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Brown Bag March 12:00 pm
Brown Bag March
Mar 1 @ 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.Event Signup
Brown Bag Wednesdays 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Wednesdays
Mar 1 @ 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.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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 … Continued
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017
Mar 1 @ 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
Gossip & Wine with the Tribe for Women – March 2017  7:00 pm
Gossip & Wine with the Tribe for Women – March 2017 
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Local wine bar; address provided upon registrationI Heard it Through the Grapevine:Come join us for an evening of moms, gossip* and wine.*Gossip: as in, know the Jewish context for gossip, how to identify gossip, … Continued
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First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 03-03-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 03-03-2017
Mar 3 @ 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. Mediterranean 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)
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Men’s Group – March 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – March 2017
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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. … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Mar 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel)
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Family Bazaar Carnival 4:00 pm
Family Bazaar Carnival
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Bazaar Carnival
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical 6:00 pm
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical March 11 6 – 7 pm, All ages Have you always dreamed of being in Hamilton?  Now is your “one shot!” Come to our rehearsal Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 pm in … Continued
PurimPalooza 2017: Young Adult MEMBERS ONLY 9:00 pm
PurimPalooza 2017: Young Adult MEMBERS ONLY
Mar 11 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 3:00 am
Online ticket registration is now closed.Tickets will be available at the door on March 11 at VERSO Nightclub for $25.Questions about the event? Send a message to Valerie Bishop. We look forward to seeing you … Continued
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Megillah Reading 2017 10:00 am
Megillah Reading 2017
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Megillah Reading 2017
Join Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer in the mitzvah of hearing the Megillah read in its entirety while enjoying brunch and the company of your fellow congregants. Cost is free, however, you are responsible for the … Continued
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SPARK – Ethical Fitness 7:00 pm
SPARK – Ethical Fitness
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - Ethical Fitness
SPARK!                                 Ethical Fitness In ethics, it’s usually the big issues — capital punishment, lifeboats, euthanasia — that get all … Continued
SPARK – Judaisms of the 21st Century 7:00 pm
SPARK – Judaisms of the 21st Century
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - Judaisms of the 21st Century
SPARK!  Judaisms: A Twenty-First -Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper. In these sessions we will … Continued
SPARK – The Good Old Days 7:00 pm
SPARK – The Good Old Days
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - The Good Old Days
SPARK!The Good Old Days: Buying and Selling American Jewish NostalgiaToday, American Jews make, buy, and sell nostalgia, a sentimental longing for a past that cannot be recovered. This course will examine how American Jews express … Continued
SPARK – Together, with love, Talmud 7:00 pm
SPARK – Together, with love, Talmud
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - Together, with love, Talmud
SPARK! Together, With Love, We can Change The World: Talmud Study as a Counter-Cultural Rebellion Deep-dive into the universe of the Talmud. Our task will be twofold: First we will study three different texts from … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – March 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – March 2017
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer during your lunch break in downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you! This week's topic … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Mar 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Benjamin Friedman-Hibbs 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Reilly Derrick (Main) 10:30 am
Schmoozing with Seniors on Shabbat – March 2017 1:30 pm
Schmoozing with Seniors on Shabbat – March 2017
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
This event is free of charge and open to the publicJoin Congregation Emanu-El's Young Adult Community for an exciting opportunity to schmooze with seniors on a Shabbat afternoon! When’s the last time you’ve schmoozed with … Continued
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Volunteer Opportunity at the San Francisco Botanical Garden 8:45 am
Volunteer Opportunity at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Mar 19 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
We invite our members of Congregation Emanu-El to team up with the SF Botanical Garden's Green Team on a Sunday morning! Give a few hours of your time, learn about the Garden, and gain new … Continued
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors – March 2017 9:00 am
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors – March 2017
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors - March 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
Climb Higher with The Tribe for Men – March 2017 9:30 am
Climb Higher with The Tribe for Men – March 2017
Mar 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Registration has now closed.Join The Tribe for Men for a morning of indoor rock climbing! Take a couple hours on a Sunday morning to invigorate body and mind.No experience required. No gear required. Just eat your Wheaties … Continued
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Introduction to Judaism Spring 2017 7:00 pm
Introduction to Judaism Spring 2017
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join with Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying … Continued
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THE Book Club – March 2017 6:30 pm
THE Book Club – March 2017
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Jason Rodich: "Freedom Stories: The Texts of Passover"This event is open to our young adult community.Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Mar 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Nathan Rockman (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Caroline Scharf (Main) 10:30 am
Shvitz & Kibitz: A Rich Jewish Tradition – YA, March 2017 1:00 pm
Shvitz & Kibitz: A Rich Jewish Tradition – YA, March 2017
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come experience the joys of the sauna by steaming with your friends in San Francisco's premier Russian bathhouse. The banya, Russian for sauna, has long been a cornerstone of eastern European and Jewish social life … Continued
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Women’s Seder – 2017 6:30 pm
Women’s Seder – 2017
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Seder - 2017
Registration for this event has now closed.We invite all the women in our community to gather together for our annual Women’s Seder. It will be a multi-generational evening of inspiration and empowerment while dining, learning, conversing, and building … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Mar 31 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Ruth Calderon (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Ruth Calderon (MMS)
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Ruth Calderon (MMS)
Spring Scholar-in-Residence: Ruth CalderonFamous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv.She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid between 2013 and 2015.
Dinner with Ruth Calderon 7:30 pm
Dinner with Ruth Calderon
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This dinner, immediately following the 6:00pm One Shabbat service on Friday, March 31, will give you the unique opportunity to hear more from Ruth Calderon in an intimate setting. You will be able to ask … 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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Women's Seder - 2017

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