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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Brown Bag June 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag June 2019
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning session with a member of our clergy. Bring your lunch, build community, enjoy some Torah!This program occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata and Learning June 2019 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning June 2019
Jun 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a no-host study session at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Take a break from your day with a little Torah, a little nosh, and a little discussion. Grab a snack or a … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-06-07 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-06-07
Jun 7 @ 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.  Contemporary American food will be provided. Adult Members – $20.00, Children ages 3-10 – $10.00, Non-member Adults – … Continued
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-06-07 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-06-07
Jun 7 @ 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 Members – $20.00, Children ages 3-10 – $10.00, Non-member Adults – $24.00.Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jun 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Jun 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? June 8, 2019 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? June 8, 2019
Jun 8 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Congregation Emanu-El is teaming up with the Jewish Baby Network of San Francisco, PJ Library, and Interfaith family for June's Got Shabbat. Join us from 10:15-11:30am for a fun Shabbat experience for families with children under 5, led … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service (Main) BM of Katie Sugar 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Main) BM of Katie Sugar
Jun 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service (MMS) BM of Madeleine Frieman 10:30 am
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Reading Torah from a Transgender Perspective at Cong. Sha’ar Zahav 6:30 pm
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Reading Torah from a Transgender Perspective at Cong. Sha’ar Zahav
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Reading Torah from a Transgender Perspective at Cong. Sha'ar Zahav @ Congregation Sha’ar Zahav
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot: Reading Torah from a Transgender Perspective We are joining with Sha’ar Zahav in celebrating the holiday of Shavuot with deep learning into the night. Our featured teacher will be Joy Ladin, Gottesman Chair in … Continued
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The Tribe’s Family Fun Day at The Vineyard Club 2019 11:00 am
The Tribe’s Family Fun Day at The Vineyard Club 2019
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Tribe's Family Fun Day at The Vineyard Club 2019
Due to weather conditions, this event was postponed and is now happening on JUNE 9, 2019.Back again by popular demand!Join Rabbi Bauer's family, along with other familiar and new Tribe families, for a special fun-filled … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
The Moral Voice – Faiths Speak Out on Gun Violence 7:00 pm
The Moral Voice – Faiths Speak Out on Gun Violence
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Moral Voice - Faiths Speak Out on Gun Violence @ Grace Cathedral
7:00 pm Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. @ Taylor St. Join leaders from across the city and across the faiths to hear how their beliefs impact their stance on gun violence. Together we can imagine … Continued
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Rise of Antisemitism in America and Europe 6:30 pm
Rise of Antisemitism in America and Europe
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rise of Anti-Semitism in America Vs Europe Reuben Rinder ChapelIn recent years, both America and Europe have seen a drastic increase of antisemitic vandalism, acts of violence and political rhetoric. What was once hidden is … Continued
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Mother Daughter Relationships 7:00 pm
Mother Daughter Relationships
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mother Daughter Relationships: Why Do We Feel So Close, and Yet So Far Away? A Discussion on Psychological and Spiritual PerspectivesWe have all navigated a mother daughter relationship since birth. For some of us this has been … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – June 13, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 13, 2019
Jun 13 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Front office closes at 2:00 pm
Front office closes at
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jun 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service w/Guest Speaker Rabbi Halachmi (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service w/Guest Speaker Rabbi Halachmi (MMS)
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service w/Guest Speaker Rabbi Halachmi (MMS)
with Guest Speaker:  Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhDRabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, PhD will speak on the subject: Does God Matter Now?  What if you had a serious relationship with God? What if we understoodourselves as … Continued
Camp Nai Nai Nai Community Dinner + Late Shabbat 6:30 pm
Camp Nai Nai Nai Community Dinner + Late Shabbat
Jun 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El invite you to a special Camp Nai Nai Nai Community Dinner + Late Shabbat!This summer the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El has partnered with Moishe house to … Continued
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi Dinner and Learning 7:15 pm
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi Dinner and Learning
Jun 14 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
The Meaning of the Hour: On Jewish Ethics in Times of Distress After services, at a shabbat dinner (advanced registration required), Rabbi Sabath will offer a presentation and discussion on what we might learn from the … Continued
Late Shabbat Meditation (R56) 7:30 pm
Late Shabbat Meditation (R56)
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Jun 14 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019 5:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019
Jun 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Torah-based teachings and practices of Meditation (Avodah) and loving-kindness (gimilut chasadim) are at the heart of our meditation at Emanu-El. Practicing our יְהֹוָה Meditation develops mindfulness, and the capacity to become more conscious and find Shalom in the … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) Honoring Terry Kraus 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS) Honoring Terry Kraus
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us as we honor retiring Membership Director Terry Kraus and her 16 years of service to our congregation!
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 6:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Young Adult Sunday Ferry to Hike on to Angel Island 9:15 am
Young Adult Sunday Ferry to Hike on to Angel Island
Jun 23 @ 9:15 am – 3:10 pm
Join the young adult crew on the morning ferry and experience breathtaking views of Golden Gate Bridge, SF City, Bay Bridge and Berkeley as we hike Angel Island. Depending on the agility level of the … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – June 27, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 27, 2019
Jun 27 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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History

History

When intrepid Jews journeyed around the Horn or overland in 1848 as part of the migration west, little did they imagine that they would be helping to found one of the most dynamic Jewish communities in America. San Francisco—the city that sparked the imagination of a nation—is the home of Northern California’s landmark temple, Congregation Emanu-El. Officially established in 1850, our congregation has over 2,100 households, many of whom have been involved with the congregation since its founding.  We are the oldest congregation west of the Mississippi.

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Dedicated in April 1926, the magnificent building at Lake Street and Arguello Boulevard is the third site of this congregation. Designed primarily by Arthur Brown, Jr. (designer of the War Memorial Opera House, the Hoover Library at Stanford and, with two others, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge) the building was influenced by the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. From the exterior of the dome (150 feet) to the four-manual Skinner organ to the nine-foot high jewel box which is the Ark itself, the Main Sanctuary is a place of dignity, power and peace. In 1927, the American Institute of Architects selected Temple Emanu-El as the finest piece of architecture in Northern California. The Awards Committee honored it as, “a glorious building… beautifully planned and modeled… realizing to the highest degree the expression of its religious character.”

It is not only our buildings that stand as a beacon of Reform Judaism in our community. Our lay leaders, clergy, and members have always been leaders in our community’s religious, civic, business, and social life as well. Our congregation’s commitment to helping the secular community began as far back as 1849 – 1850. The Eureka Benevolent Society, which in a few years became the largest Jewish organization in the West (Jewish Family and Children’s Services), was formed by many who became active at Temple Emanu-El. The first two presidents of Emanu-El were local officeholders and Jews were part of California State government, serving in the State Assembly, on the State Supreme Court, and in other key positions.

In 1859, Emanu-El congregants raised nearly $3700 on behalf of persecuted Moroccan Jews. This set a precedent for congregational involvement in support of Jews around the world that is continued to this day. Commitment to our local community is evidenced through our renewed mission statement and is exemplified by our members, our community service projects, and our community partnership projects funded through the Emanu-El Community Service Fund.

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We Worshipped Here – A Special Exhibition in Celebration of Congregation Emanu-El’s 150th Anniversary
June 23-October 15, 2000

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