Winter/Spring 2019

Rabbi David Wolpe on: Immigration

February 19, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Part of the Modern Matters: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Series with Rabbi David Wolpe.

Struggling with today’s cascade of political and social controversies? Why not discover what Judaism has to say about them?  Hear Rabbi David Wolpe’s thoughts on IMMIGRATION: The first Jew was an immigrant. Does that mean we should support open borders or admit those who disagree with us? More information…

Somebody Feed Phil (in Tel Aviv)

February 21, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Phil Rosenthal will screen the episode of his hit Netlix sseries,  Somebody Feed Phil, shot in Tel Aviv and then talk about growing up in Queens and Rockland County, Everybody Loves Raymond, directing President Bill Clinton in a White House Correspondents’ Dinner video and why he checks in with his parents via Skype in every episode. More information…

How to Fight Anti-Semitism

February 25, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Bari Weiss has become known for her insightful, passionate columns about the resurgence of the world’s most ancient hatred. She is unafraid to call it out, whether it rears its head at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in her native Pittsburgh, on the streets of Paris, in the Labor Party in England, or in the leadership of the Women’s March. More information…

Woman in Gold: A Quest for Justice

February 26, 2019 – 7:00 PM


Helen Mirren, the star of Woman in Gold, the film based on that story (who has won an Oscar, a Tony, a Golden Globe and three Emmy Awards), will discuss the ironic transformation of the portrait of a Jewish woman into an Austrian national treasure, her niece’s long legal battle and the importance of pursuing truth. Scenes from the film will be screened. More information…

Antisemitism: Here, Now… Always

February 28, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Is there nothing we can do to stop the bigotry? Is antisemitism the hate that will never die? In her latest book, Antisemitism: Here and NowDr. Deborah Lipstadt wrestles with those disturbing dilemmas in a series of letters to an imagined college student and an imagined university professor. She will discuss her answers with you — and address the other fears that we are almost afraid to admit. More information…

Gloria: A Life (at the Daryl Roth Theatre)

March 10, 2019 – 3:00 PM


What a life Gloria Steinem has fashioned for herself: half a century of social and political activism that has left an indelible mark on generations of women. This amazing play is an intimate glimpse into the moments and individuals that shaped the life of the feminist trailblazer. Participate in an open forum with Christine Lahti, who plays Steinem, and a guest “moderator” – Gloria Steinem herself – about their own concerns as American women. More information…

General Admission and VIP tickets available

10 East 66th Street, New York City.

Who We Are: The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm

March 13, 2019 – 6:30 PM


A Part of the Who We Are: Four Films. One People Film Series.

When the 10-year-old asked about the tattoo on his arm, Jack had to find a way to tell Elliott about the other side of his life: the ghetto, the loss of his family and surviving Auschwitz. After the film, Elliott and Stacy Saiontz, Amy Schatz (producer) and Jeff Scher (animator) will join in conversation with Sheila Nevins. More information…

The Medici Archive Project

March 14, 2019 – 6:30 PM

The Renaissance is associated with the rediscovery of Classical antiquity as well as with intense creative output. But it was also suffused with arcane, esoteric and even irrational phenomena that existed outside the Renaissance canon. Our speakers will consider how Jews and Jewish culture have been situated in both categories — as contributors to the construction of the Renaissance canon and as fostering “anti-Renaissance” phenomena. More information…

Rabbi David Wolpe on: Abortion

March 18 2019 – 6:30 PM

Part of the Modern Matters: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Series with Rabbi David Wolpe.

Struggling with today’s cascade of political and social controversies? Why not discover what Judaism has to say about them? Hear Rabbie David Wolpe’s thoughts on ABORTION: The struggle over abortion has long been driven by Christians. Is that because there is no controversy in Jewish law? More information…

All About Sesame

March 26, 2019 – 6:30 PM

We are paying tribute to the humble sesame seed — and its sweet and savory offspring. Learn about the sesame grown in a remote region of Ethiopia, the long process of turning the seeds into something that melts in your mouth. If you’re not already a tahini-phile you will be, after sampling some of Seed + Mill’s signature creations. More information…

Shine: The Students of Parkland, Florida

March 29, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Even as the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School struggled to make sense of the Valentine’s Day shooting on their campus in Parkland, Florida, their agony morphed into action, a search for light in the darkness. Temple Emanu-El is honored to welcome eight of these remarkable young people to perform Shine, their tribute to the friends they lost, and to speak about their experiences. More information…

Valerie Jarrett: Hear Her Voice, Find Your Own

April 2 2019 – 7:00 PM

No one can offer a more intimate view of the Obamas than Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior adviser, but she goes well beyond her White House years in her new book, Finding My Voice. She will join us to share the personal and family experiences that make her optimistic about the power of raising our voices. More information…

Three Identical Strangers

April 8, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Three identical triplets separated at birth are reunited by astonishing coincidence. Then the past disrupts that reunion after the three discover that their separation had been intentional, the plan of a Jewish scientist who used them in an experiment. Join us to watch this extraordinary documentary film and then to hear from the two surviving triplets, David Kellman and Bobby Shafran, and director Tim Wardle, about the ethical tangle that shaped the triplets’ lives. More information…

Across the (Religious) Divide

April 11, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Too much bickering, too little listening. That’s today’s conversation about Israel — and it endangers both Israel and the American Jewish community. Panelists will examine differing views from across the religious spectrum, with influential rabbis engaging in meaningful discourse about how Israel drives us apart and brings us together. More information…

An Evening with Nathan Englander

April 15 2019 – 7:00 PM

Nathan Englander will appear on our stage to talk about, being a Jewish writer and his characters, who find themselves helplessly connected to a Jewish tradition that gives them identity, whether they seek it or not. More information…

Rabbi David Wolpe on: Women‘s Place, Women’s Rights

April 22, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Part of the Modern Matters: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Series with Rabbi David Wolpe.

Struggling with today’s cascade of political and social controversies? Why not discover what Judaism has to say about them? Hear Rabbi David Wolpe’s thoughts on WOMEN’S PLACE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS: Among traditional Jews, women play a very different role than they do in our wider society. Which reflects Jewish law and history? More information…

Finding the Perfect Parental Pitch

April 29, 2019 – 7:00 PM

If parenting has you singing the blues, you’ve probably already turned to Dr. Wendy Mogel, the internationally acclaimed parenting expert and bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and The Blessing of a B Minus. Stop by to hear her discuss her latest book, Voice Lessons for Parents and for a lively discussion about raising great kids by chilling out. More information…

Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah: Four Sisters (part 2)

May 2, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Ada Lichtman survived Sobibor death camp because she was a seamstress, valued by Nazi guards. Paula Biren lived because the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council drafted her into the “Jewish” police. And Hannah Marton escaped death because she was one of the 1,684 Jews spirited to Switzerland after a Jewish leader paid for their freedom. After screening The Hippocratic Oath last semester, the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is honored to present the final three. More information…

Rabbi David Wolpe on: Making Money

May 6, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Part of the Modern Matters: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Series with Rabbi David Wolpe.

Struggling with today’s cascade of political and social controversies? Why not discover what Judaism has to say about them? Hear Rabbi David Wolpe’s thoughts on MAKING MONEY: As new questions about the ethics of capitalism are debated, what is the Jewish view of capitalism, communism, investments and savings? Is love of money, as Christians teach, the root of all evil? More information…

Celebrating Israel: Jerusalem of Gold

May 10, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Friday Night Live: To mark Israel’s 71st birthday, that now renowned singer, Shuli Natan, will perform and deliver remarks during services, followed by a moderated conversation and an extended Oneg with a DJ and Israeli food. The Upper East Side Reform Jewish community with Temple Emanu-El and Temple Israel of the City of New York will join together for a collective Shabbat service. More information…

Orchestra of St. Luke’s Vivaldi Concerto

May 13, 2019 – 6:30 PM

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s has captivated audiences at temple Emanu-El on 37 occasions with its virtuoso musicians and repertoire spanning the Baroque to the contemporary. Now, the Grammy-winning orchestra returns to our historic sanctuary with a program of Vivaldi Concertos. More information…

Teddy Roosevelt: Dan Abrams in conversation with Chris Cuomo

May 20, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Few know that Theadore Roosevelt’s legacy was put on trial when he was sued for libel after accusing the leader of his own Republican party of political corruption. Dan Abrams will join us in conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo to speak about the trial captured in his new book, Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense, and its startling relevance today. More information…

In the Beginning was Desire

May 29, 2019 – 6:30 PM

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is proud to welcome back Dr. Avivah  Zornberg as she breathes new life into the ancient story of Adam and Eve, limning the genesis of our human longings. Her remarks will be preceded by a screening of In the Beginning Was Desire, a film based on Zornberg’s unique perspective, made by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin. More information…

Rabbi David Wolpe on: Helping Others, Helping Ourselves

June 3, 2019 – 6:30 PM

Part of the Modern Matters: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Series with Rabbi David Wolpe.

Struggling with today’s cascade of political and social controversies? Why not discover what Judaism has to say about them? Hear David Wolpe’s thoughts on HELPING OTHERS, HELPING OURSELVES: We are commanded to perform acts of charity, tzedakah, to help the needy. But which ones? Should impoverished Jews and Jewish causes be our priority? More information…

The Jewish American Hit Parade – Jewish Tonys

June 3, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Whether you want to Damn Yankees, enjoy some Cabaret, or missionize with Mormons in Uganda, our special celebration of the Jewish Tonys will be your evening’s delight as Broadway and nightclub singers remind us of the rich tradition of Jews on the musical Great White Way. More information…

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: The Knights

June 18, 2019 – 7:00 PM

This trailblazing collective of adventurous musicians is changing the face of classical music by performing old music as if it were written yesterday and new music as if it had been around for centuries. More information…

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: Venice Baroque Orchestra

July 10, 2019 – 7:00 PM

One of the world’s greatest ensembles devoted to period instrument performance, the Venice Baroque Orchestra rediscovers masterpieces, often giving them their modern-day premieres. More information…

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: A Far Cry

July 18, 2019 – 7:00 PM

This Grammy-nominated string orchestra from Boston has developed a distinct approach to music-making that encourages innovation and risk-taking for both the performers and audiences. More information…

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: Orchestra of St. Luke’s

July 30, 2019 – 7:00 PM

One of America’s most distinguished and versatile orchestras, St. Luke’s brings its diverse repertoire — spanning the Baroque to the contemporary — to music lovers with tight and polished virtuosity. More information…

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts Summer Series: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

August 6, 2019 – 7:00 PM

The Grammy-winning orchestra challenges artistic boundaries by combining the intimacy and warmth of a chamber ensemble with the richness of an orchestra that allows musicians, not a conductor, to interpret the music. More information…