A Home for All at Emanu-El

This article originally appeared in our May/June 2019 Bulletin. By Beth Pilchik Temple Member and Religious School Parent On February 9, 2019, we celebrated our older son Miles’s bar mitzvah. We chose Temple Emanu-El for many reasons: Our friends belonged and liked it, religious school was one day a week, everyone seemed nice, and a …

Never To Be Forgotten: How Religious School Tackles Anti-Semitism in the Past and Present

This article was originally featured in our May/June 2019 Bulletin. By Communications Staff Our city has seen a significant uptick in anti-Semitic crime, rising from 29 reported incidents in 2017 to 159 in 2018. It seems that anti-Semitic crimes and other hate crimes are on the rise everywhere. Rabbi Davidson and our clergy have been …

Separating Biblical Mythology from Biblical History

By Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson Published in The Jerusalem Post, Opinion section – April 24, 2019 Eighteen years ago this week, Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles stunned many in his congregation. “The truth is,” he announced, “virtually every modern archaeologist who has investigated the story of the Exodus, with very few …

Rabbi Kahn Speaks Alongside Community Leaders at Rally Against Anti-Semitism

“Rabbi Davidson graciously asked me to represent our congregation at this wonderful rally of solidarity organized by Representative Maloney in response to antisemitic vandalism at Asphalt Green recreational center. Little did we know, the horrific white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand would take place only a few hours after the rally was announced. Alongside …

Standing Against Hate

Above: Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson and Rabbi Andrue J. Kahn stand outside the Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan earlier today holding signs reading “Your Jewish neighbors stand with you.” Dear Friends, I am privileged to co-chair A Partnership of Faith in New York, which convenes the leadership of many of our city’s religious congregations. Below …

What Matters: The Most Important Conversation of Your Life

By Rabbi Amy B. Ehrlich I want to invite you to have the most important conversation of your life — that is, a conversation about the end of life. Don’t stop reading now! This is important. You might think it would be hard or uncomfortable but it starts with a simple question: What matters to …

Community as Family Goes Global

By Wendl Kornfeld Temple Member Temple Emanu-El is becoming increasingly recognized and praised as a trailblazer, a progressive congregation that recognizes and responds to the needs and interests of its older members. Emanu-El’s Community as Family (CAF) program began in 2015 as a self-advocacy group for congregants without adult children and has since expanded to …

Fostering Emanu-El’s Young Families

The Koeppel Family The Koeppel Family By Jaime Koeppel Temple Member When my husband Max and I were looking to join a synagogue in Manhattan, there was no question for Max that he wanted us to join Temple Emanu-El… after all, Max had become a Bar Mitzvah at Emanu-El, all of his siblings and his …

Rabbi Andy Kahn — Finding Today’s Tabernacle to Invite God In

D’var Archer by Rabbi Andy Kahn From ReformJudaism.com, March 2019 Rabbi Greenwald’s survey of the historical views on the end of the Book of Exodus provides us many perspectives as to how to understand this moment in the journey of the Israelites. This Tabernacle is the beginning of a new chapter in the continuity of …

Rabbi Sapadin — A Jewish Response to Political Scandal

By Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin This post originally appeared on the blog of ReformJudaism.org — 2/21/2019 In a world where idols fall faster than we can blink an eye, it is hard to explain how yesterday’s leaders become today’s objects of disdain. Our vast cultural reckoning continues as we witness more public figures dismantled by the …

Rabbi Andy Kahn—The Present and Future of Reform Aesthetics and Identity: Performadoxy and Emergent Custom

by Rabbi Andy Kahn, Assistant Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El Printed in the CCAR Journal, Reform Jewish Quarterly, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Winter 2019. American Reform Judaism suffers from a crisis of identity. The institutions that fall under the umbrella of the Reform Movement are struggling to locate a vision of the future that both encompasses the …

Rabbi Davidson—To Fight Anti-Semitism In America We Need To Understand Its Sources

To Fight Anti-Semitism In America We Need To Understand Its Sources A multi-pronged approach is needed to confront its different elements. By RABBI JOSHUA DAVIDSON — November 19, 2018 — The New York Jewish Week   The attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh has impelled many American Jews to join the battle against anti-Semitism in …