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 …

Hello, Gorgeous

Return to the Museum Exhibition dates October 29, 2019 – June 30, 2020 Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street Museum hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM With full-blown Brooklyn moxie, the young singer dismissed as too Jewish, too plain and too obstinate upended the celebrity pantheon …

The Guiding Hand

Return to the Museum Exhibition dates February 6 — August 11, 2019 Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street Museum hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM For thousands of years, Jews used simple tapered wooden sticks to point the way through the densely written text of the Torah without touching the fragile parchment. …