What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/19)
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.

Taught by Rabbi Jonathan Singer

Guest for May 19: Tyler Gregory, Executive Director of JCRC

Join Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both from historic and contemporary perspectives. Zionism is both celebrated by some as being the miraculous expression of Jewish nationalism and questioned by others as an ideology that has become disconnected from Jewish values. As is our approach at Emanu-El, we want to bring in many voices and so will include Orli Bein from the New Israel Fund, Rabbi Josh Weinberg leader of ARZA- the Reform Movement’s Zionist Wing, a board member from IF NOT NOW, a speaker on Orthodox Zionism, and our own John Rothmann- who brings a wealth of historical knowledge and capacity for political analysis.  

We will use Gil Troy’s updated version of Arthur Hertzbergs’ “The Zionist Idea” as our text.


Wednesdays from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Bring your lunch and an open mind.

April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 12, 19

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Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19)
May 19 @ 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.

Ambassador Dennis Ross on the Israel-Gaza Conflict
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Ambassador Dennis Ross as he talks with our Israel Action Committee leadership and gives his perspective on the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Ambassador Ross is a former Middle East peace negotiator and government official and a distinguished scholar. He has the unusual distinction of being a political appointee for two Republican and two Democratic presidents – Reagan and Bush 41 as well as Clinton and Obama. He also developed close relationships with five Israeli prime ministers: Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu. He was the special advisor to former Secretary of State Clinton. Few people know the history of Israel or its efforts on peace or its relations with the Arabs and the region better.

Please register to receive the Zoom information for this event. Our capacity is 275 attendees.

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One Shabbat Service & Confirmation (5/21/2021)
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

A special Confirmation Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Parris. 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. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T'Filah prayer book.

Shabbat Morning Service – Charlie Fridman (Main Sanctuary)
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.

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Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 5/22/2021)
May 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.

Shabbat Morning Service – Zoe Schauer (Main Sanctuary)
May 22 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.

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Shabbat Morning Service – Jacqueline Thier (Main Sanctuary)
May 22 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.

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CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021
May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

CEEP Art Auction and Benefit | Join us for a Virtual Vacation!

Escape for a fun-filled, vacation-inspired virtual live and silent auction along with a mock/cocktail class with your favorite CEEP crew! All proceeds benefit the preschool. Please click here to participate.

Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Israel Action Committee and Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design San Francisco Chapter Present, Stitching a New Nation: Fashion, Identity, and Israel’s Nation-making. This virtual event is free and open to the community. 


Countries, like people, have clothes that represent who they are and what they stand for. Like any good thriller, the story of fashion in Israel has unexpected twists and turns from its inception in 1948 to the present. From biblical fantasies to cutting-edge technologies, we will experience how a young nation forged its identity stitch by stitch. 


Join us for this unforgettable virtual event as we explore key moments and designers who shaped what it means to be Israeli. Keren Ben-Horin is a fashion historian, curator, and author. Moderator: Anat Pilovsky, S.F Bezalel Academy Chair and Temple Emanu-El Israel Action committee member. Q&A to follow the presentation. 

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