You Belong Here

The more than 500 people who sit, dance, study, serve and otherwise move through our congregation each day include women whose husbands fought in World War II and kids born in 2019, same-sex married couples, Jews by choice, and traditional Jews who pray in Hebrew. Our senior members founded the congregation in 1948, and 16 new members joined this year. Regular members live on our block, on the Lower East and Upper West Sides, and as far away as Queens and Westchester. Some folks who’ve moved as far away as Arizona remain members to join us for worship when they come back to town. We sing ten songs, including four original compositions, in a typical Shabbat service. Our cantor teaches singing, speaks Yiddish and sang the National Anthem at Citi Field. Our rabbi leads interfaith coalitions into protests, into testimony, and into action. Each service and class we host includes hard questions, easy smiles, and of course, a nosh. 

Visit our Shabbat & Worship page to learn more about our musical, responsive and topical Shabbat and Holiday services. We offer updated services and programs for young, middle-graders and teens-  and ways in to worship for everyone.

Services take place in our two-story, 200-seat sanctuary. Our historical, award-winning brownstone, designed in 1888 by Richard Morris Hunt, sits about three blocks from Union Square, across from  Stuyvesant Square. It feels like home.

Voluntary Dues

Throughout our 72-year history, East End Temple has relied on fixed dues categories based on age and allowing for individual adjustments as needed. This spring, our Board agreed that the time had come to change to a new dues and membership model that better aligns with our core values of diversity, accessibility, and appreciation of all giving and receiving. This is what we are calling Voluntary Dues for New Members. Please click here to learn more.

Our Mission

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 do this through:

Our Diversity: Betzelem Elohim, 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. 

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

LEADERSHIP

Rebecca Shore, co-President: rebecca@eastendtemple.org

Derek Dorn, co-President: derek@eastendtemple.org

Sisterhood President, Suellen Eshed: sisterhood@eastendtemple.org

Men’s Club President, Marc Block: marcjblock@yahoo.com

We are a part of Community Board Six

Why Now?

Throughout our 72-year history, East End Temple has relied on fixed dues categories based on age and allowing for individual adjustments as needed. This spring, our Board agreed that the time had come to change to a new dues and membership model that better aligns with our core values of diversity, accessibility, and appreciation of all giving and receiving. This is what we are calling Voluntary Dues.


What is Voluntary Dues Membership for New Members?
All new members joining East End Temple during the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 will be asked to determine their own dues commitment. We will ask each new member to pledge an amount that is comfortable within their means, using $2,100 as a benchmark, because that is the average annual dues paid by our current members.

While dues are the Temple’s largest source of our revenue, they still only account for half of our annual budget. Therefore, as with all current members, we will seek additional contributions to East End Temple from our new members in the form of fees and philanthropy. Fees for Religious School and B’nai Mitzvah are essential and fixed so that we can provide exceptional Jewish education for our children. Philanthropy in the form of High Holiday Appeal, fund contributions, and additional voluntary giving help to ensure the high professional and program quality that our community values. Voluntary Dues for New Members will be a one-year pilot program; the results will inform future decisions regarding a more comprehensive dues and membership model for our community.


How will Voluntary Dues Membership Work?
When you decide to join East End Temple, you will be contacted by a congregational leader to schedule a personal get-together. In addition to getting to know you and welcoming you into our inclusive community, we will also discuss how our synagogue is sustained. You will be encouraged to make a voluntary dues commitment for your first year of membership. You can choose to pledge at the $2,100 level, or higher or lower, according to your own abilities and inclinations. Whatever amount you choose you will be a full member, no questions asked.

Click here to begin the application process.

East End Temple stands in solidarity with Jewish groups targeted in acts of anti-Semitism. We pray for the fulfillment of the vision of the prophets that “each person shall sit under their vine and under their fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:4)

Please visit the Anti-Defamation League web site, below, for reliable and up-to-the-minute information. And please be in touch with Rabbi Stanton or Cantor Ginsburg to discuss personal concerns. https://www.adl.org/