Special Events

beach in Hagbah  Men 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. Have we accomplished all we can, have we done all that we should? Have we treated others respectfully; were we kind and good?

Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for this morning of spiritual exploration and preparation. Bring warm clothes, a towel and an appetite for breakfast afterwards.

This event is open to all men in our community. 


2nd Annual Longtime Member Dinner  

Friday, September 5, 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El 

Please join us for the Second Annual Longtime Member Shabbat Dinner. Following 6:00 pm Shabbat services come reminisce with old friends over a delicious catered dinner.  


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.


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 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, Emperor Norton, Julie Rosenwald, Alice B. Toklas, Levi Strauss, Isaias Hellman 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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