Meet Our New Assistant Cantor: Sara Anderson

By Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager Tell us a bit about your background and education/training and what led to you Emanu-El. I grew up in Los Angeles and my family was very involved in our synagogue, Stephen Wise Temple, where I went to elementary school. T’filah (prayer services) and Hebrew were my favorite parts of …

Celebrating 40 Years of the Sunday Lunch Program

On April 24, 2022, the Sunday Lunch Program, one of the temple’s longest-standing volunteer efforts, celebrated its 40th anniversary. The program, which has never missed a Sunday, consists of members making and distributing food to many in our community who are in need, continuing even when the pandemic has restricted in-person access. The speakers included …

PurimPalooza was a Smash Hit!

On March 16, over 150 in-person members and 750 online viewers celebrated Purim together with comedy from YidLife Crisis, a festive costume contest and delicious treats and Purim-themed beverages. Our clergy led the crowd in a hilarious reading of the megillah and we heard from Avner Moriah, artist and creator of the world’s longest Megillah. …

Supporting Ukraine: Donate to Emanu-El’s Relief Effort

Philanthropic Fund Temple Emanu-El expresses our thanks for your support of our Ukrainian relief efforts. The generosity of our members and livestream community has enabled us to make additional contributions to these organizations, which are focused on helping the Ukrainian people and their Jewish community. IsraAID Providing additional funds for their humanitarian work at the …

Purim on Ice Was a Huge Success!

On March 7, 2022, over 250 Emanu-El members of all ages rocked the rink at Rockefeller Center. It was amazing to be together in person and everyone enjoyed festive holiday music, skating with Elsa and Olaf from Frozen (costumed skaters), and delicious hamantaschen to-go! Our clergy and Nursery and Religious School teachers joined with our …

Tikkun Olam: Mishloach Manot for the Troops

Volunteers came together on Tuesday, February 8 to assemble 125 Mishloach Manot packages for our Jewish Troops who are serving our country, in partnership with JWB Jewish Chaplains Council®. All items in the package were Kosher. This has been an ongoing Temple Mitzvah for many years. We thank our volunteers so much for helping to …

Museum Donation

Inscription: “For in this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you from all your sins that are before you, before you shall be cleansed” (Leviticus 16:30) In honor of Temple Emanu-El’s 175th anniversary, the Men’s Club donated a 19th century Yom Kippur Belt Buckle to the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum. We …

Tikkun Olam: Project Prom

Project Prom Donations & Volunteers Needed Donation drop-off: One East 65th Street Set up: Tuesday April 26, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Dress selection: Wednesday, April 27 & Thursday, April 28, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM PROJECT PROM IS BACK AND WE ARE SO EXCITED! Once again, Temple Emanu-El will help more than 250 low-income …

A Member From Afar

Meet Dr. Suzanne Gronemeyer of Memphis, Tennessee By Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager Dr. Suzanne Gronemeyer lives just over 1000 miles away from Temple Emanu-El, but thanks to our invigorated virtual programming, she has been making the most of her temple membership. Dr. Gronemeyer is the Director of the Pediatric Oncology Program at St. Jude’s …

A Sacred Piece of Something Big

Rebecca Weisberg, Gather Group Leader This article was originally published in Volume 93, Issue 1 of the Temple Bulletin, January 2022. One distinct Temple Emanu-El program that has been adapted during the pandemic is our small-groups initiative, Gather. Whether bonding regularly over shared interests or meeting for the first time, Gather, Gather Family, and Gather …

Never Missed a Sunday

Miriam Reines and the Sunday Lunch Program at Temple Emanu-El Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager This April, the Sunday Lunch Program will celebrate its 40th anniversary. In that time, it has not missed a Sunday. Members gather on the weekends to make and distribute food to many in our community who are in need, continuing …

Empowering Our Emanu-El Teens

Inspiring Passionate and Creative Leaders Emma Kate Lindsay | Social Media/Communications Associate Our Teen Programs at Temple Emanu-El are focused on empowering our students to become passionate and creative leaders. While our Teen Programs have a long history of focusing on tikkun olam or social justice, this past year the Temple Emanu-El teens have worked …