[originally published in the May-June 2023 Templet, by Rabbi Joshua Stanton] The Torah implores us not only to "Love your neighbor," but also "not to hate your brother" (Leviticus 19:17). One of our great commentators, Abraham Ibn Ezra, suggests that loving one's neighbor and hating one's brother are diametrically opposed.Yet when watching from afar the struggles over power, legitimacy, and democracy in the State of Israel,one cannot but see (or at least infer) genuine internecine strife. Questions of institutional norms have become social flashpoints and generated distrust and disdain of a sort that can engender genuine hate.Still more worrisome, we can observe an emergence of what sages termed "senseless hatred" or "wanton hatred" – of the sort that they suggest…

East End Temple has signed on to a number of “friends of the court” briefs supporting the right for inmates to sue for damages based on religious discrimination: Landor v. Louisiana Department of Corrections and Public Safety DACA State of Texas, et al. v. United States of America, et al. DACA Vidal v. Duke *DACA Amicus 2nd Circuit DACA Amicus 9th Circuit El Paso County Texas et al v Trump et al 2019.05.01 Border Wall Amicus ND-Cal 2019.08.22 Border Wall Amicus 9th Circuit DACA Amicus SCOTUS 20-828 FBI v Fagaza Amici Curiae Brief in Support of Respondents 19-71 FNU v Tanvir Brief of Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents Fuqua v Raak (CA9) Amicus Brief Loving v Morton (CA2) Amicus…

Torah portions (text only): https://www.sefaria.org/topics/category/torah-portions List of bet mitzvah prayers with Mishkan T'filah (Shabbat) page numbers For blessings/prayers, click the audio player under each title to hear the blessing/prayer sung/chanted Torah blessings: Blessing before Torah reading Blessing after Torah reading Haftarah blessings: Blessing before Haftarah reading Blessing after Haftarah reading Prayers: Adonai S'fatai (Trad.) Aleinu (1st paragraph) Aleinu-V'ne'emar (conclusion) Avot V'Imahot Barchu (Siegel) Chatsi Kaddish (Evening) Ein Kamocha-Av Harachamim Friday Night Kiddush G'vurot (with winter and summer insertions) Hallelu (Sufi) Kedusha (Shur) Ki Lekach Tov-Eitz Chayim (Trad.) Ki Mitzion/Baruch Shenatan L'dor Vador (Zim) Lecha Adonai Nisim b'Chol Yom (Morning Blessings) Shema (Pik) Shema (Trad.) Shema-Echad-Gadlu Tallit Blessing V'ahavta (first paragraph) V'ahavta (l'maan tizkeru) V'Shamru (Rothblum) Yehallelu-Hodo Al Eretz

Being a member of Sisterhood helps to create a community and a sense of belonging, connecting and growth, for the benefit of us all.  By listening to you and your interests and passions, we create meaningful programs and initiatives which connect us to each other and the greater community.  Your annual dues contribution is used to fund our programs, support our religious school, sponsor social justice initiatives, and so much more. If you are a member of East End Temple, your annual contribution to Sisterhood was included on your bill. Thank you for checking the box!   Otherwise, we welcome your contribution or your gift of membership for a friend or family (starting at $36) through our online form. Checks are also…

Recent articles on pertinent topics by (or featuring) Rabbi Josh Stanton, Cantor Olivia Brodsky, and Director of Education Mindy Sherry: 5/24/24 - Religion New Service, "Bearing witness to the horrors of this war means remembering the pain on both sides" 5/2/24 - The Wisdom Daily, "Do We Have Leaders Anymore?" 4/4/24 - The Wisdom Daily, "Why is Jewish ritual so complicated?" 3/27/24 - The New York Times, "Rebecca Frecknall Is Bringing 'Cabaret' Back to Broadway" 3/13/24 - The Wisdom Daily, "United in Difference" 3/11/24 - Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), "Growing number of Jews using NY’s first Reform chevra kadisha burial society" (featuring Temple Administrator Sharon Shemesh) 2/15/24 - The Christian Century, "Ten ways Christians can criticize Israel that aren’t antisemitic"…

from The Ukrainian Institute of America:What can I do? Stay informed with credible sources of news like The Atlantic Council UkraineAlert. Contact your state and local representatives and let them know you support the strongest measures possible to constrain Ukraine's aggressors. Find your congressional representatives with this link. How can I help? The Afya Foundation (our partner organization for whom we have collected medical supplies for many years) has an Amazon wish list of urgently needed items. The items will be sent directly to Afya, and they are packing pallets of supplies to send to Ukraine. The World Union for Progressive Judaism has launched the Ukraine Crisis Fund to support the Ukrainian Jewish community. To learn more and/or to make a donation: https://wupj.org/give/ukraine/ HIAS…

The East End Temple Men's Club fosters fellowship, provides service, and promotes education within our community. We are planning a robust slate of events for the coming year, so watch this space for more information. Any questions or ideas can be emailed to mensclub@eastendtemple.org. 2023-2024 Programs Monthly meetings at 7:00pm (in person and via Zoom): June 20 For Zoom link, click here to register Spring Family PicnicSaturday, June 15 at 12:00pm~ in Stuyvesant Square Park ~Come celebrate the end of spring and start of the summer with our community! Outdoor games and other activities for the whole family. Food and drinks provided — attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or a dessert. Meet us on the west side of 2nd Avenue,…

We have ordered a variety of recently published books that are on display in our Helene Spring Library. The titles and prices of the books that are available to be sponsored are listed below, and we hope members will continue their tradition of donating book/s of their choice. All books will have member’s name and in honor of/memory of inscribed on the bookplate. For online payment, click here (make a donation to the Sisterhood Library Fund and add a note with the title of the book you would like to sponsor). If paying by check, click here for a printable form and complete the coupon at the bottom. Thank you for your generosity. [Books that are crossed out have already…

For bet mitzvah students if you're not at home, or to listen to recordings of different prayers: https://eastendtemple.org/torah-and-prayer-resources/ A word about "bet mitzvah": Last spring, following careful study, the Central Conference of American Rabbis issued a recommendation that Reform communities use the term “Bet Mitzvah.” Bet is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet and does not have a gendered connotation. It stands for Bar, Bat, or B'Mitzvah at the same time and provides our children and their families with the flexibility not to share more of their gender identities than they would like to at their Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies. Bet also references the Hebrew word for “home,” so that the term Bet Mitzvah references the “Home of Mitzvah.”    Bet mitzvah at…

The Boomers of East End Temple (BEET) is a chavurah (group) formed to build connections among the baby boomer (officially defined as born between 1946 and 1964) community. We look to schedule programs that may interest the generation who grew up through massive social changes which strongly influenced who we are today. During these programs, most of which are open to the general baby boomer community, we enjoy sharing special memories unique to our generation as well as educating and supporting each other as we continue on our current life's journeys. One of our most popular events is our intimate (members-only) Friday, Shabbat potluck dinners where we share our thoughts on a boomer-related topic, ensuring that everyone gets to know…

PLEASE NOTE: As of July 1, all worship and events will be listed on our Events Calendar (https://eastendtemple.org/calendar/) and this page will no longer be updated. We have some programs and worship in person and some online, connecting via Livestream and Zoom. Here are a list of upcoming programs, which we will update often. We look forward to staying connected and would welcome you to invite family, friends, and colleagues to join us, as well. In order to stay connected online, you may need to use new technology. To join a Zoom event, simply click the "Zoom Meeting Link" for that event and follow the prompts to start video and audio (and if you need help, here's a handy PDF).…

Thursday, April 17 at 6:00pm (in person and Zoom)Open to Sisterhood members using she/her pronouns, plus one guest (ages 13 and older)Click here to register, indicating whether you will join in person or on Zoom. Indicate name(s) of participants.Led by Cantor Brodsky, everyone participates in reading from a Haggadah written especially for us, focused on the women in the Passover story, praying in feminized Hebrew. We sing songs and dance with tambourines, honor women of valor, use a Miriam's Cup for water and place a symbolic orange on the seder plate. If attending in person, space is limited so please reserve as soon as possible and indicate your contributions to the potluck dinner or seder items. If you are not…

Dear East End Temple Family, This is a moment in which we need to fully live out our values, in this case to protect each other and society more broadly from the spread of COVID-19. We acknowledge that some other institutions will remain open, but we feel a social duty to engage in “social distancing” in order to slow the spread of the virus. Following the advice of public health officials, we closed our building for all programs, including Religious School and Shabbat services on Friday March 13th. The office remains operational, but staff will work from home, and hourly staff will receive paid time off. We also conducted a thorough, proactive cleaning of our building on Monday, March 16.…

Dear Fellow Congregants: It is thanks to the foresight and generosity of those who came before us that EET has entered its eighth decade with strength and vibrancy. We are grateful to them for establishing a spiritual home that cultivates relevant Jewish life through connected community. Now it is our turn to make certain our tradition continues for generations and that EET continues to be a beacon for downtown Jewish life. The EET Legacy Circle will bring together members like you and us, who are eager to help ensure our Jewish community’s future for generations to come by naming East End Temple as a beneficiary in their estate plans. Planned gifts of all sizes can play a significant role in…