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.  

August

Monday, August 3 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service with Rabbi Josh

Monday, August 3 at 10:30am: Racial Justice Reading Group: The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

Monday, August 3 at 5:00pm: Book Club. Discussing On Division, by Goldie Goldblum

Thursday, August 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 emailinfo@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, August 6 at 5:00pm: Jewish Mindfulness with Rabbi Josh

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 938 0409 8830
  • Password: 385175

Friday, August 7 at 5:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh Stanton. Learn with Rabbi Josh 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, August 7 at 5:30-6:10pm and approx. 7:00-7:30pm
Pre- and Post-Shabbat Service Schmooze!

Miss chatting with those you know (and those you don’t yet know!) before and after services? This week, we are going to open breakout rooms and allow people to chat with each other before, and then again after, services for about a half-hour. We will randomly assign participants into breakout rooms for small-group chat, and then switch about halfway through, so you’re presented with new faces to interact with.

The pre-service chat will take place from 5:30pm, and then you can switch to the Zoom meeting link for services (these will be different Zoom links).
Pre-Service Chat (5:30-6:10pm)
Zoom meeting link
Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 939 5315 6692 

The post-service chat will take place immediately after services end and run for another half-hour, using the same Zoom link as the service (see the listing below for the service link). You can join in by video (laptop or desktop computer, iPad or tablet, smartphone, etc) or you can call in without video and participate! Virtual Ushers will be available for questions and assistance if needed.

Friday, August 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, August 8 at 10:30am: Sisterhood Virtual Stitch In Time (please note earlier time)
Join us during these lovely summer months while we knit and crochet for New York’s needy, for ourselves, for our loved ones.  Pre-registration is required: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtfuqsrDwsHtRhbVKoMVe4_P4KvZM6RqnX

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

Monday, August 10 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service with Rabbi Josh

Thursday, August 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 emailinfo@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, August 13 at 5:00pm: Jewish Mindfulness with Rabbi Josh

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 938 0409 8830
  • Password: 385175

Friday, August 14 at 5:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh Stanton. Learn with Rabbi Josh 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, August 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, August 15 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

Monday, August 17 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service with Rabbi Josh

Wednesday, August 19 at 5:30pm: Sisterhood Schmooze.
Meet virtually with women of East End Temple for a casual “schmooze.” Connect. Share. Discuss relevant and important topics.

Thursday, August 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 emailinfo@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, August 20 at 5:00pm: Jewish Mindfulness with Rabbi Josh

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 938 0409 8830
  • Password: 385175

Friday, August 21 at 5:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh Stanton. Learn with Rabbi Josh 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, August 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, August 22 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

Monday, August 24 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service with Rabbi Josh

Wednesday, August 26 at 5:30pm: Sisterhood Schmooze.
Meet virtually with women of East End Temple for a casual “schmooze.” Connect. Share. Discuss relevant and important topics.

Thursday, August 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 emailinfo@eastendtemple.org.

Thursday, August 27 at 5:00pm: Jewish Mindfulness with Rabbi Josh

  • Zoom meeting link
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 938 0409 8830
  • Password: 385175

Friday, August 28 at 5:00pm: Torah Study with Rabbi Josh Stanton. Learn with Rabbi Josh 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, August 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, August 29 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

Monday, August 31 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan
Join for this soulful and brief service with Rabbi Josh

Monday, August 31 at 10:30am: Racial Justice Reading Group: White Like Me, by Tim Wise

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.