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Teen-Led Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat Service – (12/3/2021) 6:00 pm
Teen-Led Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat Service – (12/3/2021)
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
If you enjoy our Teen-Led High Holy Day Services each year, then this special Chanukah Shabbat is for you! Join us as we bask in the light of community with a Teen-Led Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich (12/4/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich (12/4/2021)
Dec 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (12/4/21) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (12/4/21)
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – S. Gebler and D. Stringer 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – S. Gebler and D. Stringer
Dec 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Violet Wolfe (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Violet Wolfe (Meyer)
Dec 4 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
Chanukah Havdallah with NFTY-CWR at Emanu-El 2:00 pm
Chanukah Havdallah with NFTY-CWR at Emanu-El
Dec 4 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
We are so excited to be hosting a Chanukah Havdallah in partnership with NFTY-CWR. NFTY supplements and supports Reform youth groups at the synagogue level. All Bay Area High schoolers are invited to have Havdallah … Continued
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Meditation in the Redwoods for YFE Parents 9:45 am
Meditation in the Redwoods for YFE Parents
Dec 5 @ 9:45 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Sydney Mintz and fellow YFE parents as we journey together from the Temple through the Arguello Gate and into the Redwoods for guided meditation, silence, chanting and healing prayers. An intimate opportunity to be … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (12/10/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (12/10/2021)
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, December 10th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (12/11/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (12/11/2021)
Dec 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (12/11/21) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (12/11/21)
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Noah Leopold (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Noah Leopold (Main)
Dec 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalia Rossen (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalia Rossen (Meyer)
Dec 11 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service … Continued
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Tzedek Council’s Annual Light of Giving 11:00 am
Tzedek Council’s Annual Light of Giving
Dec 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Calling all givers of light! Please register to participate in our 4th Annual Light of Giving, hosted by Tzedek Council. As a community, we will assemble much-needed home goods for single adults who have experienced … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (12/17/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (12/17/2021)
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, December 17th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (12/18/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (12/18/2021)
Dec 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (12/18/21) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (12/18/21)
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Jacob Berland (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Jacob Berland (Main)
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: This service will … Continued
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Kabbalat Shabbat Eve Service – (12/24/2021) 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Eve Service – (12/24/2021)
Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us for a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat Eve Service this Friday, December 24th, at 6:00 pm! Come and be warmed by our community before venturing out for your traditional practice of Chinese food and … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (12/25/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (12/25/2021)
Dec 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Let’s Party (this is a Test Event) 10:00 pm
Let’s Party (this is a Test Event)
Dec 25 @ 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm
This is a TEST. Please ignore, but DO NOT REMOVE from this calendar. Thank you.What is an Outreach? Outreach can help tracking each marketing initiatives in detail. These can include typical advertisements and solicitations, emails, … Continued
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Shabbat New Year’s Eve Service – (12/31/2021) 6:00 pm
Shabbat New Year’s Eve Service – (12/31/2021)
Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for our Shabbat New Year's Eve Service this Friday, December 31st, at 6:00 pm! This year, New Year’s Eve falls on Shabbat and we are excited to welcome you to our temple for … Continued
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2020 Emanu-El Trip to Israel

The 2020 Emanu-El Trip to Israel will be led by Rabbi Carla Fenves. Below is the current itinerary. You can visit Makor Educational Journeys to learn more. To register, please visit here.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
DEPARTURE
  • Departure from the United States.
Overnight: In flight
Day 1
Sunday, June 21, 2020
ARRIVAL AND WELCOME TO ISRAEL
  • Arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport, with assistance by a Makor Educational Journeys representative.
  • Proceed to Tel Aviv.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Beverages and a sweet snack upon arrival.
Overnight: InterContinental David Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 2
Monday, June 22, 2020
TEL AVIV VIBES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Begin your exploration of Tel Aviv, the “Big Orange,” in its historic center, known as “Little Tel Aviv.” View a large wall mosaic by artist and author Nachum Guttman and a scale model of Tel Aviv as it first began to develop.
  • The Roots of the First Hebrew City, a guided walk using music, art and literature through Neve Zedek, one of the first neighborhoods outside Jaffa, home to early Zionist cultural icons and today an eclectic fashion and food destination.
  • Lunch on own, Tel Aviv style, in one of the open-air cafes that line the streets.
  • Visit Independence Hall, site of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, with a program that traces the story of the State of Israel from 1948.
  • Dance/movement workshop at and with instructors from Mayumana, a multicultural troupe, whose performances combine musical instruments, rhythm and visual effects into a unique humoristic language.
  • Rest of the afternoon, dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: InterContinental David Hotel, Tel Aviv
Day 3
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
ANCIENT AND MODERN INGENUITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Travel to Rehovot.
  • Guided visit in the Ayalon Institute, a pre-state clandestine munitions factory, for a glimpse into the ingenuity and creativity of Israel’s pre-state armed forces.
  • Continue to Hadera.
  • Visit Technoda, which provides science and technology education for thousands of youth from the entire central region of Israel.  Enjoy hands-on activities that employ modern Israeli and international inventions for teaching disadvantaged and immigrant children.
  • Lunch on own in the Caesarea Port.
  • Proceed to the remains of the Ancient Roman Aqueduct, just north of the city, and then walk through the waters of Mei Kedem, a restored stretch that was part of the Roman and Byzantine water system.
  • Continue to the hotel.
  • Check in and relax at the pool.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Nof Ginnosar
Day 4
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
NORTHERN EXPOSURES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Kiryat Shemona.
  • Ride the Manara cable car to the highest point on the cliff and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the area, including Lebanon, the Western Galilee and the Golan.
  • After a geopolitical overlook from atop the Manara cliff, drive along the Israel-Lebanon
  • Nature walk through the Tel Dan Reserve, along the Dan River, concluding at Tel Dan itself, one of Israel’s most significant Biblical sites.
  • Lunch on own in Kiryat Shemona.
  • Guided tour through the mystical city of Safed: walk the narrow alleyways; peek into ancient synagogues; visit the Artist Colony; hear the stories of the 16th-century rabbis of Safed, who breathed new life into the Jewish people after the expulsion from Spain in 1492 and who are credited by many with igniting the first flames of passion for a return to the Land of Israel.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Nof Ginnosar
Day 5
Thursday, June 25, 2020
PASSAGES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • B’nai Mitzvah ceremony at an ancient synagogue in the Galilee or Golan.
  • Festive BBQ and “cooking competition” with musical entertainment at the Baba Yona ranch.
    • Wine tasting for adults
  • Proceed on a “water walk” in Nahal HaKibbutzim, part of Eretz HaMayanot (Land of the Springs).
  • Continue to Jerusalem through the Great Rift Valley.
  • Stop at Mount Scopus, overlooking Jerusalem, for an introduction to the city and an opportunity to recite the traditional Shehecheyanu prayer upon arrival in Jerusalem.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 6
Friday, June 26, 2020
LAYERS OF JERUSALEM
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Adults: Meeting with speaker on “Religion and State in Israel.
  • Youth: Ramparts Walk from Jaffa Gate to Dung Gate.
  • All: Guided visit through the City of David, with Bible in hand, exploring the origins of Jerusalem, guided in part by the B’nai Mitzvah students, concluding with a water walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
  • Time for reflection at the Western Wall.
  • Travel to downtown Jerusalem for exploration and lunch on own in Machane Yehuda market or along one of the pedestrian malls as Jerusalemites prepare for Shabbat.
  • Shabbat candle lighting.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at a local progressive synagogue in or near Jerusalem.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner at the hotel or home hospitality.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 7
Saturday, June 27, 2020
A JERUSALEM SHABBAT
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure or time for services.
  • An Historic Weave of Jerusalem – Guided walk through the Quarters of Jerusalem, exploring the multiethnic weave of the city from rooftop views within the Jewish Quarter, viewing archaeological remains that date back 3000 years to the days of the First Temple, the Nea Church, the Biblical and Hasmonean remains in the open Cardo, and the Broad Wall; include a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter and conclude at the Austrian Hospice on the edge of the Muslim Quarter.
  • Lunch on own in the Old City.
  • Optional: Visit the unique collections of the Israel Museum, including renowned international and Israeli art and Judaica collections; the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden; the Shrine of the Book,home to the exceptional archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple Period model that recreates Jerusalem in 66 CE.
  • Havdallah.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 8
Sunday, June 28, 2020
THE DEAD SEA BASIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Proceed to the Dead Sea.
  • Ascend Masada via cable car for a guided visit through the site and an exploration of the symbolism and questions that arise from the Masada story and their implications for Jewish life today.
  • Ride the cable car down and continue to Ein Bokek for an opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and swim in the hotel pool, followed by lunch.
  • Hike up to and cool off in the refreshing pools and waterfalls of Nahal David (David’s Stream) in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, a unique ecosystem of springs, waterfalls and pools surrounded by lush greenery in a desolate desert setting.
  • Proceed to Eretz Beresheet.
  • Mount camels and travel a short distance to the “Tent of Avraham Avinu” at Eretz Beresheetfor an explanation and demonstration of ancient Biblical hospitality customs, many of which are preserved today in traditional Bedouin life.
  • Return to Jerusalem.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 9
Monday, June 29, 2020
MEMORIAL AND MEMORY SPACES
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the Jewish national memorial to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including:
    • The Avenue of the Righteous
    • The Holocaust History Museum
    • The Children’s Memorial
    • Parallel programming for children under 10/11
    • Special concluding ceremony
  • Lunch on own.
  • Ride to Beit Guvrin National Park and participate in an active archaeological dig at Tel Maresha (Beit Guvrin), while exploring caves carved out by human hands some 2,300 years ago.
  • Dinner and evening on own.
Overnight: Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem
Day 10
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning hike along the Sataf Springs that water the agricultural terraces, reminders of a Judean way of life that dates back thousands of years.
  • Additional activity (time-permitting)
  • Return to city for lunch on own.
  • Sum-up this week’s Israel journey by “Mapping the Journey” with Kol HaOt educators, who impart Jewish values, texts and history through a creative synthesis of the visual and performing arts.
  • Afternoon for leisure and last-minute shopping.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner at a Jerusalem (or Tel Aviv) restaurant.
  • Depart for Ben Gurion Airport for late-night flight home.
Overnight: In flight
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
ARRIVAL BACK HOME

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