Special Events

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

Sunday, 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 miles and sign up directly with the SF Marathon. Please note: the First Half Marathon is SOLD OUT, and there are still some spots left in the Second Half Marathon and the Full 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 to the 1-2 weekly group runs below. Please email Ilana at ishapiro@emanuelsf.org to RSVP or with any questions. Justin and Ilana will give your their phone numbers so that you will have them should you be running late or have questions about the meeting spots. GO TEAM EMANU-EL!

Bereavement Spiritual Support Group

Tuesday Evenings, August 5 – October 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Board Room

While grief is a normal response to loss, we know from practical experience and from the teachings of our tradition, that being with an understanding community can help bring comfort and healing to the mourner.

Join Rabbi Jon Sommer of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and Susan Moldaw, Congregation Emanu-El Chaplain, for a 10-week support group focusing on moving through grief and loss. This group will provide a supportive context with both general and specifically Jewish resources for the mourning process.

Open to Emanu-El congregants at a cost of $100 for the series. Pre-registration is required; we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins. 

For more information or to register, please contact Susan Moldaw at (415) 751-2541 x258 or Rabbi Jon Sommer at (415) 750-4198 or send us an email.

In addition, Emanu-El Congregants are encouraged to register for a unique weekend in Santa Rosa dedicated to mourning. This weekend is a separate grief support event that begins on Friday, August 22, at 3:00 pm and ends on Sunday, August 24 at 2:00 pm.

Would you find comfort among other bereaved Emanu-El individuals and families in a beautiful setting supported by a holistic professional staff of griefcare and camp specialists in a weekend dedicated to grief and healing? This weekend is designed to help individuals and families attend to their losses and identify tools to help them in their mourning.

Being away from home in the natural beauty of a retreat center offers a path through grief in a comforting setting. Many participants find that taking the dedicated time to focus on their grief buoys them as they return to their daily schedule. This weekend is the only one of its kind in the Jewish community. We welcome the diversity of the community including families of all kinds, all gender identities and sexual orientations, ages, class, race and cultural affinities.

Financial aid is available by calling the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center at: (415) 750.3436. Grief and Growing™ is also co-sponsored by JewishLearningWorks and Sinai Memorial Chapel. 

Wedding RingsThe Chuppah and Beyond 

Summer Course: Thursdays, August 14 - September 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Fall Course: Thursdays, October 23 - December 4, 7:00  9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El

The Chuppah and Beyond is a 6-session group for engaged and newly married couples to help strengthen and deepen their relationship. This workshop will feature practice relationship building conversations in class and take-home exercises, designed to create a stronger, more loving relationship.  Additionally, the class will partake in three Shabbat dinners, hosted by each other.

Yael Melamed is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in the Marina. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families. Drawing on her clinical and research skills, she guides couples through the complexities of relationship issues so that they come to a new understanding of themselves and their relationships.

Cost is $100 per member couple; $150 per non-member couple.


2nd Annual Longtime Member Dinner  

Friday, September 5, 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El 

If you have been a Temple member since 1989 - have we got a special evening for you! Please join us on Friday, September 5, for the Second Annual Longtime Members Shabbat Dinner. Following 6:00 pm Shabbat services come reminisce with old friends over a delicious catered dinner.  


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