Alas, we cannot meet in-person during this time of public health needs. But we can connect via Facebook, Livestream, and Zoom. Here are a list of upcoming programs, which we will update each week, until we can see each other face-to-face. We look forward to staying connected and would welcome you to invite family, friends, and colleagues to join us, as well.

In order to stay connected online, you may need to use new technology. Here’s how you can join Facebook, so that you can watch our East End Temple Facebook Live content. To join a Zoom event, simply click the “Zoom Meeting Link” for that event and follow the prompts to start video and audio. Here’s how you can join Google Hangout. You can Click here to join one of our many Google Hangout groups!

Friday, March 27 at 12:00pm: Torah in a Time of Plague with Rabbi Josh Stanton (ongoing weekly Torah study). Learn with Rabbi Joshua about the teachings of our tradition, which can give us succor and wisdom in this time of pandemic. Our tradition speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

Friday, March 27: Tot Shabbat (pre-recorded) via Facebook Live at 5:45 pm.

Friday, March 27: Shabbat services via Facebook Live at 6:15 pm and via Zoom (link below)

Saturday, March 28 at 12:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch)

Monday, March 30 at 12:00pm: “Sharing Your Wisdom: Storytelling Workshop,” with Dr. Beth Gerson. All of us have something to share with loved ones. Together we will “mine memories and moments” and craft them into short stories, essays, poems, or whatever your “inner muse” prefers. Bring your pen, daydreams and lifetime of experiences – and together we will discover “the storyteller within.” Dr. Beth Gerson will facilitate this wonderful session (which, with enough demand, could become an ongoing series.) Beth Gerson, Ph.D. is a writer and gallery educator at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Her extensive experience as an adjunct professor of literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, literacy specialist and administrator in the New Jersey Public Schools, and workshop facilitator has been guided by a strong commitment to the power of heritage and sharing our stories.

Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00pm: “The Song of the Dove: Jewish Perspectives on Sustainability,” with Alec Appelbaum. Passover celebrates budding, blooming, and other natural processes that allow for human ritual. How does Jewish teaching guide our understanding of what we should value in nature and how we should express that value in investment and policy? Alec Appelbaum, news editor at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, will guide us from the Haggadah through Kabbalah to raise and hopefully affirm some ideas about investing in nature during and after the Covid-19 crisis. 

Wednesday, April 1 at 12:00pm: “Loving the Jewish: Philosemitism and Judaising in Contemporary Christianity,” with Rabbi Dr. David Fox Sandmel from the Anti-Defamantion League. Rabbi Sandmel is a long-time interfaith activist. He has served as Director of Interreligious Engagement at the ADL since 2014. From 2003–2014, he held the Crown-Ryan Chair in Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. RSVP is required: https://adl.zoom.us/meeting/register/uZwqduCrrzMpbpRBl904qEaCeJiT__0jjQ

Thursday, April 2 at 6:00pm: Live Music with Cantor Shira, via Facebook Live

Friday, April 3 at 12:00pm: Torah in a Time of Plague with Rabbi Josh Stanton (ongoing weekly Torah study). Learn with Rabbi Joshua about the teachings of our tradition, which can give us succor and wisdom in this time of pandemic. Our tradition speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

Friday, April 3 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat via Facebook Live

Friday, April 3 at 6:15pm: Shabbat Services via Facebook Live

Saturday, April 4 at 12:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch)

Monday, April 6 at 12:00pm: “Behind the Scenes of Broadway,” with Lisa Buxbaum. More details to come!

Tuesday, April 7 at 12:00pm: Poetry Workshop with Rafaela Sanchez. More details to come!

Thursday, April 9, 5:00-6:00pm: World’s Largest Virtual Seder

Let’s hope we don’t need it. But if the 11th plague just hit, and we still cannot leave our homes for Passover, let’s connect from afar for the World’s Largest Virtual Seder!

Friday, April 10 at 12:00pm: Torah in a Time of Plague with Rabbi Josh Stanton (ongoing weekly Torah study). Learn with Rabbi Joshua about the teachings of our tradition, which can give us succor and wisdom in this time of pandemic. Our tradition speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

Friday, April 10 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live

Saturday, April 11 at 12:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch)

Monday, April 13 at 12:00pm: Passover Lunch Schmooze

Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00pm: Passover Lunch Schmooze

Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00am: Passover Yizkor Service

Thursday, April 16 at 12:00pm: “Religious Freedom in Our Time,” with Ben Marcus of the Religious Freedom Center. More details to come!

Friday, April 17 at 12:00pm: Torah in a Time of Plague with Rabbi Josh Stanton (ongoing weekly Torah study). Learn with Rabbi Joshua about the teachings of our tradition, which can give us succor and wisdom in this time of pandemic. Our tradition speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

Friday, April 17 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat via Facebook Live

Friday, April 17 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live

Saturday, April 18 at 12:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch)

Monday, April 20 at 6pm: “Letters to Sala: Commemorating Yom HaShoah,” with Dr. Jill Vexler and Ann Kirchner. We will take part in a virtual walk-through of the exhibition “Letters to Sala” and talk about Sala and her survival skills while prisoner in Nazi labor camps. Museum curator Dr. Jill Vexler will be joined by Sala’s daughter, Ann Kirchner.

Dear East End Temple Family,

This is a moment in which we need to fully live out our values, in this case to protect each other and society more broadly from the spread of COVID-19. We acknowledge that some other institutions will remain open, but we feel a social duty to engage in “social distancing” in order to slow the spread of the virus. Following the advice of public health officials, we will be closing our building for all programs, including Religious School and Shabbat services, starting tomorrow, Friday March 13, until further notice. The office will remain operational, but staff will work from home, and hourly staff will receive paid time off. We will be doing a proactive and thorough cleaning of our building on Monday, March 16.  

At the same time, we need to be even more present for each other. Each household can expect to hear from our clergy in the coming week. We also invite you to call and email your friends from the community, so that they can feel the warmth of relationship.

Beyond this, our community is opening a number of opportunities to connect remotely:

  • Tot Shabbat will take place via Facebook Live at 5:45 pm on Friday.
  • Shabbat services will take place via Facebook Live at 6:15 pm on Friday. We suggest that you use Facebook Live, so that you can share kind comments during the service itself and have an even more interactive prayer experience. You can even use a digital version of our siddur, Mishkan T’filah, by clicking here to download a Flipbook version, or purchase one for your e-reader or Kindle. You can click here for our East End Temple Songbook. We will all need the warmth of prayer and Torah.
  • Virtual Shabbat Lunch on Saturday, March 14 at 12:00 pm with co-President Rebecca Shore. Please e-mail rebecca@eastendtemple.org, if you would like to take part in it.
  • Rabbi Josh will be teaching a remote Business Ethics Lunch & Learn on Tuesday at noon on the nature and history of maintaining business relationships from afar. Please e-mail him if you would like to take part in it (jstanton@eastendtemple.org), so that he can send you details.
  • Rabbi Josh will teach a remote Adult Education class Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm on the History of Anti-Semitism. Please e-mail him if you would like to take part in it (jstanton@eastendtemple.org), so that he can send you details.
  • Virtual Town Hall with Assembly Member Harvey Epstein on Thursday, March 19th at 12:00 pm. Please e-mail Rabbi Josh Stanton (jstanton@eastendtemple.org) for details.
  • We will be sending Religious School, Youth Group, and b’nei mitzvah tutoring families (via separate emails) special resources for home-based learning, as well as a schedule for online prayer and learning opportunities.
  • If there are additional ways that we can be present for you during this difficult time, please reach out to us. We will try to remain particularly available during regular business hours.

You can expect to hear from us often, as we receive updates from civic leaders and public health officials. We pray for health, healing, and hope. We will do our very best to meet the needs of our beloved community, understanding that developments are ongoing. Thank you for your kindness, patience, and love.

With blessings,

Rabbi Josh Stanton and Cantor Shira Ginsburg

co-Presidents Rebecca Shore and Derek Dorn

Dear Fellow Congregants:

At East End Temple we have a lot to be grateful for – and we are making plans to launch the EET Legacy Circle in the new year. 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.

From time to time, the EET Legacy Circle will be holding informal events for its members and those who may be interested in joining. Our plan is to educate and inspire, and to acknowledge our fellow members who have included East End Temple in their long-range plans. We hope to see you at these events.

L’Dor V’Dor, From Generation to Generation

L’shalom,

Derek Dorn, Co-President and Co-Chair, East End Temple Legacy Circle

Judith Sussman
Co-Chair, East End Temple Legacy Circle

Contact information for our co-Chairs is at the bottom of this letter.

DUE TO ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS ABOUT COVID-19, WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.

Have gently used or new medical supplies to donate? EET is a drop off location for the AFYA Foundation! Monday-Friday 10:00am-2:00 pm.

AFYA collects and delivers critically needed medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions for acute and ongoing health crisis worldwide. Click Here to learn more about the AFYA foundation and to view the supplies that they accept.