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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. To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Samuel Haims (Main Sanctuary) 9:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Samuel Haims (Main Sanctuary)
Jun 19 @ 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 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. To best ensure we can provide a … 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.
Dumplings & Kibitzin: Havdallah for Jewish + Asian Families 4:00 pm
Dumplings & Kibitzin: Havdallah for Jewish + Asian Families
Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
We would like to invite all congregants that identify as Asian and/or have Asian family members (along with non-Asian family members) to join us for a casual Havdallah gathering led by Rabbi Rodich. Please bring … Continued
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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 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 Rachel Montana 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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