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Brown Bag November 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag November 2017
Nov 1 @ 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, November 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, November 2017
Nov 1 @ 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 – November 2, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – November 2, 2017
Nov 2 @ 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 11-3-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 11-3-17
Nov 3 @ 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. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict 2:00 pm
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict
The Ambivalence we feel at 50: Creating space to talk about Israelis, Palestinians, and the Conflict – November 5Sunday, November 5, 2:00 – 4:00pmJoin us at Congregation Emanu-El for this very special event, co-sponsored by the … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Young Adults: Meditation Session 7:30 pm
Young Adults: Meditation Session
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come relax into Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El’s new young adult meditation group, from 7:30-8:30 pm right before November Late Shabbat! Join us for a short guided meditation and a chance to connect and engage in … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Nov 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? November 2017 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? November 2017
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Families with young children Birth to 5 years old are invited to come to Got Shabbat? with Mimi Greisman, Early Childhood and Family Educator. We celebrate Shabbat with family and friends. Activities will include a … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Alexa Polsky 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Alexa Polsky
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Mia Kohn 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Mia Kohn
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Men’s Group – November 12, 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – November 12, 2017
Nov 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - November 12, 2017
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
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank’s Stepsister 1:00 pm
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank’s Stepsister
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank's Stepsister
Join us for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, November 12.Reflections on Resistance: After Auschwitz – An Afternoon with Eva Schloss.Eva, 86, is an Auschwitz survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank. Both Frank and … Continued
Young Adults Raphael House Nov 2017 3:30 pm
Young Adults Raphael House Nov 2017
Nov 12 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
We are excited to bring a group of young adults from our Young Adult Community to Raphael House for this special night. We will prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working with … Continued
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
November B’nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting 6:00 pm
November B’nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You are invited to the B'nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th!  When: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017Place & Time: Guild Hall from 6:00pm – 7:00pmWho: You and your child are invited to meet for our Orientation … Continued
THE Book Club – November 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – November 2017
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join this month's The Book Club with special guest Rabbi Kushner! Topic coming soon.Tuesday, November 14Hosted in a private home in San Francisco. Address provided upon registration. Congregant Cost: $10.00; General Admission: $18.00Dinner will be provided.*THE … Continued
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine! 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine!
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine! How to be a better father on Friday night and preparing your kids soul for the 21st centuryJoin Rabbi Bauer, Cantor Luck and your fellow … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer 7:30 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer @ Nourse Theater | San Francisco | California | United States
San Francisco City Arts & Lectures November 28 7:30 pm Nourse Auditorium Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and religious scholar. His books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Zealot: The … Continued
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Interfaith Holiday Party 2017 6:00 pm
Interfaith Holiday Party 2017
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home near West Portal.Join our interfaith community for a potluck-style holiday party! Bring a food that reminds you of your fondest winter holiday memories. This event is open to your whole family – … 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. 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. 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 observe the full range of Yom Kippur services with the Emanu-El community, the deadline to join is 5 pm on Wednesday, September 27.

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

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