East End Temple, Congregation El Emet, was founded in 1948 by a group of World War II veterans and their families.  

East End Temple’s mission is to offer resources and support for living meaningful lives in a Jewish way. Our clergy, our staff, our members, and our children, create rich spiritual, communal, and educational experiences. Led by Rabbi Josh Stanton and Cantor Shira Ginsburg, Religious School Director Mindy Sherry, and Presidents Rebecca Shore and Derek Dorn, we are large enough to have a diverse membership and small enough to extend a warm welcome to everyone.  Explore the opportunities for Jewish expression and personal connections that are the best of East End Temple.

Our downtown Reform congregation reflects the interests, diversity and energy of the New York Jewish community: we are women, men and children of all ages; Jewish and interfaith; single and partnered; straight and gay; socially responsible and personally spiritual; traditional and liberal; and everything in between.

East End Temple is an intimate, warm and welcoming connected community.  We create meaning by cultivating spiritual connection, giving back to our community and incorporating Jewish values into our lives.

Located at 245 East 17 Street on beautiful Stuyvesant Park, we serve the greater Manhattan community and invite you to join us.

Click here to read our Mission/Vision statement.

Czech Memorial Scroll

L'dor Vador - From Generation to Generation

East End Temple will Never Forget.  

We are proud and honored to be the guardians of this a rescued Torah of the Jewish Congregation of Kamenic, Czechoslovkia. This Torah (MST#1508), is on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust. 

"May we all go from strength to strength."

By George Redovanovitch: The Torah was written in 1860 and used in worship by the Jewish congregation of Kamenice Czechoslovakia until it was desecrated by the Nazis during the destruction of the synagogue. The scroll was found after the war and was kept in the Westminster synagogue in London until it could be accorded a position of Honor in this a memoriam at East End Temple.

       “… A Brand plucked out of the fire”

                                           Zecharia 3:2

Dedicated September 5, 1980