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The Tribe Camping Trip August 2021! 2:00 pm
The Tribe Camping Trip August 2021!
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm
After a year away, we are excited to kick off our first gathering this Summer! Join your Tribe for Men for our annual camping trip, led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck on August 6 through August … Continued
One Shabbat Service – (8/6/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (8/6/2021)
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, August 6th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Jonathan Bayer in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 8/7/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 8/7/2021)
Aug 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Oscar Melet (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Oscar Melet (Main)
Aug 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: All services will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alec Rabb (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alec Rabb (Main)
Aug 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: All services will … Continued
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HHD 2021 – God inTimes of Crisis with Rabbi Parris 6:30 pm
HHD 2021 – God inTimes of Crisis with Rabbi Parris
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
God in Times of Crisis: Elul Preparations for 5782 Tuesdays, August 10, 17, 31 6:30 – 7:30pm on Zoom​As we enter Elul and prepare ourselves for the 5782 High Holy Days, join Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (8/13/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (8/13/2021)
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, August 13th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Cole Kurin (Meyer) 9:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Cole Kurin (Meyer)
Aug 14 @ 9:45 am – 11:15 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: All services … Continued
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HHD 2021 – Meditative Organ Recital (8/18/2021) 7:00 pm
HHD 2021 – Meditative Organ Recital (8/18/2021)
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
As part of our month of Elul offerings, as we begin the sacred work of returning to our soul, join us for a meditative pipe organ recital. Find your own personal space in the main … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (8/20/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (8/20/2021)
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, August 20th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 8/21/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 8/21/2021)
Aug 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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One Shabbat Service – (8/27/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (8/27/2021)
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, August 27th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 8/28/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 8/28/2021)
Aug 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
HHD 2021 – S’lichot Festival Service (8/28/2021) 8:00 pm
HHD 2021 – S’lichot Festival Service (8/28/2021)
Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
S’lichot is the first gathering where the High Holiday Season begins in earnest. In the traditionally late evening service, the melodies, some specific only to the S’lichot service itself, are some of the most beautiful, rich … Continued
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Emanu-El B’Bayit Small Groups:Connect

Are you looking to find your people at Emanu-El? Want to build deeper relationships with others who share your interests, passions, and life experiences?
Join a B’Bayit small group to connect with our community, and get to know a small group of fellow congregants.
Stay tuned for open enrollment for the Fall 2021 semester, which will open after the High Holy Days. Reach out to Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris at [email protected] with questions.

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“When two people relate to each other, authentically and humanly, God is in the electricity that surges between them.”

Martin Buber


What are B’Bayit Groups?

Emanu-El B’Bayit groups are a new way for you to find your people at Emanu-El, get to know a small group of fellow congregants well, and help make our large congregation feel small. One of Emanu-El’s strengths is the breadth and scope of our large congregation, and Emanu-El B’Bayit groups are an opportunity to help you find a sense of home and belonging within our community.

What does B’Bayit mean?

B’Bayit is Hebrew for “at home” and Emanu-El B’Bayit is our way of bringing our congregation direct to you.  B’Bayit groups will meet in homes, parks, at synagogue… anywhere they choose!  

What am I signing up for when I join a group?

You are signing up to meet ~8-10 times with the same group of congregants, about once a month from fall to spring.  At the end of this Spring, each group will have the opportunity to decide if they want to continue meeting moving forward.

Throughout the year we hope to have gatherings where all B’Bayit group members can celebrate Shabbat together at Emanu-El! 

How are B’Bayit groups organized? How many people will be in each group?

Formed by interests, geography, needs, or demographics, each group will consist of up to 20 individuals or 10 families, who join together regularly to celebrate, play, pray, and/or learn with each other. Each B’Bayit group is led by a fellow member of Emanu-El.

Will my group meet in person or virtually?

Some B’Bayit groups will be meeting virtually, some in person, and some a combination of both. Each group’s profile in the B’Bayit Marketplace includes how the group will meet.

When do B’Bayit groups meet?

Each group leader has identified a monthly day & time for their group to gather – you can find each group’s meeting schedule by looking at the groups’ profile in the B’Bayit Marketplace. Most meetings will be about 1-2 hours, depending on how much time your group wants to spend together.

Do I need to renew my membership before joining a B’Bayit group?

Yes!  B’Bayit groups are a benefit of Emanu-El membership.  If you would like to join a group make sure to renew your membership today at emanuelsf.org/about-us/membership

What if I don’t see a group that interests me?

Get in touch with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris ([email protected]) and we will guide you on the process of designing your own new B’Bayit group.

Do any other synagogues do things like this?

Yes!  In launching Emanu-El B’Bayit small groups, we are particularly grateful for the thought partnership of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, as well as the small groups resources from Central Synagogue in New York, The Temple in Atlanta, and the Union for Reform Judaism.

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