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Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021 10:00 am
Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
To support local hospitals and patients in need, Congregation Emanu-El will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday April 1st from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in collaboration with Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and … Continued
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program)
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Join YALCers and experienced cocktail makers, Misha Kestler, Lila Cantor, and Aaron Bellings in our continued Mixology series, with a fun Passover twist! Each time we gather, we’ll learn how to make some new drinks.  DrinksWhite … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021)
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3 9:15 am
Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3
Apr 3 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer. Everyone is also welcome to join us for Yizkor memorial prayers on Saturday, April 3 at 10:15 AM. Feel free to join Torah Study first at 9:15 AM and … Continued
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Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening 12:00 pm
Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Please join us to honor the families, their descendants, and their advocates, who together have transmitted an unforgettable story of survival in the Holocaust through testimonies, literature, and the docudrama No Place On Earth.Tuesday, April 6, … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, … Continued
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin 5:00 pm
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Singer and District Attorney, Chesa BoudinFree and open to the community, virtual eventWednesday, April 7, 5:00pmJoin Rabbi Jonathan Singer as he speaks to District Attorney Chesa Boudin about his work, his … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 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.
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor 5:00 pm
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and the greater Bay Area community as we virtually commemorate Yom HaShoah.On April 7, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for a virtual reading of the names and community yizkor service … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 11:00 am
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 1:00 pm
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’ 5:45 pm
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’
Apr 9 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Young Adult Candle Lighting & Kibbitzin'April 9, Candle Lighting 5:45 – 6:00 pm, Kibbitzin' 6:00 – 6:30 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your … Continued
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021)
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021)
Apr 10 @ 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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Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth 5:00 pm
Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for a discussion on the issues affecting LGBTQ+ youth in our community, and learn more about the impactful Host Homes program, run by the SF LGBT Center. Find out how you … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14)
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 14, join Rabbi Jonathan for the next “What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism,” this time with Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, Director of ARZA, the Reform Movement’s Zionist organization. He will … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 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.
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Six Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pmApril 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021)
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021)
Apr 17 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Young Adult Shabbat Hike 11:00 am
Young Adult Shabbat Hike
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
On April 17th, 20s & 30s are encouraged to polish off their challah French toast and come enjoy some fresh air, nature, and movement to recharge for the week! YALCers Vince Celli and Claire Perelman … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21)
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for part three of a six-part lunch and learn series with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 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.
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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. Our … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021)
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021)
Apr 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Resetting the Table Apps 2021 5:30 pm
Resetting the Table Apps 2021
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Resetting the Table to present this 5-part workshop series learning and delving into our thoughts and feelings about Israel-Palestine as Jews. Especially in times of high intensity, it can be … Continued
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat 7:00 pm
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council welcomes Hamilton Families new CEO, Kyriell Noon in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer. The conversation will explore the current state of homeless families in the city, how Hamilton Families has risen … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28)
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 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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2nd Annual Lag Ba’Omer Community Talent Show 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Lag Ba’Omer Community Talent Show
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Lag Ba'Omer is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and is often celebrated with campfires that include music and celebration. Please join our clergy for our 2nd Annual Lag Ba'Omer Community Talent … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021)
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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History of Fine Museum

In 1950, responding to renewed interest in Jewish learning, Rabbi Alvin I. Fine formed a committee to establish archives and a museum at Temple Emanu-El.Rabbi Fine viewed the arts as a fundamental expression of Jewish spirituality and the Temple museum as a place in which congregants could “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Mrs. John C. (Bess) Altman served as the newly created Museum Committee’s first chairperson. Handsome bronze-framed display cases were installed, first in the foyer of the Main Sanctuary, then in the Reuben R. Rinder Chapel corridor. Most recently, a suite of specially designed cases was built in the Martin A. Meyer Reception Room as well, greatly augmenting the Museum’s exhibition potential.

photo784The Temple Museum of Congregation Emanu-El was dedicated at a special service on June 15, 1957. Since then, the Museum Committee has installed four exhibits per year and invited artists from the Bay Area and around the world to display their work. Elizabeth S. Fine, the Rabbi’s wife, had taken a special interest in the museum and, in 1974, Rabbi Fine and his children established the Elizabeth S. Fine Memorial Art Fund in her memory. In 1981 the Temple Museum was formally named The Elizabeth S. Fine Museum and in March 1999—soon after the death of Rabbi Fine—was officially renamed the Elizabeth S. and Alvin I. Fine Museum of the Congregation Emanu-El. In 1988, the Fine Museum was accepted as an associate member of the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM), an organization that represents a broad spectrum of Jewish community museums and galleries.

Over the years, the Elizabeth S. and Alvin I. Fine Museum of Congregation Emanu-El has grown from a small collection of archival documents and ritual objects into a remarkable synagogue museum. It has also become an integral part of the Bay Area’s cultural life, not only for its impressive permanent collections, but for its proud tradition of discovering and supporting new and established Jewish artists. Through a regular exhibition schedule—more than one hundred fifty shows since its founding in 1950—the Fine Museum continues to fulfill its mission of integrating Jewish art and history into the very heart of the Temple community. It also strives to educate the congregation and the greater community while celebrating the rich history of one of America’s preeminent Reform Jewish synagogues. As a result, each year thousands of visitors participate in events designed to be meaningful to Jews and non-Jews alike.

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