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Brown Bag March 12:00 pm
Brown Bag March
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm.Event Signup
Brown Bag Wednesdays 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Wednesdays
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing text from … Continued
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, March 1, 2017
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
Gossip & Wine with the Tribe for Women – March 2017  7:00 pm
Gossip & Wine with the Tribe for Women – March 2017 
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Local wine bar; address provided upon registrationI Heard it Through the Grapevine:Come join us for an evening of moms, gossip* and wine.*Gossip: as in, know the Jewish context for gossip, how to identify gossip, … Continued
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First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Mar 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 03-03-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 03-03-2017
Mar 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month,6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Mediterranean Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Men’s Group – March 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – March 2017
Mar 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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. … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Mar 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel)
Mar 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Family Bazaar Carnival 4:00 pm
Family Bazaar Carnival
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Bazaar Carnival
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical 6:00 pm
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical
Hamil-toshin: A Purim Musical March 11 6 – 7 pm, All ages Have you always dreamed of being in Hamilton?  Now is your “one shot!” Come to our rehearsal Wednesday, March 8, 7:00 pm in … Continued
PurimPalooza 2017: Young Adult MEMBERS ONLY 9:00 pm
PurimPalooza 2017: Young Adult MEMBERS ONLY
Mar 11 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 3:00 am
Online ticket registration is now closed.Tickets will be available at the door on March 11 at VERSO Nightclub for $25.Questions about the event? Send a message to Valerie Bishop. We look forward to seeing you … Continued
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Megillah Reading 2017 10:00 am
Megillah Reading 2017
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Megillah Reading 2017
Join Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer in the mitzvah of hearing the Megillah read in its entirety while enjoying brunch and the company of your fellow congregants. Cost is free, however, you are responsible for the … Continued
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SPARK – Ethical Fitness 7:00 pm
SPARK – Ethical Fitness
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - Ethical Fitness
SPARK!                                 Ethical Fitness In ethics, it’s usually the big issues — capital punishment, lifeboats, euthanasia — that get all … Continued
SPARK – Judaisms of the 21st Century 7:00 pm
SPARK – Judaisms of the 21st Century
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - Judaisms of the 21st Century
SPARK!  Judaisms: A Twenty-First -Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities. Jewish identity is probably not what you think it is, and likely never was, contends Aaron J. Hahn Tapper. In these sessions we will … Continued
SPARK – The Good Old Days 7:00 pm
SPARK – The Good Old Days
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - The Good Old Days
SPARK!The Good Old Days: Buying and Selling American Jewish NostalgiaToday, American Jews make, buy, and sell nostalgia, a sentimental longing for a past that cannot be recovered. This course will examine how American Jews express … Continued
SPARK – Together, with love, Talmud 7:00 pm
SPARK – Together, with love, Talmud
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SPARK - Together, with love, Talmud
SPARK! Together, With Love, We can Change The World: Talmud Study as a Counter-Cultural Rebellion Deep-dive into the universe of the Talmud. Our task will be twofold: First we will study three different texts from … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – March 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – March 2017
Mar 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer during your lunch break in downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you! This week's topic … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Mar 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Benjamin Friedman-Hibbs 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Reilly Derrick (Main) 10:30 am
Schmoozing with Seniors on Shabbat – March 2017 1:30 pm
Schmoozing with Seniors on Shabbat – March 2017
Mar 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
This event is free of charge and open to the publicJoin Congregation Emanu-El's Young Adult Community for an exciting opportunity to schmooze with seniors on a Shabbat afternoon! When’s the last time you’ve schmoozed with … Continued
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Volunteer Opportunity at the San Francisco Botanical Garden 8:45 am
Volunteer Opportunity at the San Francisco Botanical Garden
Mar 19 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm
We invite our members of Congregation Emanu-El to team up with the SF Botanical Garden's Green Team on a Sunday morning! Give a few hours of your time, learn about the Garden, and gain new … Continued
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors – March 2017 9:00 am
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors – March 2017
Mar 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors - March 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
Climb Higher with The Tribe for Men – March 2017 9:30 am
Climb Higher with The Tribe for Men – March 2017
Mar 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Registration has now closed.Join The Tribe for Men for a morning of indoor rock climbing! Take a couple hours on a Sunday morning to invigorate body and mind.No experience required. No gear required. Just eat your Wheaties … Continued
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Introduction to Judaism Spring 2017 7:00 pm
Introduction to Judaism Spring 2017
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join with 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 … Continued
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THE Book Club – March 2017 6:30 pm
THE Book Club – March 2017
Mar 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Jason Rodich: "Freedom Stories: The Texts of Passover"This event is open to our young adult community.Event Signup
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Water Talk – Celebrate World Water Day at Emanu-El! 7:00 pm
Water Talk – Celebrate World Water Day at Emanu-El!
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Water Talk - Celebrate World Water Day at Emanu-El! @ Congregation Emanu-El
Registration for this event is now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 23.Cost: Adult Member – $15; Adult General Admission – $20Water Talk – Celebrate World Water Day at Emanu-El!Making … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Mar 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Nathan Rockman (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Caroline Scharf (Main) 10:30 am
Shvitz & Kibitz: A Rich Jewish Tradition – YA, March 2017 1:00 pm
Shvitz & Kibitz: A Rich Jewish Tradition – YA, March 2017
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come experience the joys of the sauna by steaming with your friends in San Francisco's premier Russian bathhouse. The banya, Russian for sauna, has long been a cornerstone of eastern European and Jewish social life … Continued
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Women’s Seder – 2017 6:30 pm
Women’s Seder – 2017
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Women's Seder - 2017
Registration for this event has now closed.We invite all the women in our community to gather together for our annual Women’s Seder. It will be a multi-generational evening of inspiration and empowerment while dining, learning, conversing, and building … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Mar 31 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Ruth Calderon (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Ruth Calderon (MMS)
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Guest Speaker Ruth Calderon (MMS)
Spring Scholar-in-Residence: Ruth CalderonFamous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv.She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid between 2013 and 2015.
Dinner with Ruth Calderon 7:30 pm
Dinner with Ruth Calderon
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This dinner, immediately following the 6:00pm One Shabbat service on Friday, March 31, will give you the unique opportunity to hear more from Ruth Calderon in an intimate setting. You will be able to ask … Continued
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Human Rights

Human Rights

Social Justice Issue | Jewish Response | Volunteer Opportunities | Donation Opportunities

Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council Member Nancy Levine and Congregant Marissa Wertheimer

The Human Rights Working Group focuses on a variety of issues, including racial justice, refugee resettlement, ending gun violence, and LGBTQ. Keep reading for more information.

To get involved, please fill out the Tzedek Council Volunteer Form.

Questions? Please contact Monica Pevzner at mpevzner@emanuelsf.org (415) 751-2541 x 124



Human Rights Issues

  • Resettling Refugees: More than half of all refugees came from Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. These three nations were the source of 4.9 million, 2.7 million, and 1.1 million refugees, respectively over the last 18 months.
  • Ending Gun Violence: Every day, 89 people die from gun violence with murders and suicides being the main reason (31 murdered, 55 kill themselves, 3 other causes).
  • Racial Justice: Between the diminishing numbers of people of color living in San Francisco, the public school system deficits, the ongoing lack of equal opportunities, lack of equal police protection, and mass incarceration for nonviolent offenses– racial justice is an issue that affects all of us in the Bay Area. We Jews know all too well what it feels like not to be protected and treated as equal citizens with equal opportunity. Building on the great Black-Jewish partnership of the civil rights movement, Congregation Emanu-El continues to strive to be a leader in making our community and country a more equitable place for all.
  • LGBTQ: Certain LGBTQ rights vary by state. While California and San Francisco have the most progressive laws to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community, there is an opportunity to do advocacy work for other states that do not fully support LGBTQ rights.


Jewish Response to Human Rights

Human Rights are an integral part of the faith and tradition of Judaism. Jews have struggled for freedom from oppression and discrimination in the modern era and work to advance the cause of human rights for all persons. We have a long-standing dedication to the advancement and protection of rights and freedoms for all.

Activities/Volunteer Opportunities

Refugee Resettlement:

The Human Rights group has been partnering with other faith organizations, such as the Presbyterians, Grace Cathedral, and a congregant from a Church of Latter Day Saints Ward in Oakland. We are called “Interfaith Welcome:  Bay Area Refugee Support.” Research has shown that cuddly stuffed animals provide solace to children coping with loss. Together we ask for your donation to buy teddy bears for refugee children impacted by the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Our goal is to deliver 5,000 teddy bears to the refugee camps in Jordan in early 2017, assisted by the Bay Area charity, Caring for Children (www.caringforchildren.org) and the Common Bond Institute ( www.cbiworld.org). If you’d like to give this gift, you can learn more here.


Racial Justice:

Unity Group: Congregation Emanu-El works together with First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church to sponsor an African American Jewish Unity Group that meets monthly. The purpose of the group is twofold: First, to create opportunities for members of the African American community and Jewish community to come together and deepen relationships between members of our community. Second, to identify a project or projects to increase racial justice in our Bay Area community. If you are interested in joining the Unity Group as a congregant, please contact Rabbi Beth Singer’s assistant, Saundrah Anjali.

We are excited to have congregants both lead and partner in numerous initiatives in the realm of racial justice. Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved.

Ending Gun Violence:

  • Partnered with the SF Brady Campaign and held a film screening for “Making a Killing” in May 2016.
  • Further initiatives are being planned and will be announced later this year.

LGBTQ and Women’s Rights:

  • Participate annually in the SF Gay Pride Parade in June.


Volunteer Opportunities

JFCS-East Bay – Refugees are mostly in Contra Costa County – Martinez, Concord, and Antioch.

  • Provide Foster Families for Catholic Charities “refugee orphans.”
  • Provide Housing for LGBTQ refugees in San Francisco (2 -3 months stay) while they get settled.
  • Support the effort by tutoring, helping with public transportation, being a friend, shopping, among other activities.
  • Job Networking, such as providing refugees with leads into companies that have an opening in which a skilled refugee could get work (via our congregants). JFCS-East Bay can provide us job skills of refugees as well as what type of jobs that are able to do.

Community Engagement Opportunities, contact Monica

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