

Sabbath services at Temple Emanu-El are held Friday evenings at 6 PM (EST/EDT) and Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street). An organ recital precedes Friday evening services, starting at 5:45 PM, and Saturday morning services, starting at 10:15 AM. Friday D'var Torah: Rabbi Allison Tick Brill; Saturday Sermon: Rabbinic Intern Stephanie Crawley.

Emanu-El Cares: Community as Family
Monday, Feb 29th
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.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Mar 1st
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Rabbi Rachel Ain on Rebecca.

Men's Club Book Group
Wednesday, Mar 2nd
8:30 AM

Open to all temple members
One East 65th Street

Our March selection is "As a Driven Leaf," by Milton Steinberg.

Shir Chadash ("A New Song")
Friday, Mar 4th
7 PM


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

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. All are welcome! Please note our new time and location. Note: There will be a special blessing for teens at this service. Also, this is a "New Members" event.

CLUB 65: A Group for Seniors
Tuesday, Mar 8th
11 AM

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

In March, Club 65 welcomes Senior Rabbi Joshua Davidson, who will discuss whether Mordecai Kaplan's theology and social theory can guide us in strengthening the Jewish community for the 21st century. Membership in Club 65 is free of charge and open to all temple members age 65 and forward.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Mar 8th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Rabba Yaffa Epstein on Ruth.

Media Bias and Israel: The Importance of Setting the Record Straight
Friday, Mar 11th
7:15 PM

$45 for Women's Auxiliary/Men's Club members; $55 for other temple members/guests
One East 65th Street

All temple members are invited to a community Sabbath dinner after Friday evening services. Our special guest will be Andrea Levin, executive director and president of CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. This event is organized by the Women's Auxiliary and is being held in cooperation with the Men's Club.

Stitch'n Time
Sunday, Mar 13th
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.

Shushan Wars: Family Purim Celebration
Sunday, Mar 13th
11 AM to 12 PM Purim Shpiel / 12 PM to 2 PM Purim Carnival / 11:30 AM to 12 PM Mini-Carnival

Open to all Temple members and friends
10 East 66th Street (Lowenstein)/One East 65th Street (I.M. Wise Hall)

Come in costume and be ready to celebrate at our annual fun-filled family event! Join us for our Purim Shpiel at 11 AM, followed by our annual Purim Carnival at noon. A special Mini-Carnival will be open to Young Families and Nursery School students from 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Young Artists Concert
Sunday, Mar 13th
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 final performer of the year is Kate Liu. RSVP to EmanuelSkirballNYC.org.

Nursery School in the Library
Tuesday, Mar 15th
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 Purim."

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Mar 15th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Dr. Norman Cohen on Miriam.

Religious Pluralism Advances in Israel
Friday, Mar 18th
6 PM

All are invited to attend
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary

In light of the Israel Cabinet's recent vote to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Temple Emanu-El is pleased to announce that Anat Hoffman, executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and chair of the board of Women of the Wall, will be our guest speaker at Sabbath services.

Saviv Shabbat: Relax, Schmooze, Pray
Friday, Mar 18th
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.

ISIS Crisis: A New Strategy for the Middle East
Sunday, Mar 20th
10 AM to 12 PM

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

All temple members and guests are invited to brunch with David Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-Building and Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. (Sponsored by the Men's Club)

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Mar 22nd
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Rabbi Allison Tick Brill on Esther.

Congregational Megillah Reading...With a Twist!
Wednesday, Mar 23rd
5:30 PM


One East 65th Street

All are invited for our annual reading of the Megillah of Esther. Our celebration will include a festive scotch tasting and hamantaschen.

Emanu-El Cares: Community as Family
Monday, Mar 28th
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.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Mar 29th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. This week: Dr. Diane M. Sharon on Tamar.

Meet the Author: Classic Edition
Thursday, Mar 31st
10:30 AM

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

We are honored to host Rabbi Harold Kushner, best-selling author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," now in its 38th year of publication. He also will discuss his latest book, "The Book of Job."

Religious School in the Library
Sunday, Apr 3rd
and Monday, Apr 4th


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

Religious School students visit the temple library periodically throughout the school year to enhance the curriculum they are studying in their classrooms. Master teacher and storyteller Peninnah Schram leads the students in age-appropriate activities designed to encourage experiential education and exploration.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Apr 5th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. Final week: Dr. David Kraemer on Delilah.

The Real Housewives of the Bible
Tuesday, Apr 5th
6:30 PM to 8 PM

$99 for the series, $25 per session
One East 65th Street

For better or worse, 67 percent of television programming today consists of reality shows. But long before the genre took over the airwaves, the women of the Bible managed to make their mark in a myriad of ways. Each week, a different distinguished biblical scholar will present an in-depth profile on a different, fascinating woman. Final week: Dr. David Kraemer on Delilah.

Men's Club Book Group
Wednesday, Apr 6th
8:30 AM

Open to all temple members
One East 65th Street

Our April selection is "Reunion: A Novella," by Fred Uhlman.

On the Road Again...Sagamore Hill: The Summer White House
Thursday, Apr 7th
Check-in at 8:15 AM ~ Departure at 8:30 AM ~ Tour at 10 AM

$120 for Women's Auxiliary/Men's Club members; $130 for other temple members/guests
One East 65th Street

The Women's Auxiliary invites all temple members to join in a guided tour of Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt. Lunch will follow at the Jolly Fisherman, and then the tour continues at the Nassau County Museum of Art, formerly the Frick Estate. Round-trip transportation provided.

Baby Shabbat
Friday, Apr 8th
9:15 AM to 9:45 AM

Admission is FREE
Fifth Avenue Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)

Baby Shabbat is 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.

Saviv Shabbat: Relax, Schmooze, Pray
Friday, Apr 8th
7 PM (Doors open/cocktail reception); 7:30 PM (Service, followed by Oneg Shabbat)

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.

Constructing a New York Exhibit: The Treasury That Is New York
Sunday, Apr 10th
10 AM to 12 PM

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

Our final guest of the program year is Louise Mirrer, president of the New-York Historical Society. (Sponsored by the Men's Club)

Stitch'n Time
Sunday, Apr 10th
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.

CLUB 65: A Group for Seniors
Tuesday, Apr 12th
11 AM

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

Club 65 is pleased to to welcome back to Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Harold L. Robinson, Rear Admiral, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy Ret., and director of the Jewish Welfare Board Jewish Chaplains Council. Membership in Club 65 is free of charge and open to all temple members age 65 and forward. We will be joined at this meeting by senior members of Central Synagogue.

Passover (5776)
Apr 22nd - Apr 29th
5:15 PM/10:30 AM (April 22, 23) and 6 PM/10:30 AM (April 28, 29)


Fifth Avenue Sanctuary and Beth-El Chapel

The name "Passover" derives from Moses' promise that God would "pass over" the homes of Israelites on the evening when firstborn Egyptians were to be slain (Exodus 12:23). Reform Jews celebrate Passover for seven days.

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


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

All are invited to Eve of Shavuot and Shavuot services. No tickets are required.

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