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Jews And Muslims Break Bread, Build Bridges At Iftar Dinner

Iftar hosted at Temple Emanu-El focused on fostering connections, one person at a time.

06/30/2016 - 16:29
Editorial Intern

In the midst of an election season that has given credence to increasingly divisive political rhetoric, 200 Jews and Muslims gathered to break bread, break the Ramadan fast and break with a mainstream narrative that often pits one religion against another.

David Broza, Music And Discussion

The iconic musician discussed his new album, "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" -- recorded with Israeli, American and Palestinian musicians--  at Temple Emanu-el in Manhattan on Feb. 11. Please also see Sandee Brawarsky's Well Versed blog post on the event, and Robert Goldblum's Q&A with Broza.

David Broza’s Jerusalems

“[What’s So Funny ‘Bout] Peace Love & Understanding” David Broza asks, in his recording of Nick Lowe’s song on his new CD, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.” That song, with the accompaniment of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus of the Jerusalem International YMCA – a group of Jewish and Arab teens -- is now being played regularly on Galei Zahal, Israel Army Radio.

David Broza. Photo by Michael Datikash

Adult Ed ‘Needs More Funding’: Skirball Head

Staff Writer
01/14/2014 - 19:00

Mark Weisstuch is interim executive director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El, which he co-founded in 2001. Weisstuch has a doctorate in theater history from City University of New York and teaches Jewish history at the center on topics such as Jews in Poland and Eastern Europe, the Holocaust and the Second Temple period. In addition, he is administrative vice president at Temple Emanu-El, a post he has held since 1985.

Mark Weisstuch: Courses that deal with Jewish-Christian relations “tend to do very well.”

Young Blood On East Side Pulpits

12/10/2013 - 19:00

One floated a trial balloon earlier this year: that the Conservative movement consider accepting converts, then teaching them, turning the usual chronology on its head. A second said he’d like to bring “literature, music and the visual arts,” along with worship and study, into the life of his synagogue. And a third, by the very nature of her background — Korean and Jewish — is breaking boundaries.

New spiritual leaders on the East Side are, clockwise from left, Elliot Cosgrove, Joshua Davidson and Angela Buchdahl.

Skirball Center Exec Hospitalized After Cop-Impersonation Arrest

Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski terminated from Emanu-El adult ed post; wrote Jewish Week ‘God Talk’ column.
07/16/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

He wrote a column interviewing Jewish leaders about God, and Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski is likely now having some very difficult conversations of his own with the deity.

Alfredo Borodowski

Yesterday’s Broadsides – From The Valmadonna Trust Library – Still Gripping Today

Broadsides were never meant to survive. Defined as a single printed sheet posted in public, broadsides convey immediate information about a vast number of subjects: changes in the law, upcoming weddings or bnai mitzvot, the details of a death or a funeral, the arrival of the circus, just to name a few.

Menorah blessings, Calcutta, c. 1890. Ardon Bar-Hama

Temple Emanu-el Kids' Program Highlights Childhood Shoah Stories

04/16/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Some religious school students at Temple Emanu-El heard a firsthand account of the Holocaust recently. And they saw the New York premiere of a German-made Holocaust documentary.

During two Yom HaShoah speeches at the Upper East Side Reform synagogue, Holocaust survivor Leslie Schwartz talked about his wartime experiences (the rest of his family died in Auschwitz) and showed a documentary about his life produced by a Bavarian  television channel (an English-language version was recently released at his request).

Temple Emanu-El Hires Joshua Davidson As Senior Rabbi

03/17/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El, one of the oldest and largest Reform congregations in the world, has hired Rabbi Joshua Davidson as its senior rabbi.

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