Temple Emanuel at Parkchester, a Conservative synagogue on Benedict Avenue, has a new rabbi. Jesse M. Olitzky, a fourth year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, begins serving as the community’s rabbi this September. Olitzky’s goal is to create a warm and welcoming environment for all and to offer many entry points into the community.
Temple Emanuel at Parkchester has been in the community for fifty years and has a core group of members, but Olitzky hopes to reach out to those in surrounding communities to make it known that this synagogue is place that they can call home.
“Everybody does not find spiritual fulfillment in the same manner,” said Rabbi Olitzky. “Therefore, we must offer many different programs to bring people into the community. Prayer services are just one aspect of what we do at Temple Emanuel to make holy space and holy experiences.” He also envisions offering programs during the week outside of the synagogue building, such as classes and discussions at local coffee shops and bookstores.
In the meantime, Rabbi Olitzky wants to make it known that the doors of Temple Emanuel at Parkchester are open to all those who wish to enter. “We need to get our name out there,” he said, “so that everyone knows there is a place for them at Temple Emanuel.” That begins with the High Holidays, Rosh HaShannah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which Rabbi Olitzky stressed is all are welcome.
Service times are as follows:
Rosh HaShannah: Friday Sept. 18th at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday Sept. 19th at 9:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.; Sunday Sept. 20th at 9:30 a.m.
Yom Kippur: Sunday Sept. 27th at 6:15 p.m.; Monday Sept. 28th at 9:30 a.m.
Please contact Temple Emanuel at Parkchester for more information. Temple Emanuel at Parkchester is located at 2000 Benedict Ave., Bronx, NY 10462 in Parkchester. For more information call 718-828-3400, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check them out online here.