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

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

Saturday, November 8, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Congregant Home in Santa Rosa
Price: $85, includes but not limited to: lunch, wine and cheese, dinner, and art project led by a professional artist and Jewish educator.
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
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, sour cream and 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 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!


jewmba danceSummer 2015 Women's Trip To Israel

Save the date: April 16 - 26, 2015

Join Rabbis Mintz and Singer and fellow Emanu-El Women for this once-in-a-life trip! Read the full itinerary


Learn more about pricing


Secure your spot: download the registration form here!


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:


On Beauty and Attraction, Torah and Talmudic Visions and Contemporary Responses

Sunday, November 16, 9:30 am, Private Residence in San Francisco (address 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, 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:


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, 8:00 pm, Hosted by a congregant in San Francisco (address provided upon RSVP) 

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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