Special Events

Caring for Aging Loved Ones and Yourself

All sessions will take place from 6:00 - 8:30 pm in the Martin Meyer Reception.

Are you involved with aging or ill parents or loved ones? Do you worry you have what it takes to be supportive through one of life’s greatest challenges? Do you feel isolated and alone? Overwhelmed? Rabbis report that confronting issues of aging are among the most difficult of conversations.

“Caring for Aging Loved Ones and Yourself” will be offered beginning this March. Rabbi Bauer, Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Mintz will each lead two of the six sessions, along with guest presenters.

The goals of the program are to present information from experts, provide a safe place for people to share their challenges, learn from others and foster a supportive Emanu-El community during the stages of aging, illness/infirmity, and end of life. There is no charge. Registration is required, but you can attend as your time and needs permit. 

Program schedule (subject to modification):

Tuesday, March 4 - Session I - How and When to Have That Difficult Conversation
Tuesday, March 18 -Session II - Impacts of Aging: Physically, Mentally and Emotionally
Tuesday, April 1 - Session III - Caregiving and Resources for Your Loved Ones
Tuesday, April 22 - Session IV - Legal and Financial Issues, the Business of Aging
Tuesday, May 6 - Session V - Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash: End of Life Jewish Perspectives and Practices
Tuesday, May 20 - Session VI - Lessons Learned and How the Community Moves Forward

Register today

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Audio Recording of Panelist Presentations

Internationally Renowned Israeli Poet, Educator and Lecturer Dr. Rachel Korazim, Comes To Emanu-El

As a teacher at some of Israel's most distinguished education institutions, Dr. Rachel Korazim will bring her incredible insights on early Zionism, the Holocaust and Israeli poetry to Emanu-El for a series of exceptional learning opportunities.

Born in Israel, Dr. Korazim is a graduate of Haifa University with a PhD in Jewish Education and has vast experience in Jewish education and curriculum development, both in Israel and the Diaspora. She currently teachers at various institutions including The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Shalom Hartman Institute.

  • Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm: “Connections to the Land” - Examining core narratives of Israel society through the works of Yitzhak Shalev, Rachel, Nathan Alterman, Yehuda Amichai, Ephraim Kishon, Balfour Hakak, Lysie Doron and Amos Oz.
  • Sunday, April 27, 9:30 am: “Reflections of the Holocaust in Modern Israeli Literature” - Reflections of the Holocaust in recent works by Amir Gotfreund and Lysie Doron, as well as some older ones by Grossman and Liebrect, Treinin and Guri.
  • Sunday, April 27, 10:30 am:  “The Image of the Other” – Images of the Arab in modern Israeli literature through the short stories of David Grossman, A.B. Yehoshua and Savyon Liebrecht

Off-site Learning Opportunity:

  • Sunday, April 27, 4:00 pm:  Keynote Lecture for Community Event at the JCCSF

New Member Reception

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 pm, Congregant Home
Come and meet fellow new members, clergy and staff. Generously hosted by Congregation Emanu-El Board Member Jim Shapiro and his wife, Sally, at a home near the Temple. Address given upon registration.


Special Screening of Inequality For All, With Emmy-winning Producer and Congregant Jen Chaiken 
Facilitated by Rabbi Sydney Mintz

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
The Emanu-El community is invited to attend a special screening of Robert Reich’s film, Inequality For All. The film follows Reich, the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap and explores the growth of extreme inequality in America over the past several decades.

This important and critically acclaimed film was produced by congregant Jen Chaiken. Jen will be on hand for a question and answer session after the screening, along with film director Jacob Kornbluth and the Regional Director of Bend the Arc, Susan Lubeck. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to join us for a stimulating learning experience. Learn more

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

Thursday, May 29, 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El
Timothy F. Geithner, former U.S. Treasury Secretary (2009 – 2013) provides a definitive account of the unprecedented effort to save the U.S. economy from collapse in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. In his new book, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, Geithner takes us behind the scenes during the darkest moments of the crisis, shares personal recollections of key players and political battles, and examines events that continue to shape the U.S. and global financial system today.



Presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Use the promo code EMANUEL to receive 10% off all tickets.

Giants Jewish Heritage Night

Monday, July 28, 7:15 pm, Seals Plaza (arrive in time to pick up your ticket at the Box Office)
Join Emanu-El and the wider Bay Area Jewish community at the annual Giants Jewish Heritage Night! Your Special Event Package includes a seat in one of the Jewish Heritage sections for the game versus the Pirates, a limited-edition Jewish-themed Giants item, and admission to the Jewish Heritage Night party from 5:00 - 7:00 pm prior to the game!

Live cultural entertainment will take place at the pre-game party, and cultural food and drink specials will be available for purchase. Partial proceeds from every special event ticket sold will benefit local charitable programs in the Jewish community! Don't miss this fun-filled night out at the park to celebrate Jewish Heritage!


Run the extra mile with Emanu-El at the San Francisco Marathon 

Thursday, July 27 

Join our very own Congregation Emanu-El running club! This is a great way to bond with fellow Jews and fundraise to support our vibrant community! Choose your preferred distance: 5k, Half-Marathon, Full Marathon, 52.4 and sign up directly with the SF Marathon

Once you have signed up, please contact Ilana Shapiro to help you set up your Crowdrise page so you can start fundraising! No amount is too large or too small – all helps Emanu-El continue to create programming for you and your family.

For every runner, Justin Young, a competitive age group runner, triathlete and track and field coach, and Ilana Shapiro, a marathoner, will help you customize your very own training plan in addition to the 1-2 weekly group runs below. Please email Ilana at ishapiro@emanuelsf.org to RSVP or with any questions. Justin and Ilana will give your their phone numbers so that you will have them should you be running late or have questions about the meeting spots. GO TEAM EMANU-EL!

We have our first few runs scheduled:

Sunday, April 27 @ 10:00 am at Kezar Stadium (Frederick Lincoln and Kezar) (JUSTIN will be meeting you)

• Tuesday, April 29 @ 6:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El (ILANA will be meeting you)

• Sunday, May 4 @ 10:00 am at Kezar Stadium – JUSTIN

• Sunday, May 11 @10:00 am at Kezar Stadium – JUSTIN

• Tuesday, May 13 @ 6:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El – JUSTIN

• Sunday, May 18 BAY TO BREAKERS - Let's organize a group and run together! (Justin is out of town running a marathon! Go Justin!)

• Tuesday, May 20 @ 6:30 pm at Eman-El – ILANA


Bereavement Spiritual Support Group

Tuesday Evenings, August 5 – October 7, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

While grief is a normal response to loss, we know from practical experience and from the teachings of our tradition, that being with an understanding community can help bring comfort and healing to the mourner.

Join Rabbi Natan Fenner of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and Susan Moldaw, Congregation Emanu-El Chaplain, for a 10-week support group focusing on moving through grief and loss. This group will provide a supportive context with both general and specifically Jewish resources for the mourning process.

Open to Emanu-El congregants at a cost of $100 for the series. Pre-registration is required; we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins. Registration will open in June on the Bay Area Healing Center's website .

Questions? Contact Susan Moldaw.

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