Community Corner

Have Your Voice for a Nuclear-Free World be Heard

The United Religions Initiative is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC is one of 871 member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles, that engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights. URI’s networks span over 100 countries.
To fortify you with thought and soul on the issue of Nuclear proliferation, please go to to read URI’s Call to Conscience statement and view their Nuclear Prayer video. On their website, you will be able to learn more about the URI, their mission, and specific steps you can take to have your voice heard.

Go see The Obligation

The Obligation is a powerful and timely one-person play that explores little-known aspects of the Holocaust and the post-war survivor experience. It opens at the Potrero Theatre in San Francisco, October 12 and will run for 4 weeks. The play is a dramatic reminder of the importance of heeding the lessons o the Holocaust and of the dangers facing society when we acquiesce in the face of prejudice, hatred, and anti-semitism. Unfortunately, The Obligation’s story has become ever more important in light of recent history.  Tickets:

Relationship Support Group for Women

San Francisco Support Group Forming This Fall for women who feel unsafe in their relationships, past or present. The support group is co-led by Shalom Bayit and Bay Area Jewish Healing Center to create a spiritually healing atmosphere for women who have experienced abuse. It is free and confidential with childcare provided. All women are welcome regardless of age, affiliation, partner’s gender, or current relationship status. We welcome non-Jewish and transgender people who are seeking a Jewish women-centered space. To sign up, call Shalom Bayit at (510) 845-8874.
For more information about Shalom Bayit, visit 

What to bring with you in an emergency!


AARP has put together an excellent list of what to put inside your Go Bag in cases of emergency!



UPDATE: September 27, 2017 – IsraAID now in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Florida, & Texas

Responding to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Maria, IsraAID is deploying its team to implement a multi-focused, two-stage response focused on Emergency Relief and Psychosocial Trauma support and debris removal.

You can donate to IsraAID’s efforts by visiting these links:

Checks can be mailed to IsraAID US, 555 College Ave., Palo Alto 94306.

IsraAID is also seeking highly skilled volunteers to support its psychosocial support efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey. In particular, 2-3 experienced psychosocial professionals with backgrounds in social work, counseling or expressive therapy (art, drama, music) to help. Please contact



Welcome to Congregation Emanu-El

Congregation Emanu-El’s renowned clergy, dedicated board and welcoming staff serve our congregants and provide an open, responsive, nourishing environment in which to personalize discovery of the three pillars of Jewish life: Worship, Learning, and Community.

Congregation Emanu-El
2 Lake Street (at the corner of Lake and Arguello)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Telephone: (415) 751-2535

Explore the Sermon Archive

Revisit the sermons from all of our Rabbis.

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Host an Event at Emanu-El

Our rabbis and cantor are available to officiate at weddings of Jewish couples and interfaith couples. Interfaith couples must agree to meet the Temple’s criteria for interfaith marriages.

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