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!

Belong. Connect. Grow.

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.

For more information, email us at sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

2020-2021 Programs

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 sisterhood@eastendtemple.org, except where noted.

Ongoing Programs

Twice-monthly Sisterhood Schmoozes (Women only)
Coffee Talk Schmooze, First Wednesdays, 11:00am
12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7,  5/5,  6/2  
Nightcap Schmooze, Third or Fourth Wednesday, 8:00pm
11/18, 12/23, 1/20, 2/24, 3/17, 4/28, 5/19  
Build friendships by sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93950571610
Meeting ID: 939 5057 1610
Dial in:  646-558-8656

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.

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 sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Scheduled Programs

Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Wednesdays, 7:00pm: 12/16, 1/27, 3/3, 4/21, 6/2
Meetings to discuss plans and meaningful topics for members of Sisterhood.
RSVP required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Mah Jongg Tips and Strategies
Thursday, January 14, 8:00pm
Calling all Mah Jongg players who are looking to “up their game.” Sandy Magesis, experienced Mah Jongg instructor, will be leading an interactive seminar on Mah Jongg tips and strategies for all levels of players.  

Monthly Rosh Chodesh Study Sessions (Women only)
Sundays, 11:00am: 1/17, 2/28, 3/14, 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. RSVP requested: Judith.lorber1@verizon.net
1/17/21 — Ruth Clings to Naomi
2/28/21 — Ruth Harvests with Boaz
3/14/21 — Ruth Pursues Boaz
4/18/21 — Boaz Redeems Ruth
5/23/21 — Ruth’s Changing Status

Lilith Seder (women only)
Thursday, April 1, 6:00pm
Our annual Passover celebration for and about women uses female rituals and symbols and a Haggadah prepared by us.  RSVP required.

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.

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://ampyourgood.com/user/campaigns/3507. 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, 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.

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 go 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, contact Linda Hetzer at lhetzer@aol.com.

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.

Get connected

Email Rabbi Josh Stanton, jstanton@eastendtemple.org.  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 info@eastendtemple.org.

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. 

Next Social Justice Meeting —
Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30pm

ZOOM MEETING LINK
Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 975 9798 1320
Passcode: 664346

Vote 2020

Early Voting!
begins Saturday, Oct. 24 in New York

In New York there are 9 days prior to the traditional election day (Tuesday, November 3) on which we can cast our ballots (Oct. 24-Nov. 1). If you prefer to vote in person, rather than by mail, these days should provide a safer, less crowded environment.
For early voting dates and hours: https://www.vote.nyc/page/early-voting-information
To find your early voting poll location: https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/
To request a mail-in (absentee) ballot: https://absenteeballot.elections.ny.gov/

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

Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “world repair”) has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice. The phrase has origins in classical rabbinic literature and in Lurianic kabbalah, a major strand of Jewish mysticism originating with the work of the 16th-century kabbalist Isaac Luria.

Living It Out

Social Justice is a key tenet to living a meaningful and responsible Jewish life. East End Temple participates lives out social justice in myriad ways. Within the past year, we 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.

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

Listen to Oseh Shalom with Cantor Shira Ginsburg

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.

Hashkiveinu, East End Temple Composer in Residence Project with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Michael Hunter Ochs
Songbook Sessions: Adon Olam with Cantor Shira Ginsburg
and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
Songbook Sessions: L’cha Dodi
with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
Songbook Sessions: Mi Chamocha Freedom Song with Cantor Shira Ginsburg
and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs
Mourner’s Song
East End Temple Composer in Residence Project with Cantor Shira Ginsburg and Michael Hunter Ochs

Songbook Sessions: Adon Olam With Cantor Shira Ginsburg
and Composer in Residence Michael Hunter Ochs

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.

HOW TO GIVE

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.

WHERE TO GIVE

TEMPLE FUNDS

  • 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

Legacy Circle

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) $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.

SISTERHOOD PROGRAMS

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.