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Temple Emanu-El, New York City

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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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  • I can't help but gush about my hour at Temple Emanu-El. I am a brand new fan of Hildreth Meiere, who designed the altar area, and this was as wonderful as but completely different from the installatio...  more »
  • We visited here with a group of 10 and scheduled a docent. The docent was charming and provided us lots of history about the beginnings of the synagogue, as well as the structure and acitivities that ...  more »
  • Even though I am not religious, and was not Jewish when I was, I find this beautiful Temple a wonderful place to stop on my walks through the neighborhood. The interior is absolutely magnificent, and ...  more »
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  • Wonderful reform synagogue! Amazing place to visit next to Central Park.
  • 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.
  • Loved it.
  • Temple Emanu-El is a NYC landmark overlooking Central Park & Fifth Avenue.