"Wake me up, God; ignite my passion, fill me with outrage. Remind me that I am responsible for Your world. Don't allow me to stand idly by. Inspire me to act. Teach me to believe that I can repair some corner of this world." - Rabbi Naomi Levy
Congregation Emanu-El is involved with many projects related to hunger, the environment, literacy, and poverty. Emanu-El received the Irving J. Fain Award for overall social action, 2007. Irving J. Fain was a passionate proponent of social justice and served for a decade as Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. The Fain Awards, established in 1983 in his honor and memory, are awarded every two years to congregations whose work in the area of social justice is exemplary.
Our congregation’s greening program earned a “Conservation Champion Award" (Union of Reform Judaism) and a Green Oscar from Interfaith Power and Light for energy efficiency improvements.
We invite you to explore ways you can enrich your life and deepen your connection to Judaism and the Emanu-El community through the mitzvah of helping others.
Social Justice Request Form
Seeking Volunteers for an Quick, Yet Meaningful Mitzvah! - ongoing
10 Days. 10 Questions. Participate in 10Q - September 24
Alcatraz Swim for Sight - September 28
Back to School Supply Drive - August 1 - September 30
Gift of Life - October 4
One Warm Coat - ongoing
Candlestick Point Eco-Steward Volunteers - ongoing
Surfrider Beach Cleanups -ongoing
Get Your Hands Dirty at Alemany Farm -ongoing
Get Involved with Star Community Home - ongoing
Tutoring with Back on Track - ongoing
Hebrew Free Loan - ongoing
Seeking Volunteers for an Quick, Yet Meaningful Mitzvah!
For several years our congregants have been reaching out to others in our community with handwritten cards to let them know we are thinking of them. Volunteers receive a request from the Temple 1-2 each month with all the necessary information as well as a general template.
Write a Condolence Card: Hand write a condolence card to a fellow congregant upon notification of a death in the family. 1-2 times each month.
Write a Birthday Card: Hand write a birthday card to a fellow congregant upon notification of a birthday for those 85 and older. 1-2 times each month.
To volunteer, please email Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen at email@example.com or call (415) 751-2541 x 177
10 Days. 10 Questions. Participate in 10Q.
The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are days for reflection. 10Q gives you the opportunity to reflect on this past year privately or publicly. Answer one question per day in your own secret online 10Q space. Make your answers serious. Silly. Salacious. However you like. It's your 10Q. When you're finished, hit the magic button and your answers get sent to the secure online 10Q vault for safekeeping. One year later, the vault will open and your answers will land back in your email inbox for private reflection. Want to keep them secret? Perfect. Want to share them, either anonymously or with attribution, with the wider 10Q community? You can do that too.
Sign up by September 24 to get started.
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer in the 3rd Annual Alcatraz Swim for Sight
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 7:00 – 10:30 am
Congregants Ron and Lorie Hirson will host the 3rd Annual “Alcatraz Swim for Sight.” We invite courageous swimmers to conquer the 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz to the shores of San Francisco to help eliminate eye disease and blindness worldwide. Everyone is welcome to celebrate our efforts at a post swim breakfast at Temple Emanu-El, Two Lake Street at Arguello.
Read Lorie's story.
All funds raised will go to That Man May See (TMMS), the fundraising arm of University of California, San Francisco, Opthalmology Department. Learn more.
Back-to-School Supply Drive
August 1 - September 30, Temple Foyer
"Do not let him slip until he falls completely, for then it will be difficult to raise him; rather, strengthen him as he begins to fall." - Rashi, Leviticus 25:35 Cf. Torat Kohanim, Sifre Behar, Chapter 5
Help all children get a stand tall with a fresh start in school! Drop off school supply donations by September 30 in the Temple Foyer. All supplies will be distributed to our community partner, Back on Track, at Third Baptist Church.
Supplies requested include, gender neutral backpacks, spiral notebooks, markers, pens, zippered pencil pouches, highlighters, #2 pencils, colored pencils, and glue sticks.
Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 751-2541 x 177
Swab a Cheek, Save a Life
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Temple Courtyard
This year we will be running a bone marrow drive in conjunction with Gift of Life. For those suffering from blood cancers and genetic diseases a bone marrow or stem cell transplant is their only hope for a cure.
One Warm Coat - Donate a Coat this Winter
It looks like there's a cold winter ahead! The Farmers' Almanac forecast for this winter predicts below-normal temperatures for three-quarters of the country. That means that too many children and adults will be facing Fall and Winter without a warm coat. Of course, you can help change that. Consider organizing your own One Warm Coat drive or simply donate coats to a drive this upcoming winter season.
Candlestick Point Eco-Stewards
Volunteers like you make a tangible and lasting impact on the land and community, and are absolutely critical to advancing this restoration and community development. Standing work days at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden are the first and second Saturday and fourth Friday of every month. Wear appropriate clothing; gloves and tools provided. All ages welcome.
September 13, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
September 26, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Questions? Contact Anthony Khalil at email@example.com or call (415) 240-0984.
Surfrider Beach Cleanups
Ocean Beach and Baker Beach, 10:00 am - noon, unless otherwise noted
San Francisco Surfrider hosts multiple beach cleanups each month at Ocean Beach and Baker Beach. Volunteers are their greatest asset. And all you have to do is show up! Gloves, buckets, and grabbers are provided. No advance registration required. Come on down and help save the beach! Note: rain cancels clean-ups.
Sept 20, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sept 27, Baker Beach
Oct 5, Ocean Beach
Oct 19, Ocean Beach
Oct 25, Baker Beach
Nov 2, Ocean Beach
Nov 16, Ocean Beach
Nov 29, Baker Beach
Dec 7, Ocean Beach
Dec 21, Ocean Beach
Dec 27, Baker Beach
Learn More and see full calendar of dates at Surfrider
Get Your Hands Dirty at Alemany Farm
700 Alemany Blvd, San FranciscoFirst and third Sundays of each month, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wedged between the whir of traffic on Alemany Boulevard and the homes of Bernal Heights is a little-known, 4 1/2-acre plot of land on the forefront of the nation's urban farm movement called Alemany Farm. Everyone, young or old, experienced or still learning, is welcome to join these community workdays the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month.
Provide Respite Care at the Star Community Home in the Richmond District!
Tuesdays 7:00-8:00 pm
The Star Community Home is an 18-month project to address the critical community need of providing housing and services to homeless single mothers with children at the former convent at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco. Spend quality time with the Children of Star Community Home while allowing mothers some time for themselves. If you are experienced and willing to work with infants, toddlers and young children, then this is the volunteer opportunity you’ve been waiting for! Contact Diana Contreras at (415) 379-8690.
Tutor with Back on Track
Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 5:30 pm OR Tuesday – Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pmThird Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street
The year 2014 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Back on Track, a partnership that originated when Rabbi Robert Kirschner of Congregation Emanu-El and Rev. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church, met during a 1987 civil rights march in Alabama against racial violence and the Klu Klux Klan. Inspired by the march, they agreed to form a unique partnership and build bridges of opportunity and academic enrichment for students in San Francisco. Brown and Kirschner recognized that a disproportionate number of African American students were performing below grade level in San Francisco's public schools. The partnership they created was the genesis of the first pulpit exchange and of Back On Track, a tutoring program that promotes both academic achievement on a one‐on‐one basis for students who are otherwise not well served and a mentoring relationship.
The unique partnership has crossed religious and cultural differences to build bridges of opportunity for K-12 students. As a non-denominational community based program, Back on Track has served over 3,000 young people from diverse multicultural populations throughout San Francisco.
Email Regina Herbert, Membership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 346-9316.
Volunteer to Cook Sunday Dinners at G-House
Sundays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
This Larkin Street Youth Services site in the Richmond District, helps former foster youth and homeless youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to make successful transitions into adulthood and into living independently. Each Sunday, congregants from Emanu-El plan, cook, serve, and eat dinner for and with the G-House residents.
Contact Sandy Rechtschaffen to sign up.
Hebrew Free Loan
Need a little help? Hebrew Free Loan provides interest-free loans to Jewish residents in Northern California needing assistance or pursuing life-long dreams. Loan categories include: student, adoption, business, first-time home buyer, unemployment, emergency, debt consolidation, and more. Since 1897, Hebrew Free Loan has provided vital assistance to more than 100,000 people. By offering loans rather than charity, Hebrew Free Loan helps people become, and remain, self-sufficient.