Community has been at the heart of Judaism since the days when Abraham gathered a small band of men and women around him to worship a single God. Over the centuries, the shape of our communities morphed from desert tribes to shtetls, from magnificent synagogues like ours to the State of Israel.
But the power of community has never diminished. Community celebrates our joys and comforts us in our sadness. It grounds us in our values as we face an often-confounding world. It provides us the strength to cope when we lack the strength to do so alone.
Community is a constant reminder that we belong.
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is proud to continue the tradition of community-building, even with new ways of doing so. Since March 2020, our virtual community, over 100,000 strong, has shared laughter with Harvey Fierstein, sung along with Idan Raichel, studied the Book of Ruth with Dr. Avivah Zornberg, explored angels and devils with Tony Kushner, delighted in the kitchen with Michael Solomonov and discovered how much we have in common with the Shtisel family.
As we face the challenge of simultaneously coping with a global pandemic and forging pathways to a more just society, and as we face a critical election, our fall programs will continue to offer you enriching opportunities to discover new books, meet Pulitzer Prize–winning authors, explore the latest in biblical archaeology, enjoy the music of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and see how much Jews and Christians actually have in common.
As I write this letter, we are hoping to gradually return to socially distanced in-person events starting in mid-October. Please know that whether you join us online or in person, The Streicker Center team welcomes you and is grateful for your presence.
Dr. Gady Levy,
The Temple Emanu-El 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
Joshua M. Davidson, Senior Rabbi
Harris Diamond, President
John H. Streicker, President (2012–2018)
Charles S. Cohen
Jill S. Cohen
Dr. Masha Mimran
D. Paul Rittmaster
Jeffrey A. Zucker
Friends of Streicker
Gloria and Bert Abrams
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
Leslie W. Himmel and Alan A. Shuch
Sarah and Thomas Janover
Helene and Danny Mashal
Kimberly and Andrew Moses
Phyllis Richter and Malcolm Ross
Jane and D. Paul Rittmaster
Karen and Gary Rose
Lois and Philip Rosen
Gayle and Howard Rothman
Laura Harris and Michael Seligman
Batia and Miro Silvera
Roberta and Arnold Ursaner
More information about the
Friends of Streicker program.