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Thank you to our Givers of Light!
Since its inception 170 years ago, our Emanu-El community has scattered its light across the city and this holiday season our community continued this beautiful tradition. The Tzedek Council’s 4th Annual Light of Giving made it possible to provide brand new home goods to 141 residents moving off the streets and into HomeRise’s newly-constructed Mission Bay South Block 9 (MB9) permanent housing beginning this spring.


State of the Union with City Supervisor Rafael Mandelman

June 17, 2022

7:30-9:00 PM

The Tzedek Council invites you for a special conversation and dinner with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman about the homelessness and housing crisis our city is facing. This is a rare opportunity to engage with a City Supervisor, ask the questions that are important to you, and learn more about what you can do to make our community more equitable for all. Supervisor Mandelman will join clergy during Friday night services in the Main Sanctuary. During dinner following the service, we will hear from Supervisor Mandelman, in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Participants are invited to send in questions for Supervisor Mandelman at the time of registration.

Supervisor Mandelman has served on the Board of Supervisors since July 2018. He has worked to address the City’s mental health and substance use crises. He represents District 8 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Rules Committee and as a member of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee of the Board of Supervisors.

Space is limited for this event. Registration is required. The cost of dinner is $20 for Congregation Emanu-El members.

Register here.


Help Afghan Refugees
Jewish Family and Children’s Services East Bay 

JFCS East Bay continues to be very busy welcoming new refugees! In August alone, they resettled 77 Afghans in the East Bay community. To put this number into context, that’s about what we might typically expect to resettle in half a year. With your donations and support, all of you are part of making this possible. As the Jewish new year is here, this is a time for renewal and hope for the future, as we all work together to support our new neighbors as their lives in our community begin.

Please consider purchasing something from this Amazon Wish List. These items are shipped to JFCS office in Concord and put directly into the hands of refugees.


Join the San Francisco Black & Jewish Unity Coalition
Partner: San Francisco Black & Jewish Unity Coalition
Meets 2nd Thursday of each month
To sign up or for more information, email Rachel Montana 

The Unity Coalition is a grassroots organization, made up of people of faith and/or social activists, who are committed to the causes of racial, social, and economic justice and dismantling systemic racism at the local, regional and national levels. We hold monthly meetings via ZOOM every second Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm. In addition to our regular group meetings, we have identified four main areas of focus and created committees to carry out the work required to achieve our objectives and goals. We welcome people who will volunteer to work with a diverse group of people to make this a better world. We hold committee meetings once each month. The committees are: Criminal Justice & Prison Reform, Health & General Welfare, Community & Economic Development, and Civic Engagement.


Congregation Emanu-El Supports Get 1 Give 1
A people-to-people initiative to speed the spread of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.

In the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have ample access to free COVID-19 vaccines, which has resulted in one of the highest rates of vaccinations in the country. We can give that peace of mind to another by supporting the cost of a vaccine. Get 1 Give 1 contributions go to COVAX-AMC, the global mechanism created to buy and distribute vaccines to 92 lower-income countries. All money contributed goes directly to purchasing vaccines (instead of overhead costs). Through this simple act, we can expand protection against COVID-19 and end the pandemic faster.


Year-round Collection Bins
We have traditionally held clothing and household collection bins year-round at Emanu-El for St. Anthony’s and non-perishable food collection bins for both the San Francisco Food Bank and Jewish Family and Children Services.