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AFIPO Presents Shesh Besh 7:00 pm
AFIPO Presents Shesh Besh
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Brown Bag April 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag April 2019
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning session with a member of our clergy. Bring your lunch, build community, enjoy some Torah!This program occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata and Learning April 2019 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning April 2019
Apr 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a no-host study session at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Take a break from your day with a little Torah, a little nosh, and a little discussion. Grab a snack or a … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – April 4, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 4, 2019
Apr 4 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Apr 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner
Apr 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-04-05 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-04-05
Apr 5 @ 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. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-04-05 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-04-05
Apr 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children. Mediterranean food will be provided.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall.  Adult Members- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Israeli Elections Discussion 9:30 am
Israeli Elections Discussion
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Israeli Elections Discussion
The Israel Elections are on Tuesday, April 9. Please come to hear from Israel expert, John Rothmann, and Israel Consul General Shlomi Kofman as they discuss the pending elections and what could transpire for Israel … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Intro to Judaism – Spring 2019 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Spring 2019
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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
Origins of the Bible – Lev & Deut 7:00 pm
Origins of the Bible – Lev & Deut
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Leviticus and Deuteronomy (This is a continuation of the fall course with Rabbi Jeremy Morrison from Lehrhaus Judaica.Newcomers are welcome and the course may be … Continued
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Women’s Seder 2019 6:30 pm
Women’s Seder 2019
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
We invite all the women of the Emanu-El community to participate in our annual intergenerational Women’s Seder.  With song, ritual, story and prayer, we join Jewish women all over the world who gather each Passover to … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – April 11, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 11, 2019
Apr 11 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-04-11 11:30 am
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-04-11
Apr 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
LifeStream Luncheon ticket for April 11 Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Charles Michael Scholar Wknd Dner w/ Rabbi David Ellenson 7:15 pm
Rabbi David Ellenson Dinner 7:15 pm
Rabbi David Ellenson Dinner
Apr 12 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a special dinner and discussion with Rabbi David Ellenson, the Interim President and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  Rabbi Ellenson will continue his lecture from the 6:00pm Shabbat … Continued
Late Shabbat Meditation (R56) 7:30 pm
Late Shabbat Meditation (R56)
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Welcome Reception (Foyer) 8:00 pm
YA Late Shabbat Welcome Reception (Foyer)
Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
 
Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Late Shabbat (MMS)
Apr 12 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
Apr 12 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
LGBTQ Family Get Together Picnic & Hike 10:00 am
LGBTQ Family Get Together Picnic & Hike
Apr 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
LGBTQ Family Get TogetherPicnic and hike atop Mt. Davidson! Saturday, April 13, 201910:00 AM – 12:00 PM Please join us for a picnic brunch and hike led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz with Director of Education, Lom Friedman.See the … Continued
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Liana Kadis (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Liana Kadis (MMS)
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service – BM Cole Wells (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – BM Cole Wells (Main)
Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Blessing of the Animals & Walk – April 13, 2019 1:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Walk – April 13, 2019
Apr 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Walk - April 13, 2019
Location: Emanu-El Courtyard and Walk to Mountain Lake Dog Park in the Presidio Gather in our courtyard and bring along your furry or fluffy friends!  Even your cats!The blessing of the animals is popular in … Continued
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Liana Kadis (MMS) 1:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Liana Kadis (MMS)
Apr 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
 
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Rabbi David Ellenson Sunday Lecture 9:30 am
Rabbi David Ellenson Sunday Lecture
Apr 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a special lecture by Rabbi David Ellenson. He will speak about Multiple Consciousnesses: Jewish Identity in the Trump Era.This weekend is made possible by the generosity of Jon Holman and Diana Grand.Event … Continued
Volunteer with SF Campus for Jewish Living 10:00 am
Volunteer with SF Campus for Jewish Living
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come spend time with local Russian elderly residents at the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living! This is an amazing opportunity to engage with the Elderly community, help bridge the generational gap and practice your … Continued
Tribe for Men Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families 1:00 pm
Tribe for Men Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families
Apr 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join The Tribe for Men for a special Earth Day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as well as … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Family Passover Seder 2019 4:30 pm
Family Passover Seder 2019
Apr 20 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This Family Seder is designed to engage families with children. It will be led by Rabbi Beth, Rabbi Fenves, Cantor Luck, and Jonathan Bayer. The Seder will be musical, participatory, and fast-paced with a delicious dinner. … Continued
Adult Passover Seder 2019 6:00 pm
Adult Passover Seder 2019
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This event is for those who want a chance to 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 … Continued
Young Adult Passover Seder 2019 6:30 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder 2019
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder 2019
Join other Jews in their 20s and 30s for our annual Young Adult Passover Seder! Nosh on gefilte fish and horseradish! Sing dayeinu! Find an Afikoman and make a new friend! Led by Rabbi Rodich, … Continued
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Nosh with the Rabbi – April 24 2019 7:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi – April 24 2019
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi (formerly known as THE Book Club)   Join with other young adults in their 20s and 30s for dinner and a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – April 25, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 25, 2019
Apr 25 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Men’s Group -April 28, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group -April 28, 2019
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group -April 28, 2019 @ Private Residence
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
Stories from Jews of Arab Countries 2:00 pm
Stories from Jews of Arab Countries
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stories from Jews of Arab Countries
Sunday, April 282:00 – 4:00pmMartin Meyer Sanctuary  White privilege, Intersectionality and the Marginalization of Jews and Zionism– Perspectives of Jews from Arab countries Join us as we hear the compelling personal stories of former Jewish … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Side by Side May 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side May 2019 Session
Apr 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side May 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Kanta Judezmo – World Premier! 7:00 pm
Kanta Judezmo – World Premier!
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kanta Judezmo - World Premier!
The Neighborhood Performance Project and Congregation Emanu-El Present  Kanta Judezmo, by Sascha Jacobsen  An oratorio sung in Ladino and English (World Premiere) Narrated by Bobby Coleman Performed by the Musical Art Quintet, Melinda Becker, with Special Guests … Continued
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“Hillel said: ‘Separate not thyself from the community’…” Pirke Avot, 4:7

Welcome to Congregation Emanu-El!

batmizvah 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 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 by choice, 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.

Finding your community within the Emanu-El community

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.

Connecting with clergy, educators and staff

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 for continuing members. Please note that this is for display purposes only; please see Join Us! to access the online application.  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.

Join Us!

We hope you will choose to become part of the present and future of our congregation and invite you to apply for membership now.

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

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