Congregant Gatherings

Women's Group  

Men's Group  

The Tribe  


Participants at the 2012 ShabbatonWomen

The Congregation Emanu-El Women’s Group monthly get-togethers offer a combination of relationship development along with the creation of meaning and impact in the lives of participants. The women’s group spans all demographics of the Temple and meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Temple Chapel unless otherwise noted. Women’s Group events are “congregant” only and require registration at: Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen at

Sukkot Discussion and Potluck Dinner with Rabbi Mintz

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, hosted in San Francisco by congregant Susan Mack (the address will be provided upon RSVP)

Sukkot is the time when we are most open to experiencing pleasure and joy in the ordinarily prosaic act of “accepting the yoke of the sovereignty of Heaven.” - Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shama’yim

On the last evening of Sukkot, our Women's Group will meet for its own holiday celebration and, in moving traditional fashion, each "bring" one of our own departed female ancestors to "join" us through shared remembrances, in photos and stories, during a co-operative holiday dinner. Rabbi Mintz will be with us to enhance our understanding of this time in the Jewish calendar. Questions? Email Sandy Rechtschaffen


Shabbaton R'fuah Sh'leimah: Jewish Wisdom for Women's Health & Wholeness with Rabbis Fenves, Mintz, Singer and Cantors Attie and Barak 

Saturday, November 8, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Congregant Home in Santa Rosa
Let's recharge our batteries for a few hours. Join us for a day of spirituality, learning, food and friendship. This year's theme revolves around taking care of ourselves physically and spiritually.


Please note: typically Women's Group events fall on the second Wednesday of the month, but this event falls on the second Saturday instead.

Chanukah Olive Oil Tasting with Rabbi Fenves

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Rinder Chapel

Chanukah falls at the end of the olive harvest in Israel. The olive was chosen to be the sign of rebirth and renewal after the flood. It was chosen to be the source for light in the holiest place in the world. It was chosen to be the source of light for generations to come.


Interfaith Shelter Dinner with Rabbi Beth Singer

Wednesday, January 14, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, St. Mark's Church, 111 O'Farrell St., San Francisco

Join in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by volunteering to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men.

Mark your calendar and save the date for this upcoming event!



Men's Group

Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home.  This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community.  There is also an annual day-long Men's Group retreat in the late spring. All events are 9:30 am - 11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Men's Group events are "congregant" only and require registration at:


Men's Group Breakfast with Rabbi Singer*
*Please note that this month’s gathering will offer the opportunity to hear from top Israeli analyst Avi Melamed

Sunday, October 19, 8:30 am, Congregation Emanu-El

Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer and other men of Emanu-El for breakfast and exploration. This month we willl hear from top Israeli analyst Avi Melamed speaking about The Arab Awakening and its Impact on Israel and the Region. We will gather for breakfast and then attend the 9:30 am session together. Registration is required at

Optional: to register for the lunch and afternoon sessions with Avi Melamed, please choose the “both sessions with lunch” option on this link. Input the promo code "emanuel" and the price will drop to $20. The afternoon sessions and lunch with Avi Melamed are an optional addition to this month's gathering with the Men’s Group, but we are looking forward to all of it! For mote information, please view the registration page for this event.

*Breakfast for this gathering is provided free of charge thanks to a generous donation by one of the Men's Group participants.

Register for breakfast with Rabbi Singer 

Mark your calendars and save the date for these upcoming events!
Sunday, November 16
Sunday, December 14
Sunday, January 11 - Interfaith Shelter Dinner, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 8
Sunday, March 22
Sunday, April 12

The Tribe

The Tribe

An active and committed group of Dads of Congregation Emanu-El ages 30-50 working on building community over time. The Tribe's areas of focus are deep discussions, community service and play. Tribe events are "congregant" only and require registration at:


Wine Tasting

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Rinder Chapel
Price: $20

Join Rabbi Bauer and the Tribe for an evening of dinner and a special wine tasting of Freeman Vineyard and Winery 2012 Chardonnay and Pinots! This Tribe event is arranged by congregant Chris Ehrlich and will be facilitated by Ken Freeman.

Ken fell under the thrall of wine’s mystery while growing up in Scarsdale, New York, amidst a wine loving family. In 1985, Ken met Akiko. After discovering a shared passion for a more sophisticated and eloquent style of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they began preparing to found their own winery. In 1997, the Freeman’s winemaking dream began to crystallize into a plan to make cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They began searching for grower partners and vineyard properties in the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley and on the extreme Sonoma Coast. In 2001, Ken and his wife Akiko acquired a small winery in the Russian River Valley town of Sebastopol where they established Freeman Vineyard & Winery. As the proprietor of Freeman, Ken is one of six founding members of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners, and is on the board of the Sonoma Land Trust.


Bioluminesent Kayaking

Sunday, October 26, 5:00 pm, Point Reyes Outdoors, Nick’s Cove in Tomales Bay
Event Hosts: Ron Hirson and Dovid Coplon

Launching in the north end of Tomales Bay, Rabbi Bauer and fellow Tribe participants will head across the bay into Point Reyes National Seashore, pass Hog Island and the curious harbor seals, paddling toward White Gulch, home of the Tule Elk. Once dark, you will experience an amazing natural wonder. When kayaking, your paddle strokes in the water cause the dinoflagellates to “light up”, creating a light show as you explore Tomales Bay.

Cost per person is $87 which includes, kayak, tour guide and tip (carpools will be arranged). Space is limited.

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(Registration deadline: Friday, October 10)

Questions? Contact Ron or Dovid at: and

Balance & Compassion  

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Rinder Chapel
Price: $25 (covers the cost of dinner and our guest speaker)

We live in incredibly abundant times. We are safer, healthier, better fed, and more financially secure than at any previous time in human history. At the same time, we live in challenging times. Most men find it difficult to put the energy into their careers that they would like, while at the same time leaving enough energy to be the fathers that they want to be, take care of their bodies, their marriages, and enjoy the rest of their lives as well.

The intention of this evening is to create an open space to explore these issues, and how to bring a sense of compassion and curiosity to the conversation. Join Rabbi Bauer with guest facilitator, Michael Klein, Ph.D. who is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where he has been teaching and training beginning psychotherapists for the past 19 years. He is also a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco who specializes in working with high conflict couples, and adults in general. His clinical work integrates a number of different experiential, somatically focused models of psychotherapy that bring together mindfulness, attachment theory, and advances in affective neuroscience. In addition to teaching at CIIS, Michael also teaches an 8-week training in Mindful Self-Compassion, and leads three ongoing Couple Therapy Training and Consultation groups. He also has a Certificate in Compassion Education through Stanford University, and has had an ongoing regular meditation practice for the past 33 years. He currently spends one month a year at a silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.


Praise, Raise, or Fold with Rabbi Bauer

Thursday, December 4, Offsite (TBD)

Mark your calendar and save the date for this upcoming event!


Homeless Shelter Dinner with Rabbi Bauer

Wednesday, January 21, St. Mark's Church, 1111 O'Farrell St., San Francisco

Join Rabbi Bauer in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by volunteering to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men.


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