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Brown Bag Wednesdays 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Wednesdays
Feb 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, February 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, February 1, 2017
Feb 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
Jewish Meditation 7:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Please join us as we practice opening our minds and souls for a special sitting meditation session that will alter your perception and enhance your Jewish Spiritual practice, led by our special "Guru in Residence".  … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017 5:00 pm
6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 5 @ 11:00 am
Price: Your 6th grader is covered by Emanu-El, no need to include him/her in this registration. Must have at least 1 adult (can have up to 4). The price for participation at this Shabbaton is … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017
Feb 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. Thai Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
Access Shabbat – February 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – February 2017
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner environment at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation 7:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture - The Heretical Nation
Why weren’t America’s founders better at being Christian? Was a Jewish heretic involved in the creation of the American Republic? In this talk, Matthew Stewart discusses the influence of Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) on the radical … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017 3:30 pm
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017
Feb 10 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Challah Baking with Donny - Year of Shabbat, February 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El Kitchen
Get the chance to make challah with our Board President, Donny Friend! His challah is renowned; fluffy, delicious, and always in demand. Bring an apron and get baking! Your challah loaves will be used and featured at … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017 7:15 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017
Feb 10 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner - 2017
Join us for our kickoff event for Congregation Emanu-El’s Year of Shabbat. We hope you will be a part of this uniquely designed Shabbat experience; everything you wanted to know about Shabbat but were too … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017 9:00 am
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels - February 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
Men’s Group – February 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 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
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families 2:00 pm
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council for a special Tu B'Shevat community day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as … Continued
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017 2:00 pm
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dimanche après midi conviviale, hors d'œuvre, déserts bonne ambiance Convivial afternoon, appetizers, deserts and good atmosphere!Share travel and immigration stories. Please bring hors d’oeuvres or a dessert from your favorite French region to share with the … Continued
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees 3:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
HIAS is convening a major rally in New York City in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty – our nation’s most powerful historical symbol of hope for those arriving at our shores to build … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Side by Side February 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 Session
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side February 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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At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with one of our Emanu-El Clergy during your lunch break downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you!Event Signup
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting 7:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel - Lecture and Wine Tasting
Frances Dinkelspiel, authorWednesday, February 15, 2017Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmLecture: “From the Rhine to the Bay” – How Jews shaped the California wine businessLearn about the Jewish connection to California’s wine industry and enjoy … Continued
THE Book Club – February 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Carla Fenves: Members of the Tribe?Are we part of a tribe? If we are, does that help us build community or … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan Including Bar Mitzvah of Marley Steiger (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Emily Weiss (Main) 10:30 am
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017 1:30 pm
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Calling all nature lovers! Partake in this exciting Shabbat alternative of a hike along with Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Tennessee Valley. Explore your spirituality in a new way!Dress in comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and bring along … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education 7:00 pm
Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Supporting the diversity of learners in Jewish Educational InstitutionsHear what local Jewish institutions are doing about inclusion for all types of learners as well as have time to chat with peers about your own experiences, … 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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