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 (and if you need help, here’s a handy PDF).

We also invite you to volunteer your time and talents. You can click here to learn more about these opportunities. Since our community has been unable to hold Food for Families, we also invite you to donate to City Harvest and support those in immediate need of sustenance. Need employment assistance? Here’s the latest update from UJA-Federation’s Educational Alliance Career Assistance program.  

APRIL

Monday, April 12 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm: Business Ethics Lunch and Learn (BELL)
Join us for a lunch time conversation with Rabbi Josh about ethical dilemmas in business and life and the ways in which Jewish tradition and ethics guide our choices.

Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30pm: Sh’ma Social Justice meeting

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 937 9401 4863
  • Passcode: 456259

Tuesday, April 13 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 4, session 2/3: “What Makes Us Human?” (also April 20)
Rabbinic tradition defines human beings as “the creature that speaks.” When does our humanity begin, when does it end, and what does it mean?

Wednesday, April 14 at 11:00am: Culture Corner
Join us for an opportunity to talk with other congregants about cultural events. All ages and genders welcome.

Thursday, April 15 at 9:30am: “Israel’s Independence Day: Celebrating 73 Years of Religious Diversity in Israel”
A joint presentation of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and AJC Project Interchange, featuring a dialogue with Rabbi David Rosen (AJC director International Interreligious Affairs) and Christopher White (national correspondent, National Catholic Reporter), moderated by Dr. Saba Soomekh, (associate director AJC Los Angeles & scholar of Religious Studies). Click here to register (required).

Thursday, April 15 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, April 16 at 1:30pm: Shabbat Baking — recipe coming soon!
Everyone is welcome to join for community and fun baking to welcome Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Meeting ID: 944 1322 2772 
  • Passcode: 959345
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099

Friday, April 16 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh — Parashat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33)
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, April 16 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, April 16 at 6:15pm: Special Musical Shabbat for Yom Ha’atzmaut
Services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, April 17 at 9:30am: Boker Tov (Good Morning!) Shabbat
If your preschool-2nd grade children are morning people, then this is the Shabbat celebration for you! Similar to our Tot Shabbat service, we will sing, dance, and read a story related to the weekly Torah portion together. For the Zoom link, please email Dir. of Education Mindy Sherry (educator@eastendtemple.org).

Saturday, April 17 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Sunday, April 18 at 11:00am: Rosh Chodesh Torah Discussion and Study (Women only)
Session 4 — Boaz Redeems Ruth
Engaging study and discussion of the Book of Ruth, led by Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, CUNY Graduate Center.  Pre-registration is required.

Sunday, April 18 at 4:00pm: A Stitch in (Virtual) Time
Knitters and crocheters “spin some yarns” while they teach each other their craft, create items to donate to those in need, and share their works-in-progress. Yarn is available for those new to crafts.  Pre-registration is required.

Monday, April 19 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, April 20 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 4, session 3/3: “What Makes Us Human?”
Rabbinic tradition defines human beings as “the creature that speaks.” When does our humanity begin, when does it end, and what does it mean?

Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm: Sisterhood Board Meetings (Sisterhood members only)
Meetings to discuss plans and meaningful topics for members of Sisterhood. RSVP required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, April 22 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, April 23 at 1:30pm: Shabbat Baking — recipe coming soon!
Everyone is welcome to join for community and fun baking to welcome Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Meeting ID: 944 1322 2772 
  • Passcode: 959345
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099

Friday, April 23 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh — Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27)
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, April 23 at 5:45pm: Family Service
Join us for our monthly Family Service with Cantor Amelia! This engaging, participatory service is designed for families with children ages 6-10. Please email Dir. of Education Mindy Sherry (educator@eastendtemple.org) for the Zoom link.

Friday, April 23 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, April 23 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Friday, April 23 at 7:00pm: Virtual Congregational Shabbat Dinners
Join us for our second virtual congregational Shabbat dinner of 2021. Bring your own dinner, and we’ll provide the Zoom! (Enjoy our weekly Shabbat services first, or just join for dinner.) RSVP information is in the weekly eblast.

Saturday, April 24 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Monday, April 26 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Thursday, April 29 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, April 30 at 1:30pm: Shabbat Baking — recipe coming soon!
Everyone is welcome to join for community and fun baking to welcome Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Meeting ID: 944 1322 2772 
  • Passcode: 959345
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099

Friday, April 30 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, April 30 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, April 30 at 6:15pm: Sisterhood Shabbat
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.
Shabbat services are conducted via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

MAY

Saturday, May 1 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Saturday, May 1 at 5:30pm: Family Havdalah
Great for families of all ages! We will learn the rituals we use to bid Shabbat farewell, and wish each other a shavuah tov — a good week. Mark your calendars and start your week off right with us! For the Zoom link, please email Dir. of Education Mindy Sherry (educator@eastendtemple.org).

Monday, May 3 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, May 4 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 5, session 1/3: “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (also May 11 and 18)
At one point do machines deserve rights? At what point do they surpass human capacity? At what point should we be worried? Jewish tradition speaks extensively about the positive potential of science and human ability to create. How does it reflect on the dangers and drawbacks of human creations?

Wednesday, May 5 at 12:00pm: Sisterhood Lunchtime Speaker Series (topic TBA)

Thursday, May 6 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, May 6: Shakespeare Workshop
More information coming soon!

Friday, May 7 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, May 7 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, May 7 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, May 8 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Monday, May 10 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, May 11 at 12:00pm: Business Ethics Lunch and Learn (BELL)
Join us for a lunch time conversation with Rabbi Josh about ethical dilemmas in business and life and the ways in which Jewish tradition and ethics guide our choices.

Tuesday, May 11 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 5, session 2/3: “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (also May 18)
At one point do machines deserve rights? At what point do they surpass human capacity? At what point should we be worried? Jewish tradition speaks extensively about the positive potential of science and human ability to create. How does it reflect on the dangers and drawbacks of human creations?

Thursday, May 13 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, May 14 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, May 14 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, May 14 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, May 15 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Sunday, May 16 at 1:00pm: Annual Helene Spring Library Event
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.

Monday, May 17 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, May 18 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 5, session 3/3: “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
At one point do machines deserve rights? At what point do they surpass human capacity? At what point should we be worried? Jewish tradition speaks extensively about the positive potential of science and human ability to create. How does it reflect on the dangers and drawbacks of human creations?

Thursday, May 20 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, May 21 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, May 21 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, May 21 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, May 22 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Sunday, May 23 at 11:00am: Rosh Chodesh Torah Discussion and Study (Women only)
Session 5 — Ruth’s Changing Status
Engaging study and discussion of the Book of Ruth, led by Judith Lorber, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies, CUNY Graduate Center.  Pre-registration is required.

Monday, May 24 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Thursday, May 27 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop
Beth Gerson, PhD, will be leading a writing workshop for all members of the community. Writing allows us to preserve the past, share what we have learned and ensure a secure future for our generation and all those that follow. Join Beth on this journey to explore our metaphorical backpacks filled to the brim with rich memories, values, and hope. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you are able. Pre-registration required — for registration link, please email info@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, May 28 at 4:45pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh
Learn with Rabbi Josh about the teachings of our tradition, which speaks boldly and courageously about how we should comport ourselves and support each other.

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 986 6404 6645
  • For this year’s calendar of Torah portions, click here; to learn more about each Torah portion, click here

Friday, May 28 at 5:45pm: Music for Contemplation and Reflection
We invite you to join us Friday evenings from 5:45-6:15pm for thirty minutes of contemplative music with our extraordinary accompanist, Pablo Vergara. There is no better way to enter Shabbat during Elul than with these sacred sounds. The music will be streamed via the same Zoom link as our Shabbat services each week (Zoom meeting link).

Friday, May 28 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, May 29 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone Number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 974 8669 1467
  • Passcode: 594869

Monday, May 31 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

On Thursday, April 1 at 5:00pm the Sisterhood of East End Temple will be leading our second virtual Lilith Seder, for women, about women of the Passover story.  We share in the reading of our own unique Haggadah, which includes prayers in the feminine Hebrew form and songs by Debbie Friedman (z t”l).  We will be led by our wonderful cantorial intern, Ilana Goldman. If you have never participated, this is a seder unlike all others. Feel free to take a peek at last year’s Haggadah (in the “Important Documents” list below — we will post the updated version soon).

Lilith Seder Pre-Registration: Please pre-register and indicate your willingness to be a reader.  We will assign all parts ahead of time (which will be reflected in the updated Haggadah).

Timing: Please log into Zoom by no later than 4:45 pm, so that we can start promptly at 5:00 pm, working through any technical challenges. We estimate that the seder should last around one hour.

Joining the Zoom Seder: Once you pre-register, you will receive instructions with a Zoom link. (We do not recommend using a cell phone as the visibility of any display will be very limited.) Although we hope we will see all of the attendees, you will have an option to not turn on your video. If you prefer to dial in using a phone, please contact the temple office for the dial-in information.
For additional guidelines about joining a Zoom meeting, please see: Joining A Zoom Meeting”  

Preparing to participate in the seder:
Please see: “Suggested items for the Virtual Lilith Seder
There is no requirement for you to prepare anything, but if you would like to participate along with the readers, feel free to create your own seder plate or have some of the seder items available. We especially recommend some wine or grape juice and some tambourines or noisemakers!

The Haggadah: Please see the Lilith Seder Haggadah in the “Important Documents” list below. If you have attended our past Lilith Seders, this will look very familiar to you. We scanned it, streamlined it and added some updated relevant content and illustrations.  
We will display the Haggadah on the screen, so there is no need to print it.  You will also notice that we pre-selected readers, whose names are next to the paragraphs. Unfortunately, when using Zoom, there can be only one voice heard at a time, so no group readings or singing.  Please feel free to sing along on mute, while we listen to the beautiful voice of our Cantorial Intern Ilana Goldman.

Additional Important Guidelines:

  • Mute – We will start the seder with everyone muted. Please keep yourself on mute unless it is your turn to read. We will help you with un-muting.
  • Video – Please remember that when using your video, all attendees can see what is in view of your camera. That includes people walking in the background who may be dressed, uh-hum, in less than casual clothing.
  • Notification Sounds – Please turn off all notification sounds on your devices.
  • Use Speaker View – We recommend that when you join, you are in Speaker View (see “Joining a Zoom Meeting” if you are not familiar with this)

Important Documents:

World’s Largest Virtual Seder II
Sunday, March 28, 5:00-6:30pm

Let’s connect for what could be the World’s Largest Virtual Seder II! Our virtual seder is free and open to all. Everything you need to join us is on this page: how to register and receive the Zoom link, items to have in your home, an online Haggadah, and guidelines for joining our Zoom seder.

List of suggested items to have in your home for the seder

The Haggadah we will be using — printable PDF

Guidelines for joining our Zoom seder

Lilith Seder — Women’s Seder sponsored by the Sisterhood of East End Temple
Thursday, April 1, 5:00-6:30pm

Our annual Lilith Seder is for women about women, from Miriam to our modern day women of valor. We joyfully share in the reading of our own unique Haggadah, which includes meaningful prayers in the feminine Hebrew form, and we sing songs by Debbie Friedman (z”l), led by our cantorial intern, Ilana Goldman. All women are welcome to join us, but pre-registration is required — click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the seder (please read the confirmation email carefully — it will contain the Zoom link)

Other Haggadahs

Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah is the newest Reform Haggadah for home use. Replete with poetry, art, and inspiring translations, Mishkan HaSeder sets a beautiful contemporary standard. The EET Judaica Shop willl have limited quantities of Mishkan HaSeder available for purchase, or you can purchase unlimited copies directly from the CCAR, at a 20% discount off the list price: https://www.ccarpress.org/shopping_product_detail.asp?pid=50544

American Jewish World Service Social Justice Haggadah (free download): https://ajws.org/who-we-are/resources/holiday-resources/passover/global-justice-haggadah/#tiles 

HIAS (refugee protection organization) Passover resources and Haggadah: https://www.hias.org/passover

Family Resources

PJ Library: https://pjlibrary.org/passover

Reform Judaism: https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/passover

Parody Songs for a Lively Seder: http://www.templerodefshalom.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Sedersongs2012-all.pdf

Recipes using matzah: https://reformjudaism.org/lotsa-matzah-go-resource-recipes-blessings-history-and-more

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 closed our building for all programs, including Religious School and Shabbat services on Friday March 13th. The office remains operational, but staff will work from home, and hourly staff will receive paid time off. We also conducted a thorough, proactive 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.
  • We will be hosting programs nearly every single day, so that you can feel a sense of community, even from home. Please click here to see the latest offerings on our “East End Temple Everywhere” page.
  • 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.