Special Events

Join us for one-of-a kind opportunities to connect and engage with your fellow congregants! 

beach in HagbahLimonata and Learning in Marin

Wednesday, October 7, 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.


statelessStateless, Film Screening  
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Join us in watching a special showing of Stateless, a compelling documentary about Jews emigrating from the former Soviet Union during the politically charged climate of the late 1980s. At that time, the USSR was home to the largest Jewish population in all of Europe. Under political pressure, including that of U.S. Jewry, the Soviet government opened its borders and allowed Jews to leave the country. This time, migrants had the freedom to choose their destination, but those who hoped to make the United States their home had to prove "a reasonable fear of persecution." For those born into a climate where discrimination was the norm, this was difficult - without any information or a political voice. They were frequently denied refugee status, and  thousands were left stranded in Italy - Stateless. The movie's narrative is guided by first-hand accounts from emigres. 



hunting groundOn-Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Educational Forum
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Join us for a presentation and 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. The 1-hour educational version of the film, The Hunting Ground, will be shown to help facilitate a conversation about sexual assault on college campuses. 

In the film young female college students who have survived assault share their stories and their own grassroots campaign for change, after their universities ignored them.  Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation and every person and experience is different. Issues of consent, national statics, campus advocacy and false accusations will be touched upon.

Register now

Questions? Contact Director of Adult & Adolescent Education Ariana Estoque or Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen

Lisa MillerThe Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving with Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

Sunday, October 18, 9:30 am, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Come learn from Lisa Miller, Ph.D, about the power of spirituality in modern parenting. Dr. Miller is the author of the acclaimed book, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, and a professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University. 

"Hundreds of books discuss parenting issues, but the Spritual Child is a special resource with a focus on fostering children's spiritual lives. Perceptive, thought-provoking, and heavily researched, this is a valuable book for anyone interested in spiritual development in children, adolescents, and families."
- Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

barak, party, cantor, rozAn 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 28 years of inspiring service to our community.  

General, unreserved seating for Emanu-El congregants and community friends for the 7:00 pm concert in the Main Sanctuary are available online at $36.00 per ticket. Proceeds raised will go to support music at Congregation Emanu-El. 

Register now.

For further information, please contact:
 (415)-751-2541 ext. 116 or development@emanuelsf.org 

rabbi jason rodichIsrael Action Committee's BDS Panel

Sunday, October 25, 10:30 am - noon

Location: Main Sanctuary

The Israel Action Committee invites you to join us for a panel discussing the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement as it relates to life on college campus and its effect in our own community. Rabbi Doug Kahn,executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council; Dan Pine, senior writer at the J. Weekly; Ollie Benn, executive director of San Francisco Hillel; and a student will share their perspectives on today's realities and how to combat this movement. 


rabbi jason rodichNew Congregant Dessert Reception

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: private congregants' home in St. Francis Wood (address provided upon registration)

Please register for this special coffee and dessert reception welcoming all congregants who have joined our congregation since April, 2015. Spend an evening getting to know your clergy and making new friends while noshing.
Questions? Contact Community Engagement Director, Sandy Rechtschaffen, (415) 751-2541,  X177 or sandyr@emanuelsf.org

Please Register


panama pacific expositionResurgent, 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.

Speakers include:
Fred Rosenbaum, author of Cosmopolitans and Visions of Reform
Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers of Gold and Tangled Vines
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. No registration is required. For more information, please contact Judi Leff, Director of Arts and Cultural Programming


soviet refuseniks russian jews

Lost and Found: How, after a half-century of separation, Tevye's grandchildren rediscovered one another and changed the world

Sunday, November 15, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private Residence in Laurel Heights
Are you, your parents, or your spouse, from the former Soviet Union? Would you like to learn more about the history of the role Bay Area Jews played in bringing over 100,000 Soviet Jews to America? Please join us for an intimate, congregant gathering with special guest speaker, David Waksberg, CEO of Jewish Learning Works and former Executive Director of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews. Enjoy snacks and refreshments as you meet your fellow Russian congregants. 
Registration is required as space is limited. Please note this is a members-only event. Questions? Contact Monica Pevzner.



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

6 classes occur on Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
2-3 Shabbat dinners, dates to be determined by the class
Upcoming session to take place in spring 2016, dates to come

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.

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 (415) 751-2541 x171


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