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Temple Emanu-El is one of the world’s great Reform congregations

Temple Emanu-El, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was Manhattan’s first Reform Jewish congregation. “Emanu-El” means “God is with us” in Hebrew.

Temple Emanu-El Grew with New York City

The congregation was founded by a small group of German Jews in the Lower East Side in 1845. Like other New Yorkers, the congregation kept growing and moving uptown. It moved to its present location in 1929.

The original German Jewish congregation had a liberal approach to Judaism and had largely assimilated into Western European culture.

Temple Emanu-El is a Reform Synagogue

The practice of allowing faith to evolve in time and place is a hallmark of Reform Judaism. It’s wonderfully liberating to be absolutely faithful and absolutely modern at the same time.

Reform Judaism is an inclusive faith. The idea that we can worship together without being exactly alike is a very New York point of view. There is a great bounty there.

The Bernard Museum of Judaica at Emanu-El explores the intersections of Jewish history, culture, and identity.

The Ivan M. Stettenheim Library houses a collection of Jewish books and periodicals.

Latin Culture at Temple Emanu-El

Orchestra of St. Luke’s plays Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos No. 4 G major, No. 3 G major, No. 5 in D major, and No 2 in F major on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Free

[Bach was German, but the concertos were written in the Italian Concerto Grosso style.]

Visit Temple Emanu-El

Temple Emanu-El courtesy of Gryffindor

Temple Emanu-El courtesy of Gryffindor

Temple Emanu-El is in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Temple Emanu-El
1 East 65th St
(at Fifth Avenue)

(212) 744-1400

Shabbat services are:

  • Fridays at 6 pm
  • Saturdays at 10:30 am

An organ recital begins 15 minutes before the services.

For more information, visit www.emanuelnyc.org


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