Interfaith Events

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, 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.

Child ReadingHappy Holidays? Understanding December Dilemmas in the Context of Interfaith Families
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 pm with Rabbi Beth Singer

Hosted at Congregation Emanu-El by congregants Laurie Beijen and Julia Bergman

As the December holiday season approaches, interfaith families often want to know how to respect and honor each others' religious holidays, while at the same time, finding a level of participation in family traditions that they can feel comfortable with.

Join us for a candid conversation as we learn from each other "best practices" of how to handle what may be a delicate subject!


Come Sing with Kol Emanu-El and Cantor Barak!
Community-wide Interfaith Choral Concert, Sunday, November 9, First Unitarian Church (Franklin and Geary), 7:30 pm

Our combined choirs will perform at the First Unitarian Church as part of an Interfaith Choral concert. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, if you would like to join our choir for this opportunity (one-time commitment) please contact: or (415) 751-2541 x120. Rehearsal time will be announced soon!

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10th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Service
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Congregation Sherith Israel 

The San Francisco Interfaith Council invites you to join in a special service of Prayer and Thanksgiving. More information to follow soon!

Origins: Roots of Jewish and Christian Thought
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, SF

Rabbi Mychal Copeland, the Director of Interfaith Family Bay Area, and Dr. Kristi Copeland, a Stanford University scholar of early Christianity, will explore the roots of Judaism and Christianity and the current issues that stem from that earliest era. They will uncover the historical forces and theological meanings that resulted in the formation of two religions. 

Questions? Contact Or Shalom Jewish Community at (415) 469-5564.

Interfaith Shelter Dinners

Volunteer to cook during our winter Interfaith Shelter DinnersEach January Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights. These clients are extremely grateful to receive home-cooked meals served by people who look them in the eye and let them know they care. Under the coordination of long-time congregant Shabana Siegel, every constituent group from the Congregation participates (over 150 volunteers last year)! 

Each Temple group brings a unique flavor to the evening and takes home unforgettable memories. Sign up by contacting Shabana at: (415) 425-8869 or

Please see the 2015 dates below:       

Sunday 1/11: Men's Group       
Monday 1/12: Congregant Night       
Tuesday 1/13: Emanu-El Board & Staff       
Wednesday 1/14: Women's Group       
Wednesday 1/21: Tribe/Preschool       
Thursday 1/22: Adolescent Education       
Friday 1/23: Interfaith       
Saturday 1/24: Young Adult Community


Participating Interfaith Family Shabbat Organization



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