Women’s Auxiliary

Founded in 1922, the Women’s Auxiliary is both a  social and civic organization open to all women of the congregation. The Women’s Auxiliary 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.

Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Leslie Hecht
212-744-1400 ext. 235

Temple Contact
Dionne Gorbea
212-744-1400 ext. 235

Women’s Auxiliary Events

Special Programs

The Women’s Auxiliary organizes several flagship events throughout the year, from tours of historic New York City landmarks to community Sabbath dinners with our clergy.

Book Group Events

Gather monthly for a unique opportunity to engage with our clergy and discuss some of their favorite books.

Mah Jongg Mondays

Each Fall, we offer a class for beginners to learn and sharpen their skills. Ongoing play starts after classes end and continues throughout the year. Mah Jongg Monday is not offered at this time. Keep checking for upcoming dates, times and details to be announced.

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Tribute Fund

The Women’s Auxiliary Tribute Fund supports critical services and programs such as: our Veterans’ Event, English in Action, Monthly dinner at Ronald McDonald House, Book Club, Project Backpack, 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.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer programs are not offered at this time, until further notice. Keep checking for updates on future volunteer programs.

The Women’s Auxiliary at 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 Amy DiGi and Kevin Galeazzi oversee the activities and are assisted by Women’s Auxiliary volunteers. Each year’s program ends with an annual art show.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

Volunteers from Temple Emanu-El prepare and serve 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. Dinners generally are organized on a monthly basis. Temple members who are interested in participating must contact the Women’s Auxiliary, which organizes and funds the dinners. This activity is suitable only for adults over 18 who are in good health. All volunteers will receive a call back from the Women’s Auxiliary to confirm their volunteer dates. (Please, no walk-ins!)

English in Action

English in Action

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Women’s Auxiliary volunteers serve as tutors for foreign-born adults who meet weekly to practice their English conversation. The goal of the program is to help newcomers to the U.S. gain fluency and confidence in conversational English through weekly sessions. In addition to practicing the language without the fear of making mistakes, students learn about life in this country and teach their American partners about their own lands and customs. Every year, approximately 800 students and volunteers in New York City are paired in this one-to-one program.

Project Backpack

Project Backpack

Since 2006, the Women’s Auxiliary has partnered with Public School 112 in East Harlem for this wonderful mitzvah. Through Project Backpack, 100 incoming kindergarten students are given a backpack filled with various school supplies. Volunteers are needed to help assemble the backpacks during the summer.

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