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2016-17 Past Special Events

Shavuot Services (Tue&Wed, May 30th-31st, 2017)

posted May 29, 2017, 2:48 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 6:15 AM ]

Erev Shavuot Service, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 6 PM: Potluck dairy dinner, Service at 7 PM and Shavuot Study Session after the service. Please bring a dairy/veggie/fruit dish to share. Lily Galperin plays "Songs from Many Lands" on the piano during dinner.

Shavuot Morning Service, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 10:30 AM: Including chanting of the Ten Commandments and Yizkor. Please bring Yizkor Books.

Founder's Weekend (May 19th-21st, 2017)

posted Apr 26, 2017, 8:26 AM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated May 30, 2017, 5:40 AM ]

Our 100th Anniversary Celebration continues!

  • Special Service (Fri, May 19, 7pm)
  • Klezmer Service & Luncheon (Sat, May 20, 10:30am)
  • Sunday Brunch (Sun, May 21, noon) on our actual Founding Day!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday May 19th at 7 PM: Special Service with Rev. Gregory Johnson speaking on Interfaith and World Issues: Love, A Common Language; Neva Small singing, accompanied by James Besser; and a special Oneg Shabbat.

Saturday May 20 at 10:30 AM: Klezmer Shabbat Service, featuring honoree NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, with many musician friends, new and old, including James Besser, piano, Fred Fastow, guitar, Pam Fleming, trumpet & shofar, Steve Greenstein, violin, Suki Rae, flute, Eve Sicular, percussion, Michael Winograd, clarinet, and singers Aron Bederson, Judy Buchman, and Rabbi Jill;  a Luncheon, with readings from our Memory Book; and a showing of The Actors’ Temple Video and other video and audio clips

Please reserve in advance at our online store (in the Events section.) Luncheon is $25/person.

Sunday May 21st, noon – 3 PM: Sunday Brunch on our actual founding day. An open house, Location TBA. With the A Cappella group Bir’nana, conducted by Judy Buchman,

Please reserve in advance at our online store (in the Events section.) Brunch is $5/person.

Please write a sentence, paragraph, or page for our Memory Book about why The Actors’ Temple is special or why you come, or relating some anecdote about us, or why we should be preserved. Please submit by email to Rabbi Jill on or around May 1.

Sponsorships for Founders’ Weekend: $200 Sponsors a Musician (4 or more sponsorships needed); $150 Sponsors Food (4 or more sponsorships needed); $100 Sponsors Projector Rental or Printing Costs (2 or more needed); $50 Sponsors Paper Goods and Utensils (2 or more needed)

Please donate your sponsorships at our online store (in the Events section) and help us to make this a weekend to remember!

Comedy Benefit (Mon, May 15th, 2017, 7pm)

posted Mar 27, 2017, 8:40 AM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated May 30, 2017, 5:39 AM ]

Back by Popular Demand!

Produced by Bob Greenberg (pictured below)

Starring Stand-Up Comics as seen on TV: Scott Blakeman, Joey Callahan, Sandy Ehlers, Mike Fine, Stevie Gb, Bob Greenberg, Rhonda Hansome, Nancy Lombardo, Alan Streisfeld, Joan Alster Weisblatt, Ira Allen and Ron Gold on the Piano, with Carmen Goldberg, Vocalist.

View the Flyer shown below.

Tickets: $40 Friend, $50 Mensch, $100 Angel, $200 Seraph.

Buy Tickets Online Now or send a check made out to The Actors’ Temple or fax credit card info to 212-586-3025

Come out for a great night of comedy!


Yom HaShoah / Yom Haatzmaut (Fri, April 21st / 28th, 2017, 7pm)

posted Mar 27, 2017, 8:23 AM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated May 30, 2017, 5:38 AM ]

Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service, Friday, April 21, 2017, 7 PM, with Lori Leifer singing Yiddish Songs.

Yom Haatzmaut, Israel Independence Day Celebration, Friday, April 28, 2017, 7 PM. Oneg sponsored by Dorothy Silvernagel to honor the memory of her beloved husband, Philip Silvernagel.

Passover Services (April 11th-17th, 2017)

posted Mar 27, 2017, 8:21 AM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 4:30 PM ]

In addition to our second night community seder, we also invite you to attend the special Holiday and Shabbat services for Passover:

Passover (1st Day) Morning Torah & Hallel Service, Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 10:30am

Shabbat Evening Service, Friday, April 14th, 2017, 7 PM

Shabbat Morning Service, Saturday, April 15th, 2017, 10:30 AM

Passover (7th Day) Morning Yizkor, Torah & Hallel Service, Monday, April 17th, 2017, 10:30 AM

Community Second Night Passover Seder (Tue, April 11th, 2017, 6pm)

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:28 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 4:29 PM ]


Catered by Food in Motion

A Delicious and Spiritual Evening

Music by James Besser, Pianist


$95/Non-members; $75/Members; Children $20; Under 10 Free

Buy Tickets online now or download the Printable Order Form below.

Also download the Flyer and the scrumptious dairy/fish/vegetable dinner Menu.


Passover Package Delivery with Dorot (Sun, April 2nd, 2017, 10am-noon)

posted Mar 25, 2017, 4:21 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 4:29 PM ]

Those interested in delivering packages, please contact coordinator Mario Sisneros,, 323 205 8872, or Rabbi Jill.

Spring, 2017 Program Summary

posted Mar 25, 2017, 10:24 AM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 6:14 AM ]

See the summary document below about our Spring 2017 programs, including Passover services and seder, Shavuot services and dinner, Holocaust Remembrance Service, Israel Independence Day Shabbat, and our annual Comedy Benefit, and Founder's Weekend, the final part of our 100th anniversary celebration. The folders below contain detailed flyers.

Spring Programs

Purim Celebration (Sat, March 11th, 2017, 7pm)

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:38 AM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 4:28 PM ]

Service, Sing Along, Megillah Reading & MY LITTLE ESTHER, an Original Purim Spiel with professional actors and comedians, written by Bob Greenberg. Don’t miss it! Holiday Oneg follows the service.

Actors' Temple 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration (Mon, March 13th, 2017, 6-9pm)

posted Jan 17, 2017, 1:29 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 4:28 PM ]

*** SOLD OUT ***


Join us on the evening of

Monday, March 13th, 2017, 6-9 pm

at the Friars Club.

Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, buffet dinner and dessert, plus fabulous entertainment.

We will be honoring the great actress Tovah Feldshuh, Jackie Hoffman and our own Barbara Bova, and we will have the finest and most talented performers entertaining you with food and drink all evening long.

Performing will be Andrew Beall, composer of SONG OF SOLOMON, the lovely and talented Anna Bergman, the beautiful and charming Adrienne Haan (accompanied by Richard Danley,) Pianist James Besser, Violinist Marina Kifferstein, Comedians Jackie Hoffman, Bob Greenberg and many, many more names to come.

One of our favorite entertainers as well as the funniest comedian on Broadway today, Jackie Hoffman, will keep you in stitches all night long. We will have memorabilia displayed, a special video of our history, surprise guests, singers, comedians and much, much more.

This will be the event of the Century.


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