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.
April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Friday, April 17
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Join us for our April YFE Family Shabbat Dinner! Our April Shabbat is being co-planned by the Tzedek Council’s new Family Tzedek committee, which is working to infuse the Jewish value of tikkun olam into our Shabbat experience. This dinner will feature a “Change a child’s story” book drive for Homeless Prenatal Program, as well as educational programming and activities for all children.
The April drive is especially close to our heart. Please help us build a Children’s library for HPP by donating new spanish books (Find yours or your child’s favorite book in Spanish or choose from this amazon list) and gently used secular english books. We encourage each child in your family to bring one new spanish book and as many like new/gently used books to our dinner. We also encourage you to reflect as a family on the importance of books in your life and to think of a message you want to share with HPP families on why books are so important to you. Our activities during the April dinner will center around those messages.
5:30 pm Welcome oneg with mac and cheese
6:00 pm One Shabbat service with story pullout for children
7:00 pm Dinner with age-appropriate activities
Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service
Saturday, April 25
Please join us for a Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat service for families with children ages 5 and under! This event is in partnership with Jewish Baby Network.
Gen E Potluck Havdallah
Saturday, March 21
Join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for a potluck Havdallah at a private home in Marin (address provided upon registration). We’ll mix and mingle from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, so join when you can – Havdallah will happen around 6:30 pm.
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
Sunday, March 22 – This event has been cancelled.
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. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca Reiner at email@example.com or (415) 751-2541 x170. Please register.
Thanks to donations from two members of the Men’s Group, the majority of gatherings are now offered for free. If you would like to sponsor a Men’s Group breakfast, please let us know.
Men’s Group events are congregant only and require registration. Location address given upon registration.
An active and committed group of dads of Congregation Emanu-El ages 30-50, with children ages birth-18, 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.
The Congregation Emanu-El Women’s Group offers a wide variety of diverse programs, spanning all demographics of the Temple.
The Tribe for Women is a group of Congregation Emanu-El mothers of children, birth-18 years old. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.
Tribe for Women Mahj Night
Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 pm
Back by popular demand, Congregation Emanu-El’s Tribe for Women is invited to join together for a great evening of desserts, drinks, and Mahjong on Wednesday, April 22, at 6pm! There will be tables for social play for all levels- no teaching will be offered at this event. Advanced reservations required, and with limited spots available, this event will fill up! Because this event was created with the hopes of furthering an intentional community within Emanu-El’s Tribe for Women, we appreciate your help in ensuring that attendees are members of the Tribe for Women. Social play is non-competitive, and games will not be timed. Bring your new 2020 NMJL cards to play (order here if you haven’t yet!).
While there is no cost to join this event, please bring a potluck beverage and something sweet to share. In hopes of minimizing germ spreading, please bring a packaged treat to share instead of a homemade treat.
This event is hosted by Cindy Weil and co-hosted by Laurie Beijen, and Alice Meyers. Location will be announced closer to the event date.
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