Entries by Evan Brown

Seasons to Gather

by Greg Rasin and Cameron Koffman Temple members, Gather Guides I t was March 10th, a cold day filled with apprehension as the COVID-19 pandemic began to grip the country. We were scheduled to hold our second monthly Gathers. Out of an abundance of caution, at the last minute we changed the meetings from in-person …

Commentary on Parashat Va-y’chi

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt. ~ Genesis 50: 26 The story of Joseph is a dramatic one. It was the basis of Thomas Mann’s acclaimed four-part novel, Joseph and His Brothers and of the …

December Tikkun Olam Opportunities

You can still make a difference in the lives of others in our city. Temple Emanu-El works with a number of organizations that are still accepting donations through December and beyond. New: Urban Outreach Center Coat Drive Please help to keep those warm who do not have a coat this winter season. The Urban Outreach Center on …

David and Donald: The Idle Kings

by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson Originally published in The Times of Isreal, The Blogs – November 16, 2020. “And it came to pass at the turning of the year, the season when kings go off to battle, that David instead sent Joab….”  So begins II Samuel 11, and the story of David and Bathsheba. Idling at …

God is in the voting booth

by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson Forward — October 27, 2020 I remember as a young child how my parents would take me with them into the voting booth to teach me not just how all the levers worked, but how democracy worked. For Jews of an earlier America, voting was a sacred privilege. Our immigrant …

a sacred act that protects all that you value! We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the universe, who calls us to holiness and commands us to pursue tzedek (justice). Here is how to make your voice heard — decide how you will vote: Vote in person during the nine early voting days: Saturday, October …

Finding Meaning in Rosh Hashanah amid a Pandemic

Opinion by Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson CNN.com — Thursday, September 17, 2020 Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl once said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation… we are challenged to change ourselves.” This had been a theme of the Jewish people long before Frankl so beautifully articulated it, and the …

Shofar In The Streets

Sunday, September 20, 2020 — 4:00 PM Rabbi Davidson joins other east-side Rabbis in participating in Shofar In The Streets. Rabbi Davidson will be blowing the shofar in front of our Fifth Avenue sanctuary doors. All are welcome. Event flyer below:

Temple Emanu-El Joins #StopHateForProfit

Temple Emanu-El is proud to join the #StopHateforProfit campaign alongside the NAACP and ADL, as well as countless other brands. We will halt all paid advertisements on Facebook and Instagram, effective immediately, through at least the end of July, pending meaningful action. Thank you to all of our followers and members for your support.

Antiracist Resource Guide

Please find below a list of resources, both articles and videos, to help you begin investigating how systemic racism and institutional white supremacy (see: Ijeoma Oluo’s ‘So You Want to Fight White Supremacy’ below) play out in our lives.  The list is curated in order to create easily digestible pieces one can read and return …