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Brown Bag August 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag August 2017
Aug 2 @ 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, August 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, August 2017
Aug 2 @ 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, October 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, October 2017
Aug 2 @ 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 – August 3 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 3 2017
Aug 3 @ 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)
Aug 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner August 4, 2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner August 4, 2017
Aug 4 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 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
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LGBT Summer Gathering 11:00 am
LGBT Summer Gathering
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Senior Rabbis Jonathan and Beth Singer invite all Emanu-El member LGBT families to their home for an informal & casual brunch (other TEE clergy will be there also!). Come get to know other LGBT Emanu-El … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Aug 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Aug 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (Chapel) 11:00 am
Scrabble (Chapel)
Aug 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – August 10 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 10 2017
Aug 10 @ 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)
Aug 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Napa Shabbat 5:30 pm
Napa Shabbat
Aug 11 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Napa Shabbat
Napa ShabbatFriday, August 11, 20175:30 Pre Oneg6:15 Service7:00 DinnerWe are bringing Emanu-El to Napa to celebrate Shabbat!Teressa and Charles Michael are graciously opening their home for a beautiful Shabbat Service and Dinner. Senior Rabbis Jonathan … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Aug 11 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (Foyer) 9:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (Foyer)
Aug 11 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Aug 12 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? 10:15 am
Got Shabbat?
Aug 12 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Jaxi Cohen (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Kassandra DeJean 10:30 am
Got Shabbat? (Guild Hall) 11:30 am
Got Shabbat? (Guild Hall)
Aug 12 @ 11:30 am – 10:15 pm
 
Young Couples Havdalah + Dinner August 2017 7:00 pm
Young Couples Havdalah + Dinner August 2017
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El's Young Couples Dinners are back! You and your partner* are invited to join other young couples and members of Emanu-El for a Havdalah and dinner in a private home, infused with a little … Continued
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Scrabble (Chapel) 11:00 am
Scrabble (Chapel)
Aug 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Annual Camping Trip: The Tribe for Men – August 2017 5:00 pm
Annual Camping Trip: The Tribe for Men – August 2017
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm
Annual Camping Trip: The Tribe for Men - August 2017
Join your Tribe for Men for our annual camping trip, led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck! Enjoy 2 nights away, including Shabbat Dinner in the woods.Tribe dads (members) and their children are … Continued
Young Adult Summer Camp MENSCHFEST – 2017 5:00 pm
Young Adult Summer Camp MENSCHFEST – 2017
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm
CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE AND REGISTER FOR MENSCHFEST!Escape the always on, hustle and bustle of the Bay Area, and rediscover your relaxed and playful self. Join us for our 5th year of summer camp … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Scrabble (Chapel) 11:00 am
Scrabble (Chapel)
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Jewish Heritage Night with the Giants 2017 7:15 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the Giants 2017
Aug 21 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the Giants 2017 @ AT&T Park
  Monday, August 21, 2017, pregame starting at 5:00 pm Join the Bay Area's Jewish community at the Giants annual Jewish Heritage Night at AT&T Park! You are invited to bring your family and friends, … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – August 24 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 24 2017
Aug 24 @ 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 August 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side August 2017 Session
Aug 24 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side August 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Aug 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
An Interfaith Gathering Against Hate Pre-Oneg 5:30 pm
An Interfaith Gathering Against Hate Pre-Oneg
Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
An Interfaith Gathering Against Hate Pre-Oneg
An Interfaith Gathering against Hate: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself! In collaboration with our partners at the Jewish Community Relations Council, the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the … Continued
An Interfaith Gathering Against Hate 6:30 pm
An Interfaith Gathering Against Hate
Aug 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
An Interfaith Gathering Against Hate
An Interfaith Gathering against Hate: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself! In collaboration with our partners at the Jewish Community Relations Council, the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Aug 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Brandon Krim 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Brandon Krim
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Amanda Yolles 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Amanda Yolles
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tribe for Women and Tribe for Men Kickball Game August 2017 3:00 pm
Tribe for Women and Tribe for Men Kickball Game August 2017
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come play kickball with the Tribes! Join us on Saturday, August 26 for a friendly, adults only game of kickball with the Tribe for Women and the Tribe for Men. We'll meet at the Moscone Recreation … Continued
Tribe for Women and Tribe for Men Kickball Game August 2017 5:00 pm
Tribe for Women and Tribe for Men Kickball Game August 2017
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come play kickball with the Tribes! Join us on Saturday, August 26 for a friendly, adults only game of kickball with the Tribe for Women and the Tribe for Men. We'll meet at the Moscone Recreation … Continued
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Interfaith Picnic – August 2017 10:30 am
Interfaith Picnic – August 2017
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday, August 27, 10:30 am – 1:00 pmMountain Lake Park  Join together with other Interfaith members and families of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual morning at Mountain Lake Park. Drop by any time and bring … 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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