The East End Temple Men’s Club fosters fellowship, provides service, and promotes education within our community. We are planning a robust slate of events for the coming year, so watch this space for more information. Any questions or ideas can be emailed to mensclub@eastendtemple.org.

2023-2024 Programs

Monthly meetings at 7:00pm (in person and via Zoom): March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20

Mishloach Manot Packaging and Delivery Coordination
Thursday, March 21 before the monthly meeting
Be part of our team to put together mishloach manot to brighten someone’s Purim this season! We will assemble (and the schedule delivery of) packages for members of our community. As this will be taking place before our monthly meeting, and will likely flow into that meeting, we are asking for just EET MC members to participate in this event. No RSVP required.

The Second Annual Great Hamantaschen Competition
Saturday, March 23, 6:00-8:00pm (during the congregational Purim celebration
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Join your EET friends for laughter, songs, and hamantaschen as we celebrate Purim! RSVP to mensclub@eastendtemple.org if you’d like to enter the competition and we will send instructions for preparing and delivering your entry. There will be fabulous prizes for our winners, and we also hope to compile a recipe book this year to share with our community.

Pillows for Passover
Thursday, April 4 from 6:30-8:00pm
(in person)
Make your very own pillow to use for reclining during your seder! We will have all the supplies and a range of design options. Learn some basic sewing techniques (by hand or with a machine), and take hope a lovely decorative pillow for your home or room. This is an EETMC Family event, open to members of our community of all ages. Please email mensclub@eastendtemple.org if you plan to attend (and indicate the number in your party).

EET at the Celebrate Israel Parade
Sunday, June 2

Join the EET delegation for the annual Celebrate Israel Parade

Spring Family Picnic
Saturday, June 15 at 12:00pm

Please save the date. We will start asking for RSVPs on June 1. Once again, EETMC will provide sandwiches, drinks, plates, napkins and utensils. We ask folks to bring side dishes or desserts. We will also try to have some organized fun competitive events (events that are inclusive to all ages and comfort levels!), with fun prizes for the winners.

Coming Soon (dates TBD):

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage Visit
    We are looking to plan a group visit and tour in the second half of June (hopefully capturing folks before the end of the school year when people head out of the city). Please look for more details soon!
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
  • Spring Family Brunch


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.

Click here to join Sisterhood today!

2023-2024 Programs

We offer a number of programs in different formats — in person, on Zoom and hybrid.  Unless otherwise stated, the entire community, friends and family, is welcome to join us! Please send any questions and RSVPs to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org, except where noted.

Ongoing Programs

Food For Families
Sundays at 12:00pm: Mar. 3, Apr. 7
For over 30 years, multiple generations of our community have made meals to feed hungry New Yorkers. Advance sign-up will be required (look for the link in an upcoming eblast). All participants must be age 12 or older (ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult). Each participant should bring five loaves of whole wheat bread and 16 pieces of fruit (preferably apples and oranges) and wear a hat to comply with Department of Health regulations.

Getting to Know You — Monthly Wednesdays Lunchtime Speaker Series (Zoom)
Wednesdays at 12:00pm: Mar. 6, Apr. 3
Bring your lunch and join us as we introduce a fascinating member of our community. 

March 6: Andrea Nimberger – Being Part of an EET Founder Family
Andrea Nimberger has a career in both the fashion industry, and as a realtor. Her family are among the founders of East End Temple, and she has been a member of our community throughout her life. Her son is a third-generation East End Temple community member. Find out about her family, her life and her work.

April 3: TBD


Rosh Chodesh Study and Discussion: “Rebekah, Our Second Matriarch” (in person and via Zoom)
Sundays at 10:30am: Mar. 3, Apr. 7
We continue our celebration of Rosh Chodesh, a holiday traditionally connected to women. When Rebekah, second matriarch of the Jewish people, sends Jacob to Mesopotamia to find a wife and escape his brother Esau’s wrath, he introduces himself to his cousin (and future wife) Rachel not as the son of Isaac, but as the son of Rebekah (Gen 29:12). What might this suggest? Join us for lively sessions led by Fern Stampleman, Elissa Macklin and Laurie Treuhaft. We’ll spend time together in conversation, share a potluck brunch and participate in evaluating Rebekah’s impact on the covenantal promise. 
No prior knowledge necessary! Registration required. All reading materials emailed to registrants in advance of each date. 
March 3: In session three we look at the covenantal trail… l’dor va-dor... from generation to generation, and how Rebekah fares. Click here to register

Stitch-A-Thon
Sundays at 1:00pm: Mar. 3 (in person)
Gather for a while with other stitchers. Show off your latest projects; get help from our experts; make a hat or scarf for our Cold Weather Project for donating to New York’s needy.

Mah Jongg Play and Lessons (click for more information)



Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Thursdays at 6:30pm: Mar. 7, Apr. 11, May 23, June 27 (in person and via Zoom)
All Sisterhood members are invited to join our bi-monthly board meetings when we share thoughts about our upcoming and past events, social action initiatives and what we can do to support each other and the EET community. RSVP requested to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Scheduled Programs

Sisterhood Shabbat (in person and Livestream)
Friday, March 8 at 6:15pm
Celebrate 75 years of Sisterhood and International Women’s Day, in prayer and song. Our speaker will be Rabbi Marla Feldman, former executive director of Women of Reform Judaism and author of Biblical Women Speak: Hearing Their Voices Through New and Ancient Midrash. A festive dinner will follow the service.

Helene Spring Library Event 
Sunday, March 17 at 3:00pm
Our annual celebration of our beautiful library includes a featured author speaking about their book, followed by a book sale and signing, and our always-popular homemade dessert buffet. This year, award-winning author Jennifer Rosner will discuss her new novel, Once We Were Home. Based on the true stories of four Jewish children hidden in Christian settings to survive during World War II, it is the story of bonding, struggle, return, and in the end, the question of what is home. The novel is a remarkable achievement.

Lilith Seder
Thursday, April 25 at 6:00pm
(in person)
Sisterhood members using she/her pronouns, plus one guest,  are welcome (ages 13 and up)
Join us for our annual potluck seder! Led by Cantor Brodsky, everyone participates in reading from a Haggadah written especially for the Sisterhood of East End Temple, focused on the women’s role in the Passover story, including prayers using feminized Hebrew. We sing songs written by Debbie Friedman, dance with tambourines, honor women of valor, use a Miriam’s Cup for water and place a symbolic orange on the seder plate. 

  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER, indicating whether you will join in person or on Zoom, and if in person, including your guest’s name and contribution to the potluck dinner or seder items.  In-person space fills up quickly so you are advised to respond as soon as possible. If you are not a current Sisterhood member, we welcome you to JOIN OR RENEW for a minimum contribution of $36 for the 2023-2024 membership year. For further information, please email SISTERHOOD@EASTENDTEMPLE.ORG.

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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
In its 12th year, Jodi Malcom chairs this outreach fund supported by donations honoring Sisterhood member birthdays, the birthdays of their loved ones, and other life events. Monies are directed to local organizations selected annually that support the lives of women and girls. Recently, donations were given to the Women’s Prison Association, which empowers women to redefine their lives in the face of injustice and incarceration, and New Women New Yorkers, which empowers immigrant women to obtain meaningful employment or pursue higher education in NYC.

Food For Families Funds
Led by a team of Sisterhood women for almost 30 years, we gather to make meals to feed hungry New Yorkers, which are picked up and distributed by City Harvest. Donations to these funds are used to buy the meal-making ingredients and materials.

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.

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. 

Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “world repair”) has come to connote social action and the pursuit of social justice.

2023 Highlights

  • Interfaith support and collaboration with Middle Collegiate Church, one of the oldest continuous Protestant churches in North America, following a devastating fire
  • Sisterhood‘s Food For Families fed thousands of hungry New Yorkers
  • Engaged in Keshet training to improve equality of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Provided direct assistance to 208 asylum-seeking families in Chinatown
  • Signed on to multiple amicus briefs


Volunteer Opportunities

  • EET Eastside Schleppers, a volunteer apartment set-up team, works with Ruth’s Refuge to move donated household items, including furniture, for the newest New Yorkers. For more information, email info@eastendtemple.org.



Support Israel

The East End Temple Board of Trustees has vetted and recommends the following organizations in supporting Israel, our Jewish homeland:



Broader Support for People Impacted in the Region



Support Ukraine

For more information about East End Temple’s Social Justice activities, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Welcome Cantor Olivia Brodsky!

Growing up, Cantor Brodsky was touched by liturgical music and recognized it as an accessible and powerful means of connecting with her heritage and community. She believes strongly in the transcendent nature of music, and its unparalleled ability to both convey and evoke emotion and spirituality. 

Influenced by the musical styles of both Reform and Conservative cantors, as well as her background in both Musical Theatre and Classical music, Cantor Brodsky recognizes that the musical preferences of our community are as diverse as the people of whom it is composed. Cantor Brodsky makes a concerted effort to keep the music of Shabbat and Holiday services eclectic, participatory, and engaging. With a combination of folk, contemporary, classical compositions and chazzanut, she hopes that everyone will hear music that speaks to their souls and accentuates the meaning of our liturgy.

Listen to recordings of Cantor Olivia Brodsky here

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.
    If you would like to contribute by check, please mail to: East End Temple, 245 E. 17th St., New York, NY, 10003, or to East End Temple, P.O. Box 418, Montvale, NJ 07645. Please note the fund on the memo line.
  • 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

  • KOL NIDREI 5784 APPEAL: helps ensure future growth of East End Temple
  • CANTOR’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: used for charitable giving, enrichment of the congregation and community. $36.00 minimum
  • EL EMET FUND: helps beautify and maintain our temple, underwrite holiday festivities, projects. In honor of a simchah, a mishebeirach, yahrzeits. $10.00 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 AND HELENE SPRING MEMORIAL FUND: Dedicated to providing safety and comfort-based enhancements for the sanctuary and throughout the temple building. Materials that aid the physically and mentally challenged are the focus of this fund. $18.00 minimum
  • RABBI’S DISCRETIONARY FUND: used for charitable giving, enrichment of the congregation and community. $36.00 minimum
  • SARA A. SPENCER CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL FUND: provides educational materials for the Religious School. $18.00 minimum
  • SIMCHAT SHABBAT FUND: provides musical Shabbatot and diverse community programs. $54.00 minimum
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND: used to provide service to those in need in our neighborhood, city, nation, and world. No minimum

East End Temple — 75 Years Together

In 1948, a community of World War II veterans came together to found East End Temple. Through leadership, innovation, and dedication to community, our congregation has grown and flourished. 

To launch EET into our next 75 years, we have launched a campaign, 75 for 75, in which we look to raise $75,000 to fund our future and initiatives currently being developed by clergy, Board members and congregants. To donate, please choose Fund for the Future.

Legacy Circle

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,
Rebecca Shore and Brian Lifsec, Co-Presidents
Judith Sussman, Chair, The East End Temple Legacy Circle

Contact information is at the bottom of this letter.

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: Led by a team of Sisterhood women for almost 30 years, we gather to make meals to feed hungry New Yorkers, which are picked up and distributed by City Harvest. Donations to these funds are used to buy the meal-making ingredients and materials. $18 minimum
  • FOOD FOR FAMILIES DAY SPONSOR: Contribution designates you as sponsor for the day. $360 minimum
  • HELENE SPRING LIBRARY FUND: helps purchase new and archival books, library equipment and additional materials for our library.  $18 minimum
  • SISTERHOOD BIRTHDAY FUND: contributes to a social action fund benefiting women and girls to be selected annually.  $18 minimum

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.