Special Events

beach in HagbahShabbat Morning Minyan Featuring David Barzilai

Saturday, November 1, 10:30 am, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Join us for a compelling service featuring the Western Regional Director of ARZA, David Barzilai. He will discuss the work for religious pluralism in Israel and what we, as American Reform Jews, can do to make a difference.  

Professor Barzilai is also affiliated with San Diego State University where he is teaching philosophy and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs. He has also been teaching at University of California, San Diego since 2002.

Dr. Barzilai holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and Jewish thought and an MA in Jewish history and Holocaust studies and a BA in education and Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, undoubtedly the most distinguished institute of Jewish learning in the world. He is the author of Homo Dialogicus: Martin Buber's Contribution to Philosophy and various other works on modern Jewish thought and Holocaust studies. From 1995-2002 he was Founding Director of The Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies at Virginia Tech, and currently teaches at the University of California, and San Diego and at San Diego State University.

For over twenty years he has taught dozens of courses to thousands of students, offering a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, Jewish thought and philosophy, on Israel and Middle East politics, and on the Holocaust. Among his most demanded courses are the politics of Israel, the Arab-Israeli conflict, a political history of Jerusalem, and the Holocaust. He also teaches regularly for the San Diego chapter of Brandeis, and lectures in Jewish religious institutions and for Jewish social groups like Hadassah.

Dr. Barzilai is deeply involved in the political discourse in Israel, publishing regularly commentary articles on Israeli politics and society.

Buried Treasures: An Underground History Fair

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

Register for the first class

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 Classic 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

Updated Event Date: Sunday, November 16, 10:30 am, private location near Emanu-El (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 Task Force.

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.

Warriors Jewish Heritage Night

Monday, December 22, 6:00 pm

Join Emanu-El and the wider Jewish community of the Bay Area for the 7th night of Chanukah, including:

• Pregame Menorah Lighting Ceremony

• Commemorative Warriors Jewish Heritage Scarf (included with every special event ticket purchased through this offer)

• Sit with Emanu-El friends

• See Omri Caspi, the first Israeli NBA player (Sacramento Kings player)

Get tickets before they sell out!  

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