Reflections of our past as we build toward our future

Reflections of our past as we build toward our future This page includes posts from the Bernard Museum of Judaica spanning Temple Emanu-El’s history in New York City. In April 2020, Temple Emanu-El celebrated its 175th anniversary, and we will continue to celebrate this milestone with special events, posts, and more. The below posts are …

‘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 …

Second Seder: 44 Years of Service

Lesley Koeppel, Juliet Cooper and Rabbi Joshua Davidson light candels at Second Seder 2019. Click here to learn more about the different ways to volunteer at Second Seder 5780. The Tikkun Olam committee’s annual Second Seder is one of Temple Emanu-El’s longest-running community service projects. For 44 years, we have opened our doors to hundreds …

Temple Emanu-El Celebrates 175 Years

The Spirit of Emanu-El Celebrating our past, present and future on our 175th anniversary Rabbi Joshua Davidson By now, you may be familiar with our synagogue’s founding story — our journey from a second-floor loft on the Lower East Side to our majestic Fifth Avenue sanctuary; our emergence from a small gathering of thirty-three German …

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 …

Behind the Scenes With Emanu-El’s Volunteer Thanksgiving Turkey Carvers

“Just follow Norden’s instructions.” That’s the most important turkey carving tip from the seasoned volunteer carvers at Temple Emanu-El’s Thanksgiving Dinner. The Dinner isn’t for our members, but for those less fortunate who have nowhere to go on Thanksgiving. Our members coordinated volunteers, delegated, and prepared an entire meal for 200 guests — which involved …

Mitzvah Day 5780

A huge thank you to everyone: Wise Hall looked abundantly full on Mitzvah Day, when we all came together as one Temple community to volunteer, side by side. In the space of a morning, we accomplished an amazing mitzvah: 2,200 gift packages were assembled with love, ranging from dignity kits to Purim treats for the …

Thanksgiving Dinner 5780

From the appetizer to the delicious desserts, which included Thanksgiving cupcakes festively decorated by our volunteers, cinnamon doughnuts and a chocolate and vanilla parfait topped with fresh blueberries and raspberries, this Thanksgiving meal was a special way to share the warmth of the holiday with those who would otherwise be alone. All of our guests …

Where Warmth and Majesty Meet

How Temple Emanu-El creates programs for Gen Z and Millennials It is a common trope today that there is something within Gen Z and Millennials that is fundamentally opposed to joining institutions. At Temple Emanu-El, through thoughtful recalibration of our own efforts, we have begun to grow our capacity to engage this cohort. By partnering …

The Children’s Village Holiday Party 2019: A Success

Dear Friends, On Friday, December 27, Temple Emanu-El hosted the Children’s Village Annual Holiday party in I. M. Wise Hall. What a truly wonderful and festive celebration as over 280 children and their foster parents enjoyed a delicious meal and scrumptious desserts. 80 staff members from the Children’s Village also attended, as many of them …

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 …

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 …