Temple Emanu-El Joins #StopHateForProfit

Temple Emanu-El is proud to join the #StopHateforProfit campaign alongside the NAACP and ADL, as well as countless other brands. We will halt all paid advertisements on Facebook and Instagram, effective immediately, through at least the end of July, pending meaningful action. Thank you to all of our followers and members for your support.

Talking With Your Teenager About Recent Events

From the 2019 9th Grade Civil Rights Journey in Montgomery, Alabama All of us share a desire for our children to be fearless advocates for justice and empathy. In times like these, it is difficult to know how to draw the line between addressing current events directly and shielding those we love from the world’s …

When Religion Becomes a Prop

June 2, 2020 Watching the scene unfold at the White House last night was gut wrenching.  Right on cue, as President Trump called for law enforcement to dominate America’s streets, police fired teargas and rubber bullets into a nearby crowd of peaceful demonstrators to clear his path to Saint John’s Episcopal Church where he posed …

Reflections from Rabbi Davidson

May 31, 2020 Like all of you I was struck by the images flooding the television screen this weekend, some poignant in their contrast. How the pictures of a serene Earth taken from the Crew Dragon capsule belied the agony convulsing America’s streets! Jewish tradition speaks of tikkun olam bemalchut Shaddai, “unifying our world with the world …

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 …

A Message from Rabbi Davidson

May 28, 2020 As we approach the end of another week, which for many of us may seem not unlike last week, or the week before that, two tragic events must not be lost in the sameness of it all. The brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement reminded us of …

‘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 …

Second Seder: 44 Years of Service

Lesley Koeppel, Juliet Cooper and Rabbi Joshua Davidson light candels at Second Seder 2019. Click here to learn more about the different ways to volunteer at Second Seder 5780. The Tikkun Olam committee’s annual Second Seder is one of Temple Emanu-El’s longest-running community service projects. For 44 years, we have opened our doors to hundreds …

Facing Uncertainty: Four Lessons from Purim for Our Unprecedented Times

Rabbi Sara Sapadin The Blogs: The Times of Israel — March 8, 2020 As I dropped my children off at school this week, we were greeted by a line of administrators, reminding us to use the newly installed hand sanitizers at the door. Sanitization was a requisite for entry. No squirt, no school. Coronavirus is …

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 …

Sunday Lunch Program Welcomes Young Members & Young Families

Last weekend, Young Families of Emanu-El and Young Members of Emanu-El, our 20s and 30s community group, joined in with our Sunday Lunch Program in making and distributing lunches. For over 25 years, Temple Emanu-El’s Sunday Lunch Program has been preparing meals for those in need, whether they are homeless, underemployed or food insecure. Click …