Temple Emanu-El, New York City

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 attended a wedding last weekend at Temple Emanu-El. Both the service and the reception were held here. This was ABSOLUTELY first class. The food was amazing, especially for a catering hall. The Tem...  more »
  • I found out about the Emanu-El while going through my pictures. And it was a good read that it was third biggest Jewish congregation in the NYC. The architectural of the building is beautiful and I se...  more »
  • Very interesting tour of the main temple and the adjoining smaller temple with beautiful original Tiffany windows. The main temple is breathtaking with beautiful mosaics and gorgeous coloured marble p...  more »
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  • I was feeling very sad one afternoon, during a business trip in NYC, as the Yertzeit of my Beloved was approaching, I walked in and asked if I could sit in the chapel for a while and they told me to use the sanctuary. I waited until i was alone to feel so sad, but I knew the Baruch HaSem was close. A very calming moment. I returned for Shabbat and did say Kaddish. The size is like nothing I had experienced. The lights were low for Shabbat and I felt very comfortable in such a large room, sitting alone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Needs a gift shop and parking

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