As a large congregation, we recognize the importance of small group connection and we create many opportunities for learning, socializing, and enjoying local culture together.
These gatherings generally occur in the evening hours or on weekends. For week day gatherings at the Temple, check out these opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
Women of Congregation Emanu-El meet monthly for diverse programs created by participants, and held either in a private home or at the Temple. Women of all ages are invited.
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 interfaithfamily.com as a valuable resource.
Interested in learning more about Judaism? Take a look at Introduction to Judaism.
Interfaith Hike on Angel Island
Saturday, May 2, 9:15 amJoin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.emanuelsf.org/register
Thanks to a donation from a member of the Men’s Group, all gatherings are now offered for free.
Sunday, May 31, 9:30 am, private residence in San Francisco (provided upon registration)
Men's Group Gathering
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.
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: www.emanuelsf.org/register
Tribe Meditation with Rabbi Bauer
Monday, May 11, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Chapel
Join Rabbi Bauer for an evening of meditation. Let the stress of work, family and life melt away as you practice mindfulness exercises to focus on the present moment. No-host dinner in the neighborhood to follow.
The Tribe Family BBQ*
Sunday, May 17, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, St. Helena (address provided upon registration)
$15 per person, children are free
With special thanks to Emanu-El congregant Rick Kaufman, this year's Tribe Family BBQ will be hosted in St. Helena. Join us for a relaxing day in the sun with food, swimming, good company and Emanu-El community.
* Please note that this event takes place on the same day as Bay to Breakers and is a non-refundable event.
The Tribe - Camping for Dads and Kids
Saturday, June 13, 10:00 am - Sunday, June 14, noon
Join the Tribe for camping in one of the premier Northern California sites, Alice Eastwood Group Campsite in Mt. Tamalpais State Park with your children. The weekend includes a Jewish service learning project with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at Muir Beach, followed by hiking, and dinner around the campfire.
A small fee will be requested to defray costs. Once we confirm the number of registrants we will coordinate assignments for food and other supplies. Questions? Contact congregant Nick Brown at email@example.com or Gordon Rothstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine Tasting with the Tribe
Tuesday, July 21, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Private Residence, address received at time of registration
$25 per person
Join the Tribe for an exceptional dinner with a selection of fabulous wines from the home of the 2011 Wine Spectator #1 Wine of the Year, Kosta Browne Winery, a small Sebastopol producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This is an extraordinary opportunity to schmooze, and sip with world-renowned winemaker Michael Browne. Space is at a premium! Once registration fills up a waiting list will be created.
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: www.emanuelsf.org/register. Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen at email@example.com.
Social Justice Panel moderated by Rabbi Beth Singer
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel
Social justice and advocacy are among the central tenents of Reform Judaism. Come be inspired by our congregants work in repairing the world and get inspired to find what work is just right for you! Here are our panelists: • Janie Friend - NARAL: National organization advocating for and providing comprehensive information on reproductive rights in the U.S.• Laura Saunders - Sunday Dinners at Larkin Street Youth Services G-House• Laura Klapper - Tutor for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy• Marilyn Nebanzahl - Shopper at the San Francisco Food Bank for Emanu-El's Healthy Children Pantry at Roosevelt Middle School• Lori Campbell - Volunteer educator for the Family 2 Family series of the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Yoga with Cantor Attie
Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Reuben Rinder Chapel
Yoga means "union" or "union with the divine." Come find out and experience the prophetic posture and yoga-like meditation techniques described in Jewish sources. Bring a yoga mat, a blanket or pillow for seated meditation. Chairs will be provided for those who are not comfortable sitting on the floor.