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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Sep 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner. 9-1-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner. 9-1-17
Sep 1 @ 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 Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – September 7 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 7 2017
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Mor Serv Bat Mitzvah Erin Freeman and Sasha Feldman 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Zadie Winthrop 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Zadie Winthrop
Sep 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Young Families Havdalah PJ Party – September 2017 4:00 pm
Young Families Havdalah PJ Party – September 2017
Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIES We invite families with children under age 5 for a Shabbat afternoon experience at Congregation Emanu-El! We are partnering with the Jewish Baby Network SF for a Havdalah PJ Party from 4:00 – 5:30 pm … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Screenagers Film & Discussion 7:00 pm
Screenagers Film & Discussion
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Screenagers Film & Discussion
Viewing of Screenagers Followed by facilitated discussion for both parents and teens Tuesday, Sept. 12 – 7:00 – 9:00pm Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 14, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 14, 2017
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Joseph Samuel Lorenzen 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Lucas Segal 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Lucas Segal
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness” 7:00 pm
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness”
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness”
Is there an art to forgiveness? Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving. But do they ever forget? Find out in this moving and thought-provoking show that deals with sibling rivalry, betrayal, ex-husbands, a German’s … Continued
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2017 4:50 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2017
Sep 17 @ 4:50 am – 8:00 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
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 10:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 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
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 10:15 am
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 17 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 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
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) Room 57 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor) Room 57
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Raphael House – September 18 2017 3:30 pm
Raphael House – September 18 2017
Sep 18 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The mission of Raphael House is to help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. We prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working … Continued
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2017 ERH Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2017 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 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
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Family Service 5:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Family Service
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 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
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Erev Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service 6:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    
HHD 2017 ERH Sr Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2017 ERH Sr Transp
Sep 20 @ 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
2017 ERH Contemporary Service Ushering 8:30 pm
2017 ERH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 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
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service 8:30 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service
Sep 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    
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2017 RH Classic Service Ushering 9:00 am
2017 RH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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
Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service 9:00 am
Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  
Rosh Hashanah – Young Children’s Service (under 5) 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah – Young Children’s Service (under 5)
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering 11:30 am
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 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
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering 11:45 am
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 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
Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service 11:45 am
Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Community Service led by teens 3:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Community Service led by teens
Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach 5:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 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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Cooking for Congregants – September 28, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 28, 2017
Sep 28 @ 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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Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 Join Rabbi Carla Fenves, Rabbinical Student Rena Singer and Monica Pevzner from our community engagement team for an informal Yom Kippur retreat in … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
2017 KN Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2017 KN Family Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 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 – 2017 Kol Nidre 5:00 pm
Family Service – 2017 Kol Nidre
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  
Kol Nidre 5:00 pm
Kol Nidre
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 (Also Retreat at Camp Newman)Family Service 5:00 pmClassic Service 6:00 pmContemporary Service 8:30 pm 
2017 KN Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 KN Classic Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 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
2017 Kol Nidre – Classic Service 6:00 pm
2017 Kol Nidre – Classic Service
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  
HHD 2017 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2017 KN Sr. Transp
Sep 29 @ 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
2017 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering 8:30 pm
2017 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 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
2017 Kol Nidre – Contemporary Service 8:30 pm
2017 Kol Nidre – Contemporary Service
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  
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2017 YK Classic Service Ushering 9:00 am
2017 YK Classic Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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
Classic Service – Yom Kippur 9:00 am
Classic Service – Yom Kippur
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Yom Kippur 10:00 am
Yom Kippur
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 10:00 am
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
   
Yom Kippur – Young Chlldren’s Service (under age 5) 10:00 am
Yom Kippur – Young Chlldren’s Service (under age 5)
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*  
2017 YK Contemporary Service Ushering 11:30 am
2017 YK Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 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
2017 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering 11:45 am
2017 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 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
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Service 11:45 am
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Service
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30 pm
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm
Yom Kippur – Community Service Led by Teens
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Yom Kippur – Guided Meditation 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Guided Meditation
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Healing Service 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Healing Service
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   
2017 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering 5:30 pm
2017 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 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
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering 5:30 pm
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 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
2017 Yom Kippur – Classic Yizkor 5:30 pm
2017 Yom Kippur – Classic Yizkor
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
   
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Yizkor
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
   
HHD 2017 Yizkor Sr. Trans. 5:30 pm
HHD 2017 Yizkor Sr. Trans.
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 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
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Leadership

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 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies from The New School for Social Research in New York City.

Rabbi Rodich served as Assistant Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning at Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis MN, and as a rabbinical student, Rabbi Rodich served as a URJ Just Congregations community organizing & social justice intern at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles and as student rabbi at Congregation B’nai David in Visalia, CA. Prior to rabbinical school Rabbi Rodich worked as a case manager and advocate for homeless and at-risk youth, and later for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Rabbi Rodich is particularly interested in issues of social justice, Jewish thought, Israel engagement and youth development. A recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship for his rabbinical studies, Rabbi Rodich was also awarded the Rubin Memorial Prize for Scholarly Writing and the Samson H. Levey Prize for Outstanding Student in Rabbinic Literature.

Rabbi Rodich and his husband, Fran Benjamin, 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.

Cantor

Cantor Arik Luck is deeply honored to join the dynamic clergy team of Congregation Emanu-El, and humbled by the opportunity to work at a synagogue with such a tremendous musical legacy. He arrives in San Francisco with his spouse Rachel and their three children by way of Evanston, IL, where for the past six years he served at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue. 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, with Iraqi tenor Omer Turkmenoglu at Indiana University.

Cantor Luck has served on the faculty for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Summer Learning Institute, and also was a proud multi-year faculty member of 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.

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

Senior Rabbi, Emeritus

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.


Staff

Executive Director

Executive Assistant

Director of Adolescent and Adult Education

Youth and Family Education and The Emanu-El Fellowship School Coordinator

Interim Director of Youth and Family Education

B'nei Mitzvah Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Rabbi Carla Fenves

Designated ECE Director

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting Manager

Payroll and Accounts Payable Specialist

Accountant

Senior Director of Development

Director of Development

Director of Membership Services

Community Engagement Professional

Membership Services and Database Administrator

Assistant Director, Community Impact

Director of Facilities and Special Events

Director of Technology and Internet Strategy

Salesforce Administrator

Director of Marketing and Communications

Communications Professional/Website Administrator

Development Assistant

Community Engagement Assistant & Assistant to Rabbi Bauer

Administrative Coordinator

Facilities Assistant

Organist/Choir Director

Afternoon Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Morning Receptionist

Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbis

Executive Assistant to Clergy

Director of Operations and Office Management


Maintenance Team

Fabian Vazquez

Building Superintendent

Artit Thamok

Richie Naguit

Andrew Nahinu

Steve McGunin

John Louey

Adrian Garcia


Board of Directors

Donny Friend

President

Mark Lehmann

Vice President

Paul Zarefsky

Vice President

Erika Coplon

Secretary

Sasha Kovriga

Treasurer

Dale Boutiette

Treasurer

Sandi Bragar

Barrett Cohn

Steven Cohen

Stuart Corvin

Lara Ettenson

Jill Einstein

Alan Greinetz

Jackie Safier

Joel Roos

Rachel Melman

Abby Michelson-Porth

Paula Pretlow

Rita Semel

Jim Shapiro