Visitors are welcome to tour our sanctuaries from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Sunday through Thursday — except in the occurrence of a holiday or funeral service. It is best to call the Temple Office at (212) 744-1400 prior to your arrival to make certain of no unforeseen closings.
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All visitors to either the sanctuaries or the museum must enter through the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House (One East 65th Street). Individuals may spend as much time as they wish between the 10 AM and 4:30 PM time frame for a self-guided tour.
Guided tours of Emanu-El are available for groups of 10 or more. Groups should allow approximately 45 minutes for the sanctuaries and an additional half-hour for the museum. Group tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Docent-led tours of the sanctuaries are not scheduled during the day on Friday, although self-guided tours may be undertaken from 10 AM to 3 PM. Abbreviated group tours led by a congregant may be scheduled for after Saturday morning services. The museum is closed during the Sabbath.
Individuals as well as groups are invited to attend Sabbath services, which start at 6 PM on Friday and 10:30 AM on Saturday. If you are staying for an abbreviated group tour after Saturday services, then please gather at the front pews of the Temple once the service is complete; a volunteer tour guide will meet you there.
Download a Group Tour Reservation Form, which must be completed and returned by either mail or FAX to the Temple Office. Please supply all the information requested so that we may expedite your reservation and alert you as soon as possible of any conflicts with the Temple schedule. Make sure to indicate which areas you wish to view and if you will be joining us for worship services. Once your tour form is received, we will send you a personalized confirmation letter.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to welcoming you to Temple Emanu-El!
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