Belong. Connect. Grow.

East End Temple Sisterhood is an intergenerational women’s group committed to mobilizing and supporting the life of East End Temple and the community at large. Through its financial contributions, Sisterhood supports the Temple building and facilities, creates and executes meaningful social programs, sends gifts to our B’nai Mitzvah and out-of-town college students. Timely and insightful programming addresses the needs and interests of both Sisterhood and Temple membership.

Join Sisterhood today!

Click here to see our 2019-2020 Sisterhood Board.

2019 – 2020 Programs

Local Women, Local Politics

Sunday, November 17, 10:30 am

Meet our local women politicians as they discuss their experiences and thoughts on their role in the current political landscape, moderated by our Assemblyman, Harvey Epstein.  Light brunch served.

Helene Spring Library Event
Sunday, March 22, 1:00 pm

Author presentation, with a book sale and signing and homemade dessert buffet. Dani Shapiro will discuss her best-seller, Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, and her quest to unlock the story of her own identity. All are welcome, including guests.

Sisterhood Shabbat

Friday, March 27, 6:15 pm

Speaking Truth To Power: Women’s Advocacy Can Change the World.  Come celebrate our Sisterhood’s contributions to EET and hear Rabbi Marla Feldman, Executive Director of Women of Reform Judaism, who will speak about WRJ’s history and Social Justice initiatives.

Lilith Seder

Tuesday, April 14, 6:00–9:00 pm

Annual all-women seder celebrates Passover from a woman’s perspective. Led by our Cantor, it’s potluck with special haggadah readings, singing and dancing, and great food.

For Sisterhood members and their women guests. Reservations required. 

Food For Families

Sundays, 12:00–2:00 pm

10/6, 11/10, 12/8, 1/5, 2/2, 3/1, 3/29

Temple families prepare meals for the hungry in our city. The meals are picked up by a City Harvest truck and brought to pantries where they are distributed within hours. All welcome. Bring five loaves of whole wheat bread, 16 pieces of fruit and wear a hat to comply with Health Department regulations.

Rosh Chodesh Study Sessions

Sundays, 10:30-12:00 pm

1/12, 2/16, 3/15, 4/26, 5/17

Engaging study and discussion about women in Torah and feminist Jewish theology, led by Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, CUNY Graduate Center.  The theme for this year is The Hebrew Priestess. Women-only potluck brunch, reservations required.


Sundays 1:00–4:00 pm

1/5, 3/1, 3/29

Join us for an afternoon of knitting and crocheting. Learn a simple stitch and participate in our Cold Weather Project to make a hat or scarf for New York’s needy. Yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks provided. Confer with our master knitters and crocheters on your own projects.  All levels of interest are welcome.  

Sisterhood Board Meetings

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

9/18, 11/13, 1/22, 3/18. 5/13

Meetings are open to all Sisterhood members. RSVP required.

Get Involved!

Deepen your involvement with Sisterhood by giving your time and expertise – as much or as little as you wish. You’ll establish new friendships and connections, expand your knowledge and have fun, too. Note that Sisterhood membership also connects you to Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), a global network of women’s empowerment groups and sisterhoods.  Join Sisterhood today!

For more information, email us at

Social Justice (Tikkun Olam) is a key tenet to living a meaningful and responsible Jewish life. East End Temple participates in social justice in myriad ways. Within the past year, we are pleased to have:​

  • Prepared and packed thousands upon thousands of meals for the needy with our monthly Food for Families program.
  • Learned about the immigration crisis with activist Ravi Ragbir and Professor Alina Das from the NYU School of Law.
  • Hosted Accompaniment Training sessions with the New Sanctuary Coalition, in support of immigrant rights.
  • Proud members of the Synagogue Coalition on the Immigration and Refugee Crisis (with one of our community members being appointed its Vice President!)
  • Became one of 100+ congregations in the Reform Movement to sign a Brit Olam in dedication to social justice in key areas.
  • Signed onto multiple amicus briefs in support of immigrant rights and opposing the construction of the border wall.
  • Joined RAC-NY and its efforts to pass Green Light NY.
  • Redoubled interfaith collaboration in our area, including an interfaith Seder with the Cordoba House (Muslim community) and St. Francis Xavier (Catholic community).
  • Taken part in, cosponsored, and led numerous rallies in support of immigrant rights and against the separation of families.

East End Temple’s Young Professionals meet monthly for Shabbat services and a dinner conversation, connect for Jewish holidays, and gather socially at each other’s homes. This growing constituency is comprised of people who want to be Jewishly involved, Jews by choice, people in relationship with Jews, and those who are Jewishly interested and seeking meaning amid busy lives.

Young Professionals Calendar 2019 – 2020

First Friday Hangouts

Join for Shabbat services at East End Temple at 6:15 pm and then stay for dinner in the rabbi’s study. RSVP requested; chip in $10 apiece for food. September 6; October 4; November 1; December 6; February 7; March 6; April 3; May 1; June 5

Jewish Tastes: Whole Foods of Union Square

Taste of Rosh Hashanah: Thursday, September 26th

Taste the best of the fall harvest and learn about new dishes and recipes that can enliven your Rosh Hashanah Table. From apples and honey to Jewish home-cooking like brisket, stop by and get ready for the High Holy Days.

Latke Cookoff: Thursday, December 12th

With Chanukah so late this year, young professionals would gather to sample olive oils and see the different (delicious) ways that latkes can be made. 

Purim Spiel and Party

There will be a Purim Party to remember at a new club opening in Chelsea, Monday, March 9th. More details to follow.

Passover Seder

Join us for a Second Night Passover Seder on Thursday, April 9th. Details TBD

Get connected

Email Rabbi Josh Stanton,  And to receive the EET Weekly Eblast so you are up-to-date with what’s going on across the Temple, send your email to EET office 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 something about each other.

And, as we say, the BEET Goes On! 

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. 

Listen to this original Adon Olam with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Michael Hunter Ochs!

Click here to listen to Cantor Shira Ginsburg’s CD, A New Light, which is also available to pick up at EET for free.

Join the Cantor and sing your heart out at Shira with Shira. No singing or sight reading experience necessary.  Open to members of EET.

Prayers & Blessings:

Audio Files are Forthcoming.

Click on each title below to hear Cantor Shira Ginsburg chant each of the prayers and blessings taught in the religious school.

Important Note: When using a Mac, sound files will only play via Google Chrome.

Shabbat Blessings

– Borei Pri Hagafen

– Hamotzi


Sh’ma and V’ahavta

Oseh Shalom

Modeh Ani

Mah Tovu


Mi Chamocha

– Evening

– Morning

Adonai S’fatai

Amidah Avot V’Imahot

Amidah G’vurot


– Evening

– Morning

Mi Shebeirach

Torah Blessings

– Before the Reading

– After the Reading

Haftarah Blessings

– Before the Reading

– After the Reading


Chatzi Kaddish


Nisim B’Chol Yom


Yih’yu L’ratzon

Shalom Rav

Mourners’ Kaddish

L’chah Dodi (Verses 1, 2, 5, & 9)


Chanukah Blessings

Four Questions


Our new exhibition is on loan from the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland, and will be on display through the summer. This installation is but a fraction of the extensive archive of photographs taken mostly in the 1930’s by Krakovian Ze’ev Aleksandrowicz. His keen eye for Jewish life in Kraków and new energy in Palestine portrays these dramatic contrasts during the interwar period. Through Aleksandrowicz’s lens, we become a fly on the wall as kibbutzim were forming and Tel Aviv was growing.
The full exhibition catalogue is available in the EET Library.

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Giving to East End Temple

We are grateful for your support. Tzedakah, or charity, fulfills some of Judaism’s strongest traditions. It also powers the activities and well-being of East End Temple. You may make a contribution in honor of a person or an event, in memory of someone, or just because you care about the EET community.


Click on the following links for convenient ways to support East End Temple:

  • Members, please click here.
  • Guests, please click here to complete the necessary information to process a contribution. A description of our giving opportunities is listed below.

Campaign Goals: Raise $240,000;

Achieve 100% Member Participation

Click here to read about The 120 Fund’s Progress

Honoring a legacy of leadership.

Ensuring East End Temple’s future strength.

The 120 Fund, launched in 2017, honors the work of Karen Feuer, our outstanding 12-year, four-term outgoing president.

As EET enters its next phase of growth, The 120 Fund will provide the financial resources for new forward-thinking initiatives developed by clergy and lay leadership.

Initiatives will focus on driving innovative congregational engagement and learning for all members – youth, families, and adults.

For more information click here.

To support The 120 Fund, contact



  • EL EMET: helps beautify and maintain our temple, underwrite holiday festivities, projects.  Note:  simcha, mishebeirach, yahrzeits.  $10.00 min. 
  • CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY: used for charitable giving, enrichment of the congregation and community.  $36.00 min.
  • FUND FOR THE FUTURE: helps ensure future growth in all temple activities.  $100.00 min.
  • HAMERMESH MUSIC: provides special music programs and resource materials.  $18.00 min.
  • LEONARD SPRING MEMORIAL: dedicated to supporting unfunded projects to benefit EET.  $18.00 min.
  • RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY: used for charitable giving, enrichment of the congregation and community.  $36.00 min. (Separate check required)
  • SARA A. SPENCER CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL: provides educational materials for the Religious School.  $18.00 min.
  • SIMCHAT SHABBAT: provides musical Shabbatot, diversified community programs.  $54.00 min.

For the following gift/naming opportunities, please contact the EET office via phone or email:

Floral (Flowers for the service)$75
Kehilla Plaque on Sanctuary Lobby Wall$5,000 min.
Memorial Board Plaque$720
Oneg/Collation$400 / $250
Simcha Tree Leaf$234

HIGH HOLY DAYS (HHD) purchases/giving: HHD Pledge, HHD Ticket (Member), HHD Ticket (Non-Members), Yizkor.


For Sisterhood donations (check payments only) please make your check payable to EET Sisterhood, indicate the name of the fund(s) and send it to the temple office.  Your canceled check is your receipt.

  • FOOD FOR FAMILIES: underwrites this social action program.  Contribution helps us purchases the food supplies volunteers need to fill the bags of meals prepared to feed the hungry.  $18.00 min.
  • FOOD FOR FAMILIES DAY SPONSOR: purchases the food supplies volunteers need to fill the bags of meals prepared to feed the hungry.  Contribution designates you as sponsor for the day. $360.00 min.
  • HELENE SPRING LIBRARY: helps purchase new and archival books, library equipment and additional materials for our library.   $18.00 min.  (separate check required, made out to East End Temple Library)
  • SISTERHOOD BIRTHDAY FUND: contributes to a social action fund benefiting women and girls to be selected annually.  $18.00 min.

All contributions to East End Temple or Sisterhood will be acknowledged to the person(s) for whom you make a donation, as well as noted in our monthly newsletter Templet.