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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Alexandra Greenberg (MMS) 10:30 am
Enter the High Holy Days with Selichot & The Jewish Women’s Theatre 6:30 pm
Enter the High Holy Days with Selichot & The Jewish Women’s Theatre
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
6:30 pm – Havdalah in Martin Meyer Reception 7:00 pm – Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre in Martin Meyer Sanctuary 8:15 pm – Selichot Service About Jewish Women’s Theatre In the fall of 2008, Jewish … Continued
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Mahjong (R57) 1:30 pm
Mahjong (R57)
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Young Adult Food Pantry Volunteering 6:00 pm
Young Adult Food Pantry Volunteering
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join members of the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El for an evening volunteering with the SF Marin Food Pantry. Volunteers will help sort and package produce for families in the greater San Francisco community. … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 6, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 6, 2018
Sep 6 @ 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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First Friday Under Five (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five (MMS)
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (MS) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (MS)
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-09-07 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-09-07
Sep 7 @ 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. Thai food will be provided.Adult Members- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Elul Mikvah 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 9:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
2018 ERH Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2018 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Family Service, (MMS) 5:00 pm
Family Service, (MMS)
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm
One hour worship led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Service, (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Service, (Main)
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Jason Rodich.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Contemporary Service, (Main) 8:30 pm
Contemporary Service, (Main)
Sep 9 @ 8:30 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
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Rosh Hashanah – Office Closed
Classic Service, Main Sanctuary 9:00 am
Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Sydney Mintz.  Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS) 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS)
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under, Martin Meyer Sanctuary Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Contemporary Service (Main) 11:45 am
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 10 @ 11:45 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Service for families with children ages 5-10, (Main) 2:30 pm
Service for families with children ages 5-10, (Main)
Sep 10 @ 2:30 pm
Led by Emanu-El clergy with Cantor Arik Luck and musician Jonathan Ferris. No One Pass or ticket required.
Community Service led by our teens (Main) 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens (Main)
Sep 10 @ 3:30 pm
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings and commentaries created and led by our teens. With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Tashlich (Baker Beach) 5:00 pm
Tashlich (Baker Beach)
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm
As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we gather to throw breadcrumbs into the water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. This ceremony is called Tashlich and represents a symbolic casting away of the transgressions of the past … Continued
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Worship (RRC) 9:30 am
Worship (RRC)
Sep 11 @ 9:30 am
A quiet, meditative acoustic service led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Rabbi Ryan Bauer, and Cantor Arik Luck.
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Cooking for Congregants – September 13, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 13, 2018
Sep 13 @ 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)
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Camp Reunion Community Dinner and Late Shabbat 6:15 pm
Camp Reunion Community Dinner and Late Shabbat
Sep 14 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – between 8 and 10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Sep 14 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2018 5:00 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2018
Sep 16 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Family Service (MMS) 5:00 pm
Family Service (MMS)
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm
One hour worship, led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Service (Main)
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
HHD 2018 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2018 KN Sr. Transp
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
Contemporary Service (Main) 8:30 pm
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 18 @ 8:30 pm
Led by Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
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Yom Kippur – Office Closed
Classic Service (Main) 9:00 am
Classic Service (Main)
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS) 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Taste of Tauber Study Session (GH) 10:00 am
Taste of Tauber Study Session (GH)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Lawrence Kushner on Malicious talk: Maimonides on the laws governing speech No One Pass or ticket required.
Study Session (GH) 11:30 am
Study Session (GH)
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am
Learn with Tad Taube Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Stephen Pearce: What Is Your Story? Muriel Ruykeser advised, “The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories.” Accounts from our formative years, called “charter … Continued
Contemporary Service (Main) 11:45 am
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 19 @ 11:45 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Sermon by Rabbi Carla Fenves. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH) 2:00 pm
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH)
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH)
DATE: Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 TIME: 2:00-3:30 pm (immediately following Contemporary Services) LOCATION: Guild Hall *childcare available* Join us for a special conversation about youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Hear directly from youth in this … Continued
Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz (Front Gate) 2:15 pm
Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz (Front Gate)
Sep 19 @ 2:15 pm
Participants will meet at the front gate of the temple at 2:15 pm to walk to the Presidio and return in time for the 3:30 pm Community Service led by our teens. No One Pass … Continued
Afternoon Service (MMS) 2:30 pm
Afternoon Service (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 2:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer.  Music by Cantor Arik Luck. No One Pass or ticket required.
Community Service led by our teens (Main) 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens (Main)
Sep 19 @ 3:30 pm
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings, and commentaries created and led by our teen.  With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Guided Meditation (GH) – note: latecomers will not be admitted 4:00 pm
Guided Meditation (GH) – note: latecomers will not be admitted
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm
Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Note: Latecomers will not be admitted No One Pass or ticket required.  
Healing Service (RRC) 4:00 pm
Healing Service (RRC)
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services (Main) 5:30 pm
Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services (Main)
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm
Led by Senior Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music: Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services (MMS) 5:30 pm
Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. Space is extremely limited. Tickets or One Passes are required. Courtyard Havdalah and Break the … Continued
30’s and 40’s Break the Fast 6:30 pm
30’s and 40’s Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for our annual break-the-fast as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community … Continued
Young Adult Break the Fast 7:00 pm
Young Adult Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come join the Young Adult Community for a break-the-fast meal as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community as we … Continued
Young Adult Break the Fast 7:30 pm
Young Adult Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come join the Young Adult Community for a break-the-fast meal as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community as we … Continued
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Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2018 5:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2018
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive outdoor service in the courtyard at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 23, followed by Mediterranean dinner.Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.Reservations are required … Continued
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Service for First Day of Sukkot 9:00 am
Service for First Day of Sukkot
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the joyous festival service. Freshly brewed coffee will be served at 9:00 am for the service in the chapel, where Hallel will be sung by the Cantor! Afterwards, we will have the traditional … Continued
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Mahjong (chap) 6:00 pm
Mahjong (chap)
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Sukkot Dinner 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 6:30 pm
Sukkot Dinner 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come join us for our annual Women's Group and Tribe for Women dinner in the sukkah for a night of women, discussion, and wine. We will be outside so remember to dress warmly! Please register, and … Continued
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Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah 7:00 pm
Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah @ Sukkah in the Temple Courtyard
Kick off the New Year together with other Tribe dads, as we have the first ever Sukkot steak and wine celebration in the temple Sukkah. Register now!Event Signup
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Drinks, Dinner, and Music in the Sukkah 7:00 pm
Drinks, Dinner, and Music in the Sukkah
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Sukkot is Zman Simchatenu – Season of our Joy 7:00 pm
Sukkot is Zman Simchatenu – Season of our Joy
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for an Boomers/Empty Nester's/Men's Group dinner in the sukkah – Middle eastern fare, wine, stories and music with Cantor Barak and the Rabbis Singer!Event Signup
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Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering 7:15 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering
Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering ticket for September 28Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Young Families Sukkot Celebration 2018 10:00 am
Young Families Sukkot Celebration 2018
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
We invite families with children under age 5 for a Shabbat morning service in the sukkah at Rabbi Carla Fenves and Cantor David Frommer's home. Please join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 29 … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Andrew Eidelhoch (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Andrew Eidelhoch (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Caleb Darsky (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Caleb Darsky (Main)
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shake your Lulav, 2018 3:00 pm
Shake your Lulav, 2018
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Young Adult Community at Emanu-El at our 4th annual Shake your Lulov Sukkot program! We are changing locations this year and have booked a private space at Spark Social SF to celebrate together … Continued
Shake your Lulav, 2018 3:00 pm
Shake your Lulav, 2018
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Young Adult Community at Emanu-El at our 4th annual Shake your Lulov Sukkot program! We are changing locations this year and have booked a private space at Spark Social SF to celebrate together … Continued
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Hebrew Decoding Fall 2018 9:30 am
Hebrew Decoding Fall 2018
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:15 am
Hebrew Decoding The Alef-Bet With Cantor Marsha AttieSunday, September 30, 9:30 – 11:15 amAND Sunday, October 7, 9:30 – 11:15 am This crash course is designed for those who want to learn how to read Hebrew … Continued
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2018 5:00 pm
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2018
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle! This joyful and festive occasion includes dinner, dancing and singing with the Torah … Continued
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture 8:30 pm
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:20 pm
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture
Have you experienced the loss of someone you love? Join us to honor and remember them at our beautiful Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Then join us at 9:30 am in … Continued
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LEADERSHIP

Congregation Emanu-El’s leaders are devoted to our temple community and active in the life of our congregation. The leadership team consists of our Board of Directors; Clergy; Executive Director; and Directors of Membership Services, Youth Education, Early Childhood Education, Development, Finance, Marketing and Operations.


Clergy

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi
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Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Beth Singer is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El. Ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she also earned her undergraduate degree from Pomona College. Before coming to Emanu-El in August 2013, Rabbi Singer served as Temple Beth Am’s Co-Senior rabbi in Seattle for sixteen years. Prior to that she served at Temple de Hirsch Sinai in Seattle and before that at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Her rabbinate has focused on worship transformation, pastoral care and social justice work, especially in the realm of homelessness and at-risk youth. Rabbi Singer has modeled and promoted ahavat Yisrael in each congregation, including Israel education, Israel cultural celebration programming, and Big Tent welcome of diverse viewpoints on all things Jewish. At Congregation Emanu-El, Rabbi Singer has worked to develop the people’s social justice project called Tzedek Council to make it easier for maximal numbers of congregants to engage in making our world a better place for everyone.  

Rabbi Singer’s overall goal is for each individual congregant and family to find your own place to call home at Emanu-El.

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi
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Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Jonathan Singer is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El. He grew up in Upland, California, attending Temple Beth Israel of Pomona. After focusing on government/political theory at Pomona College where he graduated in 1982, having been mentored by Rabbi Fred Krinsky, he went on to study at Machon Pardeis in Jerusalem. He received smicha from the Hebrew Union College- JIR Cincinnati campus in 1989. His first pulpit was Temple Israel of New Rochelle working as an Assistant and then Associate Rabbi for six years. In 1995 he returned to the West Coast and spent eighteen years as Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. With the growth of Beth Am, he and Rabbi Beth created a model rabbinic partnership; working together to build up a vibrant center of Jewish life in that city which they are so excited to continue here at Congregation Emanu-El.

Rabbi Jonathan is devoted to combining joy with the pursuit of intellectual and spiritual engagement in Reform Judaism. He is proud of the work he has done serving on boards from the Jewish Federation and as president of the Liberal board of Rabbis, while also pursuing social justice work including equal marriage rights, but is most proud of his children Rena, Jenny, and Robert. As senior rabbi of Emanu-El, where he feels honored to help carry the Torah of the Jews of San Francisco forward, he invites you to get involved, whether through prayer, study, tikun olam, or communal engagement. Please call upon him for help or support, or just to talk.

Rabbi

Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004.

Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a Rabbinic Scholar for American Jewish World Service. She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer. In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.  

Rabbi

Rabbi Ryan Bauer has served Congregation Emanu-El since 2005. Rabbi Bauer helped create and oversee the community engagement department. Since its inception, the department has focused on creating warm and intimate relationships among its members. New initiatives were created such as The TRIBE, FrontPorch, and Emanu-El in the neighborhood. These programs have won national awards and been replicated in synagogues around the United States. In addition, Rabbi Bauer supervises the Preschool and Bnai-Mitzvah program.

Rabbi Bauer has been nationally recognized for his work with Syrian Refugees. His writings have been published both locally and nationally.

Rabbi Bauer was ordained by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in 2007. In his final year of rabbinical school, Rabbi Bauer’s academic research focused on exploring Hasidic views of how one cleaves to the divine. Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Bauer completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Psychology with an emphasis in Political Economies of Industrialized Societies. As part of his undergraduate studies, Rabbi Bauer studied at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he assisted with a Fulbright research project that examined violence in Jewish and Palestinian schools. Rabbi Bauer also has served as a chaplain intern at UCLA Medical Center and has worked as the Co-Director of Teen programs at the Center for Jewish Living and Learning in Oakland. Rabbi Bauer serves on the board of the Jewish Community High School and the Rabbinic Advisory Council of Shalom Bayit. He is a regular faculty member at URJ Camp Newman.

Rabbi Bauer and his wife Alisa have three children.

Rabbi

Rabbi Carla Fenves joined the clergy of Congregation Emanu-El after receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. During rabbinical school, she served congregations as a student rabbi in Castro Valley, California; Wayland, Massachusetts; and High Point, North Carolina. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rabbi Fenves also interned at Central Synagogue, DOROT, and the Union for Reform Judaism in New York.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Rabbi Fenves graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Religious Studies. She lives with her husband, Cantor David Frommer, their son Aaron and daughters Eliana and Talia.

Rabbi

Rabbi Jason Rodich joined the Emanu-El clergy team in 2015. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Rabbi Rodich received his rabbinic ordination & MA in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and his BA in Cultural Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York City.
Rabbi Rodich leads Emanu-El’s nationally recognized young adult community, and focuses much of his rabbinate on connecting young adult Jews in the Bay Area to contemporary Jewish life. As part of his work with young adults, he created and leads EimataiDisruptive Judaism for Future Leaders, an intensive cohort based year of deep Jewish learning and also leads intensive educational trips to Germany with our partner organization in Berlin, Germany Close Up. In addition to his work with young adults, Rabbi Rodich co-leads the social justice work of Emanu-El, oversees the Emanu-El conversion to Judaism program, loves creative writing and poetry, and is a passionate student and teacher of rabbinic texts. He also loves working with our teens, including co-leading our annual 8th grade Jewish heritage trip to Los Angeles.
 
Prior to Emanu-El, Rabbi Rodich served as Assistant Rabbi & Educator at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis, MN. As a rabbinical student, Rabbi Rodich was honored to be selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and awarded the Rubin Memorial Prize for Scholarly Writing and the Samson H. Levey Prize for Outstanding Student in Rabbinic Literature.  As a student he served as a URJ Just Congregations intern at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, and was a student rabbi at Congregation B’nai David in Visalia, CA. Prior to rabbinical school Rabbi Rodich spent four years working as an advocate and street based outreach worker for homeless youth.
Rabbi Rodich and his husband, Fran Benjamin (and their toy poodle Sigmund!) love living in San Francisco and being a part of the Emanu-El community. 

Cantor

Cantor Marsha Attie has been serving Congregation Emanu-El since 1998. She is a composer and recording artist. Her music can be found in songbooks, camps, synagogues and Jewish music compilations around the country. Cantor Attie was ordained from the Academy of Jewish Religion, California where she earned a Masters Degree in Sacred Music. She has also earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA. Cantor Attie is interested in the intersection of prayer and the arts and strives to integrate a variety of creative modalities into her spiritual and creative life. She is also a filmmaker and some of her award winning music videos can be found on Youtube. She lives in the sunbelt of Corte Madera with her partner Doug and their son Marco.

Ben and A. Jess Shenson Cantor
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Ben and A. Jess Shenson Cantor

Arik Luck

Ben and A. Jess Shenson Cantor

Cantor Arik Luck is deeply honored to be a part of the dynamic clergy team of Congregation Emanu-El, and humbled to work at a synagogue with such a tremendous musical legacy. In July 2015, Cantor Luck became just the ninth cantor in Emanu-El’s over 150-year history.  Previously, he had served six years at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, in Evanston, IL. In addition to his full-time work as cantor and clergy, Cantor Luck has appeared as a principle soloist in numerous concerts throughout the country, including Siamsa na nGael: If It Weren’t For the Irish and the Jews (at Chicago’s famed Symphony Center, with narrator Martin Sheen), The Bloch Sacred Service (with the Music Institute of Chicago), Schoenberg’s A Survivor From Warsaw (with the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra), Standing Out/Fitting In: Jewish Stories/American Songs (in Aspen, CO), and Abraham’s Children: A Prayer for Peace (Indiana University, with Iraqi tenor Omer Turkmenoglu). In the Fall of 2015, Cantor Luck was honored to have been invited to lead Shabbat evening services at the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) Biennial Convention in Orlando, FL, before a congregation of 5,000 attendees from all over North America and beyond. His musical revue dedicated to the life of Moishe Oysher has been performed all over the US and internationally, and a live record album of the performance, entitled Arik Luck is Moishe Oysher: The Master Singer of His People! is available online for purchase and streaming.

Cantor Luck has served on the faculty of the Union for Reform Judaism Summer Learning Institute, is a proud third-year faculty member of the Bay Area’s own URJ Camp Newman, and previously served five years as a faculty member at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), the URJ summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI. Cantor Luck is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), was a founding member and former president of the Reform Cantors of Chicago (RCC), holds a Masters Degree of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, and was ordained as a cantor by HUC-JIR DFSSM in 2009. Cantor Luck resides in San Francisco with his spouse Rachel and their three children.

The Emanu-El Scholar
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The Emanu-El Scholar

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner has served as the Emanu-El Scholar since 2002. He is the author of eighteen books including the just published I’m God; You’re Not: Observations on Organized Religion & Other Disguises of the Ego; a novel, Kabbalah: A Love Story; and a screenplay, Your Good Friend (with Matthew Jacobs); Honey from the Rock; God Was in This Place and I, i Did Not Know; Invisible Lines of Connection; and Five Cities of Refuge (with David Mamet). He has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

He was the first chairman of Reform Judaism’s Commission on Religious Living and has served on the board of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.Prior to his move out to San Francisco, he was the Rabbi-in-Residence at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He continues as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Hebrew Union College at the Los Angeles campus where he teaches an annual seminar for rabbinic students.

Before that, Rabbi Kushner served for twenty-eight years as the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. There, he originated the concept of synagogue havurot (small fellowship groups) and helped his congregants write V’tahaer Libenu (Purify our Hearts), the first gender-neutral liturgy ever published.
He is also a serious impressionist artist specializing in urban landscapes. His paintings are in several local galleries; he’s had a one-man show at the Isaacs Gallery of the Osher-Marin JCC.

Rabbi Kushner’s Publications

Sr. Rabbi Emeritus and Taube Scholar
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Sr. Rabbi Emeritus and Taube Scholar

Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, served Congregation Emanu-El as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi from 1993 to 2013. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology at St. John’s University. He is a board member of Palo Alto University and an advisory board member of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Previously, he served on the board of the Graduate Theological Union and is a past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis.

Dr. Pearce is the former editor of the Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and author of Flash of Insight: Metaphor and Narrative in Therapy, and coauthor of Building Wisdom’s House: A Book of Values for our Time, in addition to numerous articles and poems.

In 2012, Rabbi Pearce was awarded The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s Silver Spur Award for interfaith community dialogue and engagement; the national Jefferson Award for inspiring worshippers to fight hunger; The San Francisco Food Bank Community Partner Award for inspiring members of Congregation Emanu-El to donate over 90,000 pounds of food in the last two decades; and the San Francisco Interfaith Council recognition for encouraging green sustainability at the Temple. Dr. Pearce has been recognized three successive times by Newsweek as one of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the United States. Rabbi Pearce in conjunction with clergy and staff has created a collaborative team approach to worship, life-long education, social concerns, and cultural offerings. He currently serves Congregation Emanu-El as Senior Rabbi Emeritus.

Roslyn Barak

Senior Cantor, Emerita
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Roslyn Barak

Senior Cantor, Emerita

Cantor Roslyn Barak has served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco since 1987, one year after her graduation and investiture from Hebrew Union College in New York City. She received her musical training at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and was the recipient of several prestigious vocal awards and honors.  Before entering the cantorate, she was a concert recitalist and opera singer, appearing with the Santa Fe Opera, the Israel National Opera, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic.

Aside from her numerous cantorial duties at Congregation Emanu-El and the Jewish Community of the Bay Area, Cantor Barak appears regularly in concerts around the country and in Europe and Israel.  She has toured Germany eight times in recent years in conjunction with the worldwide release of her CD “The Jewish Soul”, and appeared onstage in concert at the Brecht Theatre in Berlin for the opening of the Berlin Jewish Film Festival in 2006.  She is also sought after as lecturer and scholar-in-residence, and has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She has been appointed as guest lecturer and teacher at the new Cantorial institute of the Geiger College, a Progressive Jewish seminary in Berlin.

Cantor Barak is a board member of the Cantors Assembly and former board member of the American Conference of Cantors. In that capacity she served as chair for the 2008 national convention in San Francisco, and was responsible for the programming of  the ACC’s groundbreaking concert dedicated to Catholic/Jewish dialogue in Rome, in November of 2010.  She is active in interfaith work and helped compile the songbook for the United Religions Initiative, as well as encouraged the various faith communities in San Francisco to combine their annual interfaith Thanksgiving services into a single community event.  Cantor Barak was also recently appointed to the Board of Shalom Bayit, an organization whose mission it is to help victims of domestic abuse.

Cantor Barak sat on the editorial committee for the Reform movement’s new prayerbook, Mishkan Tefillah.  She has published essays, articles and reviews in various Jewish publications including “American Rabbi” and the “Journal of Synagogue Music” and online for the Union of Reform Judaism’s “Ten Minutes of Torah”. Cantor Barak also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.  Her son, Danny, is an attorney, as is her partner, David Olick.


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