In 2012, the congregation expanded the original "Image of Man" series, calling it, now, Stephen C. Widom Cultural Arts at Emanuel, in memory of Rabbi & Gail Widom’s youngest son, who had suddenly passed in 2011. The lecture series reaches out to all people regardless of race, color or creed, and features guest speakers, all of whom hold a place in the forefront of contemporary thought—scholars, historians, journalists and television pundits—among them, Richard Haass, General Wesley Clark (ret.), Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (ret.), Admiral James Stavridis (ret.), former Senator Bill Bradley, former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, political strategists David Frum, Steve Schmidt, Paul Begala, journalists John Heilemann, David Sanger, Bret Stephens, authors Jonathan Alter, George Packer, American financier, banker and philanthropist Sanford I. Weill, intelligence experts Richard Clarke, Malcolm Nance, Philip Mudd and legal analyst Jill Wine-Banks. They can all be counted on to stimulate thought with in depth analysis, bold ideas and original concepts rooted in a vast knowledge of their respective fields and "boots on the ground" experience.
Not incidentally, the SCW series also presents music in a variety of formats, offering sustenance for the spirit.
Our programs draw attendees from every town and village on Long Island—from Queens, Westchester and Connecticut. As in the words of the prophet Isaiah: "My house is a house of prayer for all people,"—all are welcome.
In addition to Friday evening and Saturday morning prayer services, courses in Judaica, support for Israel, nursery and religious school education, the activities of our auxiliaries and projects of our religious action committee, our ultimate concern is for the needs of the individual. This priority keeps the rabbi in touch with all those who seek his support and guidance. If you are thinking about joining a synagogue, there is, in fact, much to think about.
Please call us at 516.482.5701. We would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you may have.