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

Chanukah Olive Oil Tasting with Rabbi Fenves

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

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.

Join Rebecca Ets-Hokin as we travel around the globe tasting olive oils from several countries as well as use olive oil to light our chanukiah.

Participants are asked to bring latkes and sour cream or apple sauce to share.


Interfaith Shelter Dinner with Rabbi Beth Singer

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

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

This year the Women of Emanu-El will have several opportunities to participate in this mitzvah. Please note that all of the options below will be led by congregants Diane Winer and Susan Cole:


• Shop for food – limit 2 volunteers, date and time TBD (either Sunday, January 11 or Monday, January 12)
• Baking cookie or bar desserts – limit 6 volunteers, each able to cook 80-100 pieces of dessert on their own and arrange drop off in advance of the dinner on Wednesday, January 14
• Pre-event prep – limit 3 volunteers, preparing main course and putting together “gift” kits to hand out to the men, 1:00 - 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14 at Congregation Emanu-El
• Cooking and serving food at Interfaith Shelter Night – limit 12 volunteers, 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14

To volunteer, feel free to email Diane at and include in the email which of the above volunteer opportunities you would like do.

jewmba danceSummer 2015 Women's Trip To Israel

Trip dates: April 16 - 26, 2015  

When will you have the opportunity to celebrate Israel's Independence day in Israel, hike to the Ein Gedi oasis, and visit award-winning spas on the same vacation? Enjoy all these once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Rabbis Mintz and Singer and fellow Emanu-El Women of all ages! Don't delay! Planning is underway and the trip is filling up quickly. Now is the time to register. If you would like further information about the trip, please do not hesitate to contact Elyse Blatt.

Learn more about pricing

Secure your spot: download the registration form here!

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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 Gathering With Rabbi Singer
On Beauty and Attraction, Torah and Talmudic Visions and Contemporary Responses

Sunday, December 14, 9:30 am, Private Residence in San Francisco (provided upon registration)

Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer and other men of Emanu-El for breakfast and discussion. This dynamic group will analyze beauty and attraction through Torah and Talmudic visions and contemporary responses. No prior knowledge is necessary but expect to leave the meeting with a new way of viewing the world.



Mark your calendars and save the date for these upcoming events!
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:


Praise, Raise, or Fold with Rabbi Bauer

Thursday, December 4, 7:30 pm, Hosted by a congregant in San Francisco (address provided upon registration) 

This month, join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for study, engaging discussion, and more at a congregant's home. Registration is required at:


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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