Temple Emanu-El has temporarily paused all tours and tourist to our sanctuary and museum due to current circumstances surrounding COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding. We will resume when it is deemed safe to do so.
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Majestic Temple Emanu-El
One of Discover Blog’s “10 Sacred Sites in America Worth Seeing!”
Known for its majestic architecture, warm community and bold programming, Emanu-El is the flagship temple for Reform Judaism in the United States. Our Fifth Avenue Sanctuary is globally renown for its size and grandeur and each year thousands of visitors from around the world travel to New York City to experience Emanu-El first hand.
In 2017, CNN named Temple Emanu-El as one of “8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.” and was included among “The Hallowed Ground of Gotham City” by The Aesthete. Also in 2017, New York Landmarks Conservancy produced this excellent documentary in their series “Tourist in Your Own Town, #50” and offers a wonderful overview to the history, art, and architecture of our synagogue.
Visiting Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Please note – no tours are permitted on holidays or during life-cycle events. We recommend that you call the Temple Office at (212) 744-1400 prior to your arrival to make certain of no unforeseen closings.
- To enhance your visit to our sanctuary, Temple Emanu-El offers this Self-Guided Tour PDF that offers more details of some of the architectural highlights.
- All visitors during daytime hours must enter at the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House located at One East 65th Street. For safety purposes, all individuals will pass through scanners and all large bags, briefcases and backpacks will be inspected upon arrival. Security will require large bags and luggage to remain checked in the lobby before entering the sanctuaries–these items will be monitored during your visit.
- Docent-led tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Groups should allow approximately 45 minutes for the sanctuaries and an additional half-hour for the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica. The museum is also open Sunday through Thursday and admission is free. We ask that group tours be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please complete and return our group tour reservation form. Once your form is received, a member of our staff will contact you to confirm your visit.
- After services on Saturday, a member of our congregation may lead a brief tour for interested visitors.
We look forward to welcoming you to Emanu-El!
Attending Services at Emanu-El
For a comprehensive guide to visiting our temple for Shabbat and holiday services, please follow this link.
Our Fifth Avenue Sanctuary is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 65th Street in New York City. The doors on Fifth Avenue are only open for services and major events. Our visitor entrance is located at 1 East 65th Street, New York City. Entry for our Nursery School, Religious School, and Streicker Center is located at 10 East 66th Street.