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.  

October

Thursday, October 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.

Thursday, October 29 at 8:00pm: Virtual Trivia Night II
All are welcome to a night of fun and friendly competition, co-hosted by the Sisterhood and Men’s Club. Pre-registration is required — click here.

Friday, October 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.

Friday, October 30 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

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

Saturday, October 31 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

NOVEMBER

Monday, November 2 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Wednesday, November 4 at 11:00am: Sisterhood Coffee Talk Schmooze
Build friendships by sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns

Thursday, November 5 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, November 5 at 5:00pm: Book Club
Discussing The Third Daughter, by Talia Carner

Friday, November 6 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.

Friday, November 6 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

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

Saturday, November 7 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, November 9 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, November 10 at 12:00pm: Business Ethics Lunch and Learn
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. (For more information and future dates, please see the Adult Education page.)

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

Thursday, November 12 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, November 12 at 8:00pm: Shakespeare Workshop II — The Jews and Shakespeare
Ysatis Llano will lead us in this second workshop, when we will take a look at the role of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. We will attempt to unthread this play’s historical complexities of identity & assimilation and empathy & revenge. Ysatis is an actress with a great passion for Shakespeare and his contemporaries and who continues to study and explore what Shakespeare has to offer to humanity today. The reading of “The Merchant of Venice” for this workshop is suggested.
Pre-registration is required — click here.

Friday, November 13 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.

Friday, November 13 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, November 13 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, November 13 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, November 14 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, November 15, 4:00pm: Stitch in (Virtual) Time
Knitters and crocheters teach others the crafts, create items to donate to those in need, and share their works-in-progress. Yarn is available for those new to crafts. Pre-Registration required: Click here. (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)

Monday, November 16 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Wednesday, November 18 at 8:30pm (please note later time): Sisterhood Nightcap Schmooze
Build friendships by sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns. Continuing on the theme of our last nightcap schmooze, Ellen Ettinger, Sisterhood board member, certified Life Coach and Executive Director of Motherhood Association, will lead a discussion about how to make holidays special.  We will listen and share suggestions for making Thanksgiving and the winter holidays special with our friends and families, in spite of our physical distancing. 

Thursday, November 19 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, November 20 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.

Friday, November 20 at 5:45pm: Family Service
A lively and engaging Shabbat service created especially with children ages 6-10 in mind. For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, November 20 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, November 20 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, November 21 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, November 23 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Thursday, November 26 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, November 27 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.

Friday, November 27 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, November 27 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, November 27 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, November 28 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, November 30 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

DECEMBER

Tuesday, December 1 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 2, session 1/3: Plague and Peoplehood
From the Exodus to the Bubonic Plague to Covid-19, plagues have defined Jewish life and community, as well as the ways in which other communities view us. We will reflect on these unique (and moving) histories in order to gain insight into our present pandemic. (For more information about our year of adult study, “Science, Truth and Judaism in the Age of Covid-19,” see our Adult Education page.)

Wednesday, December 2 at 11:00am: Sisterhood Coffee Talk Schmooze
Build friendships by sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns

Thursday, December 3 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, December 4 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.

Friday, December 4 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, December 4 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, December 4 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, December 5 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, December 7 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, December 8 at 12:00pm: Business Ethics Lunch and Learn
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. (For more information and future dates, please see the Adult Education page.)

Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30pm: Sh’ma Social Justice meeting

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Meeting ID: 975 9798 1320
  • Passcode: 664346
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099

Tuesday, December 8 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 2, session 2/3: Plague and Peoplehood

From the Exodus to the Bubonic Plague to Covid-19, plagues have defined Jewish life and community, as well as the ways in which other communities view us. We will reflect on these unique (and moving) histories in order to gain insight into our present pandemic. (For more information about our year of adult study, “Science, Truth and Judaism in the Age of Covid-19,” see our Adult Education page.)

Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00am: Culture Corner
Join us for an opportunity to talk with other congregants about cultural events. All ages and genders welcome.

Thursday, December 10 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, December 11 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.

Friday, December 11 at 5:45pm: Family Service (Chanukah)
A lively and engaging Shabbat service created especially with children ages 6-10 in mind. For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, December 11 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, December 11 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, December 12 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, December 14 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Tuesday, December 15 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 2, session 3/3: Plague and Peoplehood
From the Exodus to the Bubonic Plague to Covid-19, plagues have defined Jewish life and community, as well as the ways in which other communities view us. We will reflect on these unique (and moving) histories in order to gain insight into our present pandemic. (For more information about our year of adult study, “Science, Truth and Judaism in the Age of Covid-19,” see our Adult Education page.)

Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm: Sisterhood Board Meeting (Sisterhood members only)
Discuss plans and meaningful topics for members of Sisterhood.
RSVP required to sisterhood@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, December 17 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, December 18 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.

Friday, December 18 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, December 18 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, December 18 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, December 19 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, December 21 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

Wednesday, December 23 at 8:00pm: Sisterhood Nightcap Schmooze
Build friendships by sharing your thoughts, ideas and concerns

Thursday, December 24 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, December 25 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.

Friday, December 25 at 5:45pm: Tot Shabbat
Join us to sing, bless, laugh, and see old and new friends! For the Zoom link, please email educator@eastendtemple.org.

Friday, December 25 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, December 25 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, December 26 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, December 28 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service

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.