Special Events

Plan ahead for the Summer 2016 Congregational Trip To Israel

Sunday, April 26, 11:30 am, Rinder Chapel

Looking for a journey of a lifetime? Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer for a preliminary discussion and gathering for next summer's congregational summer trip to Israel. Adventures and meaningful one-of-a-kind experiences guaranteed. 

rivaaelyonInterfaith Hike on Angel Island

Saturday, May 2, 9:15 am
Join us as we explore the trails around Camp Reynolds on Angel Island and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Angel Island is a California State Park and wildlife preserve, and is also one of the finest historical sites in the Bay Area, and includes military garrisons and compounds from every major war dating back to the U.S. Civil War. 

Meet at Pier 41 at 9:15 am where you will receive your ticket for the 9:45 am ferry. Return at your leisure at 12:35 PM, 3:20 pm, or 4:30 pm. The ticket includes the round-trip ferry as well as entry to Angel Island. 

Registration required for the special group rate:
Adults (age 12+) $16
Age 5-11 and seniors age 65+ $9.50 
No refunds will be given after 4/29

Contact Julia Bergman with questions at juliahbergman@yahoo.com.


Emperor Norton B&WPut On Your Best Hat for Emperor Norton Day at the Cemetery!

Special Plaque to Be Laid in the Emperor's Honor

Sunday, May 3, 2:00 pm, Home of Peace Cemetery, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma

Emperor Norton, a beloved 19th century San Francisco Jewish eccentric, died in 1880 but was not given a Jewish funeral or burial. He attended services every Saturday at Congregation Emanu-El.

In 1979, our congregant John Rothmann portrayed the emperor at the Court of Historical Review where it was determined that the Emperor should indeed have had a Jewish burial. Join us as we right this historical wrong and lay a plaque in his honor at the Home of Peace Cemetery.

Following the ceremony, we will present a live narrated documentary about the Emperor by SF historian Peter Moylan featuring the Emperor himself, portrayed by Joseph Amster of Emperor Norton Walking Tours, and hear comments by John Rothmann about his experience with the Court of Historical Review. The afternoon will conclude with refreshments and we will declare the winners of the Emperor Norton hat contest.

RSVP to jleff@emanuelsf.org by April 28.

Check out the advanced press coverage on the upcoming ceremony:

San Francisco Chronicle

Tauber Jewish Studies ProgramTauber Yesod Program Graduation 2015 - Tauber Jewish Studies Program
May 22, 6:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

The Tauber Yesod Program will celebrate a Siyyum (Hebrew for completion and is the traditional term for a celebration that marks the end of a period of study) on May 22, 2015 during the 6:00 pm Shabbat Service. At the Yesod Siyyum, this year's graduating class will receive a special blessing. 

The 2015 graduates are: Jenny Hogg, Kelly Pfeifer, Aidan M. Rosenberg Antonio Salazar-Hobson, Katherine J. Salazar-Poss, David Scheer, Nicholas Stevens, and Frances M. Wittman-Rosenzweig. 

The Yesod Faculty instructors for this class have been: Rabbi Jane Litman and Yiskah Rosenfeld. The Tauber Yesod Program is the crown of the Tauber Jewish Studies Program made possible by the Laszlo N. Tauber Foundation and is a program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning. 

No registration required. 

Tikkun-ShavuotTikkun Leil Shavuot 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 8:30 pm - Midnight
Come participate in a Tikkun - an evening of learning in conjunction with Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco Jewish Community Center (SFJCC), and Congregation Beth Shalom. Our evening will begin with a beautiful Havdalah and dancing at Sherith Israel lead by our own Cantor Marsha Attie and Sherith Israel's Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller. 

Learn about the rest of the evening's schedule

The Chuppah and Beyond: The Relationship Education Series for Couples in a Jewish Context

Thursdays, August 6 - September 10
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. Chuppah and Beyond helps participants cultivate the foundational tools for a successful life together while simultaneously building a community of peers. Emanu-El clergy co-facilitate each class along with Yael Melamed, psychotherapist and relationship expert (learn more at www.yaelmelamed.com).

Topics covered:

• Assessing the challenges of communication
• Develop skills for conflict resolution 
• Financial Planning
• Maintaining intimacy
• Lessons from a successful marriage

$150 per congregant couple; $200 per non-congregant couple.


Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at jgoldstein@emanuelsf.org or (415) 751-2541 x171


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