Special Events

beach in HagbahMen of Emanu-El: Join Us In the Ocean at Dawn: Reflecting on who we are … and who we want to be

Sunday, September 21, 5:00 am, Main Sanctuary, followed by Mikvah at Baker Beach 

The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up, looking deep inside our souls, to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for this morning of spiritual exploration and preparation. Bring warm clothes, a towel and an appetite for breakfast afterwards.


beach in HagbahLimonata and Learning

Wednesday, October 15, 5:00 - 7:30 pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera

Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage while discussing text from the Torah. Please register so we know to expect you.


Wedding RingsThe Chuppah and Beyond  

Fall Course: Thursdays, October 23 - December 4, 7:00  9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El

The Chuppah and Beyond is a 6-session group for engaged and newly married couples to help strengthen and deepen their relationship. This workshop will feature practice relationship building conversations in class and take-home exercises, designed to create a stronger, more loving relationship.  Additionally, the class will partake in three Shabbat dinners, hosted by each other.

Yael Melamed is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in the Marina. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families. Drawing on her clinical and research skills, she guides couples through the complexities of relationship issues so that they come to a new understanding of themselves and their relationships.

Cost is $100 per member couple; $150 per non-member couple.


beach in HagbahPanel Discussion: The New Anti-Semitism in Europe

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El

Why is it a new anti-Semitism? What defines it? How do Israel and the politics of the country fit into the picture? How does the immigrant population in these countries affect the attitude toward Jews? Is there a reasonable way for government to fight repulsion and hatred against Jews?

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the Consul Generals of Israel, Germany, France, Sweden, and Poland and the Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council on the extremely relevant and important topic of the rise in a new Anti-Semitism in Europe.

beach in HagbahNew to Emanu-El? This Welcome Reception Is For You

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, congregant home in San Francisco (address provided upon registration) 

Please register for this special reception welcoming all congregants who have joined our congregation in the past 12 months. Spend an evening getting to know your clergy and making new friends. This reception is generously hosted by Board Member Dale Boutiette and his wife Alla Gershberg at their home in the Sunset.


Buried Treasures: An Underground History Walk

Sunday, November 2, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hills of Eternity/Home of Peace Cemeteries, 1299/1301 El Camino Blvd., Colma

Come celebrate the 125th anniversary of Jewish cemeteries in Colma and learn about and honor those who planted the seeds and nurtured our wonderful Jewish community. When San Francisco’s booming growth required the relocation of cemeteries to outside the city, Congregations Emanu-El and Sherith Israel dedicated Home of Peace and Hills of Eternity cemeteries in Colma in 1889. Now 125 years later, we invite you all to a special day of activities and discovery:

• Interactive treasure hunt tour – bring the family to “meet” and learn about:

Wyatt Earp   Florence Prag Kahn     Isaias Hellman

Levi Strauss      Emperor Norton     Julie Rosewald

                                                                  and many others from San Francisco Jewish history!

• Explore the art and architecture of the cemetery and mausoleums

• Observe and participate in the ritual burying of prayer books and other sacred scrolls

• Learn to interpret and read the signs, symbols and words on Jewish headstones

• Help preserve the pioneer headstones in the oldest part of the cemetery

For more information, please contact Judi Leff at (415) 750-7545 or Nancy Sheftel-Gomes at (415) 346-1720 x28.


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