East End Temple Health Form

Please fill out and submit this form (link above) on the day you plan to come to East End Temple. This form is for all services, programs, and meetings. [For the Religious School Health Form, please see the Religious School Parent Page.] A separate form must be filled out for each person, and a new form must be submitted each time you come to East End Temple for a service, program, or meeting.

During this continuing time of public health needs, we will have some programs and worship in person and some online, connecting via Zoom and Facebook. Here are a list of upcoming programs, which we will update often. 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.  

SEPTEMBER

Friday, September 24 at 6:15pm: Shabbat BaGan (online)

Saturday, September 25 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, September 26: Simchat Torah (in person, outside East End Temple, weather permitting)
5:30-6:15pm — Ice cream bar from Ample Hills Creamery
6:15-6:45pm — Dancing and live music

The EET 17th Street Band is back together and better than ever! This year we kick off the EET Family Reunion Tour: ‘Put a Little Simchat Back in your Shabbat’ with our opener September 26, Simchat Torah. The “tour” continues throughout the year on our Simchat Shabbats, so mark your calendars for Fridays Oct. 15, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, March 4, April 1 and May 6. And there’s swag (of course there’s swag!). Get your t-shirts, or better yet have them signed by the band and come backstage for a pre-show when you buy your VIP passes. More information coming soon, so watch your email!

  • Zoom meeting link (in case of bad weather)
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 958 3251 9418

Monday, September 27 at 10:00am: Sukkot Yizkor service (in person, in the EET Sukkah, weather permitting)
We will remember our loved ones as we celebrate the holiday.

  • Zoom meeting link (in case of bad weather)
  • Phone number: 1 929 205 6099
  • Meeting ID: 956 8369 0886

Thursday, September 30 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.

OCTOBER

Friday, October 1 at 4:45pm: Torah study (in person)
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 1 at 6:15pm: Shabbat service (in person and online)
We welcome the community back to worship in the EET sanctuary! Attendance is by sign-up only, and all attendees must wear masks at all times, show proof of vaccination, and submit our Health Form (on day of attendance). To sign up, click here.

Saturday, October 2 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, October 3 at 4:00pm: Stitch-A-Thon (Zoom)
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. Pre-registration required.

Monday, October 4 at 9:30am: Volunteering with Vision Urbana (in person)
— Meet at 65 Norfolk Street (in the courtyard of the Seward Park Extension NYCHA housing complex)
Help pack and give out food, in support of the Vision Urbana food pantry. This effort will continue every Monday — for questions, please email Rabbi Josh (jstanton@eastendtemple.org). 

Monday, October 4 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan (Zoom)
Join for this soulful and brief service

Monday, October 4 at 8:00pm: Mah Jongg Refresher with Sandy Magesis (Zoom)
Whether you are an experienced player or just interested in learning, join this 90-minute Mah Jongg Refresher with our very own Mah Jongg maven. Sandy Magesis will walk us through the logistics of in-person play and common sense etiquette practices that make for an enjoyable game. Pre-registration is required.

Jess Kent

Wednesday, October 6 at 1:00pm: First Wednesdays Speaker Lunchtime Series (Zoom)
Bring your lunch and join us on Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month, when an EET woman will share her stories, accomplishments, passions and interests, for the benefit and enjoyment of the community. We start off the new year with Jess Kent, facilitator of Answering the Call at New Politics Leadership Academy. She will lead a presentation and discussion about training political candidates: How are they and their families and children prepared for the campaign trail? 

Thursday, October 7 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop (Zoom)
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, October 8 at 4:45pm: Torah study (in person)
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 8 at 6:15pm: Shabbat service (in person and online)
We welcome the community back to worship in the EET sanctuary! Attendance is by sign-up only, and all attendees must wear masks at all times, show proof of vaccination, and submit our Health Form (on day of attendance). To sign up, click here.

Saturday, October 9 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, October 11 at 9:30am: Volunteering with Vision Urbana (in person)
— Meet at 65 Norfolk Street (in the courtyard of the Seward Park Extension NYCHA housing complex)
Help pack and give out food, in support of the Vision Urbana food pantry. This effort will continue every Monday — for questions, please email Rabbi Josh (jstanton@eastendtemple.org). 

Monday, October 11 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan (Zoom)
Join for this soulful and brief service

Thursday, October 14 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop (in person)
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, October 15 at 4:45pm: Torah study (in person)
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 15 at 6:15pm: Shabbat service (in person and online)
We welcome the community back to worship in the EET sanctuary! Attendance is by sign-up only, and all attendees must wear masks at all times, show proof of vaccination, and submit our Health Form (on day of attendance). To sign up, click here.

Saturday, October 16 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, October 17 at 11:00am: “Single-Gender Cohorts: Still Necessary?” (in person)
Come to a lively discussion on why Sisterhoods and Men’s Clubs persist in a time of non-binary and mixed genders. Judith Lorber will ask provocative questions of Suellen Eshed and Marc Block, Presidents of the Sisterhood and Men’s Club, who will respond and invite discussion about the pros and cons of their one-gender groups. All welcome.

Monday, October 18 at 9:30am: Volunteering with Vision Urbana (in person)
— Meet at 65 Norfolk Street (in the courtyard of the Seward Park Extension NYCHA housing complex)
Help pack and give out food, in support of the Vision Urbana food pantry. This effort will continue every Monday — for questions, please email Rabbi Josh (jstanton@eastendtemple.org). 

Monday, October 18 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan (Zoom)
Join for this soulful and brief service

Thursday, October 21 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop (Zoom)
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, October 22 at 4:45pm: Torah study (in person)
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 22 at 6:15pm: Shabbat service (in person and online)
We welcome the community back to worship in the EET sanctuary! Attendance is by sign-up only, and all attendees must wear masks at all times, show proof of vaccination, and submit our Health Form (on day of attendance). To sign up, click here.

Saturday, October 23 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, October 25 at 9:30am: Volunteering with Vision Urbana (in person)
— Meet at 65 Norfolk Street (in the courtyard of the Seward Park Extension NYCHA housing complex)
Help pack and give out food, in support of the Vision Urbana food pantry. This effort will continue every Monday — for questions, please email Rabbi Josh (jstanton@eastendtemple.org). 

Monday, October 25 at 10:00am: Monday Morning Minyan (Zoom)
Join for this soulful and brief service

Thursday, October 28 at 10:00am: Writing Workshop (Zoom)
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, October 29 at 4:45pm: Torah study (in person)
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 29 at 6:15pm: Shabbat service (in person and online)
We welcome the community back to worship in the EET sanctuary! Attendance is by sign-up only, and all attendees must wear masks at all times, show proof of vaccination, and submit our Health Form (on day of attendance). To sign up, click here.

Saturday, October 30 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

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:

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.