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Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Short meditation with Rabbi Bauer for YFE parents 9:30 am
Short meditation with Rabbi Bauer for YFE parents
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
After Tefilah on Sunday, April 8, please join other YFE parents in our chapel, as you let the stress of work, family and life melt away while Rabbi Bauer walks you through a 30 minute … Continued
Two Women: A Palestinian and A Jew 9:30 am
Two Women: A Palestinian and A Jew
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Two Women: A Palestinian and A Jew
 The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam brings youTwo women – a Palestinian and a Jew, the Israeli conflict, and their struggle to build a shared societySunday, April 8   9:30 – 11:00 amMain Sanctuary … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble 11:00 am
Scrabble
Apr 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (R55) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (R55)
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2018 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2018
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Six Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help you build and strengthen the foundational tools for a successful, … Continued
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Yom Hashoah 2018 6:00 pm
Yom Hashoah 2018
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Yom Hashoah 2018 @ Jewish Community Center of San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States
RSVP: https://yhs-sf.eventbrite.com
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2018 6th Grade Family Retreat 9:00 am
2018 6th Grade Family Retreat
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition 7:00 pm
Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. We have gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble 11:00 am
Scrabble
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (R57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (R57)
Apr 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Tribe for Men Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families 1:00 pm
Tribe for Men Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join The Tribe for Men for a special Earth Day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as well as … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg (R55) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (R55)
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Likrat Shabbat: Kavanah Through Art 7:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Kavanah Through Art
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Kavanah through Art with Ava Rosen 4 Tuesday nights: April 24,  May 1, 8, 15; 7:00 – 9:00pm Likrat Shabbat is a series of open ended, process-oriented art activities which start with kavanah … Continued
Rabbi Pearce – Neglected Narratives 7:00 pm
Rabbi Pearce – Neglected Narratives
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Neglected Narratives: A Close Reading of the Early ProphetsTaube Scholar, Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhDTuesdays: April 24; May 1, 8; 7:00 – 9:00pmThe biblical accounts of Samson and Delilah, Samuel, Deborah, Saul, David, Solomon, Goliath, … Continued
Yoga and Sacred Sefirot 7:00 pm
Yoga and Sacred Sefirot
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Yoga and the Sacred SefirotWith Julie Emden of Embodied Jewish Learning3 Tuesdays: April 24, May 1, May 8 ; 7:00 -9:00pm Enrich your life with this gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement class infused with Jewish wisdom. Explore and … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Including Bar Mitzvah of Shaia Saraf (Main Sanctuary) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Klionsky (MMS) 10:30 am
Blessing of the Animals & Walk – April 28, 2018 1:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Walk – April 28, 2018
Apr 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Walk - April 28, 2018
Location: Emanu-El Courtyard and Walk to Mountain Lake Dog Park in the Presidio Gather in our courtyard and bring along your furry or fluffy friends!  Even your cats!The blessing of the animals is popular in … Continued
Torah study (library) 9:15 pm
Torah study (library)
Apr 28 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
 
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Men’s Group with Rabbi Jonathan – April 29, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group with Rabbi Jonathan – April 29, 2018
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group with Rabbi Jonathan - April 29, 2018 @ Congregant home- address provided after registration
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
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash! 4:00 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash!
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash! @ Congregation Emanu-El | San Francisco | California | United States
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash! April 29, 2018     Join Us for the Bay Area Jewish Community Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration and Concert in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday! Featuring Israel’s hottest hip-hop band, Hadag Nahash! … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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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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