Designing innovative ways to engage with congregational life in New York City through community, opportunity and unique experiences.

The Young Members Circle is a community of 20s and 30s at Temple Emanu-El that takes a contemporary, adaptive and creative approach to empower young members to boldly take ownership of their Jewish lives. Our programming utilizes the best of our Temple: our beautiful spaces, talented clergy, exclusive Streicker Center events and dynamic fellow members. It is designed around themes, times and styles that are relevant and convenient for our generation. To learn more about the benefits and approachability of young membership please reach out to .

We look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Daniel Bloch Jeydel and Alix Greenberg, Co-chairs

Douglas Bycoff | Lorne Bycoff | Alex Chingas | Maxwell DeLott | Ari Friedman | Charles Goldman | Alix Greenberg | Danielle Greenberg | Daniel Jeydel | Lauren Kaufman | Molly Krueger | Ellen Shapiro | Robert Shapiro | Andrew Todres | Jennifer Wang

Join Us for the High Holy Days

Rosh Hashanah Shir Chadash

Sunday, September 29, 2019
8:00 PM

Rosh Hashanah Morning

Monday, September 30
10:00 AM

Yom Kippur Shir Chadash

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
5:30 PM

Yom Kippur Morning

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
9:45 AM

Upcoming Events

Kickoff Shabbat Rooftop Cocktail Party

September 20, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Join the Young Members Circle for their first event of the 2019-2020 year. Enjoy cocktails, small bites and panoramic views one of the last sunsets of the summer on the Emanu-El rooftop. All are welcome to join members of the Young Members Committee for Sabbath services beforehand in the Main Sanctuary.

New Year Reflection

October 6, 2019 | 4:00 PM

The High Holidays are a perfect time for continued learning, self-reflection and meditation. Rabbi Andy Kahn will facilitate a meaningful conversation for all Young Members interested in exploring the crossroads of text, spirituality, and community.

Judaism is Gratitude

November 25, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Temple Emanu-El Library

In preparation for Thanksgiving, Rabbi Andy Kahn will lead a conversation on the Jewish practice of maintaining gratitude in our daily lives, and how this can lead us to helping others. Young Members will then work together to put together care packages for the elderly and homebound served by DOROT.

Shabbat Dinner

January 24, 2020

The Young Members’ Sabbath table is ever-growing. As we approach the fifth year of our annual signature event, we invite you to share a specially-curated meal with your fellow Young Members and friends as we celebrate our community and welcome friends new and old to our table.

Museum Mixer

February 2020

Join the Young Members Circle in one of Emanu-El’s most treasured spaces. This now annual event brings together Young Members for an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the intimate setting of the Herbert & Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica. Mix and Mingle with other members and enjoy a private viewing of the museum’s latest exhibit.

Check our website for more events or email for more information.

Past Events

Mile End Deli

A quick “shlep” to Brooklyn turned into a lively evening of new takes on old classics, full bellies and empty glasses. Excited by the promise of a modern approach to old-school Jewish dishes, the Young Members and friends gathered at the Brooklyn-based Mile End Deli for an interactive evening with the restaurants co-founder Joel Tietolman, who served up a seemingly never-ending feast of his creative Montreal-style Jewish comfort foods. After hearty servings of smoked meats and deep fried favorites. Young Members enjoyed an intimate Q&A with Joel on how change-makers like Mile End are ushering in a new era of noshing.

Mile High Run Club

When there are neighbors in need, Emanu-El’s Young Members are ready to break a sweat. Taking to the treadmills at Mile High Run Club’s SoHo studio, Young Members raised over $6,000 for DOROT and their mission to improve the lives and health of Jewish (and non-Jewish) seniors in New York. After rallying their networks through a well-coordinated fundraising campaign, the Young Members came together for an hour-long high-level workout. To celebrate their success, the afternoon continued with a well-deserved round of drinks at a nearby bar.

Young Members Annual Shabbat Dinner

Good friends and great food are at the very heart of the Young Members Circle. More than 70 Young Members gathered to mix and mingle overly a carefully crafted menu of Middle-Eastern dishes from Chef Einat Admony’s popular Greenwich Village eatery, Balaboosta. Sharing in the mouth-watering medley of Israeli and Persian plates, Young Members and friends acted upon their goal to bring a modern approach to the Sabbath meal.

Why: “We believe a more vital tomorrow for our community requires both unity and openness today.”

How: “We take a contemporary, adaptive, and creative approach; empowering young members to boldly take ownership over their Jewish lives.”

What: “We lead our mission through gatherings, events, and community outreach.”

Events are free with a Temple membership and RSVP.

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