Entries by Jackie Peterson

‘175 Years Ago Today’: A Message from Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

Dear Friends, One hundred seventy-five years ago today, April 13, 1845, thirty-three German immigrants, refugees of the despotism surging in Western Europe, founded Temple Emanu-El in a small rented facility downtown on the corner of Clinton and Grand streets. It was the city’s first Reform synagogue, and soon became the model for Reform congregations around …

A Poem by Member Elizabeth Walsh

It’s the middle of March and the Corona Virus has reached our town Too many are affected, but as New Yorkers’ we cannot let this get us down Toxicity has tainted the globe infusing this state of pollution into a pandemic Together we need to disinfect the damage as we await a cure for this …

Faith & Form

Mark Heutlinger, Temple Administrator Click here to learn more about Temple Emanu-El. Since its founding in 1845, Congregation Emanu-El has moved five times. Its first home was on the second floor of a private dwelling located at the corner of Grand and Clinton Streets on the Lower East Side. Later, it occupied in succession two …

Sunday Lunch Program Welcomes Young Members & Young Families

Last weekend, Young Families of Emanu-El and Young Members of Emanu-El, our 20s and 30s community group, joined in with our Sunday Lunch Program in making and distributing lunches. For over 25 years, Temple Emanu-El’s Sunday Lunch Program has been preparing meals for those in need, whether they are homeless, underemployed or food insecure. Click …

“Cancer Does Not Discriminate”

By Stephen Fields CANCER! The word hit me like a thunderbolt. The doctors think that my 24-year-old daughter has cancer. I freaked out when I was told – I was dazed, numb and unbelieving. Cancer only happened to other people, not my only child. I didn’t know what to do, what to think – I …

Holiday Toy Drive

Please help to make the holiday season brighter for children who are receiving treatment for various illnesses. The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) is the only hospital in the Bronx exclusively dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of children. Nestled between Manhattan and Westchester County, CHAM is a premier academic children’s hospital, nationally renowned for …

Hello, Gorgeous

Return to the Museum Exhibition dates October 29, 2019 – June 30, 2020 Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street Museum hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM With full-blown Brooklyn moxie, the young singer dismissed as too Jewish, too plain and too obstinate upended the celebrity pantheon …

Religious School Sweethearts: New Members Have a Long History at Emanu-El

By Jackie Peterson, Communications Manager Religious School is a time to learn about Jewish identity and history, to develop a sense of right and wrong, to make lasting friendships, to study for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah… and, for some, a time to meet their future spouse. Matt and Annabel Perelman did not start their …

Yom Kippur Study Sessions

Return to the High Holy Day Guide After the Yom Kippur morning service we invite you to learn, study and reflect in a session led by scholars of the temple. Participation is open to all congregants and guests. Sessions are held from 12:30 to 1:30 PM on the sixth floor of our Goldsmith Religious School …

Ninety Years at Fifth Avenue & 65th Street

Located along New York’s storied Fifth Avenue, Temple Emanu-El stands as one of the city’s preeminent architectural, cultural and religious landmarks. Emanu-El’s history dates back to the founding of the congregation in 1845 by a small group of German-Jewish immigrants who settled in the Lower East Side of New York City. As the congregation increased …