Celebrate Chanukah With Your Emanu-El Community!
The flames of the Chanukah menorah (Chanukiah) are a symbol of Jewish identity and continuity. We light the Chanukiah for eight days to remember the miracle of the human spirit, commemorate the light of re-dedication, and honor the Maccabees who put their trust in God.
One Shabbat – Chanukah Service and Community Candle-Lighting
Friday, December 11
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Please join us on December 11 as we bring the light of community into our homes for this online Chanukah Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Have your Chanukiah and candles on hand for a community candle lighting, infused with beautiful music and a spiritual welcoming of the holiday. This special Shabbat—led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Attie—is meant to be enjoyed by families and adults alike. To participate in the community candle-lighting, please register and the Zoom link will be sent to you several days before the service. Alternatively, you can tune in for the Livestream Kabbalat Shabbat here or view the service on Facebook Live. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book.
Young Adult Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting
Friday, December 11
5:45 – 6:00 pm
On the second night of Chanukah (December 11, 5:45pm), join YALC and clergy as we begin our weekend together with a 15-minute Chanukah + Shabbat gathering. Bring your menorahs, candles, wine, challah (or whatever carb you’ve got laying around), and your quarantine pod. See you on Zoom!
Chanukah: Festival of Tail-Lights
Tuesday, December 15
4:30 – 5:30 pm, 199 Arguello Street
This holiday season, we are connecting members to our beautiful sacred space for several COVID-safe gatherings. On the sixth night of Chanukah, we invite you to participate in a special drive-though celebration. Pull up to the front of the building on Arguello, and receive a joyful Chanukah greeting and a treat from our clergy. We ask that you register for the drive-through, so we can celebrate with as many members as possible, and remain in compliance with all City social distancing guidelines.
Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Tuesday, December 15
5:45 – 6:15 pm, 199 Arguello Street
On the sixth night of Chanukah, you are invited to gather with us for a socially distanced candle-lighting in front of Emanu-El. We will be led in blessings, song, and stories by our clergy, as we bask in the light of our community.
We ask that you register for the candle-lighting, so we can celebrate with as many members as possible, and remain in compliance with all City social distancing guidelines.
Connecting Cultures Through Chanukah: Latkes and Music
Thursday, December 17
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Join us for the eighth night of Chanukah with a celebration that interweaves culture, community, and storytelling! We are partnering with Inon Tzadok—the visionary behind the Middle Eastern marketplace “Shuk Shuka”—to create a virtual global culinary tour of latkes from around the world. We’ll learn more about Jewish cultures through their delicious Chanukah recipes, and Cantor Marsha Attie will continue the journey, leading us in songs that draw on diverse cultural influences. To compliment this special evening, Shuk Shuka has created a special Chanukah package for purchase, featuring a selection of latkes from around the world, paired with different dips. Pick-up, delivery, and shipping options are available, so feel free to send one to a friend or family member this Chanukah, and invite them to join you for the program! For more details, or to place your order, please click here.
Light of Giving: Homeless Prenatal Program
For the third annual Chanukah Light of Giving, the Tzedek Council invites you to join us in collecting much-needed supplies for expectant mothers and families experiencing poverty and homelessness through the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP). Your generosity will enable us to spread a message of resiliency and light to families in need this holiday season. Our hope is to eliminate financial stress as new moms make this life-changing transition into motherhood, turning their lives around for their new baby.
Our donors have the option of assembling items for a special Hamotzi box, filled with kitchen staples to ensure that each HPP family is nourished as they move into temporary or more permanent homes. Details of these boxes (shopping list of items to be purchased, how to get the boxes, etc.) will be shared upon donation. This is a wonderful project as families can shop for items together, and children will have firsthand experience of the importance of tzedakah to our community.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
$500: Purchase Infant Car Seat Stroller Combo + Portable Crib
$250: Purchase Infant Car Seat Stroller Combo
$118: Purchase Portable Crib
$50: Gift Card
$25: Gift Card
Young Adult Community
Our Young Adult Community is taking the challenges of this past year and turning them into opportunities for connection and celebration! Through gift exchange, Chanukah kit delivery, and candle lightings, we are thrilled to offer multiple avenues and innovative ways to bring our young adults together in community. Email [email protected] for more information.
Tikkun Emanu-El Shuk
The Tzedek Council is excitedly reanimating the Tikkun Emanu-El shuk just in time for Chanukah, to bring light to your business! If you have you own business and want to sell items/services through our shuk, please use this form to submit your (Chanukah) description, so we can make sure that our members receive up to date information as they do their holiday shopping from you. Click here to learn more and to view the current shuk.
New Member Chanukah Schmoo-Zoom
Friday, December 11
Are you new to the Emanu-El community (joined since November 2019)? We want to get to know you better and help you get to know others. You will receive a special invitation, but please mark your calendars for a special Chanukah schmooze/zoom session with icebreakers, some Emanu-El history, and other fun stuff. This will lead into the Temple-wide Chanukah Shabbat Service at 6:00 pm. Join us. Questions or to sign up, please contact Ariana Estoque at 415-750-7552 or at [email protected]
Seeking volunteers to be part of a “New Member Welcome Committee”
We are looking for current members to help us welcome new members to our community. We all know that personal outreach is the best way to build meaningful connection and long-term communal commitment. The ask is easy: we would pair you with a new member/family and ask that you call them, get to know them, share your experience, knowledge and love for the synagogue, and then check up on them monthly. It’s easy and very meaningful.
If you are interested in sharing your passion and connection to Emanu-El with others, please contact Ariana Estoque at 415-750-7550 or at [email protected]
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