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 Group Purim Happy Hour
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Location: Swank Cocktail Lounge and Bar, 488 Presidio, San Francisco
Back for the second year in a row! Get to know your fellow interfaith congregants over a drink or two at this Purim themed, adult-only Happy Hour at Swank Cocktail Bar and Lounge. Costumes, though not required, are definitely encouraged.
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.
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
Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Tribe: Minding your Health and Fitness as a Busy Father
Balancing the demands of work, family, and friends seemingly doesn't leave much time for taking care of yourself at the end of the day. Yet, health cannot be left behind if we want to be our best and emulate good health for our children. Join congregant Leo Shveyd, gym owner and Life Fullness Coach, for a discussion on managing health and fitness in our busy lives. Registration is required at: www.emanuelsf.org/register. $15 fee covers dinner from Chipotle.
Are you looking to meet new people in an intimate setting, participate in deep discussions, share stories, and learn about issues of importance to women? Then Congregation Emanu-El Women’s Group monthly get-togethers are for you!
This dynamic and intergenerational group promotes friendship and meaningful experiences in the lives of participants. Gatherings range from dancing, to discussions on challenges we face as females, to social action, and more. Each month is different! The women’s group 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. Questions? Contact Community Engagement Professional, Jennifer Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Emanu-El Tribe for Women
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Home of Cindy Weil (address provided upon registration)
We are starting a temple group of Emanu-El mothers of school-aged children seeking to form stronger connections to one another through meaningful experiences. Activities will range from discussions in one another's homes to happy hours and museum outings.
We invite you to join us for our first event at the home of Cindy Weil. We wil order pizza from Patzi's (including vegan and gluten free options!). Please consider bringing either a bottle of wine or a sweet or fruity dessert. RSVP to receive the address. There is no charge to register but there will be an option for a small donation to cover the cost of pizza at the door.
Though this gathering will primarily serve as an opportunity to get to know one another, we will also have time for discussion. Before this first gathering, attendees are asked to read Chapter 2 from Blessings from a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel and we will discus how to honor our children's unique natures. Review a clip from the book.
Please register. We look forward to seeing you!
Women's Group - Comedy Night
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm, Chapel
Back by popular demand! What is the difference between a Rabbi and a standup comedian? They are one and the same if your name is Rabbi Sydney Mintz! Rabbi Mintz will share her latest jokes with the Women's Group and give us tools in how to write our own. This is an evening not to be missed!