Special Events

Save The Date For Cantor Marsha Attie's Installation Service!

Friday, January 30, 6:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El

Join our entire clergy at ONE SHABBAT as we formally and joyfully install Marsha Attie as our Cantor. Cantor Attie and her musical friends will lead us in prayer, song and celebration. Chicago’s Rabbi Benay Lappe will be speaking and we will also hear from Los Angeles Cantor Perryne Anker. Musicians will include Jonathan Ferris, Eric Schoen, Alisa Fineman, Jerome Rossen and more! We look forward to seeing you at this spectacular celebration and important milestone in the life of our congregation.

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

Six Thursdays: February 19, 26; March 5. 12. 19. 26 
7:00 - 9:00 pm, Temple Emanu-El
Plus three Shabbat dinners (dates to be announced)

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


New Congregant Havdalah Reception

Saturday, February 21, 6:30-8:00 pm, private home - address provided upon RSVP

Just for new congregants who joined in the past 12 months - join us for this special reception! Spend an evening getting to know your clergy and making new friends. This reception is generously hosted by congregants Randi and Bob at their home in Seacliff (address provided upon registration).

Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen, (415) 751-2541 x 177 or sandyr@emanuelsf.org


beach in HagbahMindfulness and Meditation 

4-Week Series beginning Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El
March 17, 24 and 31
Price: $36 members, $54 non-members 

In this mindfulness meditation training, we will learn to cultivate the foundations for a life of greater presence, reverence, and ease of being. There will be music woven into the meditations. Through this progressive training we will learn meditations to deepen into our bodies, minds, hearts, and to the Nameless. 

Our teacher, Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, founded the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education conference. He leads mindfulness in education trainings and conferences at institutions such as the Omega Institute, Esalen and California Institute of Integral Studies. 

Register for the series

wiseagingWise Aging Open House

Monday March 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Reception

Rabbi Rachel Cowan, co-creator of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Wise Aging program, will speak about "Making Each Day Count: A Jewish Approach to Growing Older with Wisdom." Join us to learn about Wise Aging and how it can benefit your community.

 What is the Wise Aging project?

The Wise Aging project addresses the needs of the growing number of Jews of the “boomer” generation—who represent 20% of the American Jewish population—seeking community, Jewish wisdom, and practical advice to age well and wisely. They are in a period that social scientists refer to as “active aging” or “second adulthood.” Unlike those experiencing the frailty of the late stages of old age, individuals in this newly defined phase of life are pursuing a significant social, emotional, and spiritual agenda. In addition to addressing health and retirement and post-retirement issues, they recognize the potential for living fully and positively in these years: letting go of regrets, opening to hope, growing in love, compassion, gratitude, forgiving those who caused hurt, and making amends to those they have hurt. 

 For more information, contact: Wise Aging Project Director Institute for Jewish Spirituality, barbaras@jewishspirituality.org, (646) 491-9006


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