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Torah Study with Ruth Calderon (Chapel) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Ruth Calderon (Chapel)
Apr 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Ruth Calderon (Chapel)
Spring Scholar-in-Residence: Ruth CalderonFamous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv.She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid between 2013 and 2015.
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Mayer 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bar Mitzvah of Josh Mayer (Main) 10:30 am
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Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017 12:00 pm
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 9:00 am
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
Ruth Calderon Sunday Lecture 9:30 am
Ruth Calderon Sunday Lecture
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Special Sunday Morning lecture with Ruth Calderon: Spiritual legacy- and Doubt, What did Yochanan Ben Zakai leave his students and how is it relevant for us todayPlease register to attend. Thank you.Event Signup
THE Book Club: Brunch with Ruth Calderon – April 2017 12:00 pm
THE Book Club: Brunch with Ruth Calderon – April 2017
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Join with THE Book Club for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn with Ruth Calderon, famous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid … Continued
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Brown Bag April 12:00 pm
Brown Bag April
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, April 5, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, April 5, 2017
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – April 6 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 6 2017
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
Why Jews Love the Moon 7:00 pm
Why Jews Love the Moon
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Why Jews Love the Moon @ Jewish Community Library | San Francisco | California | United States
Presented by Rabbi Sydney Mintz Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St. Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. The Jewish connection to the … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 04-07-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 04-07-2017
Apr 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month,6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Thai Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? (Chapel) 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? (Chapel)
Apr 8 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Rose (MMS) 10:30 am
Blessing of the Animals & Hike – April 2017 1:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Hike – April 2017
Apr 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Hike - April 2017
Location: Emanu-El Courtyard and Hike in the Presidio Gather in our courtyard and bring along your furry or fluffy friends! The blessing of the animals is popular in many religions, so make sure you don't … Continued
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Men’s Group – April 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – April 2017
Apr 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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. … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
Passover Breakfast and Service 8:30 am
Passover Breakfast and Service
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for breakfast and services on the first day of Passover.Breakfast:  8:30 amService      9:15 amNo registration needed and the community is welcome to attend.
Family Passover Seder 2017 5:30 pm
Family Passover Seder 2017
Apr 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This seder is designed to engage families with children. Led by Rabbi Beth Singer, Rabbi Carla Fenves, Cantor Arik Luck and Jonathan Bayer, the seder will be musical, participatory and fast-paced with a delicious dinner. … Continued
Adult Passover Seder 04-11-2017 6:00 pm
Adult Passover Seder 04-11-2017
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Passover Seder 04-11-2017
For those want a chance of join in a Seder of discussion, songs and engagement.  This Seder is welcoming to adults and youth who want a full Seder experience and will be led by Clergy … Continued
Young Adult Passover Seder – April 2017 6:30 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder – April 2017
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder - April 2017
Main Sanctuary Foyer6:30 pmJoin other Jews in their 20’s and 30’s for our annual Young Adult Passover Seder! Nosh on gefilte fish and horseradish! Sing dayeinu! Find an Afikoman and make a new friend! This … Continued
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Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017 9:00 am
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Noah-Mays Smith (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Urisman (Main) 10:30 am
Park Playdates! – Passover Edition – 2017 4:00 pm
Park Playdates! – Passover Edition – 2017
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIESPark Playdates! – Passover EditionTouch, Taste, & Smell Passover A special Passover-themed day! Please join us in the afternoon on Saturday, April 15, for Touch, Taste, & Smell Passover: A Passover Experience for Families with … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
Passover Breakfast & Yizkor Service 8:30 am
Passover Breakfast & Yizkor Service
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 10:15 am
Join us for breakfast and services on the first day of Passover.Breakfast:  8:30 amService      9:15 amNo registration needed and the community is welcome to attend.
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Side by Side April 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side April 2017 Session
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side April 2017 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will  not  be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool … Continued
The Tribe for Men: Brewery Tour & Pizza – April 2017 6:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Brewery Tour & Pizza – April 2017
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Brewery Tour & Pizza - April 2017
Registration is now closed. To be added to the waitlist, email Rebecca Reiner.THE TRIBE FOR MEN AND THE TRIBE 2.0: Ft. Point Brewery Tour & Pizza at Paxti’s After a week of no bread or beer, join … Continued
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Annual Community Passover Seder – April 2017 11:30 am
Annual Community Passover Seder – April 2017
Apr 19 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Economic Justice Working Group is partnering with Jewish Family and Children's Services, to provide the opportunity for isolated seniors of San Francisco to experience their very important connection to the Jewish community. We are … Continued
At the Rabbi’s Table – April 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – April 2017
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer during your lunch break in downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you! This week's topic … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker Stephen Smith (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker Stephen Smith (MMS)
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker Stephen Smith (MMS)
We are very honored to have Dr. Stephen D. Smith speak at this evening's One Shabbat service. Dr. Stephen D. Smith is the Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of the USC ShoahFoundation … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Dowling (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bar Mitzvah of Elijah Hollander (Main) 10:30 am
Young Couples Shabbat Hike – April 2017 1:00 pm
Young Couples Shabbat Hike – April 2017
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Young Couples Shabbat Hike - April 2017
Young Couples Shabbat HikeNo charge to attend! Open to members. Please register for location and more details.Join us for a 2.5 mile hike, picnic (bring your own!), and meditative Shabbat experience.Pack a water bottle, picnic blanket, … Continued
Earth Day Festival with Emanu-El 2:00 pm
Earth Day Festival with Emanu-El
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Environmental Working Group of the Tzedek Council is asking you to express your support for policies that protect the Earth this Earth Day, April 22nd at the San Francisco Earth Day Festival to be held at … Continued
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Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day 5:00 pm
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day @ Jewish Community Center of San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States
YOM HASHOAH – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO Location: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco   5:00 pm Dr. Stephen D. Smith, from the USC Shoah Foundation, will present The Future of Our Past, a … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Germans and Jews – Film 7:00 pm
Germans and Jews – Film
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Germans and Jews - Film
Film Screening of Germans and Jews: history is the memory of a people Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Janina Quint. Tuesday, April 25 – 7:00 – 9:00pm Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – April 27 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 27 2017
Apr 27 @ 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
Jewish Meditation – April 2017 6:15 pm
Jewish Meditation – April 2017
Apr 27 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Jewish Meditation - April 2017
Please join us for one hour after work as we practice opening our minds and souls for a special sitting meditation session that will alter your perception and enhance your Jewish Spiritual practice, led by … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Zachary Breitbard (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bar Mitzvah of Eli Fastiff (Main) 10:30 am
Women in Technology – April 2017 5:30 pm
Women in Technology – April 2017
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Women in Technology - April 2017 @ Private congregant home in Pacific Heights
Please join us in getting to know women in your community who work in the technology field. You're invited to a private home in Pacific Heights for light bites and an informal evening to meet … Continued
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B’nei Mitzvah – Date Setting Meeting – Test1 11:47 am
B’nei Mitzvah – Date Setting Meeting – Test1
Apr 30 @ 11:47 am – 11:47 am
This is a testWe are inviting you to begin the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process with your family.   When: Tuesday, September 6th 2016Place & Time: Guild Hall from 5:00pm – 6:00pmWho: You and your child are invited … Continued
Volunteer for Larkin Street – Young Adults, April 2017 5:00 pm
Volunteer for Larkin Street – Young Adults, April 2017
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Volunteer for Larkin Street - Young Adults, April 2017
Volunteer for Larkin Street Youth Services at their Geary House. Join with a small group of young adults to cook dinner for their clients. Meet up at 5:00 pm to cook; dinner is served around … 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 AIPAC, 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 Youth and Family Education

Director of Adolescent and Adult Education

Director of Early Childhood Education

Youth and Family Education Administrative Assistant

Assistant Director of Youth and Family Education

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

Early Childhood Programs Manager

Chief Financial Officer

Accounting Manager

Payroll and Accounts Payable Specialist

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

Director of Marketing and Communications

Communications Professional/Website Administrator

Facilities Assistant

Organist/Choir Director

Afternoon Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Morning Receptionist

Saundrah Anjali

Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbis

Executive Assistant to Clergy

Community Engagement Coordinator

Director of Operations and Office Management

Rebecca Reiner

Community Engagement Administrator


Maintenance Team

Fabian Vazquez

Building Superintendent

Miguel Lopez

Artit Thamok

Andrew Nahinu

Steve McGunin

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

Mark Nagel

Abby Michelson-Porth

Paula Pretlow

Rita Semel

Jim Shapiro