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.  

September

Sunday, September 27 at 6:15pm: Kol Nidrei Service
[Links for all High Holy Day services and programs are available on the Schedule and Links page. If you are a member and need the password, please email info@eastendtemple.org. If you are not yet a member and would like to join us for the High Holy Days, please fill out our High Holy Day registration form, which will send you the password.]

Monday, September 28 at 10:00am: Yom Kippur Morning Service & Yizkor (with Yizkor at approximately 12:00pm)
Teen program at 11:00am
Young Family service at 3:00pm
Adult Study Session at 3:30pm
Family Service at 4:00pm
Afternoon service & Neilah at 5:00pm
Havdalah and Break-the-Fast immediately following Neilah, at approximately 6:30pm
[Links for all High Holy Day services and programs are available on the Schedule and Links page. If you are a member and need the password, please email info@eastendtemple.org. If you are not yet a member and would like to join us for the High Holy Days, please fill out our High Holy Day registration form, which will send you the password.]

October

Thursday, October 1 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, October 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 at 6:15pm: Erev Sukkot and Shabbat services via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, Oct. 3 (rain date Sunday, Oct. 4), from 12:00-2:00pm: Shake and Schmooze
[An in-person gathering opportunity]
Join Rabbi Josh in Stuyvesant Park to celebrate Sukkot – shake the lulav and greet each other in a safe and distanced gathering. Bring your own lunch or snack if you like!

Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

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

Spend Time in the EET Sukkah
Monday, Oct. 5-Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10:00am-3:30pm
Friday, Oct. 9, from 10:00am-12:30pm

Reserve a 30-minute slot for you and anyone who lives with you to spend time in our sukkah (at 245 E. 17th St.). Bring your own snack, shake the lulav, and celebrate the holiday!
Click here to reserve a spot: https://signup.com/go/dNhJmLd

Thursday, October 8 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, October 9 at 10:00am: Sukkot Yizkor service

Friday, October 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 at 6:15pm: Shabbat services and Simchat Torah celebration via Facebook Live and Zoom (please remember to mute yourself on Zoom, and remain muted throughout the service)

Saturday, October 10 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

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

Tuesday, October 13 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, October 13 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 1, session 1/3: Communication and Miscommunication
Social media is changing the way we understand ourselves, human nature, and the world around us. Join us, as we explore the ways in which people get information (and misinformation) today – and the rabbinic norms about how we should communicate. (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, October 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, October 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.

Thursday, October 15 at 5:30pm: BEET Virtual Gathering
Baby Boomers of East End Temple (BEET) who are, or whose partner is, born between 1946 and 1964 are invited to a remote gathering to enjoy good company and have fun discussing a topic relevant to our experiences growing up in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. RSVP required to sarajanesteinberg@yahoo.com.

Friday, October 16 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 16 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 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, October 16 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 17 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

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

Tuesday, October 20 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 1, session 2/3: Communication and Miscommunication
Social media is changing the way we understand ourselves, human nature, and the world around us. Join us, as we explore the ways in which people get information (and misinformation) today – and the rabbinic norms about how we should communicate. (For more information about our year of adult study, “Science, Truth and Judaism in the Age of Covid-19,” see our Adult Education page.)

Thursday, October 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, October 23 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 23 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, October 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, October 23 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 24 at 1:00pm: Shabbat Schmooze (Virtual Shabbat Lunch). Come hang out, catch up, and eat lunch together on Shabbat!

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

Tuesday, October 27 at 8:00pm: Adult Education — Class 1, session 3/3: Communication and Miscommunication
Social media is changing the way we understand ourselves, human nature, and the world around us. Join us, as we explore the ways in which people get information (and misinformation) today – and the rabbinic norms about how we should communicate. (For more information about our year of adult study, “Science, Truth and Judaism in the Age of Covid-19,” see our Adult Education page.)

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
More details coming soon!

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!

NOVEMBER

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

Thursday, November 12 at 7:30pm: Shakespeare Workshop
More details coming soon!

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.