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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Dec 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service with Rabbi Pearce (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service with Rabbi Pearce (Main)
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service with Rabbi Pearce (Main)
Senior Rabbi, Emeritus Stephen S. Pearce will deliver this evening's sermon. 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 12-1-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 12-1-17
Dec 1 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 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 Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Dec 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Dec 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Erica Assang 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Erica Assang
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Sara Atkins 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Sara Atkins
Dec 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Cole Valley/Pac Hts. Havdalah 2017 6:30 pm
Cole Valley/Pac Hts. Havdalah 2017
Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cole Valley/Pac Heights Neighborhood Havdalah on Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 PM. "Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it," says the fourth of ten commandments. And Emanu-El in your Neighborhood plans to do just that as … Continued
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Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS) 9:30 am
Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS)
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Emanu-El’s 168th Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS)Give your input on some of the opportunities and challenges we face as a Jewish community at Emanu-El, and about how we can improve our temple home. Our town … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
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 environment with … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Dec 5 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2017 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2017
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join the Tribe for Men at our annual Chanukah Night Out. We will be eating pizza, playing poker, and giving gelt. And no, we didn’t forget about the onsite Bourbon! After registration, you will receive an email with … Continued
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Brown Bag December 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag December 2017
Dec 6 @ 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 time Senior … Continued
Limonata and Learning, December 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, December 2017
Dec 6 @ 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
Limonata and Learning, December 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, December 2017
Dec 6 @ 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
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Cooking for Congregants – December 7, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 7, 2017
Dec 7 @ 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
Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
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 environment with … Continued
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Men’s Group – December 10th , 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – December 10th , 2017
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - December 10th , 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
Advancing the Cause: Prager vs Elsner 3:00 pm
Advancing the Cause: Prager vs Elsner
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Advancing The Cause: The Left And Right Visions For American Jewry And IsraelDennis Prager in debate with Alan Elsner of J Street December 10, 3:00 – 5:00 pmPolitical polarization in the US has also spread … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
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 environment with … Continued
It’s a Doc’s Lab Chanukah Happy Hour! 5:30 pm
It’s a Doc’s Lab Chanukah Happy Hour!
Dec 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
It's a Doc's Lab Chanukah Happy Hour!
It's a Doc's Lab Chanukah!No kids at home? Join us for some Chanukah fun! Let’s rekindle the days of the Barbary Coast & the Gold Rush as we step into living history. Boomers are invited … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – December 14, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 14, 2017
Dec 14 @ 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
Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
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 environment with … Continued
Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting (Marin) 6:00 pm
Chanukah Pop Up Menorah Lighting (Marin)
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Marin Chanukah Lighting 6:00 pm
Marin Chanukah Lighting
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join in with us as celebrate with music, singing, candle lighting, & treats. We will gather by the elephant fountain inside the south end of the mall, near the inside-mall entrance to Barnes and Noble.
Noe Valley Chanukah Lighting 6:00 pm
Noe Valley Chanukah Lighting
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
New Location: Noe Valley Town Square – On the south side of 24th street between Sanchez and Vicksburg streets.   We will have a large menorah, music and treats. All are welcome! 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Dec 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Chanukah Party for Mishpacha families 5:00 pm
Chanukah Party for Mishpacha families
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Chanukah Party for Mishpacha families at Emanu-El  5:00-6:00 PM  Join us for a special Chanukah-themed gathering at Congregation Emanu-El. There will be festive activities and snacks appropriate for your little ones. After the party, we invite you to stay for the 6:00 PM One Shabbat service and the dinner (pre-registration required) and magic show … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-15-17 7:15 pm
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-15-17
Dec 15 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
After our One Shabbat Chanukah Service, we will be having a beautiful dinner with latkes, dreidels, and fun, followed by a magic show led by Brian Scott for the whole family in Guild Hall. Registration … Continued
YA: 4th Crazy Night Chanukah Party with SHAMATi! 8:30 pm
YA: 4th Crazy Night Chanukah Party with SHAMATi!
Dec 15 @ 8:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 2:00 am
Join us for our fourth annual ‘crazy’ night of Chanukah at Brick and Mortar Music Hall (1710 Mission Street), where local Bay Area favorites SHAMATi (https://www.shamatimusic.com/) will be playing the night away! Come schmooze with Bay Area Jews, … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
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 environment with … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Dec 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
THE Book Club – December 2017 6:30 pm
THE Book Club – December 2017
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join this month's The Book Club with special guest Rabbi Jason Rodich! We will study the real story of Chanukah!Tuesday, December 19Hosted in a private home in San Francisco. Address provided upon registration. Congregant Cost: $10.00; … Continued
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Side by Side 9:30 am
Side by Side
Dec 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side
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 environment with … 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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