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Sunset Service Readers Panel

Supervised by our senior rabbi and operated under the auspices of the
Men’s Club, the Readers Panel is comprised of a dedicated group of men and women who have led Temple Emanu-El’s Sunset Service at 5:30 PM, every
Sunday through Thursday (except holy days and festivals), for the past 70 years.

At the end of every worship service at Temple Emanu-El, the officiating rabbi states, “Worship is conducted every day of the year.” This prized tradition began in 1945 when members of the Men’s Club committed themselves to lead worship on all days except those of Shabbat, holidays and festivals. Since then, a countless number of volunteers have sustained our Sunset Service with remarkable fidelity and devotion.

Supervised by Senior Rabbi Joshua Davidson, today’s Readers Panel is comprised of a diverse group of women and men from throughout the congregation. While the panel remains under the auspices of the Men’s Club, participation is open to all congregational families — including teenagers who have completed their bar or bat mitzvah studies.

Being a member of the Readers Panel creates an opportunity to become a leader, as well as to connect with those mourning or seeking comfort, and to reconnect personally with Judaism.

Read what members of the Readers Panel
say about participating in this experience »

Your participation is needed if this magnificent tradition is to continue. Each reader leads the service about once a month. Familiarity in Hebrew and an ability in public speaking are helpful, but rabbinic assistance and substantial training aids are available. A willingness to learn will count more than linguistic skill.

If you are interested in becoming a reader, then send an email to readerspanel@emanuelnyc.org, or call (212) 744-1400, ext. 251.

Note: Temple Emanu-El’s Sunset Service is open to the public. Attendees should enter at the Marvin and Elizabeth Cassell Community House, One East 65th Street.

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