What is Community?

In our mobile society, we often live far from extended family and longtime friends, and busy lives make it difficult to connect with people in our neighborhood and even our Temple community. 

We are pleased to offer lay-led groups that create smaller, more intimate communities within the larger Temple with the support of Temple staff.

Here are opportunities to connect in small groups:

Emanu-El in the Neighborhood

Host  a potluck Shabbat or Havdalah gathering.

Youth and Family Education

Join with other Youth and Family Education families outside of Temple for playdates, Jewish celebrations and more.

Shabbat Dinner

Participate in a monthly Shabbat dinner group at a restaurant or a congregant's home.

Families with Young Children (newborn to age 5)

Make deeper connections with other families experiencing the joys and challenges of raising small children.

Study Group

Study a topic of your choice in a home, office, or other convenient location with friends, led by a Jewish educator in our new Tauber Kevah Program.  More information here.

Individuals in their 50s and 60s - Now Open to New Participants!

Are you a man or woman in your 50s and 60s looking to take part in monthly activities such as Shabbat dinners, hikes, urban events, discussions, and holiday get-togethers? Then this group is the one for you! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to attend the next Shabbat Potluck.

Single Parents

Network and socialize with other single-parent families.

Congregants who are 65+

Join this group for a monthly mix of varied activities. 

Click here to fill out an application to join a small group

Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177 or sandyr@emanuelsf.org



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