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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/1/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/1/2021)
May 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Torah on Tap: Israel (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Torah on Tap: Israel (Young Adult Program)
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grab your beverage of choice (kombucha, beer, or whatever floats your boat!) and join Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community for a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by Rabbi Rodich on May 4 … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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
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Weekday Evening Minyan (May 5) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 5)
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Reckoning with Joy and Pain: Adam Mansbach 7:00 pm
Reckoning with Joy and Pain: Adam Mansbach
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reckoning with the Joys and Pain of Life: A conversation with author, Adam MansbachThursday, May 6 at 7:00pm, virtually “David has taken his own life.” These are the words Adam Mansbach heard his father say ten years … Continued
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Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Attie – Summer 2021 12:00 pm
Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Attie – Summer 2021
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Marsha Attie 8-week virtual course, Friday afternoons from 12 – 1pm, May 7 – June 25th $36 for members; $54 for nonmembers In this 8-week course you will learn to read the aleph bet as well … Continued
One Shabbat Service (5/7/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/7/2021)
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To follow along with … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 5/8/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 5/8/2021)
May 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/12) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/12)
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerGuest for May 12: Joshua Burg, Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 12) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 12)
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Update from Israel with Rabbi Noa Sattath 9:00 am
Update from Israel with Rabbi Noa Sattath
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Introduction by Rabbi Josh Weinberg Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. JOIN WEBINAR Join Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, Rabbi Sydney Mintz, and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz in conversation with Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious … Continued
Asian Jews at Emanu-El 6:30 pm
Asian Jews at Emanu-El
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join fellow Asian Jews at Emanu-El to virtually connect with one another, share stories, and process both the historic and recent anti-Asian violence here in San Francisco, as well as across the country.In order to … Continued
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May Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
May Young Adult Candle Lighting
May 14 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingMay 14, 5:45 – 6:00 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got … Continued
One Shabbat Service (5/14/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/14/2021)
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 5/15/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 5/15/2021)
May 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Men’s Group -May 15, 2021 11:45 am
Men’s Group -May 15, 2021
May 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
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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Shavuot Service 6:30 pm
Shavuot Service
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tikun Le’il Shavuot – A Night of Learning In Celebration of the Giving of Torah Sunday, March 16th  Join us on Sunday evening, May 16, for a Short Shavuot service, led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie, followed by a … Continued
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot 7:00 pm
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot
(Led by Cantor Marsha Attie) In this session we will explore the origins and the language of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot. We will seek to understand the Jewish spiritual calendar at this time of the year … Continued
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty 7:00 pm
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty
(Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich) Rabbi Rodich will explore ways that three Jewish paradigms (rabbinic innovation, faith in God, and sacred order) can help us cope with and respond to life’s surprises. This class is … Continued
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence 7:45 pm
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence
May 16 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence
(Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris) In celebration of receiving the Torah, we will explore together what it means to meet God “face to face,” and reflect on the ways we can seek divine connection … Continued
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father 7:45 pm
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father
May 16 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father
(Led by Rabbi Beth Singer) You know it is one of the Top 10 Commandments, but why is it sometimes easy and other times a challenge, and occasionally downright impossible to honor your father and … Continued
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World? 8:30 pm
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World?
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World?
(Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer) Rabbi Bauer will examine how the Torah enables us to tap into emotion, and how we can tie this into action that benefits the greater good. This class is part … Continued
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim 8:30 pm
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim
(Led by Cantor Arik Luck) Cantor Luck will guide us through some of the countless beautiful melodies of this small Chassidic sect, known widely for their compositions. This class is part of our Tikkun Le’il … Continued
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach 9:15 pm
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach
May 16 @ 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach
(Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer) Join Rabbi Jonathan for a deep dive into anti-misogyny, and how it makes its way into the biblical tradition. This class is part of our Tikkun Le’il Shavuot series. To … Continued
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Mixology: Shavuot Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:30 pm
Mixology: Shavuot Edition (Young Adult Program)
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Emanu-El's (20s & 30s) Young Adult Community is invited to celebrate Shavuot "the feast of weeks" with a spring version of Mixology. We'll be making two cocktails and a mocktail, and welcome you to bring … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/19) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/19)
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerGuest for May 19: Tyler Gregory, Executive Director of JCRCJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19)
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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One Shabbat Service & Confirmation (5/21/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service & Confirmation (5/21/2021)
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
A special Confirmation Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Parris. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 5/22/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 5/22/2021)
May 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021 8:30 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021
May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit | Join us for a Virtual Vacation!Escape for a fun-filled, vacation-inspired virtual live and silent auction along with a mock/cocktail class with your favorite CEEP crew! All proceeds benefit the … Continued
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Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event 11:00 am
Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Israel Action Committee and Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design San Francisco Chapter Present, Stitching a New Nation: Fashion, Identity, and Israel’s Nation-making. This virtual event is free and open to the community.  Countries, like people, … Continued
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172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting 5:00 pm
172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for our 172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting to hear our leadership deliver a "state of the congregation," vote on a nominee to our Board of Directors, and reflect on where we've been in the … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 26) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 26)
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Virtual Workout w Trish (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Virtual Workout w Trish (Young Adult Program)
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Workout w Group Fitness & Strength Coach, Trish (Young Adult Program)Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm Join the Young Adults of Emanu-El for a fun and energizing workout that will be sure to get your sweat … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (5/28/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/28/2021)
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To follow along with … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/29/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/29/2021)
May 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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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, Adolescent and Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Development, Finance, Marketing and Operations.
President of Emanu-El’s Board of Directors is Alan Greinetz.


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.

Senior Associate Rabbi
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Senior Associate 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.  

Senior Associate Rabbi
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Senior Associate 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 serves on the executive committee of the Northern California Board of Rabbis. 

Rabbi Bauer and his wife Alisa have three children.

Rabbi

Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris has been serving Congregation Emanu-El since 2019.  After spending a year as Director of Congregational Engagement in 2019, Rabbi Parris officially joined the clergy team in 2020.  

Born and raised in Ossining, NY, Rabbi Parris graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in History and Arabic with a focus on African American studies.  After graduation she spent two years teaching middle school math at a public charter school in New Orleans as a Teach for America Corps Member.  Rabbi Parris was ordained as a Reform rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where she also earned her Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management from the Zelikow School.  During rabbinical school she served as student rabbi at Congregation Brith Sholem in Ogden, UT and as community organizing rabbinic intern and Teen School Program Chair at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles, CA.  She also worked as the California statewide community organizing intern for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, as Admissions Ambassador for HUC-JIR, and as a grief counselor at OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center.  Prior to joining Congregation Emanu-El, Rabbi Parris began her rabbinic career as the Senior Jewish Educator at Columbia-Barnard Hillel. 

Rabbi Parris lives in San Francisco with her husband Zachary and their dog Brisket. 

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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Accounts Receivable

Accounting Manager

Director of Member Experience

Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Operations

Director of Youth & Family Education

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Executive Director

Development and Accounts Sr Associate

YFE School Coordinator

Director, Preschool

Membership and Engagement Assistant

YFE Associate Director

YFE Assistant Director

Membership Services and Database Administrator

Director of Facilities and Special Events

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education

Executive Assistant to Rabbi Beth Singer & Rabbi Jonathan Singer

Executive Assistant

Salesforce Administrator

Special Events Assistant

Communications Manager

Community Engagement Coordinator & Assistant to Rabbi Bauer

Engagement Manager

Director of Accounting

Eric Schoen

Music Accompanist

B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator and Assistant to Cantor Attie and Cantor Luck

Engagement Manager

Teen Program Manager

Director of Development

Accountant

Director of Technology and Internet Strategy

Early Childhood Education Director

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education

Administrative Coordinator of Early Childhood Education

Frances Wittman-Rosenzweig

Curriculum Coordinator of Early Childhood Education

Daniel Anduzza

Preschool Teacher

Dalia Auerhahn

Preschool Teacher

Abiba Bola

Preschool Teacher

Daniel Brown

Preschool Teacher

Patricia Chourio

Preschool Teacher

Naomi Fiss

Preschool Teacher

Frances Fortini

Preschool Teacher

Laura Garcia

Preschool Teacher

Natalie Guthrie

Preschool Teacher

Valkyria Jacobson-Smith

Preschool Teacher

Matt Johnson

Preschool Teacher

Tsippy Katz

Preschool Teacher

Emma Kelly

Preschool Teacher

Talia Plachta

Preschool Teacher

Breann Stewart

Preschool Teacher

Alejandro Urruzmendi

Preschool Teacher

Brad Wagner

Preschool Teacher

David Wolk

Clergy Administrative and Program Assistant

Heather White

Preschool Teacher


Facilities Team

Fabian Vazquez

Building Superintendent

Steve McGurin

Artit Thamok

Adrian Garcia

Andrew Nahinu

Jaime Guzman


Board of Directors

President

Joel Roos

Vice President

Paula Pretlow

Vice President

Ellen Kaye Fleishhacker

Secretary

Robert Blum

Nersi Boussina

Sandi Bragar

Barrett Cohn

Stuart Corvin

Sue Diamond

Lara Ettenson

Jill Einstein

Alia Gorkin

Matt Van Horn

Sasha Kovriga

Mark Lehmann

Treasurer

Julie Levine

Robert Newman

Dr. Larry Rand

Rita Semel

Robert Tandler

Lisa Stern

Gunda Trepp

Noah Wintroub

Hilary Zarrow