You Belong Here

The more than 500 people who sit, dance, study, serve and otherwise move through our congregation each day include interfaith families, women whose husbands fought in World War II, newborns, same-sex couples, Jews by choice, Jews who pray in Hebrew, and Jews who prefer English. Our original members founded the congregation in 1948. Our members live on our block, on the Lower East and Upper West Side, and in Brooklyn, Queens, and Westchester. Some folks who live as far away as California and Arizona remain members to join us remotely for worship. We sing several songs together, including 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 challenging questions, easy smiles, and of course, a nosh.

Visit our Shabbat & Worship pages to learn more about our musical, responsive and topical Shabbat and Holiday services. We offer engaging services and programs for young kids, middle-graders and teens—ways into worship for everyone.

In addition to our streaming options, services take place in our two-story, 200-seat sanctuary. Our historic and award-winning brownstone, designed in 1888 by Richard Morris Hunt, sits about four blocks from Union Square, across from Stuyvesant Square. It feels like home.

 

Community Commitment Membership

During most of our 72-year history, East End Temple relied on fixed dues categories, allowing for individual adjustments as needed. In 2019, East End Temple piloted a new membership model for better alignment with our core values of diversity, accessibility, and appreciation of all giving and receiving. This is what we are calling Community Commitment Membership. Since launching our new membership structure, new members have joined without financial burden; we are so pleased that it has been successful!  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. 

EAST END TEMPLE

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

Elyssa Mosbacher, Administrative Assistant: info@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

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Now?

During most of our 72-year history, East End Temple relied on fixed dues categories, allowing for individual adjustments as needed. In 2019, East End Temple piloted a new membership model for better alignment with our core values of diversity, accessibility, and appreciation of all giving and receiving. This is what we are calling Community Commitment Membership. Since launching our new membership structure, new members have joined without financial burden; we are so pleased that it has been successful! 

What is Community Commitment Membership?

New members joining East End Temple during the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 will determine their own financial commitments for membership.  We ask each new member to consider the sustaining amount of $1730 per adult as a benchmark (this amount being the current average aggregate of membership and philanthropy per adult members that sustains our congregation). This amount is not a requirement for membership, but we ask that you consider it as more than a suggestion.

Why $1730 per adult?

— The average adult pledges $1220 in membership.
— While membership is EET’s largest source of revenue, it accounts for only half of our annual budget.  Therefore, each year we seek additional contributions to East End Temple from all our members in the form of philanthropy.  Each year, the average adult provides an additional $510 in philanthropic support (to our Kol Nidre Appeal and additional giving).

Fees for Religious School and B’nei Mitzvah are fixed and separate from Community Commitment, so that we can plan and provide exceptional Jewish education for our children.

How does Community Commitment Membership Work?
If you are interested in joining East End Temple, please complete a membership application. Following our receipt of your application form, you will be contacted by a congregational leader to welcome you into our community, discuss how our synagogue operates, and explain how your pledge sustains Temple life and our mission. Following that conversation, you will be asked to submit a completed pledge form to confirm your Community Commitment amount according to your financial inclination and capacity.

Information is subject to change.

Click here to begin the application process.

We thank you for inquiring about joining East End Temple and hope to welcome you into our community.

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/