Special Events

Wedding RingsThe Chuppah and Beyond  

Fall Course: Thursdays, October 23 - December 4, 7:00  9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El

The Chuppah and Beyond is a 6-session group for engaged and newly married couples to help strengthen and deepen their relationship. This workshop will feature practice relationship building conversations in class and take-home exercises, designed to create a stronger, more loving relationship.  Additionally, the class will partake in three Shabbat dinners, hosted by each other.

Yael Melamed is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in the Marina. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and families. Drawing on her clinical and research skills, she guides couples through the complexities of relationship issues so that they come to a new understanding of themselves and their relationships.

Cost is $100 per member couple; $150 per non-member couple.


beach in HagbahThe New Anti-Semitism in Europe: What Can Be Done?

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Stefan Schlüter, Consul General of Germany, Éva Voisin, Consul General of Hungary, Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Consul General of the Netherlands, Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden, Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel, and Doug Kahn, Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council on the extremely relevant and important topic of the rise in a new Anti-Semitism in Europe. No registration required.

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beach in HagbahNew to Emanu-El? This Welcome Reception Is For You

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, congregant home in San Francisco (address provided upon registration) 

Please register for this special reception welcoming all congregants who have joined our congregation in the past 12 months. Spend an evening getting to know your clergy and making new friends. This reception is generously hosted by Board Member Dale Boutiette and his wife Alla Gershberg at their home in the Sunset.


Buried Treasures: An Underground History Walk

Sunday, November 2, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hills of Eternity/Home of Peace Cemeteries, 1299/1301 El Camino Blvd., Colma

Come celebrate the 125th anniversary of Jewish cemeteries in Colma and learn about and honor those who planted the seeds and nurtured our wonderful Jewish community. For more information visit www.emanuelsf.org/buriedtreasures.

beach in HagbahMindfulness Meditation Training In A Jewish Context

6-Week Series beginning Tuesday, November 4, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El
November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16
Price: $36 members, $50 non-members 

In this mindfulness meditation training we will learn to cultivate the foundations for a life of greater presence, reverence, and ease of being. There will be Jewish stories and teachings woven into the meditations elucidating the universal competencies that we will be developing. Through this progressive training we will learn meditations to deepen into our bodies, minds, hearts, and to the Nameless.

Embodiment: In each class we will learn to land in our bodies in the present moment using mindful movement practices and other somatic explorations to feel relaxed, balanced, and energized.

Attention: We will learn the art of focusing on what is happening here and now in order to build the muscles of attention and to gain insights into the nature of our minds.

Heartfulness: We will learn to cultivate compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and emotional balance, starting with ourselves and then generating these feelings towards others.

Interconnectedness: We will explore how to operate from a state of presence in the every day whirlwind of our modern lives and to open our reverent relationship with that which gives us all life.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students. He founded the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education conference. He leads mindfulness in education trainings and conferences at institutions such as the Omega Institute, Esalen, and California Institute of Integral Studies. Daniel consults with schools and communities around the world on mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Daniel also has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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babySave The Date: Blessing Of New Babies

Friday, November 7, 6:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El

Please join us for this special Family Service that will include a group blessing of all babies born during the past year. If you have a family with young children, please also join the first Simchat Shabbat dinner of the new year! Registration is required for dinner at www.emanuelsf.org/register. Because of the expected number of participants, we will not be able to accommodate those who do not register in advance.

baby Single Parent Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 7, 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El

Following the success of our Break Fast, Single Parents of Emanu-El are invited to welcome the Sabbath together. After attending either the Shabbat service or Family service at 6:00 pm, single parents and their children will come together over a potluck Shabbat meal. Families with children of all ages are welcome! Registration is required for dinner.  


A Conversation about the Basics of Estate Planning

Saturday, November 15, 10:30 am, private location in San Francisco (Address provided upon RSVP)

Whether you are starting now or updating your estate plan, join us for an informative, easily digestible one-hour program with estate planning attorney Ellen Kahn. We are very fortunate to have her join us and share her expertise.
Sponsored by the Temple’s Planned Giving.

Ellen Kahn is a senior partner at Bancroft and Sideman and concentrates her practice on all aspects of estate planning and the estate and trust administration process, with a special focus on working with individuals and families with significant wealth. She represents both individuals and fiduciaries. Ms. Kahn represents key executives of public companies, founders of privately held companies, spouses, domestic partners, multiple generations of families who hold interests in family businesses, individuals who hold interests in real property and other assets, and trustees and beneficiaries of trusts. Ms. Kahn advises clients in creating wills, trusts and charitable entities to achieve their goals concerning their children, grandchildren and philanthropy. On the trust and estate administration side, she represents trustees and executors in their roles as administrators of complex trusts with multiple beneficiaries and multiple assets, including operating businesses.


babyReflections on Resistance: Defiant Requiem Film Screening + Q&A with the film’s composer and director

Sunday, November 16 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

This is a free Holocaust Education program open to individuals and families with children over the age of 12.

Defiant Requiem is a 2014 Emmy nominated feature-length documentary film that illuminates the extraordinary story of the brave acts of resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezín during World War II. Questions about this program can be directed to Ariana Estoque at (415) 751-2541 x307 or aestoque@emanuelsf.org.

Reflections on Resistance was made possible by the generous support of the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund in collaboration with TCI, a program of Jewish LearningWorks.

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