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Judaica Items for Sale

posted May 20, 2016, 4:47 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Dec 22, 2020, 1:11 PM ]

Please check out the contents of our lovely new display case, located in the rear corner of the Sanctuary, showcasing many beautiful items for sale, with a focus on Judaic themed objects.

We are offering these items because each sale brings the Temple additional income.

Why not take a look next time you are here, and see if there's something for yourself, a special occasion, or perhaps for a gift?

To order any items please contact us via phone or e-mail.

Video and FB Post (iSTAND Media)

posted Aug 11, 2015, 6:42 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Dec 24, 2016, 12:09 PM ]

See the Facebook post.

See this video about The Actors' Temple from iSTAND Media LLC on Vimeo.

Video and Slideshow (Manhattan Sideways)

posted Apr 8, 2015, 6:09 PM by Ezrath Israel   [ updated Dec 24, 2016, 12:11 PM ]

Some brief information and a slide show about us at Manhattan Sideways, at this external web page.

View the wonderful 5 minute video, in which Rabbi Jill Hausman narrates the Actors' Temple story, while giving you a look at many interior and exterior views of our space.

THE ACTORS TEMPLE from Polivision on Vimeo.

Who We Are Today

posted Dec 24, 2013, 8:13 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 10:06 AM by Ezrath Israel ]

Spirituality, Acceptance, and Creativity.

Our Philosophy: In our House of God all are welcome!

  • The Actors’ Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, is a place where spirituality meets creativity, where acceptance and inclusion are core principles, and where the enduring values of Judaism translate into human connections.
  • We provide community and self-expression, deeds of loving kindness and caring.
  • We look for fresh approaches to enliven worship while maintaining a connection to our Jewish roots.
  • Our warm community welcomes all people who are searching for a deepened relationship to God and Judaism, for self-expression, learning, and friendship.
  • In our house of God, all people are included and appreciated.
  • Our congregation is progressive and egalitarian, a place where your mind, heart, and soul can be nourished.

We welcome Interfaith Families


We welcome all those in the LGBT Community

Rediscover your Jewishness – Where the Lost Tribes Pray!

Photo: Cast of one of our recent Comedy Benefits

Not Just For Actors

posted Dec 24, 2013, 8:07 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Apr 13, 2015, 11:43 AM by Ezrath Israel ]

We're very diverse.

We have people from all walks of life, all kinds of professions, education, non-profit, politics, etc.

But we do have lots of really creative people!

Some of our members are indeed actors, dancers, singers, musicians, artists, and writers. Whether you are a creative professional, or an aficionado of performing and literary arts, this is an opportunity to socialize and network with other like minded people.

And don't forget that our sanctuary is also an off-Broadway theater space.

We are part of the New York performing arts community, and proud of it.

New York Times Article About us

posted Dec 24, 2013, 7:47 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Jan 2, 2014, 9:21 AM ]

New York Times article from November 19, 2011 about the Actors' Temple.

Houston Chronicle Article About Us

posted Dec 24, 2013, 7:42 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Jan 2, 2014, 9:21 AM ]

Houston Chronicle article from December 30, 2012 about Rabbi Jill and the Actors' Temple.

Our Rabbi

posted Dec 24, 2013, 5:55 AM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated May 30, 2017, 5:44 AM by Ezrath Israel ]

Meet Rabbi and Cantor Jill Hausman

Shalom! And welcome to The Actors’ Temple.

It is a great privilege and pleasure for me to serve in this historic house of God, where the vibrant, happy energy of all those stars of the stage and screen who worshiped here can still be felt. Our accepting, inclusive community is a place where people come first and where everyone feels welcomed and comfortable. I lead a Reform-style service from the Conservative prayer book, with a little bit of Chassidic wisdom to add warmth and Jewish spirituality. We pray, sing, learn, and celebrate together.  I invite you to come and visit me at a service or event. If there is ever anything that I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to call upon me.

“Rabbi Jill” has been the rabbi and cantor of The Actors’ Temple since 2006. She came to this historic synagogue from Boro Park Progressive Synagogue, where she served for twelve years as Cantor, and for two years, also as Assistant Rabbi. She has a background in classical singing and acting. Rabbi Jill, a New Jersey native, is a graduate of Smith College and received her Semicha from the Rabbinical Seminary International, under the aegis of Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. She is married, has two sons, and lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She can sometimes be seen riding her bike to the office.

Spiritual Action, Our Rabbi's Blog

Visit Rabbi/Cantor Jill Hausman’s Blog "Spiritual Action" to read her sermons, and/or take a look at some snippets of recent posts right here.

Our Unique and Proud History

posted Dec 11, 2013, 4:16 PM by aimee-dan beyda-miller   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 4:41 PM by Ezrath Israel ]

Congregation Ezrath Israel (“Helper of Israel,”) was founded in 1917 as the West Side Hebrew Relief Association. Our building, a national landmark, dates from 1923. We count among our former members the entertainers: Al Jolson, Joe E. Lewis, Sophie Tucker, Edward G. Robinson, Moe and Curly of the Three Stooges, Jack Benny, Shelley Winters, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, and many, many others. Please see our History page for more information and photos.

The Three Stooges

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