amNY: Temple Emanu-El to open new campus in Chelsea

August 18, 2022 amNY features Emanu-El Downtown, interviewing Rabbi Joshua Davidson and Emanu-El Downtown Director Dina Mann about upcoming programs, and its pivotal role within the Jewish community. This recent expansion answers the call of Jewish New Yorkers who are seeking more connection to the local Jewish community as well as those who experienced a …

Torah Commentary by Bettijane Eisenpreis: Parashat Ekev – August 20, 2022

August 20, 2022 Torah study is for temple members is currently on summer break and will resume on Saturday, September 10. Keep checking here for more details 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 …

Meet Our New Rabbinical Intern Emma Dubin

By Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager Tell us a bit about your background, education, and training. What led to you Temple Emanu-El? I’m a rising third-year rabbinical student at HUC-JIR (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) New York. In between undergrad and rabbinical school, I worked in development for the Central Conference of American Rabbis, …

Four Questions with Associate Rabbi Sarah Reines

By Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager Tell us more about your education and training and what led you to becoming a rabbi. Twenty-five years ago, I was ordained as a Reform rabbi by HUC-JIR (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), but my academic path to the rabbinate began here at Temple Emanu-El. My parents were …

A Closer Look: Tikkun Olam’s 2022 Project Prom

By Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager For three days at Temple Emanu-El, spanning donations, setup, and two boutique days, Project Prom not only brings people together, but grew out of the same need for generosity and community service that emboldens Tikkun Olam at Emanu-El. And so, this past April, close to 300 high school students …

Hey Alma: I Never Thought About Being Jewish Until I Left New York

July 13, 2022 Read this terrific article in Hey Alma by Religious School teacher Sophia Garcia Maier about her Sephardic heritage, and how her experience on our Lifelong Learning faculty has been a meaningful part of her Jewish Journey. “I am a New York Jew, the Jewish daughter of two unabashed New Yorkers, and I …

Wonder Woman: Heroism Among the (Jewish) Stars

By Steven Eisenpreis Temple Emanu-El Member Many of the world’s beloved superheroes can be attributed to Jewish writers and artists. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster; Batman was created by Robert Caan (Bob Kane); Captain America and many others were created by Joe Simon and Jacob Kurtzberg (Jack Kirby) and, of course, …

New York Daily News: The war continues; hear Ukraine’s cries

July 5, 2022 Temple member Wendy Gerber shares her personal experiences on Temple Emanu-El’s mission to Poland and the Ukrainian Border in The New York Daily News. “I left Poland, but part of my heart remains there. While it’s difficult to hear these stories, it’s important. Bombs erase lives in a moment, and leave scars …

FOX News: NYC temple members travel to Ukraine border to bring comfort and ‘bear witness’

July 5, 2022 From May 26 to May 30, 2022, Temple Emanu-El organized a Humanitarian Mission to Poland and the Ukrainian Border, during which the Emanu-El community answered conscience’s call, bringing much needed supplies, showing comfort to those fleeing the war, and bearing witness both to their suffering and the extraordinary efforts of the agencies …

Honeycomb: Am I Responsible Within My Own Community?

June 23, 2022 Click the link below to read an article cowritten by Teen Philanthropic Committee Co-Chair and Honeycomb Youth Ambassador Brady Popper on antisemitism and what the Jewish community can do to respond and educate, which interviews Rabbi Joshua Davidson. Throughout history, people practicing Judaism have been the target of antisemitic jokes, discrimination, and …

Tikkun Olam Welcomes Hakav HaMeached

On June 14, Emanu-El’s Tikkun Olam Committee hosted Hakav MaMeached, who traveled from Israel to New York City, once again. 35 children and volunteers, along with a medical doctor, visited the Central Park Zoo. Many of the children had never been to a zoo and, when they entered the penguin house and toured the other …

Tikkun Olam: Volunteer Opportunities with HIAS

HIAS is currently listing volunteer opportunities in New York to help welcome refugees and asylum seekers as they begin their lives as new Americans. 1. Click here to fill in an application to create a volunteer profile with HIAS 2. Register for a Volunteer Information Session Webinar. 3. Fill out a full Volunteer Application. 4. HIAS will …