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, 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 Adults Purim Celebration!
Thursday, March 5, 6:00-8:00 pm, Swank lounge, 488 Presidio Avenue, San Francisco
Join Emanu-El's interfaith group for a fun night of celebrating Purim! We will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (no-host) at Swank Lounge (across the street from the JCCSF). In the spirit of Purim, costumes and silly hats are strongly encouraged.
Questions? Contact Laurie Beijen or Julia Bergman.
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, March 22, 9:30 am, Private Residence in San Francisco (provided upon registration)
Men's Group Gathering
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?
This monthly gathering consists of a cross-generational group and 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
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm, Home of Rabbi Jonathan Singer (provided upon registration)
Praise, Raise or Fold with Rabbi Jonathan
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!
Save the date! Registration will be open soon.
The Tribe Family BBQ Honoring Mothers
May 10, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Location: Vineyard Club, Geyserville
With special thanks to Emanu-El congregants Suzanne Felson and Laurie Beijen, this year's Tribe Family BBQ will be hosted at the Vineyard Club.
Vineyard Club life centers on the fun and beauty of the lake and surrounding hills. As comfortable as it is stunning, the club welcomes both families and friends with its warmth and friendly ambiance. To view the Club's amenities, please visit: Vineyards club
Join us for a relaxing day in the sun with food, swimming, good company and Emanu-El community.
RSVP by May 5 to Suzanne Felson, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
High Tea with Congregant Lisa Alexander and Cantor Barak
Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Rinder Chapel
Enjoy a "high tea" experience with the women of Congregation Emanu-El! Led by congregant and blogger, Lisa Alexander, we will sip, nosh, and schmooze as we explore the best places in the Bay Area to indulge our sweet tooth.
It's Not Your Bubbe's Seder
Wednesday, March 25
4:30 - 6:00 pm Cooking with Rabbis Mintz, Cantor Roz Barak, and Fenves, Kitchen
6:00 - 8:00 pm Women's Seder, Guild Hall
The biblical tale of slavery and redemption is replete with stories of magificanetly courageous women playing key roles in the savig and liberation of the Jewish people. With song, ritual, story, humor and prayer, join the women of Emanu-El to name what is, and to dream of - and work toward - what is yet to be.
Social Justice Panel moderated by Rabbi Beth Singer
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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!
Yoga with Cantor Attie
Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
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!