Message from Rabbi Joshua Davidson

Dear Friends,

As Pirkei Avot teaches us, “The world stands on three things: Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim [study, worship, and deeds of lovingkindness].”

So, too, the synagogue. At Temple Emanu-El, we encourage our members, young and old, to gather in an atmosphere both warm and awe-inspiring, as we share our moments of joy as well as our times of sadness, immerse ourselves in the richness and beauty of our tradition, and act upon our tradition’s values in the world around us.

If you are considering membership, then know that we welcome all who wish to participate in Jewish life: singles, couples, and families in all their forms; interfaith couples; individuals with disabilities; all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or financial means. I hope you choose to make Temple Emanu-El your spiritual home and family and that you will feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I very much would enjoy the opportunity to meet with you personally.

If you already are part of our community, then I would enjoy getting to know you better as well, to learn from you about the passions and commitments that inspire your involvement, and to gain an understanding of how Temple Emanu-El can further engage and stimulate those interests.

So, if you are in the neighborhood, please come and visit; our Sabbath services are open to all. And, if you are able to visit us only online, then enjoy our worship through our livestream. Either way, we embrace you as part of our Emanu-El family.


Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson
Peter and Mary Kalikow Senior Rabbinic Chair

Articles by Rabbi Davidson

Securing the Fortress of Hope. The Times of Israel, January 27, 2022

The Deep Meaning of This Year’s Hanukkah. CNN, November 28, 2021

The third face of antisemitism. The Times of Israel, May 26, 2021

It’s Time to Reopen. Synagogues Should Lead the Way. The New York Jewish Week, May 20, 2021

The third face of antisemitism. The Times of Israel, May 26, 2021

Two Truths and a Lie. The Times of Israel, May 17, 2021

More than a coincidence. The Times of Israel, January 18, 2021

Redeeming America and 2020. The Times of Israel, December 25, 2020

Extending our Arms  The Times of Israel, December 10, 2020

David and Donald: The Idle Kings. The Times of Israel, November 16, 2020

What the Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin Can Teach America the Day After the Election. The Times of Israel, November 5, 2020

Finding meaning in Rosh Hashanah amid a pandemic. CNN, September 17, 2020