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Sunday Services at 9:30 and 11:30 am in the Temple Israel Ballroom starting May 29

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We have held our worship services in the sanctuary of Temple Israel since 2019, and they have been a gracious host. Our plan has always been that Temple Israel would be a place for our congregation to gather and worship until our permanent space at East 91st is ready.

Temple Israel has had plans in place to renovate their building, and the renovations begin this summer. (You can see a rendering of the beautiful new exterior on their website. We’re so excited for our friends!) The sanctuary is an important part of the renovation project, so this means we — as well as the synagogue’s own congregation — need to move out of the sanctuary.

Change is always hard, but if there ever were a resilient group of people able to pack up and move, that’s New Yorkers! We will continue worshiping at Temple Israel, just two floors below the sanctuary in the ballroom, and expand to two morning services — one at 9:30 am and another at 11:30 am. Children's Ministry will continue to have access to the classrooms on the higher floors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long will we be in the ballroom?
    Our first Sunday worshiping in the ballroom will be May 29. Temple Israel anticipates that the renovation will take one year, so we are looking forward to returning to the newly-renovated sanctuary in June 2023.
  2. How will having two services affect worship styles?
    We will continue alternating weeks in classical and contemporary worship styles. Both 9:30 and 11:30 am services on a given Sunday will feature the same worship music.
  3. How accessible is the ballroom?
    Congregants can use the elevators to go to the worship service in the ballroom as well as to the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors for the Children’s Ministry programming and the Cry Room. If you are physically able, we request that you use the two sets of stairs when possible to move between floors in order to give priority to parents taking their children to their classrooms on the 4th and 6th floors.
  4. How does the move impact children's classes?
    There will be full Children’s Ministry programming at both services. The nursery and preschool classes will remain on the 4th floor. All elementary children (including 4th and 5th grades) will be dismissed from adult worship and then escorted to the 6th floor classrooms. We ask for your patience as many families will now need to use the elevators to pick up their children from both the 4th and 6th floors. The Cry Room on the 5th floor will not be affected.
  5. How does the move impact adult classes?
    We're working to secure class space in other areas of Temple Israel or nearby locations. Updates will be posted on eastside.redeemer.com/classes and emailed to class registrants.

  6. Will the livestream continue?
    Yes, the Sunday worship service will be available on YouTube.

Last updated: March 27, 2022. More information will be added and updated as it becomes available.

How can I help?

Adding a second service means doubling our need for volunteers. From welcoming newcomers to singing with children, there are many different ways to use your gifts.

Sunday Service Volunteers
Extend Jesus' hospitality and provide helpful information to congregants on Sundays.

  1. Welcome Team: greet and welcome everyone coming to worship.
  2. Ushers: answer questions and guide people to available seating.
  3. Coffee Team: serve refreshments after service and connect people to our community.

Sign up using the online form or or email Liz Avanzato-Cintron.

Sunday Service volunteers serve once a month.

Children's Ministry Volunteers
Share God's love with the littlest among us and shape the next generation of Christ's ambassadors to our city.

  1. Nursery: kids need lots of comfort and snuggles. Share Jesus' tender-loving care while the parents are worshiping.
  2. Preschool: kids love to learn through play. Help them experience Jesus' love with songs and fun activities.
  3. Elementary: kids are hungry to learn more. Teach eager minds who Jesus is and why he matters.

Complete the online volunteer application or email Jenny Barker.

Children's Ministry volunteers serve twice a month.

Kingdom-Centered Prayers
Imagine what God will do in and through our expanded worship services at the new location. Pray with us for the work of God's Spirit bringing life change and renewal.
  1. Weekly: Pray for 30 mins for the services every Sunday at 9:45 am (until May 21) or 8:45 am (starting May 29).
  2. Monthly: Pray for our church, our pastor search, and for our city on the last Sunday of the month at 11 am (starting May 29).

Come to the Cry Room on the 5th floor of Temple Israel. No sign up needed.