Special Events

Meet Celebrated Author, Maggie Anton  

December 7, 9:30 am, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California, where she still resides, Anton was raised in a secular socialist household. She reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement and ritual observance.

In 1992, Anton learned about a women’s Talmud class taught by Rachel Adler, now a rabbi and professor at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. To her surprise, she fell in love with Talmud, a passion that has continued unabated for twenty years. Intrigued that the great Talmudic scholar Rashi had no sons, only daughters, Anton researched the family and decided to write novels about them. Thus the acclaimed trilogy, Rashi’s Daughters, was born.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating research behind Anton’s novels and find out why she is one of the most celebrated female Jewish authors.

beach in HagbahLimonata and Learning

Wednesday, December 10, 4:00 pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera
Wednesday, January 28, 4:00 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.


Ethical Will Writing: Putting Your Values on Paper

Sunday, December 14, 10:15 - 11:15 am, Rinder Chapel

You are invited to join Rabbi Beth Singer as she leads a discussion on ethical will writing. Dating back to Biblical times, ethical will writing has long been a way to link past and present, articulate spiritual and ethical values, and leave a legacy for future generations.

Co-sponsored by the Planned Giving Task Force.



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

Friday, January 16, Martin Meyer Sanctuary and Sunday, January 18, Third Baptist Church  

We are excited 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 Cantor Barak, the Emanu-El choir, and Cantor Attie and her ensemble. 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.

All are welcome to celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our friends at Third Baptist Church.

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. Registration is required. The gathering begins at 3 and Fred will speak at 4. 

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

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


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