eJP: What will we do when there are no more Charlies?

January 23, 2022 Nearly 30 years before Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker found himself at the center of the latest antisemitic terror attack on a synagogue, he stood in front of a room full of his fellow teenagers wearing a silly T-shirt. Charlie’s choice of clothing was not an accident or moment of adolescent snark. Based on …

Tikkun Olam: Thanksgiving 2021 Breakfast Bags

Continuing Temple Emanu-El’s long history of Tikkun Olam efforts around Thanksgiving, members of our community came together on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to assemble 550 Thanksgiving Breakfast bags for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. The bags contain 14 items, close to over 8,000 units. Traditionally, Temple Emanu-El hosts an Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the temple …

Stitch’n Time Goes Virtual

On Sunday, November 14, our Stitch’n Time group packed 110 sets of scarves and hats for the Sunday Lunch Program! One of Temple Emanu-El’s monthly Tikkun Olam programs, Stitch’n Time is open to all temple members who love to knit or crochet! In addition to sharing tips and tricks for their personal projects, participants work …

Tikkun Olam Volunteers Assist those Affected by Hurricane IDA

In partnership with UJA, Temple volunteers spent Sunday morning on October 17 sorting medical supplies collected by AFYA, an organization that collects and redirects medical supplies that would otherwise have been discarded. The recipients will be communities in Louisiana and Tennessee. We are always grateful to Temple Emanu-El members who share their time to participate …

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Our Sukkah has found a house! Continuing our outreach with Ronald McDonald House, Temple Emanu-El generously donated our upcycled Sukkah materials after the conclusion of Sukkot, adding beautiful flowers and pumpkins to help welcome the fall season. Special thanks to Phyllis Hahn. View the full photo gallery below!

Tikkun Olam & Streicker Center Celebrate Sukkot

In honor of Sukkot, and in the spirit of giving, the Tikkun Olam Committee and Streicker Center organized a sweet and educational community trip on Sunday, September 19. The first stop? The Orchards of Concklin, where the descendants of a single family have been growing apples for more than ten generations. Over 550 pounds of …

Sukkot 2021: A Sweet Sunday of Apples, Honey and Repairing the World

Sunday, September 19 Meet at temple at 8:45 AM | Return around 2:00 PM. Free. Advanced Reservations required. Space is limited. This event is open to temple members only. All adults must show proof of vaccination, children who are taking the bus require a negative PCR Covid test and all must wear a mask throughout …

Children’s Village Project Update

After a long hiatus due to the need to remain socially distant, our Tikkun Olam volunteers joyfully came together last week in person to share in the mitzvah of assembling 240 backpacks for the Children’s Village. Each one was filled with all of the school supplies a child needs to set them up for academic …

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 …

Faith & Form

Mark Heutlinger, Temple Administrator Click here to learn more about Temple Emanu-El. Since its founding in 1845, Congregation Emanu-El has moved five times. Its first home was on the second floor of a private dwelling located at the corner of Grand and Clinton Streets on the Lower East Side. Later, it occupied in succession two …

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 …