Entries by Evan Brown

In Response to the Tragedies in El Paso and Dayton

On learning of Saturday’s massacre in El Paso and waking up to Sunday’s in Dayton, no doubt many of us asked the inevitable, now all-too-familiar question: “How could there be yet another mass shooting in America?” Time will reveal additional answers in Dayton, but we know at least two in El Paso: nativist bigotry and guns. There the …

Summer Book Drive

JUNE 3 – AUGUST 23 Summer Book Drive to Fill the Bookshelves at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Please help fill the shelves for young patients that are undergoing treatment at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. Your book donations will be a welcome distraction from their health concerns. Please view the wish lists below and …

Saying Goodbye to Our First (Fur) Baby

by Rabbi Sara Sapadin Originally published in Kveller — July 8, 2019 Our house feels unnaturally quiet tonight. Gone are the sounds of paws shuffling across the wood floor, the clang, clang, clang of a collar jostling to and fro, the gentle lapping of water heard echoing through the halls at all hours of the night. Gone …

When Your Child Teaches You About Revelation

by Rabbi Sara Sapadin Published in ReformJudaism.org, 6-6-2019 Breathless, my son ran over to me, his eyes aglow. “Did you know that hagfish digest food through their skin? Or that there are more than 1,000 kinds of mangoes?” I shook my head no. Ecstatic with my ignorance, my son continued with his barrage of bizarre …

Separating Biblical Mythology from Biblical History

By Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson Published in The Jerusalem Post, Opinion section – April 24, 2019 Eighteen years ago this week, Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles stunned many in his congregation. “The truth is,” he announced, “virtually every modern archaeologist who has investigated the story of the Exodus, with very few …

Mourning the Victims in Sri Lanka

Return to Home Page As a community of faith, we are sickened by the coordinated attacks on the Christian community of Sri Lanka — suicide bombings in multiple Catholic churches and tourist hotels on Easter Sunday. With the hateful violence against worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and two mosques in Christchurch, …

Project Prom 2019 – An Enormous Success!

Return to Tikkun Olam SMILES, LAUGHTER, JOY, and FRIENDSHIP These are all the lasting emotions that were surrounding this Mitzvah… For the sixth year, Tikkun Olam created a two-day personal shopping “boutique ” experience for 300 underserved New York City high school seniors to help them celebrate their academic achievements by helping them shine at …

Passover at Emanu-El

Return to High Holy Days and Festivals Return to Worship    Beginning of Passover Services April 19 & 20 | 5:15 PM & 10:30 AM | Fifth Avenue Sanctuary Please note, to accommodate the plans of our members for the first-night seder, our April 19 Shabbat/Eve of Passover service will be held at 5:15 PM …