Special Events

flintstonesJews and Cartooning

Opening night reception: Friday, April 10, 5:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Come see the Jewish artists behind Fred Flintstone, Dry Bones, Shabot 6000, your favorite New Yorker cartoons and so much more!

The Elizabeth S. and Alvin I. Fine museum is proud to present an exhibit about Jews and cartooning featuring work by Bob Singer of Hanna-Barbera, Sarah Lightman, Dave Berg, Ben Katchor, Michael Capozzola, Ben Baruch, Mort Gerberg, Evan Wolkenstein, Phil Witte, Yaakov Kirschen, and Miriam Libicki. 

This exhibit runs in connection with the the Tauber class "They Tried To Kill Us, They Failed, Let's Laugh: Jewish Humor from Torah to Transparent" taught by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Judi Leff.

For more information, please contact Judi Leff at jleff@emanuel.org or 415.750.7545.

a tribute to my teacher, rabbi krinskyAn Afternoon of Yiddish Song and Poetry

Songs of a Beggar, A Song Cycle

April 12, Sunday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Martin Meyer Reception

Based on Rabbi Edward Zerin's book, A Tribute to my Teacher Rabbi Simon Krinsky, with music composed by Dr. Michael Isaacson. Performed by Cantor Roslyn Barak, accompanied by Ronny Michael Greenberg. Reception to follow. 


OpenDoor movieYom HaShoah Event: An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines - Movie Screening

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Martin Meyer Reception/Sanctuary

An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines is a documentary film depicting the untold story of more than 1,300 Jews who escaped Nazi territories to find a rare sanctuary of religious freedom and acceptance in the Philippines. This evening includes the film screening and Q&A with the film's award winning director Noel (Sonny) Izon, survivors featured in the film, and representatives from the local Filipino community. 

This Free Holocaust Education Program is open to the entire community.

About the film:

In 1939, the horror of Kristallnacht shatters any remaining hope that European Jews are safe in the Third Reich. Finding a way out is chaotic, treacherous...and increasingly futile. The world watches, with horror in some quarters, apathy in others. Politicians are loath to welcome "paupers" who would compete for scarce jobs and be added to relief rolls. Then an unlikely player enters the drama: Philippine President Manuel Quezon boldly declares his willingness to admit up to one million Jews to his country. With the effects of the Depression still very much in evidence - and the threat of a Japanese invasion looming - this is a brave move.

No registration required.

rivaaelyonIgnite the Fire: Creating Your Next Chapter

Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm

Join congregants Riva Aelyon and Danielle Siegel for their 2 hour experiential workshop with reflective exercises for empty-nesters to boost their energies to start their next chapter. Participants will partake in exercises that help them to clarify values, purpose, strengths and vision. After the self discovery process, attendees will develop a goal and move into action planning. We will provide specific tools which will be helpful in the process of empowering attendees out of their "stuck" zone into their "can do" mode.


beach in HagbahLimonata and Learning in Marin

Wednesday, April 22, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera

Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing text from the Torah. Please register so we know to expect you.


rivaaelyonInterfaith Hike on Angel Island

Saturday, May 2, 9:15 AM
Join us as we explore the trails around Camp Reynolds on Angel Island and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Angel Island is a California State Park and wildlife preserve, and is also one of the finest historical sites in the Bay Area that includes military garrisons and compounds from every major war dating back to the U.S. Civil War. 

Meet at Pier 41 at 9:15 AM where you will receive your ticket for the 9:45 AM ferry. Return at your leisure at 12:35 PM, 3:20 PM, or 4:30 PM. The ticket includes the round-trip ferry as well as entry to Angel Island. 
Register for the special group rate:
Adults (age 12+) $16
Age 5-11 and seniors age 65+ $9.50 
No refunds will be given after 4/29

Contact Julia Bergman with questions at juliahbergman@yahoo.com


Norton emperorPut On Your Best Hat for Emperor Norton Day at the Cemetery!

Sunday, May 3, 2:00 pm, Home of Peace Cemetery, 1299 El Camino Real, Colma

Emperor Norton, a beloved 19th century San Francisco Jewish eccentric, died in 1880 but was not given a Jewish funeral or burial. He attended services every Saturday at Congregation Emanu-El. In 1979, our congregant John Rothmann portrayed the emperor at the Court of Historical Review where it was determined that the Emperor should indeed have had a Jewish burial. Join us a we right this historical wrong and lay a plaque in his honor at the Home of Peace Cemetery.

Following the ceremony, we will present a multi-media/live documentary about the Emperor by SF historian Peter Moylan featuring the Emperor himself, portrayed by Joseph Amster of Emperor Norton Walking Tours, and hear comments by John Rothmann about his experience with the Court of Historical Review. The afternoon will conclude with refreshments and we will declare the winners of the Emperor Norton hat contest.

RSVP to jleff@emanuelsf.org by April 21.

The Chuppah and Beyond: The Relationship Education Series for Couples in a Jewish Context

Next session beginning summer or fall 2015. More information to come!
Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. 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 (learn more at www.yaelmelamed.com).

Topics covered:

• 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 jgoldstein@emanuelsf.org or (415) 751-2541 x171


© 2012 Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: (415) 751-2535
Fax: (415) 751-2511