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Side by Side January 2018 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2018 Session
Jan 2 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2018 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 environment with … Continued
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Brown Bag January 2018 12:00 pm
Brown Bag January 2018
Jan 3 @ 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.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, January 2018 12:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, January 2018
Jan 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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 – January 4, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 4, 2018
Jan 4 @ 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
Cooking with Congregants 9:00 am
Cooking with Congregants
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This evening we also have a Sukkot/Baby Blessing at Emanu-El during the 5:30 pm Service.  
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 1-5-18 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 1-5-18
Jan 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 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 Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – January 11, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 11, 2018
Jan 11 @ 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
Cooking with Congregants 9:00 am
Cooking with Congregants
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join your fellow Tribesmen for our yearly mitzvah of serving over 100 homeless men a hearty dinner at a local shelter in San Francisco. This is a special night, where giving a smile along with … Continued
Intro to Judaism Winter 2018 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism Winter 2018
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join with Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying … Continued
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Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting 5:30 pm
Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting @ Congregation Emanu-El
Learn more about Emanu-El's Summer of 2018 Trip to Israel with Rabbi Ryan Bauer!  June 26 – July 7, 2018 Join Rabbi Bauer and Arza World for an informational meeting to learn more details about … Continued
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel 5:30 pm
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel
Join Congregation Emanu-El Summer Trip to Israel with Rabbi Ryan Bauer! June 26 – July 7, 2018 Trip will be led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Informational Meeting coming up! Join Rabbi Bauer and Arza World for … Continued
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The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Preschool Family Shabbat Dinner 1/19/2018 5:30 pm
Preschool Family Shabbat Dinner 1/19/2018
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer to cook with other young adults during our winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to … Continued
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Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
The Tribe for Men: Oy Bay BBQ 7:30 pm
The Tribe for Men: Oy Bay BBQ
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The top delis from the Bay Area are coming to Emanu-El for a rare night of deli-bliss. An Emanu-El exclusive, experience delis from all over in one room, for one night, to share their best … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 25, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 25, 2018
Jan 25 @ 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Jan 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Simon Aks 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Simon Aks
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tu B’Shevat Havdalah at Mountain Lake Park 4:00 pm
Tu B’Shevat Havdalah at Mountain Lake Park
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us for a special outdoor Tu B'Shevat celebration and Havdalah in beautiful Mountain Lake Park. Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 28th, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 28th, 2018
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 28th, 2018
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
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat! 2:00 pm
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat!
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B'Shevat! @ Golden Gate Park, Heroes Grove
Tu B’Shevat is our day to celebrate the trees and the work we as Jews must do to keep our planet green and healthy for generations to come. Congregation Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot and … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2018 6:30 pm
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2018
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nurture Yourself and the CommunityJoin together with members of Congregation Emanu-El's Women's Group for a night of volunteering and self-care.  We will start off the evening with a discussion about self-care and how we can incorporate … 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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