Entries by Jackie Peterson

Commentary on Parashat Ki Teitzei

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or mother and does not obey them even after they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of the community. They shall say to …

Hello, Gorgeous

Return to the Museum Exhibition dates October 29, 2019 – April 7, 2020 Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street Museum hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM With full-blown Brooklyn moxie, the young singer dismissed as too Jewish, too plain and too obstinate upended the celebrity pantheon by refusing to let anyone rain …

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 …

Congratulations to our Newly-Confirmed Young Men and Women

Congratulations to our newly-confirmed young men and women. Their names are below, in order of appearance in the above photo: Front Row: Liliana Greyf, Julia Decker, Hailey Schwartzberg, Sloane Wachs, Blythe Breitman, Catie Kirk Second Row: Haley Melniker, Mena Solomon, Olivia Anton, Carly Geneen, Davide Murillo What is Confirmation? The Confirmation Program, open to high …

Central Conference of American Rabbis Statement on Reproductive Justice Throughout the United States

Dear Congregants, Knowing that many are deeply concerned about the growing threat to women’s reproductive health posed by state laws newly passed and others under consideration, and the callous rhetoric that has often accompanied their debate, I share with you below the Reform rabbinate’s statement on recent developments. Recognizing that the termination of a pregnancy …

Rabbi Kahn Speaks Alongside Community Leaders at Rally Against Anti-Semitism

“Rabbi Davidson graciously asked me to represent our congregation at this wonderful rally of solidarity organized by Representative Maloney in response to antisemitic vandalism at Asphalt Green recreational center. Little did we know, the horrific white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand would take place only a few hours after the rally was announced. Alongside …

Standing Against Hate

Above: Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson and Rabbi Andrue J. Kahn stand outside the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan earlier today holding signs reading “Your Jewish neighbors stand with you.” Dear Friends, I am privileged to co-chair A Partnership of Faith in New York, which convenes the leadership of many of our city’s religious congregations. Below …

Commentary on Parashat Vayikra

Bettijane Eisenpreis By Bettijane Eisenpreis “The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying speak to the Israelite people…” Leviticus 1:1-2 The Hebrew title of the third book of the Torah is Va-Yikra, taken from the first words of the first sentence, “And God called.” For centuries, the Jewish …