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.
The Sisterhood of East End Temple brings together women in all stages of life in friendship, leadership, and intellectual and spiritual growth. We listen to women’s voices and promote their interests, passions, ideas, and concerns. Together we engage in tikkun olam by producing timely and relevant programming, fundraising, and advocating for social justice, while nurturing the life of the congregation, its leaders, and the community at large.
Join Sisterhood today!
We are happy to announce that we can offer a few different options to make an annual dues donation to Sisterhood:
To pay online, by echeck or credit card, please click here. As the temple does pay a fee for all online payments, we do ask that you include any fees in your payment, although not required. You will receive a receipt of your donation by email.
To pay with a paper check, please click here. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
As we adjust to our changing circumstances, such as meeting virtually versus meeting in person, we will continue to update this page with locations and links. Programs are open to all, unless otherwise specified. Please send any questions and RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org, except where noted.
Lunchtime Speaker Series, First Wednesdays, 12:00pm
4/7: “Lunch with Judge Alice Schlesinger” EET member the Honorable Alice Schlesinger will share her journey and lessons in the legal system, from Legal Aid to the State Supreme Court.
Writing Workshops Every Thursday, 10:00am Beth Gerson leads a writing workshop using our experiences and different writing styles. This is an ongoing workshop; no prior attendance required. Pre-registration is required — for the registration link, please email email@example.com.
Mah Jongg Lessons and Play Learn Mah Jongg from our resident experts and play virtually (using RealMahJongg.com). Once we are able, we will host in-person play and lessons. If you are interested in learning, buying a Mah Jongg card, or finding people to play with, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sisterhood Board Meetings(Sisterhood members only) Wednesdays, 7:00pm: 4/21, 6/2 Meetings to discuss plans and meaningful topics for members of Sisterhood. RSVP required to email@example.com.
Stitch in (Virtual) Time Sundays at 4:00pm: 4/18 Share your latest knit and crochet projects and life stories, while making hats and scarves to donate to the needy. Pre-registration required — click here.
Monthly Rosh Chodesh Study Sessions(Women only) Sundays, 11:00am: 4/18, 5/23 Engaging study and discussion of the Book of Ruth, led by Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, CUNY Graduate Center. Open to all EET women and their guests. Pre-registration required — click here. 1/17/21 — Ruth Clings to Naomi 2/28/21 — Ruth Harvests with Boaz 3/21/21 — Ruth Pursues Boaz 4/18/21 — Boaz Redeems Ruth 5/23/21 — Ruth’s Changing Status
Lilith Seder(Women only) Thursday, April 1, 5:00pm Our annual Passover celebration for and about women uses female rituals and symbols and a Haggadah prepared by us. Pre-registration required — click here to register.
Sisterhood Shabbat Friday, April 30, 6:15pm A celebration of Sisterhood’s contributions to EET with WRJ Executive Director Rabbi Marla Feldman speaking about Women of Reform Judaism and women’s advocacy.
Annual Helene Spring Library Event Sunday, May 16, 1:00pm In honor of our beautiful library, named for our founding member and past president of Sisterhood and East End Temple, we host a renowned author to speak about their book. This year we are honored to hear Dani Shapiro, author of “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” speak about her “quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years.” The author received a National Jewish Book Award for autobiography and memoir for this book.
Engaging in tikkun olam – our fundraising and advocacy programs
Sisterhood supports a number of worthy causes for those in need as well as temple staff, clergy and building projects. If you are interested in donating to any of our funds and/or honoring a loved one, please refer to the Contribute page.
Birthday Fund Led by Jodi Malcom, donations celebrating birthdays and other life events are given to groups that empower women and girls. This year we donated to as the Safe Passage Project, and the Correctional Association of New York. Jodi reaches out to all of our Sisterhood members with a birthday surprise.
Food For Families Funds Led by a team of Sisterhood women, our program to meet in person and make meals to feed hungry New Yorkers is on hold. Instead we are offering two options: — You can now purchase food online to feed hungry New Yorkers through our new Food For Families digital food drive. Through City Harvest’s partner, #GiveHealthy, our members can donate fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food requested by local hunger relief organizations. Choose the foods you want to donate at https://amplify.ampyourgood.com/user/campaigns/3702 . At the end of each month, all donations will be delivered to the City Harvest warehouse for distribution. — You can continue to make donations in honor of a loved one to our Food For Families fund via the Contribute page, and we will allocate these monies on a monthly basis to satisfy our monthly goals of giving to #GiveHealthy.
Helene Spring Library Fund A jewel of the temple, our library houses an extensive collection from which temple members may browse and borrow. Named for one of EET’s founding members, who is both a past temple president and Sisterhood president, we raise funds to keep our library beautiful and well-stocked.
Sisterhood Leadership Development Fund We are dedicated to creating leaders who can develop programs to enhance our EET community and to raise funds to support meaningful projects. Women of Reform Judaism, along with other leadership organizations, provides us with access to many development tools, from conferences to training presentations. Monies in this fund will be used to take advantage of those tools in order to support the enhancement of leadership skills of current Sisterhood members and to develop future Sisterhood leaders.
Programs On Hold…
East End Temple Sisterhood Theater Program Theater lovers look forward to seeing Broadway shows once again when the lights come on and the curtain goes up. We will keep you posted.
Jewelry Sale While we await another sale, we are continuing to collect jewelry. If you have jewelry you no longer wear, items you have inherited, or gifts that were not quite your style, we would love to have them. For more information on how to make a donation, email Sisterhood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Email Rabbi Josh Stanton, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.
Get Involved! For those of you who are looking for ways to engage this election season, Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election and ensuring that Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square. You can get training and volunteer at: https://rac.org/take-action/congregations-communities/rac-civic-engagement-campaign-2020
The new CD is here! Cantor Shira Ginsburg Sings the Songs of Michael Hunter Ochs is available at East End Temple, and on all digital streaming services as of December 4. To pre-save the album on Spotify, click here. To purchase the digital album (including a bonus track), click here.
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. Shira with Shira is a group of congregants who sing with our fabulous Cantor Shira Ginsburg. We have several sessions about three times a year (not unlike the approach to adult ed), and we occasionally sing at services, the annual Holocaust Observance in the City, and the like. The next sessions of Shira with Shira will take place in November, on three successive Tuesdays, the 5th, 12th and 19th. We rehearse in the sanctuary from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and we will be preparing for a joint interfaith Thanksgiving service on November 26 with singers from the Village Temple. We hope you can join us. Singing with Shira with Shira is an opportunity to spend time with Cantor Shira and up to as many as ten or more congregants who love to sing and learn about singing with the Cantor.
Songbook Sessions: Adon Olam With Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
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.
HOW TO GIVE
Click on the following links for convenient ways to support East End Temple:
Guests, please click here to complete the necessary information to process a contribution. A description of our giving opportunities is listed below.
WHERE TO GIVE
EL EMET FUND: helps beautify and maintain our temple, underwrite holiday festivities, projects. In honor of a simchah, a mishebeirach, yahrzeits. $10.00 minimum
CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: used for charitable giving, enrichment of the congregation and community. $36.00 minimum
FUND FOR THE FUTURE: helps ensure future growth in all temple activities. $100.00 minimum
HAMERMESH MUSIC FUND: provides special music programs and resource materials. $18.00 minimum
LEONARD SPRING MEMORIAL FUND: dedicated to supporting unfunded projects to benefit EET. $18.00 minimum
RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: used for charitable giving, enrichment of the congregation and community. $36.00 minimum. (Separate check required)
SARA A. SPENCER CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL FUND: provides educational materials for the Religious School. $18.00 minimum
SIMCHAT SHABBAT FUND: provides musical Shabbatot, diverse community programs. $54.00 minimum
At East End Temple we have a lot to be grateful for. It is thanks to the foresight and generosity of those who came before us that EET has entered its eighth decade with strength and vibrancy. We are grateful to them for establishing a spiritual home that cultivates relevant Jewish life through connected community. Now it is our turn to make certain our tradition continues for generations and that EET continues to be a beacon for downtown Jewish life.
The EET Legacy Circle will bring together members like you and us, who are eager to help ensure our Jewish community’s future for generations to come by naming East End Temple as a beneficiary in their estate plans. Planned gifts of all sizes can play a significant role in sustaining our Temple. If you have already included EET in your estate plans, as we each have, please email Judith or simply send this form back to the Temple office.
And if you are thinking about including EET in your estate plans, we would love to talk further with you. Please feel free to contact either of us or Rabbi Josh Stanton (JStanton@eastendtemple.org) for a confidential discussion. We are truly grateful for your consideration.
L’Dor V’Dor, From Generation to Generation
L’shalom, Judith Sussman and Derek Dorn, Co-Chairs East End Temple Legacy Circle
For the following gift/naming opportunities, please contact the EET office via phone or email:
Floral (Flowers for the service)
Kehilla Plaque on Sanctuary Lobby Wall
Memorial Board Plaque
$400 / $250
Simcha Tree Leaf
HIGH HOLY DAYS (HHD) purchases/giving: HHD Pledge, HHD Ticket (Member), HHD Ticket (Non-Members), Yizkor.
Donations to one of the Sisterhood-sponsored programs can now be made online, using one of the above links, under HOW TO GIVE. However, if you prefer to send a paper check, 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: We are working with City Harvest’s partner, #GiveHealthy, to donate healthy foods requested by hunger relief organizations. You can make donations in honor of a loved one to our Food For Families fund, and we will allocate these monies on a monthly basis to satisfy our monthly goals of giving to #GiveHealthy. $18 min.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES DAY SPONSOR: 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. (if paying by manual check, please make 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.
Shira with Shira is a group of congregants who sing with our fabulous Cantor, Shira Ginsburg. We have several sessions about three times a year (not unlike the approach to adult ed), and we occasionally sing at services, the annual Holocaust Observance in the City, and the like.
The next sessions of Shira with Shira will take place in November, on three successive Tuesdays, the 5th, 12th and 19th. We rehearse in the sanctuary from 6:30 to 7:45 pm, and we will be preparing for a joint interfaith Thanksgiving service on November 26 with singers from the Village Temple. We hope you can join us.
Singing with Shira with Shira is an opportunity to spend time with Cantor Shira and up to as many as ten or more congregants who love to sing and learn about singing with the Cantor.