Special Events

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 

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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