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 Shira Ginsburg, Religious School Director Mindy Sherry, and Presidents Rebecca Shore and Derek Dorn, 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 this a rescued Torah of the Jewish Congregation of Kamenic, Czechoslovkia. This Torah (MST#1508), is on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust. 

“May we all go from strength to strength.”

By George Redovanovitch: The Torah was written in 1860 and used in worship by the Jewish congregation of Kamenice Czechoslovakia until it was desecrated by the Nazis during the destruction of the synagogue. The scroll was found after the war and was kept in the Westminster synagogue in London until it could be accorded a position of Honor in this a memoriam at East End Temple.

       “… A Brand plucked out of the fire”

                                           Zecharia 3:2

Dedicated September 5, 1980

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.

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; LGBT and straight; 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 caring for one another in times of struggle and celebration

Relevant Jewish Life through Connected Community

Clergy

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Joshua Stanton puts Jewish learning, pastoral care, and social justice organizing first. You may have already seen him on CNN or in a documentary film, or read about him in syndicated media and publications that have appeared in ten languages. But he most loves connecting with people individually and supporting their journeys in life.

Rabbi Josh was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013, where he received numerous awards and honors, including 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. Additionally, while at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Josh was the Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, the preeminent peer reviewed academic journal in the field of Interreligious Studies. He received international acclaim for his work, being honored as one of six global finalists for the $100,000 Coexist Prize.

Prior to joining East End Temple, Rabbi Josh 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. He is an alumnus of Amherst College, from which he graduated magna cum laude with majors in history, economics, and Spanish. He returned to deliver the 2018 Baccalaureate Address at the tenth anniversary of his own graduation.

Rabbi Josh’s passion for religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue has led to his participation and leadership around the globe. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where he focuses on questions of religious pluralism in the United States and Israel. He likewise serves as a Trustee of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, which presides over Jewish-Christian relations with the Vatican and World Council of Churches. Rabbi Josh was a 2016 Germanacos Fellow for his work in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and 2015 Sinai and Synapses Fellow for dialogue between scientists and religious leaders. As a co-founder of Tribe, a New York-based initiative that has engaged well over 1,000 people in their 20s and 30s, Rabbi Josh successfully empowered this cohort to develop a vibrant Jewish community.

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

Our Cantor

Cantor Shira Ginsburg is celebrating her 15th year of service here at East End Temple.  As a Messinger Scholar, Shira earned her Masters, Cantorial degrees and ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.  Shira is the recipient of the Women of Reform Judaism Award, Cantorial Alumni Association Prize, and Sylvia Davidson Memorial Award for extraordinary diligence in mastering Chazzanut. 

Prior to her Cantorial studies, Shira received her BFA from Syracuse University’s Drama and Musical Theatre program and spent a number of years in New York working as a professional actress, singer, and songwriter. In Spring of 2016 Shira premiered her one-woman musical, Bubby’s Kitchen off-Broadway to rave reviews and has toured the country extensively over the last six years bringing Bubby’s Kitchen to over 25 communities. 

In addition to performing concerts and numerous other works on stages in Israel, England and all over the United States, Shira has been the chosen soloist for The Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation at numerous benefits and featured in their documentary ‘Reunion.’ She has released two liturgical albums with East End produced by two time grammy award winning producer Ben Wisch, and a solo album of her own folk music. She is featured on the albums of Gerard Edery and Noah Aaronson and was recently a featured performer alongside Alan Richman and Joan Nathan in ‘Beyond Bubbie: 6 Word Memoirs.’ 

Shira serves on the Jewish Partisans Education Foundations Young Leadership Board, is an annual panelist on the Gerecht Institute for Conversion, and teaches Holocaust studies in middle and high school classrooms across the five boroughs as a founding member of 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors program ‘We Educate’ in partnership with Facing History Facing Ourselves.  She also mentors and coaches Cantorial students at Hebrew Union College. 

Email Cantor Ginsburg at cantor@eastendtemple.org.

Staff

Director of Education – 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.  As the Temple Administrator, Sharon facilitates, coordinates and manages organizational matters of the congregation, facility and office, working closely with clergy, educators and the Board of Trustees.  She addresses and resolves membership matters, and her door is always open for both congregants and community inquiries. Sharon is a senior member of NATA (National Association of Temple Administrator) and MetroASE (Metropolitan Association for Synagogue Executives).  She sits on the board of Hashomer Hatzair North America Zionist Youth Organization and is blessed to call East End Temple her home away from home.

Email Sharon Shemesh at: sharon@eastendtemple.org.

Presidents: Rebecca Shore, Derek Dorn

Vice Presidents: Lisa Goldenberg Corn, Elaine Lavine, Brian Lifsec

Treasurer: Judy Scherzer

Secretary: Celia Vimont

Trustees:

  • Alec Appelbaum
  • Elliot Carlin
  • Jennifer Corker
  • Cynthia Dubensky
  • Joy Newman
  • Andrea Pincus
  • Stacy Roger-Gordon
  • Lawrence Safran
  • Amy Saivetz

Past Presidents: Karen Feuer, Edna Rosen, Helene Spring

Sisterhood President: Suellen Eshed

FAQ

Contact Us 

TEMPLE ADDRESS

245 EAST 17TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10003  

TEL 212.477.6444 ~ FAX 212.477.6619 

INFO@EASTENDTEMPLE.ORG

CLERGY

Rabbi Josh Stanton, jstanton@eastendtemple.org

Cantor Shira Ginsburg, cantor@eastendtemple.org

STAFF

Sharon Shemesh, Temple Administrator, sharon@eastendtemple.org

Mindy Sherry, Director of Education, educator@eastendtemple.org

Chloe Webster, Administrative Assistant, school@eastendtemple.org

We are a part of Community Board Six

PARKING GARAGES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

211 Garage Corporation: 211 East 18th Street (3rd and Irving Pl.) 212.473.9345

Enterprise Parking System: 140 East 17th Street (3rd and Irving Pl). 

Gilman Hall Parking: 347-353 East 17th Street (1st and 2nd Ave.)