Community Groups

Whether you’re looking for culture, worship, community or learning … 

Whether you’re here with your spouse, children, parents, friends or on your own … 

Temple Emanu-El has something for you.  

We encourage you to get to know our congregation and to take advantage of our myriad opportunities to deepen your connections with Judaism, with the Jewish community and with the world around us.

Young Professionals

Taking a modern, creative approach to Jewish life and community, the Young Members Circle offers year-round opportunities for social and professional networking, volunteerism, spiritual reflection, and discussion of some of today’s most pressing issues for both Jews and young professionals. All events are coordinated by and targeted to individuals in their 20’s and 30’s who have made the commitment of temple membership.

Families with Children

Parents with children from cradle to college will find community and support navigating  the ups and downs of parenthood. We offer a variety of programs and special events that will help you connect with your family and others, have fun and create memories that will last for years to come.

Emanu-El Downtown

Emanu-El Downtown’s holistic approach to family programming encompasses a spectrum of offerings, from engaging parenting classes that empower caregivers with valuable insights and strategies to interactive classes that ignite the curiosity and spiritual growth of our youngest members. Through our captivating Shabbat and holiday programs, families come together to embrace the warmth of community, fostering connections that transcend generations.


Gather is Emanu-El’s small groups initiative, bringing together congregants from across our community to learn, connect, and grow. These lay-led groups are based upon a range of topics, igniting marvelous conversations and dialogue. In these small groups, meaningful friendships are formed and congregants truly get to know one another. Gather is one of the ways we make our larger congregation feel small.

Women of Emanu-El

Founded in 1922, Women of Emanu-El is both a social and civic organization open to all women of the congregation. The Women of Emanu-El Program Committee plans numerous lectures and outings throughout the year, in addition to sponsoring a variety of activities that benefit the greater New York City community.

Men’s Club & Club One East

As part of temple life at Emanu-El for more than 90 years, the Men’s Club encourages attendance at all temple religious events. It promotes interest in social, humanitarian, educational and civic affairs. It engages in cultural and religious discussions and activities, and it participates in such activities as will support good citizenship and interfaith dialogue.