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Side by Side October 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2019 Session
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – Dec 10 @ 11:30 am
Side by Side October 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
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Dec 3 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Interfaith Holiday Party 2019 6:00 pm
Interfaith Holiday Party 2019
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home near West Portal.It’s time to dress up, stand out, and celebrate our diversity! There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate the holidays, so why not have a little fun? Join our … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – December 5, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 5, 2019
Dec 5 @ 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
Young Adult Happy Hour with Rabbi Jill Jacobs 6:30 pm
Young Adult Happy Hour with Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a Young Adult Happy Hour discussion with Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Our discussion will focus on "Human Rights for Israelis and Palestinians … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-12-06 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-12-06
Dec 6 @ 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. Korean food will be provided.Adult Members – $24.00, Children Members ages 11-17 – $24.00, Non-member Adults – $28.00, Non-member Children … Continued
Rabbi Jill Jacobs – Dinner and Discussion 7:30 pm
Rabbi Jill Jacobs – Dinner and Discussion
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a special dinner and discussion with Rabbi Jill Jacobs. This event immediately follows the 6:00pm One Shabbat Service.Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the Executive Director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which mobilizes a network … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Dec 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Dec 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Ella Kowal ) Main 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Ella Kowal ) Main
Dec 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Seudah Shlishit – Rabbi Jill Jacobs 4:00 pm
Seudah Shlishit – Rabbi Jill Jacobs
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for a special Seudah Shlishit (Shabbat afternoon meal/study) with scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Jill Jacobs. She will be discussing: How Progressives Embrace and Struggle with Zionism. The event will include drinks and hors d’oeuvres.Rabbi Jill Jacobs is the … Continued
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Men’s Group – December 8, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group – December 8, 2019
Dec 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - December 8, 2019 @ Private Residence
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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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Where Are We Going? Evening with Prof. David Myers of NIF 6:30 pm
Where Are We Going? Evening with Prof. David Myers of NIF
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where Have We Been? Where are We Going? A Post-Election Look at Israel Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30pm Congregation Emanu-El 2 Lake St, San FranciscoA lecture by Professor David N. Myers Congregation Emanu-El is pleased to welcome … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Dec 12 2019 @ 9:30 am – Feb 13 2020 @ 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
Cooking for Congregants – December 12, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 12, 2019
Dec 12 @ 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)
Dec 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
December 2019 Late Shabbat Community Dinners 6:30 pm
December 2019 Late Shabbat Community Dinners
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – ~10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner Richmond. You will … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Dec 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
Dec 13 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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A Very Jazzy Chanukah 2019 6:00 pm
A Very Jazzy Chanukah 2019
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for a jazz-filled Chanukah celebration. We have a semi-private space reserved at Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio (live jazz every night!) from 6-9PM where we’ll have latkes and some … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Tribe for Women Wine Tasting at High Treason 2019 6:30 pm
Tribe for Women Wine Tasting at High Treason 2019
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join fellow Tribe for Women in an evening of wine tasting at High Treason. We will be joined by Rebecca Fineman, the 25th female Master Sommelier in the United States, as we taste 5 wines … Continued
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Young Families Chanukah Pop-Up in Hayes Valley 2019 5:30 pm
Young Families Chanukah Pop-Up in Hayes Valley 2019
Dec 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Please join us for a special Chanukkah pop up for young families with children ages 5 and under! Address will be provided after registration.Event Signup
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Office Closed – Winter holidays
Shabbat Chanukah Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Chanukah Service (MMS)
Dec 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 2019 6:45 pm
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 2019
Dec 27 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
After our One Shabbat Chanukah Service, we will be having a beautiful dinner with Chinese food, latkes, dreidels, and fun, followed by a circus act for the whole family in Guild Hall. Registration is required for … 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 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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