Special Events

Caring for Aging Loved Ones and Yourself

All sessions will take place from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the Martin Meyer Reception.

Are you involved with aging or ill parents or loved ones? Do you worry you have what it takes to be supportive through one of life’s greatest challenges? Do you feel isolated and alone? Overwhelmed? Rabbis report that confronting issues of aging are among the most difficult of conversations.

“Caring for Aging Loved Ones and Yourself” will be offered beginning this March. Rabbi Bauer, Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Mintz will each lead two of the six sessions, along with guest presenters.

The goals of the program are to present information from experts, provide a safe place for people to share their challenges, learn from others and foster a supportive Emanu-El community during the stages of aging, illness/infirmity, and end of life. There is no charge. Registration is required, but you can attend as your time and needs permit. 

Program schedule (subject to modification):

Tuesday, March 4 - Session I - How and When to Have That Difficult Conversation
Tuesday, March 18 -Session II - Impacts of Aging: Physically, Mentally and Emotionally
Tuesday, April 1 - Session III - Caregiving and Resources for Your Loved Ones
Tuesday, April 22 - Session IV - Legal and Financial Issues, the Business of Aging
Tuesday, May 6 - Session V - Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash: End of Life Jewish Perspectives and Practices
Tuesday, May 20 - Session VI - Lessons Learned and How the Community Moves Forward

Register today

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Audio Recording of Panelist Presentations

Shawn Weaver Visits Emanu-El!

Friday, April 18, 5:30 and 7:00 pm
Musician, composer, and founder of Shawn's Kugel, Shawn Weaver will be playing during both Friday Shabbat Services. Don't miss him!

As the leader of Shawn's Kugel, a band he formed with keyboardist/accordion player Steve Rice, bassist Spencer Hoveskeland, and drummer/percussionist Will Dowd in 1996, Weaver has successfully fused klezmer music with pop and rock influences.

A modern sensibility has been added to the Jewish music tradition by Shawn Weaver!

Internationally Renowned Israeli Poet, Educator and Lecturer Dr. Rachel Korazim, Comes To Emanu-El

As a teacher at some of Israel's most distinguished education institutions, Dr. Rachel Korazim will bring her incredible insights on early Zionism, the Holocaust and Israeli poetry to Emanu-El for a series of exceptional learning opportunities.

Born in Israel, Dr. Korazim is a graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish Education and has vast experience in Jewish education and curriculum development, both in Israel and the Diaspora. She currently teachers at various institutions including The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

  • Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm: “Connections to the Land” - Examining core narratives of Israel society through the works of Yitzhak Shalev, Rachel, Nathan Alterman, Yehuda Amichai, Ephraim Kishon, Balfour Hakak, Lysie Doron and Amos Oz.
  • Sunday, April 27, 9:30 am: “Reflections of the Holocaust in Modern Israeli Literature” - Reflections of the Holocaust in recent works by Amir Gotfreund and Lysie Doron, as well as some older ones by Grossman and Liebrect, Treinin and Guri.
  • Sunday, April 27, 10:30 am:  “The Image of the Other” – Images of the Arab in modern Israeli literature through the short stories of David Grossman, A.B. Yehoshua and Savyon Liebrecht

Off-site Learning Opportunity:

  • Sunday, April 27, 4:00 pm:  Keynote Lecture for Community Event at the JCCSF

New Member Reception

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm, Congregant Home
Come and meet fellow new members, clergy and staff. Generously hosted by Congregation Emanu-El Board Member Jim Shapiro and his wife, Sally, at a home near the Temple. Address given upon registration.


Special Screening of Inequality For All, With Emmy-winning Producer and Congregant Jen Chaiken 
Facilitated by Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
The Emanu-El community is invited to attend a special screening of Robert Reich’s film, “Inequality For All.” The film follows Reich, the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap and explores the growth of extreme inequality in America over the past several decades.

This important and critically acclaimed film was produced by congregant Jen Chaiken. Jen will be on hand for a question and answer session after the screening. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to join us for a stimulating learning experience. Learn more

Farewell Shabbat Service in Honor of Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe       

Friday, May 16, 6:00 pm, Main Sanctuary
This will be the only Shabbat Service of the evening 

With gratitude for his years of dedication to our community and excitement for his future, Congregation Emanu-El invites all congregants to join us in celebration of Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe.

Youth and Family Education families will also have a special opportunity to honor Rabbi Jaffe at the closing day of school on Sunday, May 4 as part of their end of year festivities.

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Run the extra mile with Emanu-El at the San Francisco Marathon 

Thursday, July 27 

Join our very own Congregation Emanu-El running club! This is a great way to bond with fellow Jews and fundraise to support our vibrant community! Choose your preferred distance: 5k, Half-Marathon, Full Marathon, 52.4 and sign up directly with the SF Marathon

Once you have signed up, please contact Ilana Shapiro to help you set up your Crowdrise page so you can start fundraising! No amount is too large or too small – all helps Emanu-El continue to create programming for you and your family.

For every runner, Justin Young, a competitive age group runner, triathlete and track and field coach, and Ilana Shapiro, a marathoner, will help you customize your very own training plan. In addition, Justin and Ilana will schedule 1-2 weekly group runs.

Please email Ilana at ishapiro@emanuelsf.org or Justin at jyoung18@gmail.com for more information and to let them know which days/times are best for your weekly group runs.

See you at the starting line!


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