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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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“Hillel said: ‘Separate not thyself from the community’…” Pirke Avot, 4:7

Welcome!

batmizvahWelcome to Congregation Emanu-El. We are proud to have been a part of the San Francisco community since 1850. While our history provides us with a rich heritage, embracing new congregants ensures that we will be here to serve generations to come. You are the future of Congregation Emanu-El.

Why should I join?

We are a synagogue whose members build community by being in relationship with one another. We believe in the teachings and values of Judaism and are committed to transmitting this knowledge to all generations. Together we can accomplish together what we cannot do alone – bring about tikkun olam, the healing of a broken world. We can heal ourselves in times of sorrow with the comfort of our clergy and our fellow congregants. We celebrate in community, knowing that sharing our joyous times makes life’s special moments even sweeter, and having support during the tough times makes them bearable.  We will know we have succeeded when our fellow congregants become our friends, and our friends become our family.

Who will feel comfortable at Congregation Emanu-El?

Our members reflect the diversity of the Bay Area, coming from all walks of life and many different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. We welcome Jewish singles and single parents, interfaith families, Jews of color, and Jewish families in all their diversity, including LGBTQ couples with or without children. Our programs are designed to meet the diverse spiritual, religious, educational, and social needs of our members.  We want to celebrate the happy times with you and support you and your loved ones during the tough times, as well.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to become involved with our Congregation Emanu-El community and to become acquainted with other congregants. During your first months, we hope to get to know you so that we can connect you with programs, groups, and classes that complement your interests. We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere in which you can expand and explore your Jewish life.  As you engage actively with your fellow congregants, you will not only grow your Jewish experience, but you will also strengthen the synagogue community to the benefit of all.

How do I meet the professionals who serve Congregation Emanu-El?

We encourage you to get to know our rabbis, cantor, educators, executive director, membership director, and other staff by attending Shabbat services and by your active involvement in our programs and activities. You may also request a private meeting with any of our staff.

What about membership dues?

At Congregation Emanu-El we ask you to “choose your dues” for your first fiscal year of membership, under our voluntary system. Here is our suggested dues commitment. Our fiscal year is July 1 – June 30.

After the first year of membership, we will help all who are interested to continue as members of the congregation. All Jews, or those with Jewish partners, are welcome to become members. To learn more about membership, contact Director of Membership Services, Terry Kraus.

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We hope you will choose to become part of the present and future of our congregation. We hope you will choose to become part of the present and future of our congregation, and invite you to apply for membership now. In order to celebrate the High Holy Days with the Emanu-El community, please join by Friday, September 15.

Questions? Please email Terry Kraus or call (415) 750-7552.

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