Special Events

Annual Third Baptist Church/Congregation Emanu-El Interfaith Services In Honor Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  

Friday, January 16, Main Sanctuary and Sunday, January 18, Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street (at Pierce),

We are delighted to continue our historical relationship with Third Baptist Church. On Friday, January 16 at 6:00 pm, our congregations will celebrate Shabbat together. The Third Baptist Church choir will join both our cantors and their ensemble and Reverend Dr. Amos Brown will deliver the sermon. On Sunday morning, January 18, at 10:00 am, Congregation Emanu-El members will visit the Third Baptist Church at 1399 McAllister Street (at Pierce), to take part in the annual MLK Sunday morning service. Rabbi Jonathan Singer will deliver the morning sermon and Cantor Barak will sing.

After the 6:00 pm service, there will be a special Shabbat dinner. Reserve your seats for the Shabbat dinner.

Parlez-Vous Français?

Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM, address provided after registration

French speakers are invited to a home-hosted event to socialize and hear Fred Rosenbaum, the founding director of Lehrhaus Judaica, discuss "Civilizing San Francisco: French Jews in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present Day." Babysitting will be provided. The gathering begins at 3:00 pm and Fred will speak at 4:0 0pm. The discussion will be in English but this event is for French speakers only. 

Register today!

Dead Man Walking: Art and Social Justice

Congregation Emanu-El and Opera Parallèle present music from the opera, and a discussion on the intersection of art and social justice.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Congregation Emanu-El

Join Opera Parallèle for an evening of discussion and music with very special guests: Sister Helen Prejean, Jake Heggie, Frederica von Stade, Catherine Cook, Nicolle Foland, Roslyn Barak, Elisabeth Semel and Jeanne Woodford.

Hear Sister Helen’s passionate presentation and discussion about the transformation of her famous memoir into film, stage play, and opera. Leaders from initiatives against the death penalty will take part in a panel discussion and selections from Dead Man Walking, previewing Opera Parallèle’s February 2015 production at YBCA Theater will be performed. Performers include Frederica von Stade, who created the role of Mrs. DeRocher at San Francisco Opera in 2000, and Cathy Cook, OP’s Mrs. DeRocher (who was also in the original production). Jake Heggie will accompany the opera singers, as well as a special performance of Ravel’s Kaddish with cantor Barak. 

The event is free but tickets are required for admission.

For tickets go to opdmw.brownpapertickets.com

YA- Wrestling JerusalemWrestling Jerusalem

Saturday, January 24, 7:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

An old proverb says, "An enemy is someone whose story you do not know." Set in America, Israel and Palestine, Wrestling Jerusalem follows one man's journey to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Davidman's solo performance is a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Giving voice to a dozen different characters, the play sheds light on one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time.


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

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

Stay tuned for further details and be sure to mark your calendar!



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, Congregation 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 with licensed psychotherapist Yael Melamed.

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


Family-to-Family Series

Tuesdays, February 24 - May 12
7:00 - 9:30 pm, Congregation Emanu-El Library

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. This course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well being.  

Interested? Sign up for the Open House on Tuesday, January 27 at 7:00 pm.   Register

The series includes current information on illnesses such as:

    • schizophrenia
    • bipolar disorder (manic depression)
    • major depression
    • panic disorder
    • obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • borderline personality disorder
    • addictive disorders

The series will cover the topics below:

    • Up-to-date information about medications, side effects, and strategies for medication adherence.
    • Current research related to the biology of brain disorders and evidence-based treatments to promote recovery.
    • Gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness.
    • Problem solving, listening, and communication techniques.
    • Acquiring strategies for handling mental health crises and relapse.
    • Focusing on care for the caregiver: coping with worry, stress, and emotional overload.
    • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community.
    • Information on advocacy initiatives designed to improve and expand mental health services

Thousands of families describe the program as life,changing. The program is taught by trained teachers, who are also family members, and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

Questions? Contact Bailey Wendzel at NAMI SF: bailey@namisf.org or Emanu-El congregant Lori Campbell at lori.j.campbell@comcast.net.


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