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.
The Chuppah and Beyond: The Relationship Education Series for Couples in a Jewish Context
6 classes occur on Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Upcoming session to take place in spring 2016, dates to come
Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond helps participants cultivate the foundational tools for a successful life together while simultaneously building a community of peers. Emanu-El clergy co-facilitate each class along with Yael Melamed, psychotherapist and relationship expert.
- Assessing the challenges of communication
- Develop skills for conflict resolution
- Financial Planning
- Maintaining intimacy
- Lessons from a successful marriage
$150 per congregant couple; $200 per non-congregant couple.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x171
We are excited to offer a brand new, optional addition to our Chuppah series on Interfaith Couples: Joining Two Traditions on Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Executive Director of Interfaith Family. More details below.
Interfaith Couples - Joining Two Traditions
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel
Are you part of an interfaith or intercultural couple? With other couples and the director of InterfaithFamily, explore how to fit religion, spirituality, and heritage in your relationship. This opportunity promises to offer a supportive environment to discuss interfaith/intercultural options for your future. The discussion will focus on how you can navigate weddings, raising children, relationships with in-laws, and harmonious holidays while living with multiple identities in your home.
Open to all engaged or newly married couples who identify as interfaith. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Director of InterfaithFamily/Bay Area
While this gathering is an optional add-on to The Chuppah and Beyond, couples who did not take the course are also welcome to attend.
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.
Men's Group - Under the Sukkah
Sunday, October 4, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Home of Rabbi Jonathan
Join Rabbi Jonathan at his home under the sukkah. Together we will celebrate Sukkot while enjoying a bagel breakfast and discussing text.
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
Men of Emanu-El: In the Ocean at Dawn
Thursday, September 10, 4:45 - 6:00 amMeet at Emanu-El
Reflecting on who we are...and who we want to be
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up, looking deep inside our souls, to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we can, have we done all that we should? Reflecting on who we are...and who we want to be.
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up, looking deep inside our souls, to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we can, have we done all that we should? Have we treated others respectfully; were we kind and good?
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck for this morning of spiritual exploration and preparation. Bring warm clothes, a towel and an appetite for breakfast afterwards.
The Tribe - A Discussion on Fatherhood
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 - 9:00 pmLocation: Chapel
Cost: $20 (for dinner)
This month, congregant Peter Schumacher, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), will lead us in a meaningful and engaging conversation on fatherhood, family life, and getting along with our spouse. Come prepared with your questions!
Fee covers dinner catered by Patxi's.
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.
Dancing Your Bliss
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Chapel
Miriam's Dance: A Dip into the Divine with Creativity, Mindfulness & Motion
Since the time of Miriam, Jewish women have come together to experience dancing as a balm for the soul. Join us for this experiential workshop, where we will release stress and gain deeper self-awareness through meditation, dance, art and journaling. You will leave the workshop feeling deeply empowered, rejuvenated and open to your full potential.
No dance experience needed. Women of all ages welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a journal for our writing portion.
Special thanks to our amazing Women's Group Steering Committee for creating engaging and thoughtful events throughout the year. We look forward to what's in store for next year!
Pictured (left to right): Aliza Sinkinson Nogradi, Melissa Koenigsberg (holding Dante Barba-Salan), Toni Barba-Salan, Silvia Cheskes and Jennifer Goldstein.
Not Pictured: Angeline Johnson, Riva Aeylon, Denise Aptekar, Diane Winer and Sandy Rechtschaffen.