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Cooking for Congregants – June 1 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 1 2017
Jun 1 @ 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 Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 06-02-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 06-02-2017
Jun 2 @ 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. Thai Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Men’s Group – June 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – June 2017
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - June 2017
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
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Brown Bag June 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag June 2017
Jun 7 @ 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, June, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, June, 2017
Jun 7 @ 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
German Consul General Concert (MMS) 6:30 pm
German Consul General Concert (MMS)
Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
German Consul General Concert (MMS)
In honor of German Consul General Stefan Schlüter and his service to the San Francisco Bay Area community Congregation Emanu-El is proud to host: The Home I Love – Cabaret from Berlin to Tel Aviv Starring … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – June 8 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 8 2017
Jun 8 @ 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
Praise, Raise, or Fold (Men’s Group Poker) – June 2017 7:00 pm
Praise, Raise, or Fold (Men’s Group Poker) – June 2017
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer and fellow Men's Group Members at a congregant's home for engaging study and discussion over a fun game. Sign up soon, as registration is limited!Event Signup
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Special Guest Torah Study with Rabbi Gary Zola 9:15 am
Special Guest Torah Study with Rabbi Gary Zola
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Special Guest Torah Study with Rabbi Gary Zola
Special Guest Torah Study this Weekend.What This Week’s Torah Portion Can Teach Us about American Jewish History.We are honored to be taught this Saturday by Rabbi Gary Zola, Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives … Continued
Torah Study (Chapel) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Chapel)
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? (Chapel) 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? (Chapel)
Jun 10 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Raya Shveyd (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Ella Ruth Potashner Main 10:30 am
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Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe – June 2017 5:30 am
Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe – June 2017
Jun 11 @ 5:30 am – 3:00 pm
Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe - June 2017
Salmon Fishing with Your Tribe: Sunday, June 11, 5:30 am – 3:00 pmCost is $140 per adult Tribe member+Purchase your own single day fishing license ($15) and BYOF (Bring your own fun!) lunch, snacks, and drinks … Continued
Interfaith Picnic – June 2017 11:00 am
Interfaith Picnic – June 2017
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic - June 2017
Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Main Post Lawn, Presidio Join together with other Interfaith members of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual afternoon at Off the Grid Presidio Picnic. Bring your own picnic … Continued
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Side by Side June 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side June 2017 Session
Jun 13 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side June 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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THE Book Club – June 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – June 2017
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Cantor Arik Luck. Topic to be provided soon.This event is open to our young … Continued
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Likrat Shabbat: Adult Summer Art Series 2017 1:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Adult Summer Art Series 2017
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Adult Summer Art Series 2017
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) June 15 | June 29 | July 6 | July 20 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen … Continued
Watercolor Shema-ndalas, June 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Watercolor Shema-ndalas, June 15, 2017
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) June 15 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #1 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
THE Book Club – June 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – June 2017
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Cantor Arik Luck.The Liturgical Music and Legacy of Debbie FriedmanLearn about Debbie Friedman’s contribution … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – June 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – June 2017
Jun 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with members of clergy, downtown, each month.Please bring a nosh and join us at 55 -2nd Street.  Event Signup
Helping Refugees Today 6:30 pm
Helping Refugees Today
Jun 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Helping Refugees Today: What We Need to Know, What WE Need to Do Executive and federal court orders are changing the landscape for refugees who seek safety and freedom in the U.S.  Join us for … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – June 22 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – June 22 2017
Jun 22 @ 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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San Francisco Pride Parade 2017 10:00 am
San Francisco Pride Parade 2017
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
San Francisco Pride Parade 2017
San Francisco Pride Parade 2017 For the fourth year in a row, Congregation Emanu-El will join the URJ San Francisco Bay Area Community to march together in the San Francisco Pride Parade, Sunday, June 25, 2017. … Continued
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Hebrew Grammar with Rabbi Kushner summer 2017 7:00 pm
Hebrew Grammar with Rabbi Kushner summer 2017
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW GRAMMARfor people with no short-term memory and who are still fuzzy on English grammarFour Wednesday evening, drop-in sessionsJune 28, July 12, 26, August 9, / 7-8:30 pmPre-requisites: The Hebrew alphabet (preferably in … Continued
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – June 2017 7:00 pm
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – June 2017
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy - June 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El
The Aleph Men: A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy emceed by Rabbi Sydney Mintz Doors open at 7:00 pm; Show starts 7:30 pm   Enjoy established and emerging super-funny Jewish comedians for a night of laughter. Featuring: Julie … Continued
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Wisdom Weaving, June 29, 2017 1:00 pm
Wisdom Weaving, June 29, 2017
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) June 29 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #2 $10 each class separately Likrat … 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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