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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Brown Bag December 2018 12:00 pm
Brown Bag December 2018
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning sessions 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 December 2018 4:00 pm
Limonata December 2018
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in, no-host, learning session in Marin. Grab a drink and dive into Torah with a member of our clergy.This program happens on the first Wednesday of each month.Event Signup
Laurel Village Neighborhood Menorah Lighting 6:00 pm
Laurel Village Neighborhood Menorah Lighting
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Laurel Village Chanukah Lighting (outside of Books Inc.) 6:00 – 6:20 pm  Join your Emanu-El clergy as we celebrate with music, singing, candle lighting, & Chanukah treats! We‘ll be giving out dreidels too!
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Cooking for Congregants – December 6, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 6, 2018
Dec 6 @ 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
Chanukah Marin Neighborhood Menorah Lighting 6:00 pm
Chanukah Marin Neighborhood Menorah Lighting
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Tiburon Fountain Plaza (across from Servino’s Restaurant, 9 Maine Street)6:00 – 6:20 pmPlease join in with us as we celebrate with music, singing, candle lighting, & treats. 
Chanukah Noe Valley Menorah Lighting 6:00 pm
Chanukah Noe Valley Menorah Lighting
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Chanukah Noe Valley Menorah Lighting
Noe Valley Menorah Lighting 6:00 – 6:20 pm West Parklet: 24th Street between Noe & Sanchez, in front of Just for Fun. We will have a large menorah, music, and treats. All are welcome!
YA: 5th Crazy Night Chanukah Party 7:00 pm
YA: 5th Crazy Night Chanukah Party
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us for our fifth annual ‘crazy’ night of Chanukah at 620 Jones! Come schmooze with Bay Area Jews, eat sufganiot, spin the dreidel, and light the chanukiah in private bar space. Ticket Pricing – the first 50 tickets sold … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Shabbat Chanukah Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Chanukah Service (MMS)
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
This year, we are combining our traditional First Friday Under Five service and our One Shabbat service into a special Chanukah service. Please bring your Chanukiot to light with the community.Following our Shabbat Chanukah service … Continued
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-07-18 6:45 pm
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-07-18
Dec 7 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
After our One Shabbat Chanukah Service, we will be having a beautiful dinner with latkes, dreidels, and fun, followed by a circus act for the whole family in Guild Hall. Registration is required for the dinner. … Continued
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Men’s Group – December 9, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group – December 9, 2018
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - December 9, 2018 @ Private Residence in Cow Hollow
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
Tzedek Council Backpack program 11:30 am
Tzedek Council Backpack program
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
During Yom Kippur, the Tzedek Council, in partnership with Larkin Street, organized a panel of experts on youth facing homelessness where our community learned that San Francisco has more than 1,300 youth who are without … Continued
Tzedek Council Backpack program TEST 11:30 am
Tzedek Council Backpack program TEST
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
 
A Very Jazzy Chanukah 5:00 pm
A Very Jazzy Chanukah
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for a jazz-filled Chanukah celebration. We’ll start at a private home (address provided upon registration; 10 min walk to SFJAZZ) for some nosh starting at 5PM. Once we’ve … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Nosh with the Rabbi – December 2018 7:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi – December 2018
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi (formerly known as THE Book Club)Join with other young adults in their 20s and 30s for dinner and a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by a member … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – December 13, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 13, 2018
Dec 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2018 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2018
Dec 13 @ 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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2018 Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS) 9:30 am
2018 Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS)
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Emanu-El’s 169th Annual Town Hall MeetingOur town hall will feature: A special Dvar Torah by two inspiring and outspoken 8th grade students, Shaiah Asaf and Daisy Denebeim Dean, both of whom are members of our Madrichim Teen Teacher Training … Continued
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Scrabble (R57) 3:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Dec 17 @ 3:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2019 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2019
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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Michael Krasny – Are We Really Funny? 7:00 pm
Michael Krasny – Are We Really Funny?
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NPR host and author, Michael Krasny, will discuss Jewish humor in many of its forms of expression through different eras with emphasis on jokes – which can best be understood as narratives of Jewish history … Continued
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Office closed Dec. 24
Office closed Dec. 24
Dec 24 all-day
Temple offices will be closed from Dec. 24 through January 1. Shabbat Services will still take place on Dec. 28 and 29.
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Office closed
Office closed
Dec 25 – Dec 28 all-day
 
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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 Haggia 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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