Temple Emanu-El

Please join us at the beautiful Temple Emanu-El for a 5 p.m. ceremony.

Temple Emanu-El of New York was the first Reform Jewish congregation in New York City. It has served as a flagship congregation in the Reform branch of Judaism since its founding in 1845. The congregation began with 33 members in a rented space at Clinton and Grand Streets in 1845. However, Temple Emaunel-El is now considered one of America's largest and most exquisite synagogues. Emanu-El means "God is with us" in Hebrew.

Caroline has been attending services at Temple Emanu-El for as long as she's lived in New York. "Once Michael and I decided that we should get married in New York, I just knew that we had to have the ceremony at Emanu-El. I love the fact that we will be able to combine the temple where I have gone to services for over 15 years with the rabbi who has known Michael since he was a little boy. 

Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass

Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass, who has acted as the Chief Chaplain of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)  since 2002 and has been a police chaplain in the NYPD since 1966, will lead the ceremony. Rabbi Kass earned his undergraduate degree from Columbia University (summa cum laude and class salutatorian), and earned a Ph.D in History and Philosophical Foundations of Education from NYU. He received rabbinical training at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Michael has known Rabbi Kass and his wife, Miriam, and children for over 30 years - since Rabbi Kass was the Chief Rabbi of the East Midwood Jewish Center in Brooklyn, which ran his elementary school. "Rabbi Kass is an extraordinary human being, orator and rabbi, and I feel so honored that he will be able to officiate at our wedding. He has been a part of so many critical events in my life, and once we had cleared our wedding date with Caroline's mother, brother and aunt, we really set the date of our wedding based on his schedule! We are thrilled that Rabbi Kass will be present to share this important day with all of our friends and families—you are all in for a real treat!”