Small Group

Meet other Temple members! Learn a new activity! Share an interest! Have fun! Registration is required for all activities, unless noted.

Cooking for Congregants  

Stories of Your Life  

Individuals in their 50s and 60s Havruah 


Mah Jongg  

Bridge Club  

Become the Write Mama 

Cooking For Congregants 

The first and second Thursday of each month from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, unless otherwise noted, Emanu-El Kitchen 
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, February 5 - preschool parents
Thursday, February 12 - all congregants

Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner, Gail Laghi. Gail has volunteered to run a two-hour cooking session with up to ten congregant volunteers to make meals for congregants in need, either facing a recent illness, death, or birth. Preschool parents are invited to cook on the first Thursday of the month, while all congregants are invited to help out on the second Thursday of the month. Menu, ingredients, and storage containers are provided. Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x 171 or


The Stories of Your Life: A Guided Autobiography and Life Review Writing Group

The first Monday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, unless otherwise noted, Congregation Emanu-El
Upcoming Dates:
Monday, January 5
Monday, February 2
Monday, March 2

Join our ongoing group of adult peers to explore, share and preserve your unique life in writing. Get to know yourself and others better.The stories are more important than the writing, so don't worry about skill level. Past topics have included: Turning Points, Your Relationship with Money, Pleasant Surprises and more. The writing is done at home and shared in class in a safe and structured way. Our friendly group welcomes newcomers. Facilitated by fellow congregant, Nancy Alpert, LCSW. To register, contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x 171 or New participants are always welcome!

Individuals in their 50s and 60s Havurah

This event will be in Board Room unless otherwise noted

Are you in your 50s and 60s and looking to take part in monthly activities such as Shabbat dinners, hikes, urban events, discussions, and holiday get-togethers? Then the “Individuals in their 50s and 60s” Havurah is the place for you.

Upcoming Shabbat Potlucks:
Friday, January 23, 6:00 pm
To learn more about this Havurah, please contact Jennifer Goldstein, Community Engagement Professional, at or (415) 751-2541 x171

Monday Afternoons except on Federal holidays


12:00 – 2:00 pm, 5th floor
No charge; Drop in

Do you love Scrabble and the challenge of putting letters together to form words?
Join the Temple’s Scrabble Group and play a rousing game or two. Perfect your word skills and expand your social circle. Bring a Scrabble set (optional) along with your enthusiasm and a love of words. All ages and experience levels are invited. For more information, contact Terry at or (415) 751-2541 x111. 

Weekly Tuesdays
Mah Jongg
6:30 – 9:00 pmRinder Chapel
No charge; Drop in

Enjoy playing Mah Jongg? Come and join us! Arrive by 6:30 if you have any questions. Play goes by 7:00 pm and lasts till 9:00 pm. Open to players at all levels from beginners to expert, but they must be able to play as there will be no teaching at this time. For more information, contact Terry at or (415) 751-2541 x111.

Weekly Tuesdays  

Bridge Club - Lessons and Game - resumes Tuesday, Sept. 2

10:00 am – 12 noon; Rinder Chapel
Members $11; Friends of members $16

If you are more than a beginner, you are welcome to join this very popular and lively group for duplicate style bridge. Play while improving your game. No partner needed. Deborah Murphy is the instructor. For more information, contact Terry at or (415) 751-2541 x111

Become The Write Mama

Join a group of new moms and explore together what matters about Motherhood.
Currently gathering interest. Date and Time TBD.

Let’s celebrate (and commiserate) in the caring company of others! Babies are welcome! Facilitated by fellow congregant, LCSW, Social Worker, mother, and writer, Nancy Alpert. Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x171 or

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