As a large congregation, we recognize the importance of small group connection and we create many opportunities for learning, socializing, and enjoying local culture together. These gatherings generally occur in the evening hours or on weekends.
For weekday gatherings at the temple, check out these opportunities.
What Emanu-El Means When Using the Term “Interfaith”
When Emanu-El says “interfaith” in the context of “interfaith couple” or “interfaith family” or “people in interfaith relationships,” we’re inclusive of both immediate and extended families – interfaith couples where one person is Jewish and one is not, couples that include converts to Judaism who still have non-Jewish relatives, people with one Jewish parent, parents of intermarried children, grandparents of children being raised by intermarried parents, etc.
Interfaith families may include those who identify their family as Jewish, as more than one religion, as a “faithist” couple – one that tries to connect two partners’ point’s of view, one Jewish with a belief in a higher power and the other, an atheist looking at different interpretations and connections to Jewish traditions and custom, or who are unsure of how they identify. Our goal is to meet these families where they are and facilitate deeper connection to Jewish life. In addition, we recommend interfaithfamily.com as a valuable resource.
Interested in learning more about Judaism? Take a look at Introduction to Judaism.
Upcoming Interfaith Group Events:
Interfaith Community Meet-Up: Dinner
Wednesday, March 14
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Private home residence
We are excited to partner with Interfaith Family and invite interfaith couples into a private congregant home in San Francisco (Forest Hill) for dinner and conversation. Get to know other couples on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm. Share stories, and get support and best practices as you navigate two backgrounds in one relationship. Discussion led by Rabbi Samantha Orshan Kahn of Interfaith Family and Emanu-El’s Cantor Arik Luck.
RSVP to Lisa (LisaF@InterfaithFamily.com) at Interfaith Family to get the home address so you can join us.
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. All events are 9:30 – 11:30 am unless otherwise noted. Men’s Group events are congregant only and require registration.
Thanks to a donation from a member of the Men’s Group, the majority of gatherings are now offered for free.
Upcoming Men’s Group Events:
Men’s Group events are congregant-only and require registration.
Check back soon for the next Men’s Group event!
An active and committed group of dads of Congregation Emanu-El ages 30-50, with children ages 0-12, who regularly come together in meaningful ways to have fun and form real relationship through deep connections and intimate community. Tribe for Men events are congregant only and require registration.
The Tribe for Men welcomes all fathers who fit the criteria above, regardless of gender and/or sexual identity.
Upcoming Tribe for Men Events:
The Tribe for Men’s Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families Garden
Sunday, April 22
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Hamilton Families Transitional Housing
Join The Tribe for Men for a special Earth Day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as well as helping families get back into permanent housing quickly.
This Earth Day bring your kids and join your fellow Tribesmen as we revitalize and beautify Hamilton’s Transitional Housing garden with new plants, flowers, and signage! Emanu-El volunteers have been taking care of this garden for over a year, and we invite you to continue to build community and together end family homelessness in San Francisco! (After you register, we ask that you click the link in your confirmation email to choose your donation of specific starter plants and/or supplies for the garden.)
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Summer Camping Trip
SAVE THE DATE:
Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19
Details and registration coming soon!
The Congregation Emanu-El Women’s Group offers a wide variety of diverse programs, spanning all demographics of the temple. Delve into relationship development and create meaning and impact in your life!
Women’s Group events are congregant only and require registration. Questions? Contact Community Engagement Professional, Rachel Schonwetter, at (415) 751-2541 x171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Seder (members of Women’s Group and Tribe For Women welcome)
This year, we will deconstruct the seder with four questions. Why do we drink four cups of wine? What are the ten plagues? What is the bread of affliction? Today, how do we get to freedom? Over four cups of wine from our very own Northern California wine country, we hope to answer these questions through opportunities to learn, discuss, and celebrate together. The Jewish feminist journey is far from over—and women’s gatherings are an important part of that journey. With song, ritual, story and prayer, we join Jewish women all over the world who gather each Passover to name what is, and to dream of what is yet to be.
This evening will provide:
• Ideas to incorporate into your own seder
• Greater comfort in hosting and/or attending a seder
• Deeper relationships with fellow women of Emanu-El and our clergy
Cost: $18 per congregant (this fee covers the main dish, seder goodies, and wine) and a side dish or dessert to share.
After you register and pay, we ask that you click the link in your confirmation email to choose your contribution of a side dish or a dessert.
Registration closes on March 16.
The Tribe for Women is a group of Congregation Emanu-El mothers of children, birth through 18 years old. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!
Tribe for Women events are congregant only and require registration. Questions? Contact Community Engagement Professional, Rachel Schonwetter, at (415) 751-2541 x171 or email@example.com.
Upcoming Tribe for Women Group Events:
Please see above for our upcoming Women’s Seder, on March 22. The Women’s Seder is available to women associated with either Emanu-El’s Women’s Tribe or Women’s Group.
Stay tuned for the next Women’s Tribe Group event!
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