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Mishpachot Emanu-El Babies: Mondays 5/15-6/5 10:00 am
Mishpachot Emanu-El Babies: Mondays 5/15-6/5
May 15 @ 10:00 am – Jun 5 @ 11:30 am
NEW PRICE!Drop-ins welcome!Our Mishpachot Emanu-El program for Babies introduces our youngest children (0-16 months) to a preschool environment with their parent(s) by their side. Our weekly meetings will be guided by esteemed early childhood educator, … Continued
Mishpachot Emanu-El Toddlers: Wednesdays 5/17-6/7 10:00 am
Mishpachot Emanu-El Toddlers: Wednesdays 5/17-6/7
May 17 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 11:15 am
Wednesdays 10:00-11:15 amDates: 5/17, 5/24, 5/31 and 6/7Our Mishpachot Emanu-El program for Toddlers introduces some of our youngest children to a preschool environment with their parent(s) by their side. Our weekly meetups will include music, nosh … Continued
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A Special L’hitraot Tot Shabbat – (6/2/23) 5:00 pm
A Special L’hitraot Tot Shabbat – (6/2/23)
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A Very Special Tot Shabbat!Not goodbye, just see you soon! This will be a commemorative Shabbat service and celebration, as it is our last in our beloved building during construction. We will nosh delicious cupcakes, … Continued
Shabbat Service (6/2/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (6/2/23)
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, June 2nd at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Beth Singer and Ryan Bauer with Cantors Arik Luck and Marsha Attie. They will be joined by our newly ordained … Continued
Rolling on Shabbos at Presidio Bowl – YA Event 8:00 pm
Rolling on Shabbos at Presidio Bowl – YA Event
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sorry Walter, we are Rolling on Shabbos! Join Emanu-El's Young Adult Community for a fun evening of bowling at Presidio Bowl on June 2nd from 8-10 pm. Practice your swing, enjoy a drink by the … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Jun 3 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – William Portnoy (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – William Portnoy (Main)
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Rachel Cohn (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Rachel Cohn (Main)
Jun 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Emanu-El Next Groundbreaking Celebration 11:00 am
Emanu-El Next Groundbreaking Celebration
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Emanu-El Next Groundbreaking Celebration.Join us for our ceremonial groundbreaking and joyful community celebration!Sunday, June 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pmFood, music, learning and fun! All ages welcome.Together, let's be part of What's NEXT!Event Signup
TEST: Emanu-El Next Groundbreaking Celebration 11:00 am
TEST: Emanu-El Next Groundbreaking Celebration
Jun 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Emanu-El Next Groundbreaking Celebration.Join us for our ceremonial groundbreaking and joyful community celebration!Sunday, June 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pmFood, music, learning and fun! All ages welcome.Together, let's be part of What's NEXT!Event Signup
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Shabbat Service – Celebrating Rabbi Rodich (6/9/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – Celebrating Rabbi Rodich (6/9/23)
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, June 9th at 6:00 pm!​Our entire community will celebrate Rabbi Rodich for his outstanding eight years as our rabbi. Following Shabbat services, we'll have a special Oneg … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Jun 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – A. Menger-Thau & C. Brown (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – A. Menger-Thau & C. Brown (Main)
Jun 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Men’s Group Meeting – June 11, 2023 9:30 am
Men’s Group Meeting – June 11, 2023
Jun 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Dear Gentlemen of the El, Please join me on Sunday, June 11th from 9:30am – 11:00am for our Men’s Group gathering. We will meet at the home of a temple member.  Enjoy coffee and bagels and a chance to … Continued
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June Mishpachot Meet-Up 10:30 am
June Mishpachot Meet-Up
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Next meet-up is Friday, June 16!Location: TBDTime: 10:30 amMeeting Frequency:  Third Friday of the Month, locations will vary.Join us for a monthly neighborhood meet-up at various coffee shops around San Francisco! This is a chance … Continued
Shabbat Service (6/16/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (6/16/23)
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, June 16 at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
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Rafting Adventure with YALC (with optional camping) 8:30 am
Rafting Adventure with YALC (with optional camping)
Jun 17 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Calling all adventurers! Are you looking for a super full day of whitewater rafting on a river that’s just packed with fun, excitement, and thrills? Join Emanu-El's Young Adult Community for an incredible Rafting Experience. … Continued
Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Jun 17 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Cameron Axelbaum (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Cameron Axelbaum (Main)
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Lev and Sasha Resnikoff (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Lev and Sasha Resnikoff (Main)
Jun 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Pride Shabbat Service – (6/23/2023) 6:00 pm
Pride Shabbat Service – (6/23/2023)
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Emanu-El is proud to partake in San Francisco LGBTQ Pride! All are welcome to join us for our annual Pride Shabbat service at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 23rd.Led by Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Jason … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Jun 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
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Shabbat Service (6/30/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (6/30/23)
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, June 30th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Jonathan Singer and Leo Fuchs with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
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The Congregation Emanu-el Archives

Preserving Our Past for the Future

The Congregation Emanu-El Archives, established as a counterpart to our Museum by Rabbi Alvin I. Fine in 1950, is dedicated to collecting and preserving our congregation’s rich and vibrant history. Today’s Archives contain a wealth of materials pertaining to every element of our Congregation’s history: from its clergy, congregants, and educational programs to its architecture, administration, and volunteer organizations.

The portrait that emerges is a multi-generational one that begins with our founders and progresses over 150 years to embrace the vitality that is Congregation Emanu-El today. Among the artifacts you’ll find here are congregational records, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, ephemera (such as concert and theatrical programs), and commissioned musical scores. Our treasures range from the whimsical (Rabbi Irving F. Reichert’s top hat), to the documentary (photographs of the Sutter Street synagogue, both before and after the 1906 earthquake), to the prosaic (invoices for services rendered and items purchased while constructing the Lake Street Temple). Yet much of our story is missing. When the 1906 earthquake and fire devastated the Sutter Street Synagogue, it left most of our historical record in ashes. And many events from the 1920s on remain underrepresented.

Perhaps you have something sitting in a drawer: a photograph, brochure, memento, or document that will help illustrate our congregational tale. If so, we’d love to hear from you! Won’t you contribute to Emanu-El’s heritage by donating an item, sharing a story, or even just asking a question? Please contact Penny Mika at (415) 750-7545, or by email at [email protected]. Your interest and participation will help keep our traditions alive for generations to come.

Sutter Street Synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El, 1877 Photograph by Carleton Watkins; vintage albumen print, 1877
Sutter Street Synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El, 1877
Photograph by Carleton Watkins; vintage albumen print, 1877

Construction of the Dome, Lake Street Synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El, April 16, 1925 Original construction photograph, Barrett & Hilp, Contractors; Vintage silver print, April 16, 1925
Construction of the Dome, Lake Street Synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El, April 16, 1925
Original construction photograph, Barrett & Hilp, Contractors; Vintage silver print, April 16, 1925

The Dybbuk, Act ii, depicting Leah and the Beggars. Production of The Dybbuk, by S. Ansky, was performed by The Temple Players at The Temple Playhouse, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco beginning on Monday, October 29, 1928. Photograph by Roger Sturtevant; Vintage silver print, 1928
The Dybbuk, Act ii, depicting Leah and the Beggars.
Production of The Dybbuk, by S. Ansky, was performed by The Temple Players at The Temple Playhouse, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco beginning on Monday, October 29, 1928.
Photograph by Roger Sturtevant; Vintage silver print, 1928

Judaica Collection

photo623The Judaica collection includes hundreds of rare and beautiful artifacts- everything from tapestries, torah ornaments and household ritual objects to paintings, works on paper and books (including Bibles). Many are donations from families descended from the Temple’s founding members. Together, the Archives and Judaica bear eloquent witness to the continuity of Jewish tradition as well as Congregation Emanu-El’s vibrant one hundred and fifty-year history

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