About Emmanuel Center
As an outgrowth of our residency at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, which began in 2005 with the parish’s gracious invitation to use its facilities, our two congregations created the Emmanuel Center. This vision has evolved into an incredibly exciting and unique opportunity for a creative collaboration that places Central Reform at the geographic and cultural heart of Boston with vast potential for growth and influence.
Both of our congregations, deeply and faithfully rooted in our respective religious traditions, also believe passionately that we share a common spiritual heritage, and that we cherish the same ultimate hopes and dreams for humanity. We believe that the encounter between Judaism and Christianity can be a vital, loving and living one that affirms the difficult challenges of history and offers new levels of understanding.
The Emmanuel Center also embraces the mission of developing educational programs that explore the intersection of spirituality and the arts – an important part of the values of both our congregations. We join in cooperation with a variety of music, art, and theatre groups throughout the city to offer collaborative events that present spiritual and ethical perspectives on artistic creativity.
Event Recap: Defiant Requiem – On April 27th, many members of Central Reform Temple and Emmanuel Church attended the beautiful and moving performance of the Defiant Requiem - a unique concert-drama that commemorates the remarkable story of courageous Jewish prisoners at Terezin Concentration Camp during WWII. The performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, soloists and Orchestra of Terezin Remembrance Orchestra at Symphony call was combined with video testimony from survivors of the original chorus and segments of the Nazi propaganda film made at Terezin in 1944 to deceive the world about the conditions of the Jews in the camp. It was a remarkable experience. Fifteen members of the Emmanuel Center community joined together for dinner before the concert – another opportunity for our two congregational families to break bread as well as to be moved by a cultural experience.