Community Social Activities
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 Temple groups consist of 10–20 people who get together for a class series to learn a new activity, share an interest, and meet other Temple members. They have included bridge, yoga, jewelry making, cooking, and comparative religion.
The Caring Community of Congregation Emanu-El coordinates programs for members dealing with issues such as aging parents, and arranges transportation to Shabbat services and High Holy Days for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.
A group of grandparents meets over coffee and bagels to discuss different topics affecting grandparents. If you would like to suggest a topic, and/or facilitate a topic, we are looking for group participation.
Ongoing groups who form extended families, celebrate holidays together, and learn more about Judaism. These small groups, arranged by ages or interests, provide opportunities to build lifelong relationships. To learn more, see Havurah.
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.
Women of Congregation Emanu-El meet monthly for diverse programs selected by a steering committee and held either in a private home or at the Temple. Women of all ages are invited. The Emanu-El Women’s Retreat is an opportunity to focus on life away from the city and on our own mind, body, and spirit connections in the context of our Jewish selves. It features Shabbat in nature, yoga, beautiful music, learning, meditation, opportunities for artistic and written expression, delicious organic and locally grown food, hiking the Sonoma Hills or biking through the winding vineyards, and spending time with old friends and new!