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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 2) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 2)
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Bari Weiss / Rabbi Sydney Mintz 7:00 pm
Bari Weiss / Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Conversation with Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Bari Weiss  Free and open to the community, virtual event  Thursday, June 3, 7:00pm Bari Weiss is a journalist and the author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” which won a … Continued
Dumplings & Kibitzin: An Evening for Asian Jewish Couples 8:00 pm
Dumplings & Kibitzin: An Evening for Asian Jewish Couples
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
People living at the intersection of Asian and Jewish identity know a secret: there are many commonalities between the cultures which may help explain why so many Asian/Jewish couples find their beshert in each other. … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (6/4/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (6/4/2021)
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services beginning this Friday, June 4th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary. We plan to start small as we … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 6/5/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 6/5/2021)
Jun 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Ariella Albukerk (Main Sanctuary) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ariella Albukerk (Main Sanctuary)
Jun 5 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 9) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 9)
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Jews Of Color Gathering (June 2021) 6:30 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (June 2021)
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Led by congregants who identify as Jews of Color, we are convening regular gatherings of Emanu-El members who identify as Jews of Color of any race or ethnicity, to meet each other, share stories, and explore … Continued
A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – 2021 7:30 pm
A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – 2021
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a night of laughter and levity, emceed by Rabbi Sydney Mintz!Price: $8 Members / $10 Non-Members *This event is appropriate for adults 18+. Performing Comedians:  Aviva Siegel Aviva is a stand-up comic by day, and a … Continued
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Consul General of Israel with Rabbi Jonathan Singer 7:00 pm
Consul General of Israel with Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shlomi Kofman, Consul General of Israel, in Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan SingerJune 10th, 7:00 pm, virtual webinarJoin us for a discussion about the end of the Gaza conflict, changes in Israeli government, and how we … Continued
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June Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
June Young Adult Candle Lighting
Jun 11 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingJune 11, 5:45 – 6:00 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got laying … Continued
One Shabbat Service – (6/11/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (6/11/2021)
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, June 11th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary. We plan to start small as we carefully … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/12/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/12/2021)
Jun 12 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 16) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 16)
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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One Shabbat Service – (6/18/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (6/18/2021)
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, June 18th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary. We plan to start small as we carefully … Continued
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Torah Study (with Leo Fuchs – 6/19/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Leo Fuchs – 6/19/2021)
Jun 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Leo Fuchs, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Emmy Cutler (Main Sanctuary) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Emmy Cutler (Main Sanctuary)
Jun 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service-Dylan and Tyler Soofer (Main Sant.) 12:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Service-Dylan and Tyler Soofer (Main Sant.)
Jun 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 23) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 23)
Jun 23 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Pride Shabbat Service – (6/25/2021) 6:00 pm
Pride Shabbat Service – (6/25/2021)
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Pride Shabbat Service this Friday, June 25th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary. We plan to start small as we … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Sophia Dumitru-Rose (Main) 9:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sophia Dumitru-Rose (Main)
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/26/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/26/2021)
Jun 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 30) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 30)
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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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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