"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
Get Your Hands Dirty at Alemany Farm - July, & August
Surfrider Beach Cleanups - July, & August
Volunteer to Drive and Accompany an Elder to our Independence Day Party - July 12
Richmond Sunday Streets - July 13
American Red Cross' Interfaith Community Blood Drive - July 19, July 26
Do A Mitzvah! Join the AIDS Walk SF - July 20
Back to School Supply Drive - August 1 - September 30
Alcatraz Swim for Sight - September 28
Volunteer to Save a Life and be Inscribed in the Book of Life -October 4
Get Involved with Star Community Home -ongoing
Tutoring with Back on Track - ongoing
Experience Corps: Your Experience Matters - ongoing
Hebrew Free Loan - ongoing
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.
August 3 & 17
Surfrider Beach Cleanups
Summer 2014 at Ocean Beach and Baker Beach
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!
Beach clean-up 10am-12pm. Gloves, buckets, and grabbers are provided. No advance registration required. Come on down and help save the beach! Note: rain cancels clean-ups.
July 20, and August 3 & 17, 10:00 am – noonOcean Beach - Meet at stairwell 17, across the street from Beach Chalet Restaurant July 26, and August 30, 10:00 am – noon
Baker Beach - Meet at picnic table near beach entrance
Learn More and see full calendar of dates at Surfrider
Join together for American Red Cross' Interfaith Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by 12 different faith-based groups, the Interfaith Community Blood Drive will be held at church buildings and Red Cross facilities throughout the greater-Bay Area – reaching as far north as Ukiah and as far south as Salinas and Monterey.The month-long drive has an ambitious goal to bring in more than double the 1,700 units of blood that were collected at last year’s event; and the Northern California Blood Services Region is allocating all of its resources for the entire month to this one drive. Learn more.
Saturday, July 19, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1900 Pacific Ave., San Francisco
Saturday July 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
St. Mary's Cathedral
111 Gough St., San Francisco (Parking Lot)
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
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.
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.
Volunteer to Save a Life and be Inscribed in the Book of Life!
Volunteer for a two-hour shift on Saturday, October 4 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm in the Temple Courtyard. Please register to volunteer at www.emanuelsf.org/register. Help congregants register for the National Bone Marrow Registry.Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen at email@example.com.
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.
Experience Corps Bay Area
Experience Corps, one of the nation’s most highly regarded service programs, engages older adult volunteers to help improve K-3 literacy in underserved schools. Experience Corps taps into the experience and dedication of older Americans who want to give back to their communities by volunteering to tutor or mentor youth.
Your Experience Matters
As a mature adult age 55 or over, you have much to offer your community—an open heart, a life full of rich experiences, and the willingness to make a difference in a child’s life. Experience Corps offers you the opportunity to connect, inspire, and encourage the well-being of young people through an intergenerational network designed to help students struggling with literacy. No previous experience necessary!
Questions? Contact Angela Kite, Recruitment/Intake Coordinator and Literacy Specialist at (415) 937-2485 or email@example.com
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.