Congregant Gatherings

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 Group 

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'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.

The Tribe

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's Group

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. 

 

Interfaith Group

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.


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. 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 Gathering

 Sunday, May 31, 9:30 am, private residence in San Francisco (provided upon registration)

 Join the men of Congregation Emanu-El in a lively discussion of disappointment - as the Talmud
 would  have it. Rabbi Jonathan Singer will lead this breakfast gathering, which is free, thanks to a
 generous  participant. Your participation  will also help the cross-generational men's group make
 plans for the upcoming year. 

Register


The Tribe

The Tribe

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

 

The Tribe - Camping for Dads and Kids

Saturday, June 13, 10:00 am - Sunday, June 14, noon

Join the Tribe for camping in one of the premier Northern California sites, Alice Eastwood Group Campsite in Mt. Tamalpais State Park with your children. The weekend includes a Jewish service learning project with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy at Muir Beach, followed by hiking, and dinner around the campfire. A small fee will be requested to defray costs. Once we confirm the number of registrants we will coordinate assignments for food and other supplies. 

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If you would like to be added to the wait list please contact Ellen Coplan Holderman, eholderman@emanuelsf.org.


Participants at the 2012 ShabbatonWomen's Group

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 sandyr@emanuelsf.org.

Yoga with Cantor Attie 

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Reuben Rinder Chapel


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. 

Register


Contact

© 2012 Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511
mail@emanuelsf.org