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Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 Join Rabbi Carla Fenves, Rabbinical Student Rena Singer and Monica Pevzner from our community engagement team for an informal Yom Kippur retreat in … Continued
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Brown Bag October 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag October 2017
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:01 pm
Join Congregation Rabbi Lawrence Kushner for this Brown Bag Wednesday. 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 … Continued
Limonata and Learning, October 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, October 2017
Oct 4 @ 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
Sukkot Celebration Dinner October 4, 2017 6:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Dinner October 4, 2017
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive outdoor service in the courtyard at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 4th, followed by Mediterranean dinner.Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.Reservations are required … Continued
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Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast 8:00 am
Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:15 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the festival service. Freshly brewed coffee will be served at 8:00 am, followed by the service in the chapel. You are invited to stay for a … Continued
Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast 8:30 am
Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast
Oct 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:15 am
Breakfast at 8:30 am, Sukkot service at 9:15 am in the chapel. 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This evening we also have a Sukkot/Baby Blessing at Emanu-El during the 5:30 pm Service.  
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Roslyn Barak, Senior Cantor, Emerita will lead this evening's Classic Shabbat service.
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 10-6-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 10-6-17
Oct 6 @ 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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Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Sukkot Dinner 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 7:00 pm
Sukkot Dinner 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
I Heard it Through the GrapevineCome join us for our annual Women's Group and Tribe for Women dinner in the sukkah for a night of women, gossip* and wine.*Gossip, as in, understanding the Jewish context for … Continued
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Yizkor service breakfast 8:30 am
Yizkor service breakfast
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:15 am
Breakfast begins at 8:30 amSukkot Yizkor service with Senior Rabbi Beth Singer begins at 9:15 am in the Chapel.
Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer (Chapel) 9:15 am
Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer (Chapel)
Oct 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017 6:00 pm
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
With klezmer music and candy tossed in the air, we will all meet at the Little Sisters of the Poor (at 300 Lake Street) beginning at 6:00 pm. We will march our new Czech Torah … Continued
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017 6:00 pm
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017 @ San Francisco | California | United States
With klezmer music and candy tossed in the air, we will all meet at the Little Sisters of the Poor (at 300 Lake Street) beginning at 6:00 pm. Holocaust survivor Gloria Hollander Lyon will participate … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Helping out Santa Rosa Families 9:30 am
Helping out Santa Rosa Families
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Congregation Shomrei Torah of Santa Rosa is open to host a day camp from 9am to 3pm Wednesday October 11 through Friday October 13 for children out of school due to the fires, and they need … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with Noam Katz 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Noam Katz
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Noam Katz
We are honored to feature the music and sounds of composer, Rabbi, storyteller and Jewish educator, Noam Katz at this evening's One Shabbat. Noam inspires Jewish and interfaith communities with his timeless melodies of peace, hope, and unity.
Suivez-nous au bateau ivre! 7:00 pm
Suivez-nous au bateau ivre!
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Suivez-nous au bateau ivre!
Cela fait longtemps que nous nous sommes tous réunis pour parler français! Laissez-nous boire du vin rouge delicieux et mange du bon fromage!Yes, it's been too long since we last shared stories about our lives, … Continued
YA Late Shabbat with Noam Katz 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat with Noam Katz
Oct 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat with Noam Katz
Rabbi Noam Katz is one of the most exciting and influential voices in contemporary Jewish music. He has brought his high-flying energy and soulful melodies to Jewish and interfaith audiences across North America, Africa and Israel … Continued
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (Foyer) 9:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (Foyer)
Oct 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Oct 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Jonathan Dippery 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Skylar Goldberg 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Skylar Goldberg
Oct 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Sing for Camp Newman 6:30 pm
Sing for Camp Newman
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sing for Camp NewmanWith Noam Katz and Friends So many of us are still in shock after the results of the ongoing fires in the North Bay.  Many of our congregants and friends have been deeply … Continued
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Young Adults Volunteer at Glide Church 9:15 am
Young Adults Volunteer at Glide Church
Oct 15 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
OUR VOLUNTEER SLOTS FOR 10/15 ARE FULL. Please email Rachel at RSchonwetter@emanuelsf.org to be put on the waitlist if a spot opens up.Join with other young adults for a volunteer session at Glide Memorial Church. … Continued
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Fall 2017: Islam for Jews 7:00 pm
Fall 2017: Islam for Jews
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join the fabulous Professor Fred Astren of San Francisco State as he explores Islam with you.Jews and Muslims have a long historical relationship that helped shape major aspects of Jewish identity. In recent history this … Continued
Fall 2017: Talmud with Rabbi Rodich 7:00 pm
Fall 2017: Talmud with Rabbi Rodich
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dreams in Babylon: Talmud study with Rabbi Rodich  Join Rabbi Rodich for a introductory level study of several texts from the Babylonian Talmud.  The course will begin with an introduction to Talmud and subsequent sessions … Continued
Introduction to Judaism Fall 2017 7:00 pm
Introduction to Judaism Fall 2017
Oct 17 @ 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
People of the Book: American Jewish Authors Book Group 7:00 pm
People of the Book: American Jewish Authors Book Group
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
People of the Book – American Jewish Authors Book ClubFree, Monthly Tuesday evening meetings at the Temple, 7:00 – 9:00pm Oct 17; Nov 14; Dec 19; Jan 16; Feb 20; Mar 27; Apr 24 and … Continued
Women in Technology – October 2017 7:00 pm
Women in Technology – October 2017
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women in Technology - October 2017 @ Private congregant home
How to be a Mensch and Still Succeed: A Conversation about Ethics in the WorkplacePlease join us in getting to know women in the Emanu-El community who work in the technology field. You're invited to … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – October 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – October 2017
Oct 18 @ 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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Yotam Polizer: Guest One Shabbat Service speaker 6:00 pm
Yotam Polizer: Guest One Shabbat Service speaker
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yotam Polizer: Guest One Shabbat Service speaker
We are incredibly grateful to be able to feature IsraAID Co-CEO, Yotam Polizer, as a guest speaker at this evening's Shabbat service.Born and raised in a small village in Northern Israel, Yotam has been a … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Oct 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Bar/Bat Mitzvah Nathaniel & Ariella Yanowitch 10:30 am
New Member Havdalah Reception 2017 6:30 pm
New Member Havdalah Reception 2017
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
New Member Havdalah Reception 2017
Welcome to our shul! We warmly welcome you to our New Member Havdalah Reception on Saturday, October 21, at 6:30 pm here at Emanu-El. A synagogue is a place where deep relationships and bonds are made … Continued
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Men’s Group – October 22,17 9:30 am
Men’s Group – October 22,17
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - October 22,17
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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Cooking for Congregants – October 26, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – October 26, 2017
Oct 26 @ 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 Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker: Prof. Leah Hochman 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker: Prof. Leah Hochman
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker: Prof. Leah Hochman
Charles Michael Endowment Scholar-in-Residence Prof. Leah Hochman will be our guest speaker at this evening's One Shabbat service. Her topic:  Can you Waze it? Going toward the Unknown. What Modern Jews Think 
Dinner with Dr. Leah Hochman 7:30 pm
Dinner with Dr. Leah Hochman
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This dinner, immediately following the 6:00pm One Shabbat service on Friday, October 27, will give you the unique opportunity to hear more from Dr. Leah Hochman in an intimate setting. You will be able to … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Oct 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (MMS)
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Micah Uziel 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Micah Uziel
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Ella Endler 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Ella Endler
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Jewish Heritage Night with the SF Deltas! 5:00 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the SF Deltas!
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the SF Deltas!
 Go Delta crazy! Join your fellow Congregation Emanu-El congregants for the final game of the 2017 San Francisco Deltas season. The Deltas have provided Emanu-El congregants with FREE tickets!Come cheer on San Francisco's professional soccer … Continued
Young Adults: Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating Judaism 5:00 pm
Young Adults: Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating Judaism
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating JudaismSpend shabbat afternoon and celebrate havdalah with Congregation Emanu-El's Young Adult Community and Dr. Leah Hochman, Emanu-El's fall Scholar-in-Residence. Together, over appetizers and wine, Dr. Hochman will discuss Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating … Continued
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Dr. Leah Hochman Sunday Lecture 9:30 am
Dr. Leah Hochman Sunday Lecture
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Special Sunday Morning lecture with Dr. Leah Hochman: Developing Your Own TheologyDr. Leah Hochman directs the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California and is associate professor of Jewish Thought at … Continued
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Side by Side October 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2017 Session
Oct 31 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side October 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 environment with … Continued
Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Oct 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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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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