A Fifth Avenue Landmark
Temple Emanu-El, which means “God is with us”, was founded in 1845 by a group of 33 German Jewish immigrants. The first services were held in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in a second floor loft at Grand and Clinton Streets. The congregation grew larger as more Jews came to New York from Germany. As the community became more successful, the congregation began to move uptown. In 1868, the congregation Emanu-El built what was at the time the biggest synagogue in the world at Fifth Avenue and East 43rd.
In 1927 the congregation relocated their house of worship to its present location at Fifth Avenue and East 65th Street after merging with the congregation Beth-El, which means “House of God”. Other facilities including a religious school, adult learning centre and nursery school were added. Today this stunning building, inspired by Romanesque and Moorish architecture, houses a congregation of approximately 3,000 families and is the largest synagogue in the world.