Interfaith Group

What Emanu-El Means When Using the Term "Interfaith"

When Emanu-El says “interfaith” in the context of “interfaith couple” or “interfaith family” or “people in interfaith relationships,” we’re inclusive of both immediate and extended families – interfaith couples where one person is Jewish and one is not, couples that include converts to Judaism who still have non-Jewish relatives, people with one Jewish parent, parents of intermarried children, grandparents of children being raised by intermarried parents, etc.Interfaith families may include those who identify their family as Jewish, as more than one religion, as a “faithist” couple - one that tries to connect two partners’ point’s of view, one Jewish with a belief in a higher power and the other, an atheist looking at different interpretations and connections to Jewish traditions and custom, or who are unsure of how they identify. Our goal is to meet these families where they are and facilitate deeper connection to Jewish life. In addition, we recommend as a valuable resource.

Interested in learning more about Judaism? Take a look at Introduction to Judaism.

rivaaelyonInterfaith Hike on Angel Island

Saturday, May 2, 9:15 am
Join us as we explore the trails around Camp Reynolds on Angel Island and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Angel Island is a California State Park and wildlife preserve, and is also one of the finest historical sites in the Bay Area, and includes military garrisons and compounds from every major war dating back to the U.S. Civil War. 

Meet at Pier 41 at 9:15 am where you will receive your ticket for the 9:45 am ferry. Return at your leisure at 12:35 PM, 3:20 pm, or 4:30 pm. The ticket includes the round-trip ferry as well as entry to Angel Island. 

Registration required for the special group rate:
Adults (age 12+) $16
Age 5-11 and seniors age 65+ $9.50 
No refunds will be given after 4/29

Contact Julia Bergman with questions at


The Chuppah and Beyond: The Relationship Education Series for Couples in a Jewish Context

Thursdays, August 6 - September 10
7:00 - 9:00 pm

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 along with Yael Melamed, psychotherapist and relationship expert (learn more at

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 or (415) 751-2541 x171


Participating Interfaith Family Shabbat Organization




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