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

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.

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Mile High Run Club
Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 2:15pm
28 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Young Members are excited to partner with Mile High Run Club for a fundraiser for DOROT. 100% of all registration fees and donations will support DOROT’s mission to enhance the lives of older adults. Participants will enjoy a private running class at Mile High followed by post-work drinks at Phebe’s (361 Bowery). Those who cannot attend are encourage to donate.

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Streicker After Hours: Taking on White Nationalist Violence
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 6:30pm

Young Members attending this Streicker Center event are invited to join us for drinks immediately following the discussion to continue the conversation with other Young Members. The Streicker Center will welcome Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn, Co-Lead Counsel on a current landmark lawsuit against the organizers of the 2017 Charlottesville march, to discuss the fight against white nationalist violence.

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Streicker After Hours: The Dilemma Facing American Jews
Monday, February 24, 2020 | 6:30pm

Young Members attending this Streicker Center event are invited to join us for drinks immediately following the discussion to continue the conversation with other Young Members. The Streicker Center will welcome seven authors to wrestle with the questions of the fate of American Jewry.

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Past Events

Sunday Lunch for City Harvest

In partnership with Emanu-El’s Young Families group, Young Members supported the synagogue’s Sunday Lunch program making nearly 300 lunch bags for food-insecure New Yorkers. After preparing hundreds of sandwiches and assembling lunch bags complete with fruit, cookies and water, the food was picked up by City Harvest for distribution to those who need it most. For over 25 years, Temple Emanu-El’s Sunday Lunch Program has been preparing meals for those in need, whether they are homeless, underemployed or food insecure.

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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