A Message from Tikkun Olam President Susan Kaufman to the Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Temple Emanu-El hosted over 130 guests from the Carter Burden Center, The Isaacs Center, Lenox Hill House, Sanctuary for Families and The Children’s Village/Inwood House. November 30, 2022 Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who gave their time the day before Thanksgiving! I would like to express my …

Tikkun Olam in the News

November 14, 2022 Our Tikkun Olam Volunteers and Project Leaders had a wonderful time assembling over 1500 packages containing over 15,000 items for communities in need on Sunday, November 13. Over 80 community members came together for the first time since the last Mitzvah Day two years ago, and all of them arrived ready to …

Rabbi Davidson’s Response to Thomas L. Friedman’s “The Israel We Knew Is Gone”

Photo Credit: Amit Elkayam for The New York Times November 8, 2022 Originally printed in The New York Times: A Senior U.S. Rabbi: ‘Israel Is More Than Its Government’ To the Editor: Re “The Israel We Knew Is Gone,” by Thomas L. Friedman (column, Nov. 5): Mr. Friedman’s concerns about the potential effect of Benjamin …

Emanu-El Downtown: Celebrating Sukkot

By Dina Mann | Director, Emanu-El Downtown “Cast your bread on the water, and one day it will come back to you.” This dose of biblical study came courtesy of my kids’ new PJ Library book, Nuri and the Whale. The original text is from the book of Kohelet/Ecclesiastes. Kohelet is traditionally read on the …

“The Power of the Tongue: Thoughts on Today’s Rising Antisemitism”

Click the photo above to watch the full sermon on YouTube “The Power of the Tongue: Thoughts on Today’s Rising Antisemitism” Shabbat Sermon by Rabbi Sara Sapadin October 29, 2022 4 Cheshvan 5783 Parashat Noah It has been said that the Jewish people have survived over thousands of years, and through countless eras of oppression …

Torah Commentary by Bettijane Eisenpreis: Parashat Noach – October 29, 2022

October 29, 2022 Temple members can click here for more details on weekly Torah study at Emanu-El and how to register. Congregants are always welcome to send us their Torah commentary. If you would like to contribute, please contact Erica Slutsky to learn more. by Bettijane Eisenpreis And they said, “Come, let us build us a city, …

Tikkun Olam: Mitzvahs On Your Own

Photo Credit: Open Hearts Initiative October 20, 2022 On October 7, 2022, the number of people in Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelters in New York City was reported to be at an all-time record. Since then, the numbers have continued to increase to up to 63,100, while thousands more are living in the city’s …

High Holy Days Sermons 5783

Read Text (PDF) Read Text (PDF) View the Photo Gallery Read Text (PDF) Links: NCJW Jews for Abortion Access Sister Song Cantor Mo Glazman & David Carpenter | Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei, setting composed by Russotto, Lewandowski and Binder, arranged by David Strickland, based on the traditional chanting melody of Kol Nidrei Kol Nidrei Kol …

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah Downtown

By Dina Mann, Director, Emanu-El Downtown September 22, 2022 – Summer might be over, but the good energy is spilling over into fall at Emanu-El Downtown. On Sunday, September 18, we welcomed over 150 babies, kids, and grown-ups to our New Year Festival, an afternoon of arts and crafts, music, apples, honey and so much …

JTA: In an effort to reach young families, Temple Emanu-El opens an outpost in Chelsea

September 16, 2022 – Emanu-El Downtown was featured in Jewish Telegraphic Agency/New York Jewish Week, with quotes from Rabbi Joshua Davidson, Emanu-El Downtown Director Dina Mann, and members of our growing community. Want to learn more? We hope you’ll join us at the New Year Festival on our new Downtown satellite this Sunday, September 18, …

An Illuminating Path at the Crossroads of Sefarad

By Jenny Silber When you think of what it means to be Jewish, lox and bagels on a Sunday morning or matzah ball soup on Passover may be some of the first things to come to mind. The commonality of sharing these traditions can make us feel like we know a Jewish person before we …

Emanu-El Downtown: Play. Explore. Learn.

By Dina Mann | Director, Emanu-El Downtown This Friday, Jews around the world will add the shofar to their morning prayer service signaling the new Hebrew month of Elul, which precedes Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The shofar is a wake-up call. A jarring reminder to get to work on yourself, your family, and …