Join us for one-of-a kind opportunities to connect and engage with your fellow congregants!
AIPAC Forum - What's in the Iran deal?
Tuesday, August 4, 7:00 pm, SF Jewish Community Center
Cost: Must register to attend
Adam Harris, AIPAC's Pacific Northwest Regional Director, will be on hand to discuss AIPAC's analysis of the proposed agreement now being reviewed in Congress. This briefing is closed to the press and off-the-record. Questions? Please contact PacificNorthwest@aipac.org or the AIPAC office at 415.989.4140
AIPAC's policy experts have put together a 20-page booklet that provides a comprehensive analysis of the agreement.
The Farewell Party
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
The Israel Action Committee invites you to a viewing of The Farewell Party. Winner of a number of international Film Festival awards, The Farewell Party is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. The film has adult themes but is suitable for age 12 and older.
Sunday, August 16, 9:30 am, private residence in San Francisco (provided upon registration)
Men's Group Gathering
Cost: Free to attend
Men of Congregation Emanu-El enjoy a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community.
Values Through Life Storytelling - Hosted by Congregant Julie Miller and Rabbi Beth Singer
Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 pm, Chapel
Jews are a storytelling people. The very survival of our tiny tribe has depended on the passing on of our story to the next generation, L'dor V'dor. This workshop, hosted by congregant Julie Miller, and Rabbi Beth Singer, offers a non-judgmental venue for reflective and even transformative life storytelling. Participants will define the most meaningful stories in their own eyes, recalling and interpreting positive and negative, joyous and sad memories.
Participants will leave with:
- The ability to be reflective, which will support self-examination and spiritual deepening during the ten days of awe - starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur;
- The ability to overcome the tendency to let past experiences limit present possibilities;
- The ability to take a first step in the journey from where they are to where they want to be;
- Inspiration to see their life story as a valuable legacy worthy of recording or passing on with values expressed in the form of an ethical will or legacy letter; and
- A deeper sense of community.
Read an article that quotes Julie Miller and discusses the importance of lifestorytelling here.
50s & 60s Havurah
Friday, August 21, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Board Room
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 the "individuals in their 50s and 60s" Havurah is the place for you!
To learn more about this Havurah or attend their Shabbat Potluck on Friday, August 21, please email Jennifer Goldstein, Community Engagement Professional or phone at 415.751.2541 X171. This gathering is only available for Emanu-El congregants.
The Chuppah and Beyond: The Relationship Education Series for Couples in a Jewish Context
Thursdays, August 6 - September 10, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond helps participants cultivate the foundational tools for a successful life together while simultaneously building a community of peers. Emanu-El clergy co-facilitate each class along with Yael Melamed, psychotherapist and relationship expert.
- Assessing the challenges of communication
- Develop skills for conflict resolution
- Financial Planning
- Maintaining intimacy
- Lessons from a successful marriage
$150 per congregant couple; $200 per non-congregant couple.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Goldstein at (415) 751-2541 x171
We are excited to offer a brand new, optional addition to our Chuppah series on Interfaith Couples: Joining Two Traditions on Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Executive Director of Interfaith Family. More details below.
Return Again: Poetry writing workshop on Teshuvah with esteemed poet Marcia Falk
Saturday, September 5, 7:00 pm
Marcia Falk, noted poet, painter and Judaic scholar will be speaking about her book The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, and discussing new ways of looking at Selichot.
7:00 pm Dessert
7:30 pm Havdalah
7:45 pm Teshuvah poetry writing workshop
9:00 pm Selichot service
This event is cosponsored by Chochmat HaLev.
Interfaith Couples - Joining Two Traditions
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Chapel
Are you part of an interfaith or intercultural couple? With other couples and the director of InterfaithFamily, explore how to fit religion, spirituality, and heritage in your relationship. This opportunity promises to offer a supportive environment to discuss interfaith/intercultural options for your future. The discussion will focus on how you can navigate weddings, raising children, relationships with in-laws, and harmonious holidays while living with multiple identities in your home.
Open to all engaged or newly married couples who identify as interfaith. Led by Rabbi Mychal Copeland, Director of InterfaithFamily/Bay Area
While this gathering is an optional add-on to The Chuppah and Beyond, couples who did not take the course are also welcome to attend.
The Hunting Ground, Film Screening
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
The persistence of sexual assault and rape on college campuses is a fundamental failure of civil society and a compelling indictment of the ability of formal institutions to address it. Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering's The Hunting Ground serves as a companion piece to their earlier documentary, The Invisible War and zeroes in on the same crime: rape. This film identifies a glimmer of hope in the form of ground-up movements, spearheaded mainly by young student and graduate women who have survived assault and, with their institutions having ignored them, are starting their own campaigns for change. Two survivor stories are focused on not just raising awareness through their grassroots organization and creating a support network, but also examining the possibility of mounting a legal challenge to their University by involving the government under the Title IX article, which stipulates that the Federal department overseeing education can take severe action if a university is seen to be denying a student a fair education due to discrimination.
After the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Amalia Bob-Waksberg, Outreach Coordinator at Shalom Bayit. Founded in 1992, Shalom Bayit is the Bay Area's resource center for Jewish domestic violence prevention and response. Their mission is to foster the social change and community response necessary to end domestic violence in the Jewish community. We will also be joined by a Jewish survivor of sexual assault.
We recommend this film to all parents as well as both adolescent males and females ages 16 and up.
Questions? Contact Director of Adult & Adolescent Education Ariana Estoque or Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen
An Enchanted Evening of Song and Tribute in honor of Cantor Roslyn Barak
Sunday, October 18
Congregation Emanu-El invites you to honor Cantor Roslyn Barak for her years of dedicated service to our community. Patrons and their guests are invited to an elegant, pre-concert cocktails and supper party beginning at 5:30 pm in Guild Hall followed by a 7:00 pm evening of song and tribute in the Main Sanctuary. Supporters of the evening and their guests will receive valet parking and reserved concert seating.
In addition, general, non-patron unreserved seating for Emanu-El congregants and community friends for the 7:00 pm concert of song and tribute will be available online starting at $36.00 per ticket beginning in September. Invitations will be mailed to all Congregation Emanu-El members in September. Proceeds raised will go to support music within all vital temple programs.
For more information, email Director of Development Lani Zinn or phone: 415.750.7557
Resurgent, Resplendent San Francisco
The Jews and the Panama - Pacific International Exposition of 1915
Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Less than a decade after the devastating Earthquake and Fire, and a year after the opening of the Panama Canal, the City regained its place as the major metropolis of the American West. The symbol of that revival, and in some ways its engine, was the dazzling PPIE, perhaps the greatest world's fair before or since. Sprawled over 635 acres in the Marina District, the magnificent exposition bequeathed the Palace of Fine Arts to San Francisco and left a legacy both of resilience and grandeur. The group most responsible for this landmark event was the city's powerful German-Jewish elite.
Join us as historians of Bay Area Jewry will discuss the meaning of the PPIE and the outsized Jewish role and contribution to this celebrated time and event.
Fred Rosenbaum, author of the Cosmopolitans and Visions of Reform
Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers of Gold
Dr. Ava Kahn, author of Jewish LIfe in the American West and (with Marc Dollinger) California Jews
Ann Harlow, Independent Scholar: Albert Bender and Anne Bremer
Co-presented by the California Historical Society, Congregation Emanu-El, and Lehrhaus Judaica
Admission is free. For more information, please contact Judi Leff, Director of Arts and Cultural Programming