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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03
Jan 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.  First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m. in the Martin Meyer Reception. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members – $24.00, Member children ages 11-17 – $24.00; Non-member Adults – $28.00, … Continued
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Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team 1:00 pm
Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet Joey Wagman and David "DJ" Sharabi, the Bay Area players representing the Israeli National Baseball Team, who are headed to Summer Olympics 2020! We are hosting a fun day at the park to kick … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
Kushner – Plein Air Painters 7:00 pm
Kushner – Plein Air Painters
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emanu-El Plein Air Painters led by the Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner  For the past several years Rabbi Kushner has become a serious oil painter. He has been painting outdoors (the French Impressionists called it “plein air”). … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020
Jan 9 @ 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
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – 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
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019 9:45 am
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Please join us for a morning of prayer and community building. We'll start with a participatory service with 6th Graders and their adults, led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Jonathan Bayer. After the adults leave … Continued
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel) 10:30 am
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel)
Jan 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert 7:00 pm
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam on Saturday January 11 from 7-9pm with our artist in residence, spoken word artist extraordinarie, Rick Lupert. We will be gathering together at a home in … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 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
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel 6:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges: A Briefing on New Defense Technologies from the former head of Israel's National Security CouncilWith Brigadier General (Res.) Professor Jacob NagelTuesday, January 14  6:30 – 8:30pmMartin Meyer Sanctuary As an expert in defensive … Continued
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Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:00 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at Congregation Emanu-ElWednesday, January 15th from 7-8:30pm. Ruth, a … Continued
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:30 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at a congregant’s home near West Portal. Exact … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 16 @ 9:30 am – 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
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020 6:30 pm
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Do you love challah? Have you ever wondered how to make that delicious braided bread? Or are you looking at your calendar, wondering how you will get your fresh baked loaves for your Shabbat dinner … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary)
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1 10:30 am
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
A five-person adult b’nai mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El! Join us in celebration as the 2020 Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Adult Bar/Bat Mizvah Class is called to the Torah to mark this milestone in their Jewish journeys. … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 21 @ 9:30 am – 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
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 21 @ 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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Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 5:00 pm
Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner
Jan 22 @ 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
2020 Conversion Group 6:00 pm
2020 Conversion Group
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2020 Conversion Group meeting for Conversion students currently working with an assigned Rabbi but have not completed the Conversion Process.   This group is moderated by Rabbi Jason Rodich   The group will meet once … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020
Jan 23 @ 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
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 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
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Men’s Group – January 26, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 26, 2020
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 26, 2020 @ 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 27 @ 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
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert 7:00 pm
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WE ARE AT CAPACITY. THANK YOU. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.Community Interfaith Event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz; remarks by special guests to be announced and Violins of Hope … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 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
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 5:00 pm
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners
Jan 28 @ 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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Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting 11:00 am
Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for a conversation about Emanu-El NEXT with those that use our building the most! Event Signup
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 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
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020 5:30 pm
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020
Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January's not over until it's over so come slide into the New Year with your favorite Emanu-el Young Adult community. We'll be doing Happy Hour at Marengo in the Alley on Thursday, January 30, from … 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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