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Temple Emanu-El, New York City

(4.4/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
Like all sanctuaries, Temple Emanu-El is a visible token of the presence of God in the midst of His people. It sheds a beauty that is the beauty of holiness, and it stands as a beacon light in a tradition that stands as a champion of justice, brotherhood and peace.

Founded in 1845, Temple Emanu-El is the third oldest Reform Jewish congregation in the United States. Its odyssey mirrors that of the Jewish community in New York. Originally located on a remote corner on the Lower East Side, it moved progressively, both geographically and spiritually, further uptown, and is now located in the very heart of New York City, on the Upper East Side.
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  • In the heart of New York City, next to Central Park, Fifth Avenue 5 it is possible to visit the Synagogue. The building is very large and quite interesting. Not often you see a synagogue on the way. So if were not, be sure to take a look.
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  • We missed this temple that we first took to a Cathedral (architecture, size). But with a discreet star of David on the pediment, we understood it was a synagogue. We entered and a lady who knew very well the place and history made us a guided tour (history, architecture,...). It is the largest reformed synagogue (Orthodox, not traditionalist) in the world. It can accommodate up to 3,500 people a day of Yom Kippur. I recommend this tour.
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  • My boy (age 9) and I got a private introduction to this fascinating reform Synagogue by a very kind and knowledgable elderly lady. The shear size of the temple, the ornaments and the symbolism are rem...  more »
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  • Wonderful reform synagogue! Amazing place to visit next to Central Park.
  • A beautiful Temple. Definitely a must see when passing through this part of town.
  • Such a beautiful synagogue. The scale and detail of the main sanctuary really has the desired effect of placing worshipers in awe. The acoustics are sublime.
  • Temple Emanu-El is a NYC landmark overlooking Central Park & Fifth Avenue.
  • Wonderful Jews.