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Jul
23
Sat
2022
Clergy-Led Torah Study (7/23/2022)
Jul 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.

Jul
27
Wed
2022
Emanu-El Reads: People Love Dead Jews (Dara Horn)
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Group Discussion of "People Love Dead Jews" with Alexa Asher

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Reuben Rinder Chapel

Our very own Engagement Program Manager, Alexa Asher, will lead the discussion. Alexa holds a Master’s in Holocaust Studies from the University of Haifa. She just returned to the Bay Area after living the last five years in Israel. Alexa is passionate about combating Holocaust denial and antisemitism and is excited to use her background to inspire Jewish pride during challenging times. 

Emanu-El Reads – Summer Book Options for our Charles Michael Scholar-in-Residence, Dara Horn 

Leading up to our October scholar, join us in reading two of her most outstanding books. Then, come together virtually for a discussion.

 

People Love Dead Jews– Often asked by major publications to write on subjects related to Jewish culture―and increasingly in response to a recent wave of deadly antisemitic attacks―Horn was troubled to realize what all of these assignments had in common: she was being asked to write about dead Jews, never about living ones. In these essays, Horn reflects on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the mythology that Jewish family names were changed at Ellis Island, the blockbuster traveling exhibition Auschwitz, the marketing of the Jewish history of Harbin, China, and the little-known life of the "righteous Gentile" Varian Fry. Throughout, she challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present.

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including the novels In the Image (Norton 2002), The World to Come (Norton 2006), All Other Nights (Norton 2009), A Guide for the Perplexed (Norton 2013), and Eternal Life (Norton 2018), and the essay collection People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present (Norton 2021). One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists (2007), she is the recipient of two National Jewish Book Awards, the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, the Harold U. Ribalow Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and she was a finalist for the Wingate Prize, the Simpson Family Literary Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books, Booklist’s 25 Best Books of the Decade, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of the Year, and have been translated into eleven languages. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Jewish Review of Books, among many other publications, and she is a regular columnist for Tablet Magazine. Horn received her doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University, studying Yiddish and Hebrew. She has taught courses in these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College and Yeshiva University, and held the Gerald Weinstock Visiting Professorship in Jewish Studies at Harvard. She has lectured for audiences in hundreds of venues throughout North America, Israel, and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children. 

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Jul
29
Fri
2022
Shabbat Service – (7/29/2022)
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, July 29th at 6:00 pm!

Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck.

To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: 

  • Advance registration is required. If for any reason you are not able to register in advance, you are still welcome to attend and we will take care of registration at the gate.
  • Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate at Emanu-El. All individuals ages 5+ must show proof of vaccination. All ineligible for vaccination must provide proof of negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.
  • Masks are required for services taking place, indoors, at Emanu-El. During services and lifecycle events, all those on the bimah may unmask.
  • Masks are not required for outdoor events, including the courtyard.
  • Please review our COVID-19 on-site event protocols so you’ll know what to expect. We're so excited to welcome you back into our beautiful sanctuary.

Our services will also continue to be held virtually, on our Livestream page and Facebook Live. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T'Filah prayer book.

We understand rules and norms are changing quickly. Our COVID advisory team continues to monitor legal requirements and best practices and may change requirements as the environment changes.

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Jul
30
Sat
2022
Clergy-Led Torah Study (7/30/2022)
Jul 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.

Aug
3
Wed
2022
Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join us at a reception celebrating the release of Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair. A young adult biography written in short stories by Jennifer Kaufman. Wednesday, August 3, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, outside in the Emanu-El Courtyard.

What does it mean to persist? How does a person keep going when things get tough? For more than seven decades, Rita Semel has mobilized broad coalitions to advance common causes of social concern, worked to advocate for those most in need, and built long lasting relationships among diverse communities. Now her story has been captured in a new book.

Cookies and complimentary copies of the book will be available to all in attendance. Rita will be there in person.

Sponsored by Friends of Rita Semel

To best ensure we can provide a safe experience, please note the following:

  • Advance registration is required. If for any reason you are not able to register in advance, you are still welcome to attend and we will take care of registration at the gate.
  • Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate at Emanu-El. All individuals ages 5+ must show proof of vaccination. All ineligible for vaccination must provide proof of negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.
  • Masks are required for services taking place, indoors, at Emanu-El. During services and lifecycle events, all those on the bimah may unmask.
  • Masks are not required for outdoor events, including the courtyard. Please review our COVID-19 on-site event protocols so you'll know what to expect.

We understand rules and norms are changing quickly. Our COVID advisory team continues to monitor legal requirements and best practices and may change requirements as the environment changes.

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Aug
5
Fri
2022
Tot Shabbat – (8/5/2022)
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

ALL kids 6 and under, their adults and older siblings are welcome, free of charge. We’ll start with a simple kid’s dinner & teen-led activities at 5:00 pm in our beautiful courtyard. Then, join us in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary for a fun and community building 30-minute service from 5:30 6:00 pm led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie.

You don’t need to be an Emanu-El member, know Hebrew, understand Shabbat, or be familiar with synagogues. Just come with your kids and have a good time, we’ll teach you the rest.

Registration required, preferably in advance but, if unable to register, please come and we will take your information at the gate.  

To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: 

  • Advance registration is required. If for any reason you are not able to register in advance, you are still welcome to attend and we will take care of registration at the gate.
  • Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate at Emanu-El. All individuals ages 5+ must show proof of vaccination. All ineligible for vaccination must provide proof of negative Covid test within 24 hours of the event.
  • Masking is voluntary.
  • Please review our COVID-19 on-site event protocols so you’ll know what to expect. We're so excited to welcome you back into our beautiful sanctuary.

We understand rules and norms are changing quickly. Our COVID advisory team continues to monitor legal requirements and best practices and may change requirements as the environment changes.

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50/25 Years in the Rabbinate: Honoring Rabbis Pearce & Mintz
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for a special Shabbat service August 5th at 6:00 pm to honor Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce for his 50 years in the rabbinate and Senior Associate Rabbi Sydney Mintz for her 25 years in the rabbinate with Congregation Emanu-El. After the service, we will celebrate in the courtyard with a festive oneg.

Led by Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer with Cantors Marsha Attie, Arik Luck and Cantor Emeritus Roslyn Barak.

To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: 

  • Advance registration is required. If for any reason you are not able to register in advance, you are still welcome to attend and we will take care of registration at the gate.
  • Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate at Emanu-El. All individuals ages 5+ must show proof of vaccination. All ineligible for vaccination must provide proof of negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.
  • Masks are required for services taking place, indoors, at Emanu-El. During services and lifecycle events, all those on the bimah may unmask.
  • Masks are not required for outdoor events, including the courtyard.
  • Please review our COVID-19 on-site event protocols so you’ll know what to expect. We're so excited to welcome you back into our beautiful sanctuary.

Our services will also continue to be held virtually, on our Livestream page and Facebook Live. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T'Filah prayer book.

We understand rules and norms are changing quickly. Our COVID advisory team continues to monitor legal requirements and best practices and may change requirements as the environment changes.

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Aug
6
Sat
2022
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/6/2022)
Aug 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.

Aug
12
Fri
2022
Shabbat Service – (8/12/2022)
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, August 12th at 6:00 pm!

Led by Rabbis Jason Rodich and Sydney Mintz with Cantor Marsha Attie.

To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: 

  • Advance registration is required. If for any reason you are not able to register in advance, you are still welcome to attend and we will take care of registration at the gate.
  • Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate at Emanu-El. All individuals ages 5+ must show proof of vaccination. All ineligible for vaccination must provide proof of negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.
  • Masks are required for services taking place, indoors, at Emanu-El. During services and lifecycle events, all those on the bimah may unmask.
  • Masks are not required for outdoor events, including the courtyard.
  • Please review our COVID-19 on-site event protocols so you’ll know what to expect. We're so excited to welcome you back into our beautiful sanctuary.

Our services will also continue to be held virtually, on our Livestream page and Facebook Live. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T'Filah prayer book.

We understand rules and norms are changing quickly. Our COVID advisory team continues to monitor legal requirements and best practices and may change requirements as the environment changes.

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August Late Shabbat for 20s and 30s
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join Jewish young adults from around the Bay for Congregation Emanu-El’s Late Shabbat!  

A festive evening of community-building, spiritual connection, and incredible music. 

Schmoozing and wine start at 8pm / services begin at 8:30pm / oneg with tacos, drinks, and music follows at 9:45pm until 11:00 pm.

If you are looking to connect with other 20s & 30s in the Bay Area Jewish community, this is the place for you! 

Bring your mask, your vax card, and your best friends. 

Register Here

COVID safety precautions & requirements for attending

  • Advance registration is required. 
  • At this time, masks are required for services taking place indoors at Emanu-ElMasks are not required for outdoor events, including in the courtyard.
  • Full-vaccination, for those who are eligible, are required for ALL Emanu-El events. Please have your proof of vaccination and ID ready before approaching the front gate.
  • For those who are ineligible for vaccination, we are accepting PCR or rapid test results.
  • All clergy have been vaccinated and are routinely tested.
  • No food or drink inside.
  • Please note that this is an event for Young Adults in their 20s and 30s. 

We can’t wait to celebrate Shabbat with you!

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