Special Events

beach in HagbahMindfulness Meditation Training In A Jewish Context

6-Week Series beginning Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El
November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16
Price: $36 members, $50 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 Jewish stories and teachings woven into the meditations elucidating the universal competencies that we will be developing. Through this progressive training we will learn meditations to deepen into our bodies, minds, hearts, and to the Nameless.

Embodiment: In each class we will learn to land in our bodies in the present moment using mindful movement practices and other somatic explorations to feel relaxed, balanced, and energized.

Attention: We will learn the art of focusing on what is happening here and now in order to build the muscles of attention and to gain insights into the nature of our minds.

Heartfulness: We will learn to cultivate compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and emotional balance, starting with ourselves and then generating these feelings towards others.

Interconnectedness: We will explore how to operate from a state of presence in the every day whirlwind of our modern lives and to open our reverent relationship with that which gives us all life.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students. He 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. Daniel consults with schools and communities around the world on mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Daniel also has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Register for the first class

You're Invited to the Annual Meeting!

Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 pm reception, 7:00 pm meeting

Congregants - join us at the 165th Annual Meeting as we celebrate the last year and look forward to the arrival of 2015. At this meeting, Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer will share impressions of their first year with us and discuss their vision for the future. New Board candidates will also be announced. Please find a complete roster with biographies of these candidates here

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.


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.

The Chuppah and Beyond

A relationship education program for couples

Couples are invited to attend 6 weekly sessions on Thursdays starting February 19 (no class on April 2)
7:00 - 9:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El (three Shabbat dinners will also be scheduled; dates to be announced)

• Assess your challenges of communication
• Develop conflict resolution skills
• Financial Planning
• Maintaining intimacy
• Lessons from a successful marriage

The Chuppah and Beyond is a 6-session group for engaged and newly married couples to help strengthen and deepen their relationship. In this workshop, we will practice relationship building conversations in class and through take-home exercises, to create a stronger, more loving relationship. Our clergy will co-facilitate with Yael Melamed, a San Francisco-based psychotherapist with a private practice in the Marina. Drawing on her clinical experience and research skills, she guides couples through the complexities of relationship issues so that they come to a new understanding of themselves and their relationship.

Cost is $150 per congregant couple; $200 per non-congregant couple. For more info, contact Jennifer Goldstein at jgoldstein@emanuelsf.org or (415) 751-2541 x171.


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