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Brown Bag Wednesdays 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Wednesdays
Feb 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, February 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, February 1, 2017
Feb 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
Jewish Meditation 7:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Please join us as we practice opening our minds and souls for a special sitting meditation session that will alter your perception and enhance your Jewish Spiritual practice, led by our special "Guru in Residence".  … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017 5:00 pm
6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 5 @ 11:00 am
Price: Your 6th grader is covered by Emanu-El, no need to include him/her in this registration. Must have at least 1 adult (can have up to 4). The price for participation at this Shabbaton is … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017
Feb 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. Thai Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
Access Shabbat – February 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – February 2017
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner environment at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation 7:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture - The Heretical Nation
Why weren’t America’s founders better at being Christian? Was a Jewish heretic involved in the creation of the American Republic? In this talk, Matthew Stewart discusses the influence of Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) on the radical … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017 3:30 pm
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017
Feb 10 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Challah Baking with Donny - Year of Shabbat, February 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El Kitchen
Get the chance to make challah with our Board President, Donny Friend! His challah is renowned; fluffy, delicious, and always in demand. Bring an apron and get baking! Your challah loaves will be used and featured at … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017 7:15 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017
Feb 10 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner - 2017
Join us for our kickoff event for Congregation Emanu-El’s Year of Shabbat. We hope you will be a part of this uniquely designed Shabbat experience; everything you wanted to know about Shabbat but were too … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017 9:00 am
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels - February 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
Men’s Group – February 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 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
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families 2:00 pm
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council for a special Tu B'Shevat community day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as … Continued
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017 2:00 pm
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dimanche après midi conviviale, hors d'œuvre, déserts bonne ambiance Convivial afternoon, appetizers, deserts and good atmosphere!Share travel and immigration stories. Please bring hors d’oeuvres or a dessert from your favorite French region to share with the … Continued
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees 3:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
HIAS is convening a major rally in New York City in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty – our nation’s most powerful historical symbol of hope for those arriving at our shores to build … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Side by Side February 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 Session
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will  not  be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with one of our Emanu-El Clergy during your lunch break downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you!Event Signup
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting 7:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel - Lecture and Wine Tasting
Frances Dinkelspiel, authorWednesday, February 15, 2017Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmLecture: “From the Rhine to the Bay” – How Jews shaped the California wine businessLearn about the Jewish connection to California’s wine industry and enjoy … Continued
THE Book Club – February 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Carla Fenves: Members of the Tribe?Are we part of a tribe? If we are, does that help us build community or … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan Including Bar Mitzvah of Marley Steiger (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Emily Weiss (Main) 10:30 am
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017 1:30 pm
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Calling all nature lovers! Partake in this exciting Shabbat alternative of a hike along with Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Tennessee Valley. Explore your spirituality in a new way!Dress in comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and bring along … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education 7:00 pm
Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Supporting the diversity of learners in Jewish Educational InstitutionsHear what local Jewish institutions are doing about inclusion for all types of learners as well as have time to chat with peers about your own experiences, … 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.

 



Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • 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

  • Provide welcome kits for refugee families (includes: soap, shampoo, hand towels, TP, among other things).
  • Donate $75 gift cards.
  • Package the two together.
  • Make a drop off supplies and select a day/time to package it and get it to JFCS-East Bay.
  • Potentially include a Teddy Bear for Catholic Charity Foster kids and JFCS-East Bay kids.


Donation Opportunity

  • Upcoming: Teddy Bear Campaign for Congregants and Interfaith Partners. The Human Rights group will launch a direct campaign for funding teddy bears for refugees in refugee camps later this year.

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:

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

 

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