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Haftarah Trope with Cantor Luck 12:00 pm
Haftarah Trope with Cantor Luck
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
How to Chant HaftarahWith Cantor Arik LuckDid you know that there are different methods of chanting various types of Hebrew texts? In this four part class, Cantor Arik Luck will provide a basic overview of biblical … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 3) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 3)
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 3) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 3)
Mar 3 @ 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.
Resiliency Series: Navigating Bereavement and Loss (3/3/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Navigating Bereavement and Loss (3/3/2021)
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Navigating Bereavement and Loss Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris Co-facilitated by Rabbi Eric Weiss and Susan Moldaw  March 3, 7:00-8:30 pm Grief often leaves us speechless, grasping for words to express our deepest reflections. Poetry and other … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (3/05/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/05/2021)
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich 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 (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 3/06/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 3/06/2021)
Mar 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Test Event – Please Ignore 6:30 am
Test Event – Please Ignore
Mar 7 @ 6:30 am – 7:00 am
This is a TEST. Please ignore, but DO NOT REMOVE from this calendar. Thank you.What is an Outreach? Outreach, or Campaign in native Salesforce name, can help tracking each marketing initiatives in detail. These can … Continued
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SPARK 2021 – Prof. Ariel Mayse: Jewish Mysticism 7:00 pm
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Ariel Mayse: Jewish Mysticism
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tauber SPARK 2021Mini-University ExperienceOf Mind and Myth: Religious Thinking in Jewish Mysticism Taught by Professor Ariel Evan Mayes of Stanford University This three-week course will explore the rich intellectual world of Jewish mysticism both medieval and modern, … Continued
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Charlotte Fonrobert: Talmud 7:00 pm
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Charlotte Fonrobert: Talmud
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tauber SPARK 2021Mini-University ExperienceTalmud: Explore Big Jewish Questions of the Past, Present and Future  Taught by Professor Charlotte Fonrobert of Standford University  Session 1: Whatever happened to God?  The destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the Beginning of Talmudic Literature    We shall look … Continued
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Robert Alter: Repetition in Torah 7:00 pm
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Robert Alter: Repetition in Torah
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tauber SPARK 2021Mini-University ExperienceReading Repetition in the Torah Taught by Professor Robert Alter of UC Berkeley Many readers are likely to be puzzled by the fact that the biblical stories, famous for being laconic, abound in repetitions. … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (February 24) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (February 24)
Mar 10 @ 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 – March 10, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group- virtually – March 10, 2021
Mar 10 @ 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
Resiliency Series: Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives (3/10/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives (3/10/2021)
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Resiliency Series: Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives (3/10/2021)
Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives   Led by Julie Mayer, Emanu-El Pastoral Care Provider Co-facilitated by Dr. Patrick Arbore (Institute on Aging), Gwen Harris (JFCS), and Stella Lazo (Family Caregiver Alliance) March 10, 7:00-8:30 pm … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 10) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 10)
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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An Hour of Passover Prep 4:00 pm
An Hour of Passover Prep
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Learn the basics of the Passover Seder, and then dive a little deeper into the meaning behind these holiday rituals. Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.Event Signup
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March Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
March Young Adult Candle Lighting
Mar 12 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingMarch 12 at 5:45pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got laying around) … Continued
One Shabbat Service (3/12/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/12/2021)
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie, with special guest Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service (3/12/21) 7:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service (3/12/21)
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service with Rabbi Jason Rodich, Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate.
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 3/13/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 3/13/2021)
Mar 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Demystifying Bay Area Real Estate (Young Adult Program) 5:30 pm
Demystifying Bay Area Real Estate (Young Adult Program)
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Demystifying Bay Area Real EstateMarch 16, 5:30-6:15pmTired of paying rent? Think buying a home in San Francisco is impossible? Emanu-El's 20s & 30s are invited to virtually join three top real estate and mortgage professionals, … Continued
JCRC Freedom Seder 6:00 pm
JCRC Freedom Seder
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Be part of this participatory, cross-cultural, interfaith exchange, and honor one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year! This is a critical moment to come together to counteract racism and xenophobia and to … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (March 17) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 17)
Mar 17 @ 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 (March 2021) 7:00 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (March 2021)
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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
Resiliency Series: Confronting Uncertainty (3/17/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Confronting Uncertainty (3/17/2021)
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Confronting Uncertainty   Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich March 17, 7:00 8:30 pm  Rabbi Rodich will reflect on the ever-shifting emotional terrain of our pandemic reality. He will provide resources for coming to terms with uncertainty in … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (3/19/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/19/2021)
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan 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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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 3/20/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 3/20/2021)
Mar 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (March 24) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 24)
Mar 24 @ 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.
Resiliency Series: Creating a Roadmap and Developing Tools (3/24/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Creating a Roadmap and Developing Tools (3/24/2021)
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Creating a Roadmap and Developing Tools Led by Cantor Marsha Attie and co-facilitated by Nina Kaufman, Coach March 24, 7:00-8:30 pm Draw on the lessons of the past twelve months (and the previous eight Resiliency … Continued
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Women’s Passover Gathering (3/25/21) 7:00 pm
Women’s Passover Gathering (3/25/21)
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Women's Passover GatheringTHURSDAY, MARCH 25, 7:00- 8:00 PMJoin Rabbi Beth Singer, Rabbi Sarah Parris, and Cantor Marsha Attie for a festive, interactive night of song, conversation, thought, good food and sisterhood! We invite all women … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (3/26/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/26/2021)
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth 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 Jonathan Singer – 3/27/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 3/27/2021)
Mar 27 @ 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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Passover Festival Service 10:00 am
Passover Festival Service
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us for this special festival service, led by Rabbi Jason Rodich, with music by Cantor Arik Luck. The service is open to all and can be viewed on Emanu-El's Facebook page and on our … Continued
Passover Family Seder 4:00 pm
Passover Family Seder
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Families are invited to this fun seder, with special clergy appearances, and emceed by Jonathan Bayer, which is open to entire community. Use this as your standalone seder OR play it in the background while … Continued
Passover Adult Seder 6:00 pm
Passover Adult Seder
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom seder, filled with discussion, songs and engagement. This seder is for adults and youth (ages 11–17) who want a full seder experience. It will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer … Continued
Young Adult Passover Seder 2021 7:00 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder 2021
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder 2021March 28, 7pm-8pmJoin other Jews in their 20s and 30s for our annual Young Adult Passover Seder! Nosh on gefilte fish and horseradish! Sing dayeinu! Find an Afikoman and make a … Continued
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Passover Book Club: Made in China 12:00 pm
Passover Book Club: Made in China
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In the spirit of Passover, Rabbi Beth Singer will lead a Book Club discussion connecting biblical Hebrew enslavement with slavery that is happening right now.  We’ll use Amanda Pang’s book, MADE IN CHINA: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 31) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 31)
Mar 31 @ 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.
Passover Book Club: Made in China 7:00 pm
Passover Book Club: Made in China
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In the spirit of Passover, Rabbi Beth Singer will lead a Book Club discussion connecting biblical Hebrew enslavement with slavery that is happening right now.  We’ll use Amanda Pang’s book, MADE IN CHINA: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, … Continued
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The San Francisco Black–Jewish Unity Group

The San Francisco Black – Jewish Unity Group
Second Thursdays of the month, 6:00-7:30 pm
African America Art and Culture Complex
762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Since early 2016, Congregation Emanu-El has worked with leaders in the African-American community to identify issues of concern that we can then address in order to make important and lasting changes that affect the lives of underserved people in San Francisco and in California. We have worked successfully to reduce the use of cash bail; reduce the impact of fees and fines on indigent people; open up occupational licenses for people with felony convictions; create housing for very low income Bay Area residents; provide economic opportunities for formerly incarcerated people; and a number of other issues. In doing so, we have brought members of the African American and Jewish communities in San Francisco together and deepened relationships between members of our community. We welcome Congregation Emanu-El congregants to join us at our monthly meetings the second Thursday of every month from 6 – 7:30 pm.

Please contact Georgina Garcia for more information.

History:

Congregation Emanu-El and Rabbi Beth Singer were instrumental in the formation of the San Francisco African American and Jewish Unity Group early in 2016. The initial idea was for clergy to meet to address issues that concerned the African American clergy in San Francisco and to seek satisfactory solutions to those concerns. But the clergy decided to invite leaders and social activists to participate in order to bring the communities together and to get more community support. It was decided to keep the group informal and to meet once a month on the second Thursday for 90 minutes. Members discovered that as they got to know each other better, discussions became very personal and thought provoking and they became closer to one another. These discussions about racial issues, prejudice, and attitudes in this progressive community became an important part of the organization’s activities and helped forge a true unity among the group.

Issues the Unity Group Is Working on in 2019 – 2020:

The Unity Group has focused its efforts in 2019 and 2020 on a number of vital issues in several different areas and working with the Office of the Governor, with several California legislators and their staffs; and with officials in California administrative agencies, has been able to effectuate significant changes. This work continues, both in the implementation of changes and in the Unity Group’s advocacy for more change:

  • Criminal Justice – inequities in the system and what practices and laws need to be changed. This led to our successful support for reducing the use of cash bail and the effect of fees and fines on indigent residents of the City. The Unity Group has actively lobbied for a number of bills in the California Legislature, and met with representatives of the Governor of California and with state legislators and their staffs asking that they introduce specific bills.
  • Prison Reform – Unity Group members have advocated for numerous changes in the operations of California prisons that are designed to make prisons places for rehabilitation and not punishment. Unity Group members have met with legislators and prison officials to discuss improving mental health services; reducing the use of solitary confinement; expanding courses and programs available in all prisons for inmates; expanding reentry services; offering much improved assistance in helping inmates adjust to life outside prison before and during reentry; and numerous other changes that are designed to get more people discharged from prison and into housing and good jobs that will increase their chances of success. Unity Group members work with 5 – 10 effective nonprofit organizations in these efforts.
  • Parole Reform – The Unity Group has advocated that the Bureau of Parole Hearings (BPH) be expanded from 15 to 17 commissioners and add more women, and therapists, clergy, and formerly incarcerated people. In 2019, BPH was expanded from 15 to 17 commissioners, which is expected to increase the number of parole hearings in California from 6,000 in 2018 to 8,000 in 2020. In October 2019, Governor Newsom appointed a licensed clinical social worker to the Parole Board, the first one. This commissioner is a woman, bringing the number of women to 4 out of 17 commissioners.
  • Institutional Racism – The Unity Group co-sponsors lectures, seminars, and programs that address issues of institutional racism, economic inequality, white nationalism, and prejudice of any kind. Two recent examples are that starting late in 2019, the Unity Group will co-sponsor with several San Francisco churches a series of seminars. The purpose is to focus on and to break into small groups for discussions of these vital issues. In addition, the Unity Group is a co- sponsor of Integrity for America’s program in November 2019 at Temple Emanu-El that addresses those who challenge longstanding principles of our democracy, like white nationalists.
  • Economic Equity – The Unity Group actively works to break down any barriers to employment based on race, religion, sexual preference, natural origin, or criminal record. We work with several nonprofits to convince companies to hire formerly incarcerated people and to help formerly incarcerated people obtain good jobs so that they can afford to live comfortably in the Bay Area.
  • Electoral Politics – The Unity Group works with a number of national organizations to register and encourage to vote young voters and voters of color in purple and red states and in selected districts in California. This work had an impact in the November elections in Virginia and Kentucky. The Unity Group advocates that voting should be made as easy as possible and resists all attempts to prevent citizens from voting.

The Unity Group constantly reviews the issues to be focused on and welcomes input from its members.

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