Congregant Gatherings

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 Group 

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'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.

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.

Women's Group

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. 

 

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, 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.


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: www.emanuelsf.org/register

Thanks to a donation from a member of the Men’s Group, all gatherings are now offered for free.

 


Praise, Raise or Fold with Rabbi Jonathan

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Home of Rabbi Jonathan Singer (provided upon registration)

Join Rabbi Singer in his home for engaging study and discussion over a fun game. This event is offered to members of both The Tribe and Men's Group for an intergenerational evening filled with good times and great conversation! 

Register

 


Men's Group Gathering

Sunday, April 12, 9:30 am, Private Residence in San Francisco (provided upon registration)

Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer and the men of Congregation Emanu-El  in a private home for a lively discussion.  As we lead into Passover, we will discuss the Four Sons as mentioned in the Seder.  Which of the sons are you? 

Register


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: www.emanuelsf.org/register

 


Praise, Raise or Fold with Rabbi Jonathan

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Home of Rabbi Jonathan Singer (provided upon registration)

Join Rabbi Singer in his home for engaging study and discussion over a fun game. This event is offered to members of both The Tribe and Men's Group for an intergenerational evening filled with good times and great conversation! 

Register

 

Tribe Meditation with Rabbi Bauer

Thursday, April 23, 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.

Register


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.

Register


Wine Tasting with the Tribe

Tuesday, July 21, 7:30-9:30 pm (DATE CHANGED), Private Residence, address received at time of registration 
$25 per person

Join the Tribe for an exceptional dinner from 4505 Burgers & BBQ with a selection of fabulous wines from the 2011 Wine Spectator #1 Wine of the YearKosta Browne Winery, a small Sebastopol producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.This is an extraordinary opportunity to meet, speak, and drink with world renowned Michael Browne. Space is at a premium. Once registration fills up a waiting list will be created.  

Register


Participants at the 2012 ShabbatonWomen's Group

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 sandyr@emanuelsf.org.

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 
 
 

Register


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. 
 
Mark your calendar and save the date!
 

Contact

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Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511
mail@emanuelsf.org