Entries by Evan Brown

Rabbi Kahn — Finding Today’s Tabernacle to Invite God In

D’var Archer by Rabbi Andrue Kahn From ReformJudaism.com, March 2019 Rabbi Greenwald’s survey of the historical views on the end of the Book of Exodus provides us many perspectives as to how to understand this moment in the journey of the Israelites. This Tabernacle is the beginning of a new chapter in the continuity of Israel’s …

Rabbi Sapadin — A Jewish Response to Political Scandal

By Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin This post originally appeared on the blog of ReformJudaism.org — 2/21/2019 In a world where idols fall faster than we can blink an eye, it is hard to explain how yesterday’s leaders become today’s objects of disdain. Our vast cultural reckoning continues as we witness more public figures dismantled by the …

Rabbi Kahn—The Present and Future of Reform Aesthetics and Identity: Performadoxy and Emergent Custom

by Rabbi Andrue Kahn, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El Printed in the CCAR Journal, Reform Jewish Quarterly, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Winter 2019. American Reform Judaism suffers from a crisis of identity. The institutions that fall under the umbrella of the Reform Movement are struggling to locate a vision of the future that both encompasses the rich …

Saul Kaiserman—Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement

What do we mean by “lifelong learning?” It’s a common trope by now that “religious school” isn’t a universal failure. Instead, it needs and deserves significant change to reach its goals in the times in which we find ourselves. (Don’t believe us? See this article, this one, and this one.)  Here’s how Saul Kaiserman, Director of Lifelong Learning, changed their starting assumptions …

Mitzvah Day, 2018

Get more information aobut htis exchiting opportunity Return to Home Page A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!   Today, as we all came together as a Temple community volunteering side by side to help those who are so less fortunate than ourselves we accomplished an amazing Mitzvah.  I.M. Weis Hall looked abundantly full of items for …

The Guiding Hand

Return to the Museum Exhibition dates February 6 — August 11, 2019 Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street Museum hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. …

Cantorial Intern Alexandra Kurland

Return to Clergy ALEXANDRA KURLAND – Cantorial Intern Alexandra (“Alex”) Kurland is from Highland Park, Illinois. Alex graduated in 2011 from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in music and Italian studies. Alex grew up at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois, and is grateful to have worked with her mentors there as a …

Cantor Lori Corrsin

Return to Clergy LORI CORRSIN – Cantor Emerita Cantor Lori Corrsin became cantor and music director of Temple Emanu-El in 2004 and cantor emerita in 2015. Born in Detroit, she received a bachelor’s in music from the University of Michigan, a master’s in sacred music from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion and became invested …

Dr. David M. Posner, z”l

Return to Clergy Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson’s eulogy for our beloved Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Dr. David M. Posner, ז”ל, (Funeral services — 10/22/18). Statement from Senior Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson and Temple President Harris Diamond With profound sorrow, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York mourns the death of our beloved Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Dr. …

Dr. Ronald B. Sobel

Return to Clergy DR. RONALD B. SOBEL – Senior Rabbi Emeritus Immediately following his ordination from the Hebrew Union College in 1962, Ronald B. Sobel, Ph.D., came to New York City to serve as the assistant rabbi at Temple Emanu-El. Initially expecting to be with the congregation for a maximum of three years, Rabbi Sobel …

Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin

Return to Clergy SARA Y. SAPADIN – Associate Rabbi Rabbi Sara Sapadin insists she never met a text study she didn’t love or a song she wouldn’t sing. She was ordained as a rabbi from Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2007, where she earned marks of distinction in Bible, liturgy …