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Cooking for Congregants – June 1 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 1 2017
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 06-02-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 06-02-2017
Jun 2 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month,6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Thai Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Men’s Group – June 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – June 2017
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - June 2017
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. This … Continued
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Brown Bag June 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag June 2017
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm. This … Continued
Limonata and Learning, June, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, June, 2017
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy 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 … Continued
German Consul General Concert (MMS) 6:30 pm
German Consul General Concert (MMS)
Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
German Consul General Concert (MMS)
In honor of German Consul General Stefan Schlüter and his service to the San Francisco Bay Area community Congregation Emanu-El is proud to host: The Home I Love – Cabaret from Berlin to Tel Aviv Starring … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – June 8 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 8 2017
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Praise, Raise, or Fold (Men’s Group Poker) – June 2017 7:00 pm
Praise, Raise, or Fold (Men’s Group Poker) – June 2017
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer and fellow Men's Group Members at a congregant's home for engaging study and discussion over a fun game. Sign up soon, as registration is limited!Event Signup
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Special Guest Torah Study with Rabbi Gary Zola 9:15 am
Special Guest Torah Study with Rabbi Gary Zola
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Special Guest Torah Study with Rabbi Gary Zola
Special Guest Torah Study this Weekend.What This Week’s Torah Portion Can Teach Us about American Jewish History.We are honored to be taught this Saturday by Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives … Continued
Torah Study (Chapel) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Chapel)
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? (Chapel) 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? (Chapel)
Jun 10 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Raya Shveyd (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Ella Ruth Potashner Main 10:30 am
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Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe – June 2017 5:30 am
Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe – June 2017
Jun 11 @ 5:30 am – 3:00 pm
Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe - June 2017
Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe: Sunday, June 11, 5:30 am – 3:00 pmCost is $140 per adult Tribe member+Purchase your own single day fishing license ($15) and BYOF (Bring your own fun!) lunch, snacks, and drinks … Continued
Interfaith Picnic – June 2017 11:00 am
Interfaith Picnic – June 2017
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic - June 2017
Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Main Post Lawn, Presidio Join together with other Interfaith members of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual afternoon at Off the Grid Presidio Picnic. Bring your own picnic … Continued
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Side by Side June 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side June 2017 Session
Jun 13 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side June 2017 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will  not  be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool … Continued
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THE Book Club – June 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – June 2017
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Cantor Arik Luck. Topic to be provided soon.This event is open to our young … Continued
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Likrat Shabbat: Adult Summer Art Series 2017 1:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Adult Summer Art Series 2017
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Adult Summer Art Series 2017
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) June 15 | June 29 | July 6 | July 20 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen … Continued
Watercolor Shema-ndalas, June 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Watercolor Shema-ndalas, June 15, 2017
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) June 15 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #1 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
THE Book Club – June 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – June 2017
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Cantor Arik Luck.The Liturgical Music and Legacy of Debbie FriedmanLearn about Debbie Friedman’s contribution … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – June 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – June 2017
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with members of clergy, downtown, each month.Please bring a nosh and join us at 55 -2nd Street.  Event Signup
Helping Refugees Today 6:30 pm
Helping Refugees Today
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Helping Refugees Today: What We Need to Know, What WE Need to Do Executive and federal court orders are changing the landscape for refugees who seek safety and freedom in the U.S.  Join us for … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – June 22 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 22 2017
Jun 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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San Francisco Pride Parade 2017 10:00 am
San Francisco Pride Parade 2017
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
San Francisco Pride Parade 2017
San Francisco Pride Parade 2017 For the fourth year in a row, Congregation Emanu-El will join the URJ San Francisco Bay Area Community to march together in the San Francisco Pride Parade, Sunday, June 25, 2017. … Continued
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Hebrew Grammar with Rabbi Kushner summer 2017 7:00 pm
Hebrew Grammar with Rabbi Kushner summer 2017
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW GRAMMARfor people with no short-term memory and who are still fuzzy on English grammarFour Wednesday evening, drop-in sessionsJune 28, July 12, 26, August 9, / 7-8:30 pmPre-requisites: The Hebrew alphabet (preferably in … Continued
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – June 2017 7:00 pm
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – June 2017
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy - June 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy emceed by Rabbi Sydney Mintz Doors open at 7:00 pm; Show starts 7:30 pm   Enjoy established and emerging super-funny Jewish comedians for a night of laughter. Featuring: Julie … Continued
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Wisdom Weaving, June 29, 2017 1:00 pm
Wisdom Weaving, June 29, 2017
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) June 29 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #2 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Emanu-El Vision

Emanu-El Vision

photo988We are delighted to share with you that we have another chance for you to shape our Temple’s future and have an opportunity to participate in the Strategic Planning process at this critical point in time. Last fall the Strategic Planning Task Force (SPTF) was formed. Chaired by Board Vice President Rebecca Macieira‐Kaufmann and including Board, clergy, staff, and congregant members, its charge was to create strategic directions for Congregation Emanu‐El looking out five years. Working with diligence, insight, integrity, and mutual respect, the Task Force has prepared Congregation Emanu‐El Vision 2020, A High-Level Strategic Plan (PDF). The plan sets a vision—a clear sense of overall direction going forward.

The planning process was built on congregant feedback and planning discussions conducted by Emanu‐El over the last two years. This included congregant surveys, listening sessions, one‐on‐one meetings, focus groups, and Board planning sessions. All this input revealed a desire among many congregants for future directions that, building on our strengths, will bring us together as an even more vibrant, sacred Jewish community. As congregants, you are that community, and this needs to be our collective plan. We are asking each of you to read the plan, consider its findings, and assess its conclusions. And we are asking that you tell us what you think.

Vision 2020 is the result of an exciting planning process undertaken on your behalf by a Task Force of Board, clergy, staff, and congregants. Working with diligence, insight, integrity, and mutual respect the Task Force examined Congregation Emanu‐El from many perspectives:

  • studying documentation of planning‐related efforts undertaken by Emanu‐El over the last several years and various meetings/input sessions (e.g., Branding survey, Congregation Based Community Organizing initiative sessions, June 2007 Board retreat);
  • absorbing perspectives gathered through stakeholder interviews and listening sessions with Board members, clergy, staff;
  • analyzing statistics on current levels of activity in Congregation Emanu‐El (worship, education, community);
  • reviewing data on the external environment, including the Jewish Community Study conducting by the Jewish Community Federation.

The Task Force affirmed that Congregation Emanu‐El is a strong, respected synagogue offering a wide range of worship, education, and service opportunities to a large, diverse membership. However, Task Force members also discovered shared perceptions and expectations for how Congregation Emanu‐El could be even better. Primary among these are:

  • There is a groundswell of interest and commitment among many in the congregation for much greater engagement with Emanu‐El.
  • If Emanu‐El can embrace this commitment, this can be a period of evolution to being a truly extraordinary congregation in these times.
  • Embracing this commitment and realizing this greater level of engagement requires new ways of working together as laity, clergy, and staff—a transformation in our operating culture.
  • Emanu‐El is and will continue to be large, and must continue to be a big tent that welcomes different types and levels of involvement from its congregants—this is the right thing to do, and the right model for a sacred and open community.

The plan captures these aspirations in a VISION of what Emanu‐El can be. The Vision sets a course for moving to widespread member engagement, deeper connections among congregants, increased Jewish literacy, connecting with Israel and Jews around the world, and a highly functional operating culture—and thereby being essential in the lives of our congregants. At an all‐day retreat on June 1, the Board of Directors, with clergy and senior staff, discussed the proposed plan in depth. The conversation was wide‐open and wide‐ranging. At its conclusion all present strongly endorsed the Vision, expressing their appreciation for being part of Congregation Emanu‐El and their enthusiasm for moving forward with this vision.

We are very much looking forward to hearing from members across the congregation. We offer the following to stimulate your thinking and responses.

  • To what extent do you support this as the desired vision and high‐level plan for Congregation Emanu‐El? Why or why not?
  • To what extent are you interested in participating more deeply in Congregation Emanu‐El? Why or why not?
  • Are there particular aspects of the plan that you are particularly interested in or supportive of? Are there aspects that are of concern? Are there aspects that you are not supportive of?
  • Are there critical topics or issues that are not addressed?
  • Other comments and thoughts?

There are a variety of ways for you to provide input that should be received by 9/11/11.

  1. We are emailing this message to all members with email access providing the link (www.emanuelsf.org/strategicplan) to down load the plan. Responses may be returned to planning@emanuelsf.org.
  2. We have posted the plan at www.emanuelsf.org/strategicplan where you can review it and submit comments to planning@emanuelsf.org.
  3. You may call Emanu‐El at (415) 751‐2541×143 and leave a voice message with your comments.
  4. Email board@emanuelsf.org or call the office of the Executive Director at (415)751‐2541 x132 and request an opportunity to speak personally with a member of the Board or staff about the plan.

We will compile and analyze all the input, finalize Vision 2020, and then move into implementation planning this fall. We thank you in advance for your thoughtful contributions.

Rebecca Macieira‐Kaufmann (Board Vice President and Chair, Strategic Planning Task Force)
Steven Dinkelspiel (President)
Joe Elbaum (Executive Director)
Stephen Pearce (Senior Rabbi)
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