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Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021 10:00 am
Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
To support local hospitals and patients in need, Congregation Emanu-El will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday April 1st from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in collaboration with Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and … Continued
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program)
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Join YALCers and experienced cocktail makers, Misha Kestler, Lila Cantor, and Aaron Bellings in our continued Mixology series, with a fun Passover twist! Each time we gather, we’ll learn how to make some new drinks.  DrinksWhite … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021)
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3 9:15 am
Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3
Apr 3 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer. Everyone is also welcome to join us for Yizkor memorial prayers on Saturday, April 3 at 10:15 AM. Feel free to join Torah Study first at 9:15 AM and … Continued
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Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening 12:00 pm
Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Please join us to honor the families, their descendants, and their advocates, who together have transmitted an unforgettable story of survival in the Holocaust through testimonies, literature, and the docudrama No Place On Earth.Tuesday, April 6, … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, … Continued
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin 5:00 pm
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Singer and District Attorney, Chesa BoudinFree and open to the community, virtual eventWednesday, April 7, 5:00pmJoin Rabbi Jonathan Singer as he speaks to District Attorney Chesa Boudin about his work, his … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor 5:00 pm
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and the greater Bay Area community as we virtually commemorate Yom HaShoah.On April 7, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for a virtual reading of the names and community yizkor service … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 11:00 am
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 1:00 pm
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’ 5:45 pm
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’
Apr 9 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Young Adult Candle Lighting & Kibbitzin'April 9, Candle Lighting 5:45 – 6:00 pm, Kibbitzin' 6:00 – 6:30 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your … Continued
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021)
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021)
Apr 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth 5:00 pm
Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for a discussion on the issues affecting LGBTQ+ youth in our community, and learn more about the impactful Host Homes program, run by the SF LGBT Center. Find out how you … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14)
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 14, join Rabbi Jonathan for the next “What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism,” this time with Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, Director of ARZA, the Reform Movement’s Zionist organization. He will … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Six Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pmApril 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021)
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021)
Apr 17 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Young Adult Shabbat Hike 11:00 am
Young Adult Shabbat Hike
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
On April 17th, 20s & 30s are encouraged to polish off their challah French toast and come enjoy some fresh air, nature, and movement to recharge for the week! YALCers Vince Celli and Claire Perelman … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21)
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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. Our … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021)
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021)
Apr 24 @ 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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Resetting the Table Apps 2021 5:30 pm
Resetting the Table Apps 2021
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Resetting the Table to present this 5-part workshop series learning and delving into our thoughts and feelings about Israel-Palestine as Jews. Especially in times of high intensity, it can be … Continued
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat 7:00 pm
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council welcomes Hamilton Families new CEO, Kyriell Noon in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer. The conversation will explore the current state of homeless families in the city, how Hamilton Families has risen … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28)
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021)
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … 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.
Open enrollment for the Spring 2021 semester has closed. Reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in a particular group listed.

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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.

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

You are signing up to meet 4-5 times with the same group of congregants, about once a month from February to June.  At the end of this spring each group will have the opportunity to decide if they want to continue meeting moving forward.

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?

B’Bayit groups can meet virtually or in person with an eye towards the ever-changing realities of our world.  Meeting style (online, outside in person, indoors, etc) will depend on the preferences of group members and current city and state health regulations.

How are B’Bayit meetings scheduled?

Each group will set its own meeting dates and calendar together based on group availability and preferences.  Most meetings will be about 1 hour, 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 by clicking here.

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

Get in touch with Rabbi Sarah Parris ([email protected]) or Leah Shapiro ([email protected]) and they 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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