After The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center moved our programs online in March to help break what we thought would be a few months’ isolation, something extraordinary — and entirely unexpected — happened: Floridians and Texans suddenly joined our New York community to listen to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Jane Fonda. Californians, soon followed by Australians and Israelis, tuned in to hear from the women of Shtisel, laugh with Harvey Fierstein, sing with David Broza, explore biblical archaeology with some of the world’s top archaeologists and stopped by for what grew to 130+ virtual events in just 8 months. The numbers have been astounding … at this point, over 250,000 registrations!

Tradition teaches that Jews should live in towns or neighborhoods that have synagogues, teachers and charity funds. After all, gathering together forges and strengthens the bonds that unite us and prepares the next generation to understand what it means to be Jewish. Temple Emanu-El has always cherished that commitment to community.
But as we’ve discovered, in this virtual age, community transcends physical boundaries. We can now all share in adrenaline produced by Bill Gates’s solutions to the climate crisis, Natalie Portman speaking about the women who’ve inspired her and Rebecca Walker discussing what Jewish looks like. We can virtually travel together as phenomenal chefs take us on a world culinary tour of Passover. We can shed simultaneous tears as Saul and Ruby take their Holocaust Survivors Band back to Poland. And we can share our story by discovering new books, plays, TV shows, music and intellectuals.

I hope you’ll join us often — and that we’ll see you again soon, in person.

Dr. Gady Levy,
Executive Director
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that we will reevaluate each in-person program, week-by-week as more information becomes available.
Temple Emanu-El will follow New York city and state-mandated regulations regarding in-person events and gatherings.

Streicker Center

Dr. Gady Levy, Executive Director

Erika Resnick, Assistant Director

Ari S. Weitz, Operations Manager

Hadass Attia, Creative Director

Sophia Schwab, Administrative Assistant

Warren Klein, Museum Curator

Marjorie Shuster, Coordinator of Literary Events

Temple Emanu-El

Joshua M. Davidson, Senior Rabbi

Harris Diamond, President

John H. Streicker, President (2012–2018)

Program Committee

Dena Kleiman, Chair

Charles S. Cohen

Jill S. Cohen

Rita Haves

Dr. Masha Mimran

Melanie Radley

Elizabeth Reede

D. Paul Rittmaster

Barry Tucker

Jeffrey A. Zucker

Friends of Streicker

Gloria and Bert Abrams

Susan Nieder Acunto and Richard Acunto

Barbara Goldstein Amster

Susan and James Baumann

Elise Bloom and Greg Rasin

Amy and Harris Diamond

Bonnie and Clifford Eisler

Cheri and Steve Friedman

Lyla and Howard Glener

Linnea and Dov Gorshein

Karel and Frank Greenberg

Kim and Alan Hartman

Rita and Marc Haves

Robin Hertz and Raymond Bragar

Sarah and Thomas Janover

Helene and Danny Mashal

Kimberly and Andrew Moses

Phyllis Richter and Malcolm Ross

Barbara Ritchin

Jane and D. Paul Rittmaster

Karen and Gary Rose

Lois and Philip Rosen

Phyllis Rosenthal

Gayle and Howard Rothman

Lynn Schneider

Tami Schneider

Robert Siegfried

Batia and Miro Silvera

Roberta and Arnold Ursaner


More information about the
Friends of Streicker program.