Message from our Senior Rabbi

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

“The Spirit of Emanu-El “

Rabbi Davidson’s Rosh Hashanah sermon from September 30, 2019 — Temple Emanu-El

“A Place Called Truth “

Rabbi Davidson’s Rosh Hashanah sermonette from September 29, 2019 — Temple Emanu-El

“Rabbi Davidson’s Shabbat Evening Remarks on Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and the tragedy in New Zealand”

Rabbi Davidson’s sermon from March 15, 2019 — Temple Emanu-El

“Truth or Consequences”

Rabbi Davidson’s sermon from March 1, 2019 — Temple Emanu-El

Rabbi Davidson’s sermon honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City, January 20, 2019

Rabbi Davidson’s remarks on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Shabbat service, 11/2/18

Articles by Rabbi Davidson

Separating Biblical Mythology From Biblical History. The Jerusalem Post, April 24, 2019.

To Fight Anti-Semitism In America, We Need To Understand Its Sources: A multi-pronged approach is needed to confront its different elements. The New York Jewish Week, November 19, 2018

I And Thou: American Jews And Israel. The New York Jewish Week, January 9, 2018

How You Can Take A Stand For Religious And Civil Liberties In Israel. The New York Jewish Week, November 20, 2017

Thankful For Troubled, Divided America. The New York Jewish Week, November 22, 2016

A ‘Most Fantastic Transition’ Still Incomplete. The New York Jewish Week, May 11, 2016

Respecting Freedom Of The Pulpit. The New York Jewish Week, April 4, 2014

More Videos by Rabbi Davidson

There is a God in the World — Yom Kippur Sermon, September 18, 2018

What Are You First: An American or a Jew? — Rosh Hashanah Sermon, September 9, 2018

A Letter to Our Leaders on Immigration — June 22, 2018

One Foot in the Promised Land — Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sermon at Abyssinian Baptist Church, January 2017