The Women’s Auxiliary Book Club

We are excited to kick off our book club season with Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin who will discuss “The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl” by Marra B. Gad

“Winner of the 2020 Midwest Book Award in Autobiography/Memoir, The Color of Love is an unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes.”

“In 1970, three-day-old Marra B. Gad was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents,          it was love at first sight—but they quickly realized the world was not ready for a family like theirs.

Marra’s biological mother was unwed, white, and Jewish, and her biological father was black. While still a child, Marra came to realize that she was “a mixed-race, Jewish unicorn.” In black spaces, she was not “black enough” or told that it was OK to be Christian or Muslim, but not Jewish. In Jewish spaces, she was mistaken for the help, asked to leave, or worse. Even in her own extended family, racism bubbled to the surface.

Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin—including her once beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. After they had been estranged for fifteen years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the only family she has left. Instead of revenge, Marra chooses love, and watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before.

The Color of Love explores the idea of yerusha, which means “inheritance” in Yiddish. At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love. With honesty, insight, and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving chronicle proving that when all else is stripped away, love is where we return, and love is always our greatest inheritance.”

10 copies of the book will be available from the temple library on a rotating basis. Due to the temple closure between December 20th and January 3rd, the books will be available for pick up this week until Friday, December 18th and then once again available for pick up/drop off on January 4th.

Pick up is available at the 1 East 65th St. Lobby Security desk until this Friday, December 18th from 2:30 pm to 5 pm ONLY.  Please sign out the book and once you are done reading, we would appreciate the return of the book back to 1 East 65th St once the temple is open again on 1/4/2021 so that another temple member will have an opportunity to enjoy the book.

Please call ahead first, to see if there are books available before coming to the temple to retrieve a copy.  212-744-1400 ext. 249.  

Two E-book links available upon request. Please email for the link.

This book club discussion is only open to temple members. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. RSVP no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, January 13th to receive the Zoom link for the book club session.

West Point Academy & Boscobel House and Gardens

There is no better way to experience what makes West Point Academy and Boscobel House and Gardens so special than to see it for yourself. West Point Academy has been educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character for our United States Army and for the nation for more than 200 years. Boscobel is an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts, including furniture from the Federal period. Join us for guided tours with lunch in between at The Hotel Thayer. Bus transportation provided. RSVP by September 18. Price: $130 for Women’s Auxiliary and Men’s Club members, all other temple members $140.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Lunch (Gigino at Wagner Park): 11:45 AM

Tour: 2:30 PM

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.
In this 90-minute tour, a trained Gallery Educator will lead a structured program covering key artifacts from the exhibition. Lunch to start and then tour to follow.

Please RSVP by October 24.

Women’s Auxiliary Book Group

“Letters To My Palestinian Neighbor” by Yossi Klein Halevi

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson will be leading our discussion. There is no fee for this event, but registration is required. RSVP by May 18 by clicking here or calling (212) 744-1400 ext. 235.

Women’s Auxiliary Book Group

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Cantor Mo Glazman will lead our discussion. There is no charge for this event but reservations are required. RSVP by Friday, March 8th by calling: (212) 744-1400 ext. 235.

Women’s Auxiliary Book Group

The Girl from Human Street by Roger Cohen

Rabbi Amy Ehrlich will lead our discussion.
There is no charge for this event but reservations are required. A few limited copies of the book are available in the Temple library.

RSVP by Tuesday, February 26th by calling (212) 744-1400 ext. 235 or registering online.

Ronald McDonald House

Once a month, under the sponsorship of the Women’s Auxiliary, Emanu-El congregants serve dinner and organize art projects and entertainment for the families residing at New York City’s Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers must register with the Women’s Auxiliary: 212-744-1400, ext. 235. Open to temple members only.

Ronald McDonald House

Once a month, under the sponsorship of the Women’s Auxiliary, Emanu-El congregants serve dinner and organize art projects and entertainment for the families residing at New York City’s Ronald McDonald House. Volunteers must register with the Women’s Auxiliary: 212-744-1400, ext. 235. Open to temple members only.

The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic

Judaism and Money

The Sacred Exchange: Creating A Jewish Money Ethic, Official Book Launch

April 24, 2019

  • Reception with refreshments at 6:30 PM
  • Program will begin at 7:00 PM
  • Book signing to follow at 8:00 PM

Temple Emanu-El is hosting a celebration of Jewish values as portrayed in the new publication titled, The Sacred Exchange: Creating a Jewish Money Ethic. Join us for a panel discussion about Judaism and wealth moderated by Rabbi Andy Kahn and featuring Rabbis Mary Zamore, Jill Jacobs, and Joel Mosbacher. Opening notes by Dr. Alyssa Gray. This event is sponsored by the Men’s Club of Temple Emanu-El.


  • Dr. Alyssa Gray, Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at HUC-JIR in New York
  • Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
  • Rabbi Andy Kahn, Assistant Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of NYC
  • Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, Senior Rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila of NYC
  • Rabbi Hara Person, CCAR Press Publisher, Chief Strategy Officer and Incoming Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Rabbi Mary Zamore, Executive Director of the Women’s Rabbinic Network and editor of The Sacred Exchange

This event is free but registration is required.


Backstage at Lincoln Center

Check-in at Lincoln Center’s David Reubenstein
Atrium at 9:45 AM. Space is limited.
A private guided tour to explore Lincoln Center, hear insider stories of this iconic destination’s past and present, and highlight hidden gems of the world’s most prestigious cultural organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and more. We will be dining at the lively Rosa Mexicano – Lincoln Center. Pricing: $80 for Men’s Club and Women’s Auxiliary members, $90 for all other members and their guests. RSVP by February 28.

SOLD OUT — On the Road Again: Glass House – Historic House Museum


The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. Lunch will follow at the charming French country restaurant, “La Cremaillere”.

Space is limited. RSVP by Monday, April 29th. Round-trip transportation provided. The event charge is $120 for Women’s Auxiliary & Men’s Club members; $130 for all other temple members and their guests.

Community Sabbath Dinner

Following 6:00 p.m. worship service, join the Women’s Auxiliary of Congregation Emanu-El for Shabbat Dinner as we welcome guest speaker Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, National Director and CEO of Friends of the IDF.

During his distinguished 33 years of military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Major General Meir Klifi-Amir held several command positions within the IDF, including Commander of the 55th Paratroopers Brigade and the Commander of the Infantry 84th Givati Brigade.

From 2001-2007, General Klifi held a wide range of commanding roles, including Commander of the 91st Division on the Israel-Lebanon border, the Head of the Joint Doctrine and Training Division of the General Staff Command, and the Deputy Chief of the Ground Forces Command.

From 2007-2010, General Klifi served as the Military Secretary to Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu and operated as their Special Security Advisor and Partner in National Security decisions.

Prior to assuming his role as National Director and CEO of Friends of the IDF in September 2014, General Klifi worked as a security consultant, specializing in national security and strategic planning for governments and agencies worldwide.

General Klifi holds a B.A. in Political Science from Haifa University in Israel, and he is a graduate of Israel’s National Security College. He is married to Brigadier General (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir, and they have three children, and one beautiful granddaughter.

Rsvp by Monday, April 1St. Cost is $50 for Women’s Auxiliary and Men’s Club members; $60 for all other temple members and their guests.

About FIDF (Friends of the IDF)

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is a non-political, non-military organization that provides for wellbeing of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), veterans and family members. We are the single organization representing the IDF across North America and Panama, as designated by Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF.

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.

Established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors under the leadership of John Klein z”l, FIDF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 20 regional offices in the United States and Panama, with headquarters in New York City.