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Below you will find the special events, programs, and activities of the Actors' Temple. These are in reverse chronological order, with the upcoming events at the top. Further below you will find those which have already taken place.

Coming Soon, Fall 2014

posted Aug 12, 2014, 9:55 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 9:58 AM ]

Broadway Blessing, Monday, September 8th, 2014, 7 PM, Little Church Around the Corner, 1 East 29th Street. Rabbi Jill takes part, with a Reflection by Karen Akers, Jennifer Fouche, and Broadway Dance.

Actors' Temple Hebrew School Open House

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 5:30 PM

Shalom! We at the Actors' Temple Hebrew School offer a child-centered experience where children learn about the values of Judaism in a warm, caring environment.

We invite you to attend our Open School Night, Wednesday, September 10th, at 5:30 PM. Kids are welcome! Classes will begin on Monday, September 15th, 2014.

Our goal is to help students develop confident and comfortable Jewish identities. Class sizes are kept small to insure that children are seen as individuals and where their questions can be heard, respected, appreciated, and discussed in a supportive, accepting classroom.

We celebrate the diversity of Jewish life and families in Manhattan, and welcome all families and students with an interest in connecting to Judaism.

Last year we hired a new teacher, Phyllis Marmer, whose son attended PPAS in our neighborhood. She is warm, caring, and has extensive experience teaching kids about Judaism.

We will have a mixed age Monday class, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, which will help students to become familiar and knowledgeable about topics such as Shabbat and Holidays, Torah, Community/Synagogue life, Israel, Songs from the Liturgy, and Hebrew.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah training is also offered on an individual basis. I personally work with the older children to create a learning experience from which they can derive meaning and insight as they prepare to become Jewish adults.

Hebrew school tuition is kept low, to make it affordable for all. There is a second child discount as well.

Please contact us for more information.

Rabbi/Cantor Jill Hausman
Hebrew School Teacher Phyllis Marmer

Rabbi’s Tel. 212-865-4944
Synagogue Tel. 212-245-6975

Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery with Dorot for homebound seniors on the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Sunday, September 11th, 2014, 10-Noon. Please contact Michael Verdel to participate, mverdel50@gmail.com or 917 312 2702.

Special Presentation, “Both Sides of the Family,” a play by Maryann Elder Goldstein and Jeffrey Grover, an interfaith family’s journey.

Friday, September 12th, 2014. Shabbat service at 7pm, play at 8:30pm.

This funny, spiritual and often moving journey of interfaith parenting, childhood and marriage made its critically acclaimed debut in 2007. SHE is raising a Jewish daughter for her Jewish husband, although she is not interested in converting. HE is the child of two Jewish parents and the divorced father of two families; one Jewish and one Christian. Follow their journeys as they weave, unravel and reflect on the diversity that is their lives.

Oneg Shabbat follows the service. Free of Charge. Talkback with the performers after the show.

Shabbat Selichot, Friday, September 19th, 2014, 7 PM. We begin the process of turning and returning.

We at The Actors’ Temple invite you to begin the Days of Awe with us, at our Shabbat-Selichot Service, an Actors' Temple tradition, Friday, 9/19 at 7 PM, conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman. As we change the Torah Mantles from Red to White, we begin the process of turning and returning and recall the beautiful melodies of the Holy Days services. Oneg Shabbat after the service. We are a warm, accepting congregation where each person is valued. Please join us for a spiritual beginning to the New Year.

Broadway Cares Flea Market & Auction, Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 10 AM – 6 PM. Please email us at info@theactorstemple.org to sign up/volunteer in two hour time slots.

We at The Actors’ Temple invite you
to celebrate the Holy Days with us!

Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday 9/24, 7 PM; Thursday, 9/25, 10 AM; Thursday 9/25, FREE Service for the Community 7:30 PM; Friday 9/26 Creative Service with music and poetry 10 AM; Tashlich following the service, approx. 2:00 PM, bread and snack provided; we will walk to the Hudson River.

Kol Nidre is Friday10/3, 6:15 PM; Yom Kippur is Saturday, 10/4, 10 AM; Yizkor 1 PM. Synagogue is open all day for reflection & 3 PM study session. N’ila, 5:00 PM; Break-fast 7:25 included in ticket price; led by Rabbi/Cantor Jill Hausman, Rabbi Roger Ross and Scott Matous; Rabbinic/Cantorial Assistant Aron Bederson, Cantors Judith Steel and Jeanie Kwartler, with pianist James Besser. Children’s Services available on all three mornings.

We are a warm, accepting congregation where each person is valued. Please join us for a spiritual beginning to the New Year. No one is ever turned away.

More information on the Events page of our web site, and online ticket purchase at our Online Store, or email us at info@theactorstemple.org, or call 212-245-6975.

Erev Sukkot: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 7 PM: Service & Oneg in the Sukkah.

Please join us as we celebrate Sukkot, in gratitude for all the sustenance of the Fall season. Special Oneg for the holiday in our outdoor sukkah.

Sukkot Morning: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 10:30 AM: Service & Oneg in the Sukkah.

Potluck Dinner and Shabbat in the Sukkah, Friday, October 10th, 2014, 6 PM.

We invite you to join us for our Shabbat-Sukkot Potluck Dinner in the Sukkah. Please bring food (dairy/fish/vegetables) to share outside in the Sukkah, beginning at 6:15 PM. Pianist Lilly Galperin plays a program of songs during dinner. The Shabbat Service, conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman, begins at 7 PM. Stay for coffee, dessert, and socializing. Food for body and soul!

Shemini Atzeret: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 10:30 AM, Yizkor will be said.

Simchat Torah: Friday, October 17th, 2014, 7 PM, Torah Parade, food, music & dancing!

Come celebrate Simchat Torah at The Actors’ Temple. Sing and Dance with our 10 Torahs, blues singer Judy Buchman, Aron Bederson, Rabbi/Cantor Jill Hausman, and others. End and begin the cycle in joy. Havdalah to start and refreshments to cap the evening.

Welcome New Friends Shabbat: Friday, October 24th, 2014, 7 PM, Service with Wine & Cheese Oneg.

We invite you to join us for our Welcome New Friends Shabbat on Friday, October 24th beginning at 7 PM: a spiritual Shabbat Service conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman. Stay for wine & cheese, coffee, dessert, and conversation. Meet our Rabbi and all our friends in our historic landmark building where the stars worshipped. We are a warm, accepting congregation where all are welcome. Come find out what a unique and great place we are. Food for body and soul!

Coming Soon

posted Apr 19, 2014, 4:02 PM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Apr 20, 2014, 4:08 PM ]

The following is a summary of upcoming events, with additional details, sign-up forms, and related information coming very soon.

  • Friday, April 25th, 6:30pm: Children's Services.
  • Friday, April 25th, 7pm: Yom HaShoah Remembrance Service, with speaker Seymour Kaplan, whose Army unit liberated one of the Camps. Music and poetry as part of the service.
  • Saturday, April 26th, 10:30am: Adult Bat Mitzvah of Susan Tomkin and light luncheon included. All are invited.
  • Wednesday, April 30th. Trip to Jewish Philadelphia, a day trip to the Museum of American Jewish History and more. Details soon. Please email Rabbi Jill if you are interested.
  • Friday, May 2nd, 9pm: Vox Hebraica: Sammy Miller and the Congregation. Vox Hebraica’s Jewish Music Series Presents a 1920's era Cotton Club Jazz Revue-style show hosted by drummer and bandleader Sammy Miller and the Congregation, with guest dancers, singers, and more. Tickets $15 ($10 Stu/Srs with ID), Free for congregants attending the 7 PM Service. Donations welcome.
    Purchase tickets at our online store.
  • Monday, May 12th, 7pm: Comedy Benefit, Back by Popular Demand! Produced by Bob Greenberg, with comedians: Ross Bennett, Scott Blakeman, Sandy Ehlers, Mike Fine, Bob Greenberg, Rhonda Hansome, Cory Kahaney, Dave Konig, Nancy Lombardo, Steven Scott, and Special Guest Star Joe Franklin, with Ira Allen on piano. Another Great Event! Tickets $40 and up, reserve by mail, fax, or online.
    Purchase tickets at our online store.
  • Friday, June 6th, 9pm: Vox Hebraica: The Rhythm Method. Vox Hebraica’s Jewish Music Series Presents The Rhythm Method. Violinist Marina Kifferstein and cellist Meaghan Burke make up the core of this dynamic duo. Their Vox Hebraica program will feature contemporary chamber music, including works by John Zorn and others. Tickets $15 ($10 Stu/Srs with ID), Free for congregants attending the 7 PM Service. Donations welcome.
    Purchase tickets at our online store.
  • June 16th --- Save The Date: Forbidden Broadway, a Brand New Show, a Fundraiser for our synagogue.

Actors' Temple Benefit: An evening with Johnny Mercer (Mon, 03/03/2014)

posted Apr 4, 2014, 7:59 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE, an evening with JOHNNY MERCER, an Actors’ Temple Benefit, Monday March 3, 7 PM, created & directed by Karin Baker Kayne, featuring Juliet Ewing, Bambi Jones, Patti Mariano, and Joyce Nolen, with David Hancock Turner at the piano and Comedian Bob Greenberg, opening, to lighten our spirits. Cabaret style performance with cake and coffee.

Tickets on sale now:  $35 advance or $40 at the door, $50 Mensch, $100 Angel, $200 Seraphim.

Please send a check made out to The Actors’ Temple, or fax credit card info to: 212-586-3025, or reserve online. Reservations held at the door.

Purim Celebration (Sat, 03/15/2014)

posted Apr 4, 2014, 7:51 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller

PURIM CELEBRATION: A PURIM NIGHT'S DREAM OR POOR HIM'S LOT by Bob Greenberg; Special Musical Guests: Brute Force, Daughter of Force, Grandson of Force, & James Besser; Service, Megillah Reading, & Sing along.

Saturday night, March 15th, 7 PM; with Aron Bederson, Barbara Bova, Florence Cohen, Marjorie Conn, Lilly Galperin, Bob Greenberg, and Rabbi Jill. Always fun, funny, and wonderful.

Learners' Service with NJOP's Shabbat Across America and Canada (Fri, 03/07/2014)

posted Apr 4, 2014, 7:38 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller

Friday, March 7, 2014, 7pm.

We, at The Actors’ Temple, invite you to join us and thousands of Jews who come together to eat, drink, relax, sing, dance, enjoy, debate, and celebrate at the annual Shabbat Across America and Canada, in conjunction with the National Jewish Outreach Program.

All are welcome.

Free of charge, but Please pre-register so that we know how many people to expect.

Please join us for a Dairy Potluck Shabbat Dinner and Learner’s Service. Please bring food (dairy/fish/vegetables) to share, following by a Shabbat Service, conducted by Rabbi Jill Hausman. Come learn all about the service and prayers. Stay for dessert, and socializing. Food for body and soul!

Tu B’Shevat Mystical Seder (Fri, 01/17/2014)

posted Apr 4, 2014, 7:21 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Apr 4, 2014, 7:25 AM ]

Tu B’Shevat Seder, Dinner, & SHABBAT, Friday, January 17th, 6:30 PM.

Seder & Dinner, Music by Judy Buchman, Aron Bederson, James Besser, Piano. & Ira Shimshi. Lilly Galperin plays Songs from Around the World during dinner. Barbara Nathan sponsors the Oneg in memory of her Mother, Emily Rantz and dear friend Harry Chrysostomas. We commemorate the Yahrzeits of: Rebecca Horbund (18); Ruth Langfelder Harris (21), David Rosner (1/17), Father of Su Nissan(1/22), Emily Rantz (1/17).

Vox Hebraica Season Opener (Fri, 01/10/2014)

posted Jan 3, 2014, 4:11 PM by aimee-dan beyda-miller

Announcing a New Concert Series: Vox Hebraica opens its inaugural season at The Actors' Temple with a double bill featuring the renowned NYC-based Klezmer bands, Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, Friday, 1/10/2014. 9 PM. Tickets $15; $10/Stu/Srs; APAP & Actors' Temple members/congregants Free or by donation. This series has been created and is curated by Marina Kifferstein.

Tickets

Please purchase tickets at our Online Store using your credit/debit card, or choose to pay in cash or with a check, either at the door or in advance.

Donations

Please consider making an additional donation using the DONATION-VOXHEB item in our store, found under both Events and Donations. All funds donated via this item will be earmarked specifically for this project.

Photo credits: left side (Metropolitan Klezmer) by Hank Gans; right side (Isle of Klezbos) by Angela Jimenez.

Broadway Shabbat (Fri, 01/10/2014)

posted Jan 3, 2014, 4:09 PM by aimee-dan beyda-miller

The Actors' Temple monthly Broadway Shabbat, at 6 PM.
Come for renewal before your 7:30 call!

A special service for the performing arts community, led by Rabbi Jill Hausman, Broadway Shabbat will include short services prepared for performing artists that conclude in time for them to make their half-hour calls that evening.

Broadway Shabbat is organized by members of the Broadway community and led by Russell Fischer of Jersey Boys. The service will be held the second Friday of each month at 6PM, pending holiday conflicts.

See the notice at Playbill about our inaugural event.

Service & Oneg Shabbat with The New Synagogue (Fri, 01/03/2014)

posted Jan 3, 2014, 4:07 PM by aimee-dan beyda-miller

SHABBAT, Friday, January 3rd at 7 PM: Service & Oneg Shabbat with The New Synagogue

Two Synagogues Come Together: Beginning 1/3/2014, The New Synagogue will be joining with The Actors’ Temple each first Friday of the month, and as many more as they would like to attend. Rabbis Roger Ross & Scott Matous, Cantors Judy Steel and Jeanie Kwartler and their members will worship with us. We welcome them and look forward to many celebrations in the future!

Vox Hebraica Conert Series

posted Jan 3, 2014, 2:45 PM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 10:33 AM ]

Announcing Vox Hebraica

A New Concert Series at the Actors' Temple, curated by violinist Marina Kifferstein.

Our mission is to present a multifaceted view of Jewish culture, wherever "home" is and in the greater diaspora, through innovative musical programming. The diverse concerts we present are united in that they work to broaden and expand the cultural conceptions of what it means for something to be Jewish, both within and outside of the Jewish community. Vox Hebraica concerts are meant to encourage a wide array of people from different backgrounds to consider all kinds of music in terms of its significance to Jewish culture, and to expand our audience's conception of what falls within the bounds of Jewish culture by presenting varied concert experiences that approach the subject in different ways.

Tickets

Please purchase tickets at our Online Store using your credit/debit card, or choose to pay in cash or with a check, either at the door or in advance.

Donations

Please consider making an additional donation using the DONATION-VOXHEB item in our store, found under both Events and Donations. All funds donated via this item will be earmarked specifically for this project.

 


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