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
2-3 Shabbat dinners, dates to be determined by the class
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
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, December 20, 9:30 am, home of Reuven Itelman in San Francisco (address provided upon registration)
Men's Group Gathering
Cost: Free to attend
This month we welcome Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El's Scholar-in-Residence, for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion.
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
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 - 9:00 pmLocation: Home of Rotem Perelmuter
The Tribe - Deep Fried Poker Chanukah Celebration
Cost: $20 (for dinner)
Join the men of The Tribe for a fun evening celebrating Chanukah with poker and fried chicken made by our very own Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Bring a beverage to share!
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 email@example.com.
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.
Chanukah Chocolate Tasting
Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 pm, Chapel
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a CHOCOLATE TASTING! Just as the oil keeps the menorah flame lit, it is chocolate that keeps most women going. We will examine the differences of chocolate harvested throughout the world. Just like chocolate, we all may come from different backgrounds but our time together is always sweet.
This gathering is facilitated by congregant Rebecca Ets-Hokin, a well-known San Francisco food personality with loads of experience in the kitchen and a taste for simple, fun gourmet food.
Please register so we know to expect you.