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Tot Shabbat – (5/6/2022) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (5/6/2022)
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
First Fridays Tot Shabbat is back!Tot Shabbat, our hangout and Shabbat service for kids 6 and under resumes May 6! ALL kids 6 and under & their adults and older siblings are welcome, free of … Continued
Israeli Independence Day Shabbat Service – (5/6/2022) 6:00 pm
Israeli Independence Day Shabbat Service – (5/6/2022)
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for an Israeli Independence Day Shabbat Service and Celebration this Friday, May 6th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Cantors Arik Luck and Marsha Attie, and special guest Israeli musician, Shimon Smith. … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/7/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/7/2022)
May 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Leah Mordehai (Main) 9:15 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Leah Mordehai (Main)
May 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/7/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/7/22)
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Maxwell Ginsburg (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Maxwell Ginsburg (Meyer)
May 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Sadie Franklin (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sadie Franklin (Main)
May 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Ukraine Update with Former CIA Official, Rob Dannenberg 7:00 pm
Ukraine Update with Former CIA Official, Rob Dannenberg
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Israel Action Committee presents: Ukraine: A discussion of Putin’s Strategic Intent and StrategyWith former CIA Official to Russia/Eurasia, Robert Dannenberg Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 pm PTRob is an independent consultant on geopolitical and … Continued
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Shabbat Service with Guest Joe Goldman from HIAS 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service with Guest Joe Goldman from HIAS
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, May 13th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantors Marsha Attie and Arik Luck.Guest Speaker Joe Goldman, Community Engagement Director at HIAS, will … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/14/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/14/2022)
May 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Blooma Shlain Goldberg (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Blooma Shlain Goldberg (Main)
May 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/14/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/14/22)
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Arthur Cohn (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Arthur Cohn (Main)
May 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2022 7:00 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2022
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2022
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit | Join us for a Spanish-themed evening! Thank you for supporting Congregation Emanu-El Preschool! We look forward to seeing you in the courtyard of Congregation Emanu-El on May 14th at 7 pm for … Continued
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Congregant Security Training 5:00 pm
Congregant Security Training
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Congregant security training with our partners, the Jewish Community Federation and Secure Community Network (SCN).Emanu-El takes a proactive approach to security. Part of this approach has been to provide regular training to our own staff. We … Continued
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173rd (Virtual) Annual Meeting 5:00 pm
173rd (Virtual) Annual Meeting
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for our 173rd (Virtual) Annual Meeting to hear our leadership deliver a "state of the congregation," vote on nominees to our Board of Directors, and reflect on where we've been in the past year, … Continued
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Lag Ba’Omer Singalong 6:00 pm
Lag Ba’Omer Singalong
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bring your musical instruments and gather with us outdoors for our annual Lag Ba’Omer kumzitz singalong with rabbis‘ teachings and storytelling.Event Signup
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/21/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/21/2022)
May 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/21/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/21/22)
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Yedidyah Luck 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Yedidyah Luck
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join Rachel and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary at 10:30 am on May 21, 2022, as they celebrate Yedidyah Luck becoming a Bar Mitzvah!RSVP is required for in-person attendance.This event will also be … Continued
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Shabbat Service – (5/27/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (5/27/2022)
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, May 27th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/28/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (5/28/2022)
May 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Chloe and Madison Gensler (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Chloe and Madison Gensler (Main)
May 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Rowan Blumenthal (Meyer) 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Rowan Blumenthal (Meyer)
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/28/22) 10:00 am
Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (5/28/22)
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Ari Hirson (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ari Hirson (Main)
May 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Lag Ba'Omer Singalong

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