Entries by Evan Brown

Commentary on Parashat Yitro

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis Honor your father and your mother, that you may long endure on the land that the Lord your God is assigning to you. Exodus 20: 12 The Ten Commandments are often cited as the bedrock of our faith. For both Jews and Christians, they are said to lay down the …

Spiritual Direction

A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR TEMPLE MEMBERS Dr. Lee Robbins, a psychotherapist, NYU professor, and HUC-JIR-trained and credentialed , is offering Emanu-El members the chance to engage in spiritual direction.  This is a rare chance to gain deeper insight into the hidden mystery of life and cultivate an appreciation for the present. Working one-on-one, monthly, in …

World Zionist Congress Elections

Voting Ends on March 11, 2020 Together we can grow our Reform Movement in Israel and work toward making progress on the issues we care about: Religious Freedom, Equality, and More. The World Zionist Congress election, which determines the prioritization of Jewish Agency funds in Israel, is here. It is time to make our voices …

Commentary on Parashat Va-Yehi

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis When Joseph saw that his father was placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head, he thought it was wrong, so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s. “Not so, Father,” Joseph said to his father, “for the other is the first-born…” Genesis …

No Hate. No Fear. Solidarity March

Images from the January 5 march. Use arrows to move through the images, or view the entire album on Flickr. On Sunday, January 5, 2020, our delegation of Temple Emanu-El members led by Rabbi Davidson and our clergy, joined 25,000 New Yorkers at the “No Hate. No Fear. Solidarity March,” organized by the UJA-Federation of …

Commentary on Parashat Va-ye’ra

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis They had not yet lain down, when the townspeople, the men of Sodom, young and old – all the people to the last man – gathered about the house. And they shouted to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out …

Social Media & Communications Associate

Job Title: Social Media & Communications Associate Department: Administration/Communications Reports to: Director of Communications SUMMARY Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York is seeking a Social Media & Communications Associate (SMCA) for its communications team to help build upon its broad marketing and communications initiatives, specifically centered upon our emerging social media presence and …

The American Synagogue as a Fortress

Home Page The Jewish community’s own wellbeing, and America’s future as an example of compassion, democracy and freedom to the world depend on it. From the Jerusalem Post — October 21, 2019 By Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson Hayim Nahman Bialik, the brilliant Hebrew poet, wrote:  “If you wish to know the fortress to which your …

Where Warmth and Majesty Meet

Volume 2  |  Prayers for the Days of Awe Return to High Holy Days and Festivals September 23 – October 1, 2018 Sukkot traces its roots to the many agricultural ceremonies enacted by the ancient Hebrews, becoming a festival of thanks for a bountiful fall harvest and one of three “pilgrimage festivals” during which a …

A Message from Rabbi Davidson on President Trump’s Recent Remarks

Dear Friends, I share with you below the statement by the American Jewish Committee on President Trump’s recent remarks calling Jews who vote for Democrats uninformed and disloyal.  However one interpreted the President’s comments – whether the supposed disloyalty was to America or Israel or both – his choice of a classic anti-Semitic trope, ironically here …