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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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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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