Participants at the 2012 ShabbatonWomen

The Congregation Emanu-El Women’s Group monthly get-togethers are open to all women in our congregation and offer a meaningful connection and an impactful program led by one of our Temple women clergy or lay educators. The group provides a safe place to discuss contemporary issues of universal concern. To be added to the notification list, please contact Terry Kraus.



Save the Date for the 2015 Emanu-El Women's Israel Trip Led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Sydney Mintz: April 15 - April 26, 2015

Women's Group
How Humor Heals and Irreverence Reveals… With Rabbi Mintz!

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El  

“A happy heart is good medicine.”
Proverbs 17:22

Join us for evening of laughter and discussion on how we use, or should use humor in our lives. The notion that humor is something that heals is now generally well recognized. Jewish humor functioned as a means of transcendence for the Jews in the shtetls and also helped give the Jews a stronger sense of identity. This humor of an oppressed people can teach us to use laughter and enable us to take a few steps–some much-needed distance– between a situation and our reaction.

Of all the tools to combat depression and negativity, humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, the longer we practice laughing at life–and especially it’s frustrations–the better we become at it, and the more situations and conversations and complications we can place into that category named “silly.” At the intrapersonal level, when we laugh at ourselves (so to speak), humor helps us recognize that there is an element of absurdity in life, helps us recognize the negative consequences of being overly serious about ourselves, and helps us deal with the internal dialogue we often carry on in our heads that often causes problems for us.

Please bring a snack to share.

Questions? Please email Kathryn Tullis


Women's Group
JEWMBA Israeli Dancersize: Traditional Folk to Modern Dance with Marsha Attie!

Wednesday, June 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Guild Hall  

The Hebrew Bible and Talmud refer to many events related to dance and contain over 30 dance terms. Israeli folk dances were created as way of making a new culture in an old land, combining elements from other dance cultures with music and themes of modern Israel. Unable or uninterested in dancing, please consider attending to provide us with the necessary percussion and energy for an evening which celebrates women!
Questions? Please email Kathryn Tullis.

All participants are asked to come in comfy clothes and shoes for a night of (Judaic) exercise and fun and please bring a snack to share. Registration required:



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.


Men's Group 
Sunday Breakfast with the Men's Group!

Sunday, April 27, 9:30 am, Congregant home in San Francisco (address provided upon registration) 

Questions? Please email Kathryn Tullis.


The Tribe

An active and committed group of Dad's 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.


The Tribe: Family BBQ to Honor Moms!

Saturday, May 10,11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Congregant home in Napa (address provided upon registration) 

Please email Susanne Capello at with questions or to RSVP.

beach in Hagbah The Tribe in the Ocean at Dawn: Reflecting on who we are … and who we want to be

Sunday, September 21, 5:00 am - 8:00 am, Baker Beach 

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 for this morning of spiritual exploration and preparation. Bring warm clothes, a towel and an appetite for breakfast afterwards.


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