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We Welcome You to Our Community!

We are an inclusive and welcoming community for all — families, couples and singles, Jews of color, Jews by choice, interfaith couples, LGBTQ+ people, those with disabilities, and those on vastly different spiritual journeys. Our members reflect the diversity of the Bay Area and the beauty of God’s infinite creation. We come from all walks of life and many different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Our programs are designed to meet the varied spiritual, religious, educational and social needs of our members. We are committed to study (Torah), worship (Avodah) and working to repair the world (Tikkun Olam). We also believe in strengthening our connections to a peaceful, strong and vibrant Israel.
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 Emanu-El.

“Hillel said: ‘Separate not thyself from the community’…”

Pirke Avot, 4:7

Why Join?

Benefits of Membership Include:

  • High Holy Day tickets 
  • Discounted classes and program fees
  • Member-only programs
  • Life cycle events and care from clergy
  • Discounted facility rentals for life cycle events
  • Temple Chronicle subscription
  • Priority Preschool admissions
  • Opportunity to enroll in Youth and Family Education/B. Mitzvah Program

Remember, membership should never be a burden. We make it possible for everyone to join, regardless of financial circumstances. To learn more, please reach out to Director of Membership, Jenn Brysk at [email protected] or at 415-907-6483.


How do I find “my people” within the larger Emanu-El community?

There are many ways to become involved with our Emanu-El community and to become acquainted with other congregants. There are many opportunities to connect with smaller groups and find people with common interests. Our membership and engagement team will help you find your pathway and your people. Other ways to get involved include: education, social justice, and various community events in your neighborhood and beyond. 

How do I connect with clergy, educators and staff?

We encourage you to get to know our rabbis, cantors, educators, executive director, membership and engagement directors, 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, the first year of membership dues are voluntary – you pay what you wish. After the first year, we offer suggested dues commitment levels, based on your age and family size/structure. You will not be charged additional fees for security, maintenance, or other temple costs. You are encouraged to pay whatever you are able, whether it is higher or lower than the suggested amount. No one is ever turned away for financial reasons. Our fiscal year is July 1 – June 30 and all dues are 100% tax-deductible. 

Emanu-El’s Virtual Membership Option: If you live outside the Bay Area, and want to join us virtually, our new Virtual Membership option is for you!  Please contact Director of Membership Jenn Brysk for details.  

We hope you will choose to become part of the present and future of our congregation and complete the membership form now.

Questions? Please email Jenn Brysk or call 415-907-6483.

To manage your membership, please log in and visit your account page.

Seeking volunteers to be part of a “New Member Welcome Committee”

We are looking for current members to help us welcome new members to our community. We all know that personal outreach is the best way to build meaningful connection and long-term communal commitment. The ask is easy: we would pair you with a new member/family and ask that you call them, get to know them, share your experience, knowledge and love for the synagogue, and then check up on them monthly. It’s easy and very meaningful.

If you are interested in sharing your passion and connection to Emanu-El with others, please contact Jenn Brysk at 415-907-6483 or at [email protected]