Temple Emanu-El began with a gathering of 33 Jewish people who came from Germany to New York City. The 33 Jewish people followed the footsteps of the 10,000 Jewish people who were already living in the United States during the American Revolution. Between 1835 and 1855, 250,000 crossed the Atlantic Ocean and settled in metropolitan areas, such as New York City, Baltimore, and San Francisco.
Originally, Temple Emanu-El had started in the Lower East Side. However, with its growing number of supporters and worshippers, the temple began to move uptown. Eventually, the location the temple was situated in became commercialized and the temple moved once again. This time, the temple moved to 65th Street.
Temple Emanu-El formed partnerships with nearby temples. Additionally, the temple began to purchase property adjacent to the new location. Today, this site houses the temple’s Religious School and Nursery School. It also houses the Skirball Center for Jewish Life and Learning, along with the Leon Lowenstein Sanctuary.
Impressively, the site has been expanded to also house a museum and a library. Both institutions contribute to the breadth of knowledge about Jewish life and culture. The Stettenheim Library allows both adult and children readers to take out books and browse the collection.
Meanwhile, the museum allows visitors to interact intellectually with Jewish culture by perusing objects of significance or learning about crucial figures and events.
The historic temple allows Jewish practitioners, along with visitors and tourists alike, to participate in several religious worship services. Among the most popular religious services is the Sabbath service, which takes place on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
This museum is home to a lot of history and culture. It can easily help visitors learn about and participate in Jewish life. Temple Emanu-El is as much an intellectual institution as it is a place of worship.
1 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
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Take the F subway line to 63rd Street or take the 4, 6, N, R, or W subway lines to 59th St. You can also take the 6 subway line to 68th St. You can also take the M1, M2, M3, M4, M18, M66, or M72 bus lines, as they stop along 5th Ave.
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