Temple Emanu-El is an architecturally historical building in the prestigious Presidio Heights area of San Francisco, two blocks from the Presidio National Park. Built in 1925, the old world Mediterranean style is reflected in the tile roof, the fluted columns, and the arched entryways circling the large brick open-air courtyard. In the center of the courtyard bubbles an impressive fountain.
The Main Sanctuary is a formal, majestic space surrounded by marble columns, illuminated by light filtering through large stained glass windows and four skillfully wrought bronze chandeliers suspended from the dome.
Main Sanctuary Foyer
The Main Sanctuary Foyer can be used for ceremonies or cocktail receptions. It is a classic marble columned room featuring an arched hand-painted ceiling. One wall accesses the outdoor courtyard through a bank of double doors.
Martin Meyer Sanctuary
The Martin Meyer Sanctuary has a more casual, natural feel and seats up to 400 people with the balcony. The colors are teal, gold, and ochre with large windows framing a treed background.
Reuben Rinder Chapel
The Reuben Rinder Chapel is an intimate space holding up to 80 people. It features dramatic mahogany walls and gorgeous cut glass windows, and can be configured for a variety of seating and table plans.
Guild Hall Ballroom
The Guild Hall Ballroom is appropriate for dinner and dancing and receptions from 60 to 280 people, as well as for meetings. It features an optional dancing floor and riser, alabaster chandeliers, and state-of-the-art lighting system.
The Courtyard, is available for ceremonies and receptions.
Martin Meyer Reception
The Martin Meyer Reception, bordering the Courtyard, is perfect for luncheons and less formal cocktail receptions in a warm, cozy atmosphere.
Included in the rental are tables, chairs, china, silverware, and glassware. Beverages and cake may be brought in with no corkage or slicing fees.
Temple Emanu-El is located at Two Lake Street at Arguello Boulevard. For a tour of Temple Emanu-El or for information regarding use fees and availability, contact Svetlana Leykin, Director of Special Events at (415) 751-2541 x123.