East End Temple, Congregation El Emet, was founded in 1948 by a group of World War II veterans and their families.  

East End Temple’s mission is to offer resources and support for living meaningful lives in a Jewish way. Our clergy, our staff, our members, and our children, create rich spiritual, communal, and educational experiences. Led by Rabbi Josh Stanton and Cantor Olivia Brodsky, Direction of Education Mindy Sherry, RJE, and Co-Presidents Rebecca Shore and Brian Lifsec, we are large enough to have a diverse membership and small enough to extend a warm welcome to everyone.  Explore the opportunities for Jewish expression and personal connections that are the best of East End Temple.

Our downtown Reform congregation reflects the interests, diversity and energy of the New York Jewish community: we are women, men and children of all ages; Jewish and interfaith; single and partnered; straight and gay; socially responsible and personally spiritual; traditional and liberal; and everything in between.

East End Temple is an intimate, warm and welcoming connected community.  We create meaning by cultivating spiritual connection, giving back to our community and incorporating Jewish values into our lives.

Located at 245 East 17 Street on beautiful Stuyvesant Park, we serve the greater Manhattan community and invite you to join us.

Click here to read our Mission/Vision statement.

Czech Memorial Scroll

L’dor Vador – From Generation to Generation

East End Temple will Never Forget.  

We are proud and honored to be the guardians of a rescued Torah of the Jewish congregation of Frydek-Mistek, Czechoslovkia. This Torah (MST#1508) is on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust. 

“May we all go from strength to strength.”

The Sefer Torah number 1508… is one of the 1,564 Czech Memorial Scrolls which formed part of the Jewish treasures saved in Prague during the Nazi occupation of 1939-45. They came from the desolate communities of Bohemia and Moravia and were for some time under the control of the Czechoslovak Government. The Scrolls were housed in a derelict synagogue by curators of the Jewish Museum in Prague, acquired with the help of good friends and brought to Westminster Synagogue in 1964.

A part of the collection remains in a memorial museum at the Synagogue as a permanent remembrance of the Jewish communities from which they came, telling the story of their journey. Many have been distributed throughout the world so that the Jewish tragedy can never be forgotten, and their light can shine as a beacon to the brotherhood of all peoples, to bear an everlasting witness to the holy Name.

       “… A Brand plucked out of the fire”

                                           Zecharia 3:2

Dedicated September 5, 1980

Read our East End Temple Brit for a Respectful Community

Why we are EET
Our mission is to cultivate relevant Jewish life through connected community. We seek to expand avenues into Torah (Jewish learning and practice), God (all forms of spiritual connection) and the Jewish people (locally and globally) to help one another live lives of meaning. We are committed to the safety and vitality of the Jewish people and to a secure and just State of Israel as a home – for all Jews and for all its inhabitants.

How we are EET
Our Diversity: In the Image of God

We welcome all in the Jewish community: young and old; single, partnered and married; LGBTQIA+ and straight; BIPOC; interfaith families; Jewish-born or converted; those with and without mental and physical disabilities; financially struggling or well-off. If you choose us, we choose you.

Our Accessibility: My House Shall be a House of Prayer for All People

We encourage full participation, enfranchisement and leadership through education and relationship-building.

Our Intimacy: Face to Face

We strive to know and care for one another through the cultivation of relationships between and among members.

Our Giving and Receiving: As Your Heart is so Inclined

We aspire to a high quality of synagogue life, and give of time and resources to create that quality. Our members who derive the most from their East End Temple experience are often those who give the most.

What we do as EET

Our mission will direct how we allocate human and financial resources. We support excellent clergy, professional staff and lay leaders who share this mission, to develop and sustain the following:

  • Learning: developing education and programming that lead adults and children to incorporate Jewish learning into the lives they live and wish to live
  • Affecting worship, music, and ritual: offering a range of innovative and traditional ways of connecting individuals to one another, to the Jewish people, and to transcendent meaning (God)
  • Justice: enacting the Jewish value of pursuing justice in our neighborhoods, city, nation and world
  • Social action: providing service to those in need
  • Connecting: cultivating leaders and working intentionally to create the community we want
  • Caring: creating a culture of support and caring for one another in times of struggle and celebration

Clergy

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Joshua Stanton puts Jewish learning, pastoral care, and social justice first. He loves connecting with people individually and supporting their spiritual journeys and pursuit of meaning.

Rabbi Stanton’s passion for religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue has led to his involvement and leadership internationally. He serves as an Associate Vice President for Interfaith and Intergroup Initiatives of the Jewish Federations of North America and on the Board of Governors of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, which presides over Jewish-Christian relations with the Vatican and World Council of Churches. 

You may have already seen Rabbi Stanton on CNN or in a documentary film, or read about him in syndicated mediapublications, and articles that have appeared in a dozen languages

Rabbi Stanton was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013, where he received the David G. Sacks Prize for General Academic Excellence, the Rabbi M. Cohen Award for Ecumenical Studies and the Rabbi Samuel J. Levinson Prize in Religion and the Humanities. While at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Stanton served as founding co-editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, the pre-eminent academic journal in the field of Interreligious Studies, helping it gain recognition as a field of its own by the American Academy of Religion. He received international acclaim for his work, being honored as one of six global finalists for the $100,000 Coexist Prize.

He is an alumnus of Amherst College, from which he graduated magna cum laude with majors in history, economics, and Spanish. He returned there to deliver the 2018 Baccalaureate Address at the tenth anniversary of his own graduation. To hone his leadership skills, Rabbi Stanton earned a certificate in Spiritual Innovation through the Glean Fellowship with Columbia Business School and CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

In 2017, Rabbi Stanton co-edited a symposium edition of the Reform Jewish Quarterly on empowering the rising generations in American congregations with his close colleague and friend, Rabbi Benjamin Spratt. The two are longtime creative partners, having co-founded Tribe, a New York-based initiative that has empowered thousands of young professionals to develop vibrant Jewish community. They are co-authors of Awakenings:  American Jewish Transformations in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging (Berhman House, 2022) and an eponymous series for Religion News Service. They are currently working on a follow-up volume about similar trends in other religious traditions. Rabbi Stanton has also written regularly with his clergy partner and friend, Cantor Olivia Brodsky.

Rabbi Stanton was named a 2019 Faith Justice Hero by the Interfaith Center of New York and received a 2020 Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Award from the Interfaith Youth Core. In 2021, he received the Ann Friedman Award from the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, in recognition of his immigration rights advocacy, and was named to the inaugural class of Sacred Journey Fellows, selected from a group of 1,700 interfaith leaders from across the country. In 2022, he was invited to become a Founding Partner of Starts With Us, a movement to overcome social division and polarization. In 2023, he served as Interfaith Consultant to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Parade and in 2024, he served in the same role for the Broadway revival of Cabaret. In 2024, Rabbi Stanton was Executive Producer with Matthew Johnson Harris of “Art and Soul,” a podcast that focuses on the intersections of identity, spirituality, and artistic expression.   

During his first seven years at East End Temple, Rabbi Stanton likewise served as a Senior Fellow and then Director of Leadership at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. In his role at CLAL, he helped expand the Stand and See Fellowship program to foster religious pluralism in the United States and Israel.

Prior to joining East End Temple in 2017, Rabbi Stanton served as associate rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills New Jersey,  associate director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, and director of communications for the Coexist Foundation. 

Rabbi Stanton would love to connect with you. You can reach him at jstanton@eastendtemple.org .

Our Cantor

Cantor Olivia Brodsky is passionate about preserving Jewish culture, tradition, and music, while making it evermore applicable to daily life. She is dedicated to the ideal of engaging a diverse community composed of people with varying backgrounds and levels of religious and cultural observance. Growing up, Cantor Brodsky was touched by liturgical music and recognized it as an accessible and powerful means of connecting with her heritage and community. She believes strongly in the transcendent nature of music, and its unparalleled ability to both convey and evoke emotion and spirituality. Her vision is to help people enrich their lives through a Jewish lens: ethically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.

Cantor Brodsky was raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where, from an early age, she studied with Cantor/composer Meir Finkelstein. She had the privilege of performing with Cantor Finkelstein in his original cantata, “Gates of Righteousness,” which was performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin.

Cantor Brodsky attended the double-degree program at Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, MA, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Judaic Studies at Tufts and studied Classical Vocal Performance at NEC. She was one of the few members selected from the Tufts University Gospel Choir chosen to perform at the December 2014 “Holidays at the White House” for President and First Lady Obama.

Cantor Brodsky received her Master of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York City. She previously served as the student cantor at Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA, Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, SC, the Jewish Community Project (JCP) in Tribeca, and Congregation Rodeph Sholom in NYC. For the past two years, Cantor Brodsky has served as the cantor of Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff, NJ. Cantor Brodsky recently attended the IJCIC (International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations) Emerging Leadership Conference in Oxford, England, together with an international group of Jewish and Catholic leaders, to promote open dialogue, foster friendship, and strengthen relations between these two communities.

Cantor Brodsky is honored to join the incredible team at East End Temple and is humbled by the opportunity to serve as the community’s co-spiritual leader. She relishes the opportunity to provide her community with joy, comfort, and meaning through Jewish music. To learn more about Cantor Brodsky please visit her website (cantoroliviapaige.com).

You can contact Cantor Brodsky at obrodsky@eastendtemple.org.

Staff

Director of Congregational Learning – Mindy Sherry, RJE

Mindy was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her passion for working with people led her to a B.S. in Social Work from Florida International University. Mindy has worked in congregational life for over 18 years starting as a preschool teacher. Most recently, she has served Director of Youth and Family Engagement at Union Temple in Brooklyn. Mindy is an active member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) and holds the distinction of Reform Jewish Educator with two M.A.s from The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in Jewish Education and in Jewish Nonprofit Management. 

Email Mindy Sherry at: educator@eastendtemple.org.

Temple Administrator – Sharon Shemesh

Sharon joined East End Temple’s professional staff in the fall of 1997 and officially assumed the position of Temple Administrator in April 2006.  She is a swimmer, dancer, baker, and avid traveler. Sharon is a senior member of NATA (National Association for Temple Administration), and she is currently pursuing a certification as an End of Life Doula.

Email Sharon Shemesh at: sharon@eastendtemple.org.

Assistant Temple Administrator – Elyssa Mosbacher

Elyssa Mosbacher has spent much of her career working in the Jewish world, as a teacher and program coordinator, journalist, freelance writer and editor, and summer camp counselor and unit head. (She also taught rock climbing for many years, which made her mother very nervous.) She has a BA in government from Cornell University, and a Master’s in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics.

Email Elyssa Mosbacher at: info@eastendtemple.org.

Cantor Emerita – Shira Ginsburg

Cantor Emerita Shira Ginsburg served East End Temple for 18 years. As our founding cantor, she developed our co-clergy model, leading us in vision, community, and prayer, created and facilitated the b’nei mitzvah program, developed the EET Artist in Residence series and new synagogue songbook, directed the professional quartet and chamber ensemble for the High Holidays, and performed countless concerts of Yiddish, chazzanut, American classics, and Broadway to delighted audiences.

Cantor Ginsburg is a celebrated actress, singer, and playwright who tours the country extensively with her one-woman musical, Bubby’s Kitchenwhich premiered to rave reviews in New York City in 2016 and is now in development of a television series based on the show. Cantor Ginsburg is now based in South Florida where she has launched her private life-cycle residency, www.shiraginsburg.com and is performing as well as visiting communities as a guest Cantor Artist.  

Cantor Ginsburg has performed on stages in Israel, England, and all over the United States. She has released five albums, most recently a collaboration with Grammy award winner Ben Wisch, ‘I Will Cover You.’ Her previous albums include her original release entitled ‘Maybe,’ a separate collaboration with award winning songwriter Michael Hunter Ochs, ‘Cantor Shira Ginsburg Sings the Songs of Michael Hunter Ochs’, as well as being featured on the albums of Gerard Edery and Noah Aaronson. All albums are available on all streaming platforms. Cantor Ginsburg is also the chosen soloist for The Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation at numerous benefits and is featured in their documentary The Reunion

 Cantor Shira Ginsburg is the recipient of the 2019 Lev Aryeh, Heart of a Lion Award from the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation, Women of Reform Judaism Award, Cantorial Alumni Association Prize, and Sylvia Davidson Memorial Award for extraordinary diligence in mastering Chazzanut. Cantor Ginsburg serves on the Jewish Partisans Education Foundations Young Leadership Board, and as a founding member of 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors program ‘We Educate’ in partnership with Facing History Facing Ourselves, teaching Holocaust education to students of all ages. Cantor Ginsburg has been a guest lecturer at Hebrew Union College, Moishe House, has served on the Israel Task Force at the UJA and as panelist on the Gerecht Institute for Conversion. She has also mentored and coaches Cantorial students at Hebrew Union College. Cantor Ginsburg earned her Masters and Cantorial degrees, and ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion as a Messinger Scholar and MFA from Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program. You can contact Cantor Ginsburg through her website, www.shiraginsburg.com

Co-Presidents: Rebecca Shore, Brian Lifsec

Vice Presidents: Lisa Goldenberg Corn, Joy Newman, Andrea Pincus, Tom Polton, Amy Saivetz

Treasurer: Tom Summer

Secretary: Stacy Roger-Gordon

Trustees:

  • Cindy Green Donaldson
  • Fletcher Eshbaugh
  • Karen Feuer
  • Seth Ginsberg
  • Elaine Lavine
  • Julie Livingston
  • Jennifer Corker Rozany
  • Lily Thrope
  • Peter Walker
  • Elizabeth Weisser

Sisterhood Leader Liaison: Suellen Eshed