Women of Emanu-El

Founded in 1922 as the Women’s Auxiliary, 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.


Women of Emanu-El organizes several flagship events throughout the year, from tours of historic New York City landmarks to community Sabbath dinners with our clergy.

Mah Jongg Mondays
Mah Jongg is currently on hiatus. We encourage you to join us in the fall for lessons on how to play and the chance to test your skills with instructor-supervised games.

Canasta Tuesdays
Spring 2024 dates: May 7, 14, 21 and 28
Join Women of Emanu-El for Canasta Tuesdays with an option that suits your skill level and schedule:

  • Option 1: Canasta lessons with Sharon Steinberg, Certified Instructor of the Canasta League of America (CLA)
    • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • Cost for new students is $330 for four lessons and instruction book (required for participation).
    • Cost for returning students who have already completed the first lesson series is $300.
  • Option 2: Supervised Play
    • Time: 12:00 PM  to 1:00 PM
    • Cost to play $125
  • Option 3: Free Play
    • Time: 11:00 AM
    • A suggested donation of $15 per session to help support our ongoing initiatives is greatly appreciated.

Registration is required for lessons, supervised play, and/or unsupervised play. All temple members and their guests are welcome. For more information and to register, click here.

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Tribute Fund

The Women of Emanu-El Tribute Fund supports critical services and programs such as: our Veterans’ Event, monthly breakfast and dinner at Ronald McDonald House, Book Club, and the Art Center for Seniors.

Contributions in honor of a special occasion (birth, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage or milestone anniversary/birthday), or in memory of someone who touched your life, support these worthwhile causes. Your thoughtful gift will be acknowledged and the recipient will receive notice of your contribution.

The names of all donors and honorees are listed in “Window on Emanu-El”, the quarterly publication prepared by the Congregation’s Development department.

Book Club

Join our monthly email list for invitations to upcoming Bok Club meetings.

Volunteering Opportunities

Women of Emanu-El organizes many community service programs throughout the year, including:

Art Center for Seniors

Art Center for Seniors

Through the Art Center for Seniors at Emanu-El, 50 or more senior citizens meet at Temple Emanu-El each Monday from October through May to participate in art projects and exercise classes, as well as to socialize. Professional art instructors oversee the activities and are assisted by Women of Emanu-El volunteers. Each year’s program ends with an annual art show.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

Women of Emanu-El provide breakfast and dinner for families that are staying at Ronald McDonald House of New York, a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children undergoing treatment. Breakfasts and dinners generally are organized on a monthly basis.

Click here to read about our outreach to Ronald McDonald House in 2021.

To learn more about these programs, click on each title above.