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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Tahoe Shabbat 2019 6:00 pm
Tahoe Shabbat 2019
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At the home of Stuart Corvin and Marissa WertheimerLed by Rabbis Beth and Jonathan SingerPlease arrive by 6:00 pm (address provided once you have registered). A brief, warm Kabbalat Shabbat service will be followed by … Continued
Third Annual Lake Tahoe Shabbat 6:00 pm
Third Annual Lake Tahoe Shabbat
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Third Annual Lake Tahoe Shabbat
At the home of Stuart Corvin and Marissa Wertheimer Led by Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer Please arrive by 6:00 pm (address provided once you have registered). A brief, warm Kabbalat Shabbat service will be … Continued
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Mah Jongg (chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (chapel)
Aug 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – Canceled 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – Canceled
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
This event is canceled. 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 four volunteers make meals for … Continued
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The Tribe’s Rustic Camping Retreat 2019 6:00 pm
The Tribe’s Rustic Camping Retreat 2019
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 11 @ 10:00 am
Date: Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11Location: Camp Cazadero, Cazadero CACost: Prices listed are per participant. All meals (& coffee!)/activities included in price!Adults: $190.00Child 12+: $190.00Child 6-11: $125.00Under 6: FREE​Rabbi Bauer and Cantor Luck … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Aug 9 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
Aug 9 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Aug 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Tribe for Women 2019 Sonoma Gathering 10:00 am
Tribe for Women 2019 Sonoma Gathering
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Please join us for a special Tribe for Women gathering in a congregant's home near Healdsburg (75-90 minutes from SF) in Sonoma County for a day of relaxation, wine-tasting and fun! This event is meant … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Margot Katzman) MMS 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Margot Katzman) MMS
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Noah Fernandez) Main 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Noah Fernandez) Main
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Canceled 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Canceled
Aug 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
No Bagels and Babies today.
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Mah Jongg (chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (chapel)
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (chapel)
Aug 20 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – August 22, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 22, 2019
Aug 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 four 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 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (Guild Hall 2) 5:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (Guild Hall 2)
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (Guild Hall 2)
The Torah-based teachings and practices of meditation (avodah) and loving-kindness (gemilut chasadim) are at the heart of our meditation at Emanu-El. Practicing our יְהֹוָה Meditation develops mindfulness, and the capacity to become more conscious and find Shalom in … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Open Door Shabbat with Mohammed Al Samawi (Main Sanctuary) 6:00 pm
Open Door Shabbat with Mohammed Al Samawi (Main Sanctuary)
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open Door Shabbat with Mohammed Al Samawi (Main Sanctuary)
SF Interfaith Council and Grace Cathedral are partnering with Emanu-El to celebrate an "Open Door" Shabbat service. This service will allow us to welcome in Shabbat with our interfaith community partners as a display of support, not in a time of … Continued
Open Door Shabbat and BBQ 7:15 pm
Open Door Shabbat and BBQ
Aug 23 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Please register for the delicious oneg.Event Signup
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Side by Side August 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side August 2019 Session
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side August 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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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 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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