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Dear Emanu-El Congregants,

From the start, we have been committed to ongoing continuous assessment of the fast-shifting impact of the unprecedented coronavirus. The calls for social distancing have turned into a chorus with key public and private institutions committing to meaningful mitigation efforts. Congregation Emanu-El will do our part to help “flatten the curve” and slow the transmission of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, all in-person programs, religious school, and worship services are suspended. When possible, we will conduct worship via our live stream and adult education via zoom. All committee meetings will also take place via conference call or zoom. See information below about how to connect virtually to these services and programs.

The exceptions to the above are b’nei mitzvah ceremonies and funerals. In both cases, families will be asked to limit the attendees to close family and friends. In the sanctuary, people will be asked to sit with some distance between one another. When possible, we will hold funerals at the graveside – as was our people’s tradition for thousands of years.

The temple offices will be closed. Staff and clergy will be working remotely. Staff will call in to check their temple voicemails – but email will be the best way to connect. In case of a lifecycle emergency, please call Rabbi Goldsmith’s cell phone at 646-957-2692.

We will continue our ongoing assessment of the situation so that we can fully re-open as soon as it is responsible. We’ll keep you posted.

Coincidentally, this week’s Torah portion teaches וְרָחֲצ֛וּ יְדֵיהֶ֥ם וְרַגְלֵיהֶ֖ם וְלֹ֣א יָמֻ֑תוּ “They shall wash their hands and feet that they may not die.” (Exodus 30:21) Our ancestors, it turns out, knew a thing or two about public health. Let us heed their wisdom in our day by following the guidelines of the CDC and other health experts. Wash your hands. Cough into your elbow. If you’re sick, stay home. If you are in a high-risk group, stay home. Practice social distancing.

But please know that “social distancing” is merely physical. Emotionally and spiritually we are all together and we are here for one another. Perhaps you’ve always intended to go to services more often, well now you’re home and we’re streaming, so tune in. Maybe you always meant to try some adult education. Give our virtual Beit Midrash a try. And, if you need something – some “thing” or just someone to talk to – do not hesitate to contact our clergy.  



Rabbi Howard Goldsmith

Darren Fogel, Co-President

Emily Cohen, Co-President

Upcoming Streaming and Online Learning

Shabbat Service
Friday, March 27, 7:30pm
We will gather online for a chance to reflect on the week, feel a sense of connection and welcome the Sabbath as a congregation. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website.
Women's Study Group: Passover Seder
Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm
Though we cannot share a table this year, we'll still share festive music, ritual and learning. BYOM (Bring Your Own Matzah)! Join via Zoom.
Beit Midrash: Worldwide Jewish Community
Saturday, April 4, 9:00am
We sometimes feel like every Jew lives in New York and came from somewhere in Europe. In fact, the Jewish people are incredibly diverse. We'll explore that diversity and see what joins us together. Join via Zoom or conference call.
Passover Service
Thursday, April 9, 9:00am
We'll meet up online to celebrate the first day of Passover as a sacred occasion with a brief, meaningful morning service. Use this moment of reflection between seders to appreciate the blessings of freedom that we all enjoy. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website.
Yizkor Service: Passover
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30am
Even online, this service will provide you with a chance to honor the memory of your loved ones. Join via Zoom, Facebook or our website.


Audio via Phone: (646) 558-8656 Meeting ID 914 967 4382


How To Connect

Worship Services: You can stream our regular Friday evening worship from our webpage at You can also stream our service via our Facebook page.

Adult Education: There will be two options for each session: conference call (audio only) or video.

1. Call: If you would like to join via phone, simply dial the number that will be provided ahead of time.

2. Video: You can join via video by using Zoom.

To do this click on the link that will be sent ahead of time. If you are on your phone or tablet, you will then be prompted to download an app. Download it. Follow the installation instructions. And then join the meeting.

If you are on a desktop, click the link that well be sent ahead of time and you will then be prompted to install some (free) software. Do so. Follow the installation instructions. And then join the meeting.

Full instructions for zoom can be found here.

We promise this is easier than it sounds!

Wed, August 12 2020 22 Av 5780