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Temple Emanu-El, New York City

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • It is a privilege to sit in the pews and worship here. The interior is magnificent as temples go and the Rabbi and Cantor are very proficient in their liturgy. 
  • 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.
  • A beautiful Temple. Definitely a must see when passing through this part of town.
  • Wonderful Jews.
  • this temple covered up the shameful acts of a cantor who molested his own nephew. Furthermore, they barely condemned the cantor when he was sentenced for deviant acts. this temple and its community and leaders are a disgrace to the Jewish community, no better than the catholic clergy who covered up the priests. shame on temple emanu-el.
  • Temple Emanu-El is a NYC landmark overlooking Central Park & Fifth Avenue.
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