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Mishpachot Emanu-El Babies: Mondays 4/17-5/8 10:00 am
Mishpachot Emanu-El Babies: Mondays 4/17-5/8
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – May 8 @ 11:30 am
Our Mishpachot Emanu-El program for Babies introduces our youngest children (0-16 months) to a preschool environment with their parent(s) by their side. Our weekly meetings will be guided by esteemed early childhood educator, Emma Kelly, … Continued
Mishpachot Emanu-El Toddlers: Wednesdays 4/19-5/10 10:00 am
Mishpachot Emanu-El Toddlers: Wednesdays 4/19-5/10
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – May 10 @ 11:30 am
Our Mishpachot Emanu-El program for Toddlers introduces some of our youngest children (16-36 months) to a preschool environment with their parent(s) by their side. Our weekly meetings will be guided by esteemed early childhood educator, … Continued
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Nadav Tamir JStreet Executive Director 7:00 pm
Nadav Tamir JStreet Executive Director
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a unique opportunity to hear directly from the Executive Director of J Street Israel, Nadav Tamir, in person, while he is visiting the U.S. Nadav has an impressive breadth of experience as … Continued
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Ice Cream Party Tot Shabbat – (5/5/23) 5:00 pm
Ice Cream Party Tot Shabbat – (5/5/23)
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
*Special* Ice Cream Tot Shabbat Join us in Martin Meyer Reception at 5:00 pm to connect with fellow families while children nosh. This session will include a very festive Shavuot-inspired ICE CREAM PARTY! Followed by a … Continued
B. Mitzvah Party Re-Do 6:00 pm
B. Mitzvah Party Re-Do
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Did your student have a Zoom B. Mitzvah? Miss out on a party with their friends? Do they want one last party at Emanu-El before construction? We have just the event, on Friday, May 5th … Continued
City Hope Shabbat Dinner 6:00 pm
City Hope Shabbat Dinner
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
As we approach the end of our school year, we are already looking forward to 5784. Join us Friday, May 5 at 6:00 pm to celebrate the incredible work you have done with City Hope. … Continued
YFE Shabbat Service with City Hope San Francisco (5/5/23) 6:00 pm
YFE Shabbat Service with City Hope San Francisco (5/5/23)
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, May 5th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer with Cantor Arik Luck. They will be joined by Paul Trudeau, founder and CEO of City Hope San … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
May 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Scheer (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Scheer (Main)
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Olivia Schuman (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Olivia Schuman (Main)
May 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Men’s Group Meeting – May 7, 2023 9:30 am
Men’s Group Meeting – May 7, 2023
May 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Gentlemen of the El,Please join Rabbi Stephen Pearce for a special Men's Group on Sunday, May 7th from 9:30am – 11:00am. We will meet at the home of a Temple member. Enjoy bagels and coffee and … Continued
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Shabbat Service w/ Musical Scholar in Residence Joe Buchanan 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service w/ Musical Scholar in Residence Joe Buchanan
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, May 12th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz with Cantors Marsha Attie and Arik Luck. They will be joined by our musical scholar in residence Joe … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
May 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Matias Fals (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Matias Fals (Main)
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Joe Buchannan Shabbat Morning Service & Program 10:30 am
Joe Buchannan Shabbat Morning Service & Program
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Musical scholar in residence, Joe Buchannan, will join with Emanu- El clergy for a festive Shabbat morning service! Following the service will be Joe's musical program, "Choosing to Be Chosen". In this program, Joe will … Continued
Memories Project 1:00 pm
Memories Project
May 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
As Temple Emanu-El prepares to embark on an exciting architectural journey and once-in-a-century makeover of our beloved building, we would love to hear, see, and collect your memories of the spaces that are soon to … Continued
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Mishpachot Emanu-El Babies: Mondays 5/15-6/5 10:00 am
Mishpachot Emanu-El Babies: Mondays 5/15-6/5
May 15 @ 10:00 am – Jun 5 @ 11:30 am
NEW PRICE!Drop-ins welcome!Our Mishpachot Emanu-El program for Babies introduces our youngest children (0-16 months) to a preschool environment with their parent(s) by their side. Our weekly meetings will be guided by esteemed early childhood educator, … Continued
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Mishpachot Emanu-El Toddlers: Wednesdays 5/17-6/7 10:00 am
Mishpachot Emanu-El Toddlers: Wednesdays 5/17-6/7
May 17 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 11:15 am
Wednesdays 10:00-11:15 amDates: 5/17, 5/24, 5/31 and 6/7Our Mishpachot Emanu-El program for Toddlers introduces some of our youngest children to a preschool environment with their parent(s) by their side. Our weekly meetups will include music, nosh … Continued
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Congregation Emanu-El’s 174th (Virtual) Annual Meeting 5:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s 174th (Virtual) Annual Meeting
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for our 174th (Virtual) Annual Meeting to hear our leadership deliver a "state of the congregation," vote on nominees to our Board of Directors, and reflect on where we've been in the past year, … Continued
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May Mishpachot Meet-Up 10:30 am
May Mishpachot Meet-Up
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Please follow this link to JUNE 16 MEET-UP Registration!Next meet-up is Friday, May 19 at Breck's!Time: 10:30 amMeeting Frequency:  Third Friday of the Month, locations will vary.Join us for a monthly neighborhood meet-up at various … Continued
Confirmation Shabbat Service (5/19/23) 6:00 pm
Confirmation Shabbat Service (5/19/23)
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us In-Person for our Confirmation Shabbat Service this Friday, May 19th at 6:00 pm!Led by our 12th graders, Havurah Naphtali with Cantor Marsha Attie and the rest of our clergy.To best ensure we can … Continued
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Food Bank Volunteer at St. John’s 5/20! 7:30 am
Food Bank Volunteer at St. John’s 5/20!
May 20 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Help our Neighbors at St. John's: Food Bank VolunteersWhen: May 20th, 7:30am-9:30amWhere: St. John's Presbyterian Church, 25 Lake StCome join our Emanu-El community and help our neighbors support local families! All ages are welcome to … Continued
Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Ian Potashner (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ian Potashner (Main)
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Julian Allouche (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Julian Allouche (Main)
May 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Tikkun Le’l Shavuot 7:00 pm
Tikkun Le’l Shavuot
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tikkun Le'l Shavuot – An Evening Wrestling with God in celebration of receiving the TorahCongregations Emanu-El and Sherith Israel are joining together for Tikkun Le'l Shavuot – a traditional evening of Torah study celebrating the … Continued
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Shabbat Service (5/26/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (5/26/23)
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, May 26th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
May 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – H. Price & L. Deitz (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – H. Price & L. Deitz (Main)
May 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
May 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Taylor Cohen (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Taylor Cohen (Main)
May 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Staying Safe: COVID-19 Updates

This information was last updated on September 9, 2022.

Congregation Emanu-El continues to strive to maintain an environment that promotes the health and well-being of our congregants, employees, and those who visit our synagogue. As part of this effort, we consistently take into account congregant feedback, the latest evidence about COVID-19, and recommendations from our COVID-19 Advisory Team. We ask that you follow these policies and procedures, which will be updated to reflect the most current best practices. As updated guidance is available, we will be prepared to make appropriate changes, while always prioritizing your safety and upholding our Jewish value of pikuach nefesh, to preserve individual and communal health.

Thank you for following these rules to help keep you and others in our community healthy and safe. If you are experiencing hardship and need support or pastoral care, be in touch at [email protected] or leave a message on the main temple phone line at 415-751-2535 and someone will reach out to you. 

In-Person Temple Event Policies (effective 9/9/2022)

Full vaccination status is required for those eligible when participating in our programs (including booster for those eligible). Consistent with city, state, CDC and other public health authority guidance, COVID-19 vaccines are the most important and effective tool in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness, and death. 

We have updated our masking policies for synagogue-based worship and events in response to the recent decline in local case rates of COVID-19 and the availability of new vaccines designed to provide broader protection against newer variants. 

Effective Friday, September 9, masking for congregants is optional at all services and events taking place inside Emanu-El. We, along with our COVID-19 Advisory Team, comprised of medical professionals, industry leaders, staff, and clergy, will continue to monitor case rates in San Francisco and other key factors and respond to the changing circumstances accordingly. 

Emanu-El values equity and inclusion, recognizing that our community consists of diverse populations, including those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. We will continue to provide both in-person and online services, lifecycle events, and learning and engagement opportunities to keep our community safe. We remain committed to continuing all in-person activities without interruption. 

Although masks are not required, we understand that many people will continue to mask for a variety of reasons. We invite all in our community to act in a spirit of non-judgmental kindness as we navigate this landscape. Let us all do what we can to help us each feel welcome, knowing that we will have differing needs and views. We will fully support those who choose to mask and will continue to walk this path together, honoring our diversity of perspectives and needs and remaining nimble to the rapidly changing circumstances. 

Please note the following: 

  • Advance registration is required. If for any reason you are not able to register in advance, you are still welcome to attend, and we will take care of registration at the gate. 
  • At this time, masks are not required for services taking place indoors at Emanu-El, or for outdoor events, including in the courtyard. 
  • Full vaccination status is required for those eligible when participating in our programs (including booster for those eligible).  
  • For those ineligible for vaccination, testing is required within 24 hours of the event (rapid antigen or PCR). 

Please do not enter the premises – even if fully vaccinated – if you have any of the following symptoms:  

  • Fever, chills, or repeated shaking/shivering 
  • Cough, sore throat 
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing 
  • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle pain, headache (more than usual) 
  • Runny nose or congested nose 
  • Diarrhea 
  • A temperature over 100 degrees 

Watch Online

You can now watch our weekly Shabbat services from the comfort of your own home. Visit our livestreaming page to tune in. You can also view services on the temple’s Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook account to participate).


COVID-19 and its variants are an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact.

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