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Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021 10:00 am
Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
To support local hospitals and patients in need, Congregation Emanu-El will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday April 1st from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in collaboration with Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and … Continued
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program)
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Join YALCers and experienced cocktail makers, Misha Kestler, Lila Cantor, and Aaron Bellings in our continued Mixology series, with a fun Passover twist! Each time we gather, we’ll learn how to make some new drinks.  DrinksWhite … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021)
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer 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 and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3 9:15 am
Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3
Apr 3 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer. Everyone is also welcome to join us for Yizkor memorial prayers on Saturday, April 3 at 10:15 AM. Feel free to join Torah Study first at 9:15 AM and … Continued
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Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening 12:00 pm
Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Please join us to honor the families, their descendants, and their advocates, who together have transmitted an unforgettable story of survival in the Holocaust through testimonies, literature, and the docudrama No Place On Earth.Tuesday, April 6, … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, … Continued
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin 5:00 pm
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Singer and District Attorney, Chesa BoudinFree and open to the community, virtual eventWednesday, April 7, 5:00pmJoin Rabbi Jonathan Singer as he speaks to District Attorney Chesa Boudin about his work, his … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 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.
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor 5:00 pm
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and the greater Bay Area community as we virtually commemorate Yom HaShoah.On April 7, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for a virtual reading of the names and community yizkor service … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 11:00 am
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 1:00 pm
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’ 5:45 pm
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’
Apr 9 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Young Adult Candle Lighting & Kibbitzin'April 9, Candle Lighting 5:45 – 6:00 pm, Kibbitzin' 6:00 – 6:30 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your … Continued
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021)
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan 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 Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021)
Apr 10 @ 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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Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth 5:00 pm
Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for a discussion on the issues affecting LGBTQ+ youth in our community, and learn more about the impactful Host Homes program, run by the SF LGBT Center. Find out how you … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14)
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 14, join Rabbi Jonathan for the next “What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism,” this time with Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, Director of ARZA, the Reform Movement’s Zionist organization. He will … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 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.
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Six Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pmApril 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021)
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck 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 … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021)
Apr 17 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Young Adult Shabbat Hike 11:00 am
Young Adult Shabbat Hike
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
On April 17th, 20s & 30s are encouraged to polish off their challah French toast and come enjoy some fresh air, nature, and movement to recharge for the week! YALCers Vince Celli and Claire Perelman … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21)
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 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 – April 21, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021
Apr 21 @ 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
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021)
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer 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 (4/24/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021)
Apr 24 @ 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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Resetting the Table Apps 2021 5:30 pm
Resetting the Table Apps 2021
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Resetting the Table to present this 5-part workshop series learning and delving into our thoughts and feelings about Israel-Palestine as Jews. Especially in times of high intensity, it can be … Continued
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat 7:00 pm
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council welcomes Hamilton Families new CEO, Kyriell Noon in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer. The conversation will explore the current state of homeless families in the city, how Hamilton Families has risen … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28)
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 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 (4/30/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021)
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth 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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Reopening Together: A Letter from our Leadership

 

Dear Emanu-El Community,

With your tremendous support and the dedication of our leadership and staff, Congregation Emanu-El continues to face the challenges of the pandemic with strength and resilience. We mourn the many lives lost to the pandemic, and we reaffirm our commitment to supporting the Bay Area Jewish community as we have since 1850.  

As we begin to see some glimmers of hope, we want to take this opportunity to update you on the status of our Emanu-El community.    

A Year of Innovation at Congregation Emanu-El

As our city sheltered in place, Emanu-El continued to carry out our mission to serve the needs of our members and the broader community. Some highlights of the past year include:   

We convened an advisory committee of experts to help guide our congregational policies. This volunteer committee includes doctors, public health leaders, as well as business leaders.   

While most in-person events paused, Emanu-El never closed for the Pandemic and instead immediately shifted our community to online platforms. Worship, youth & adult education, counseling with clergy and so much more all continued online. We’ve been very busy!  

We met the needs of our youngest members by continuing to operate our preschool, primarily outdoors, with a robust set of protocols in place. We recently opened an additional cohort and are currently enrolling students for next fall.  

As health regulations permitted, we returned to limited in-person events such as small b’nei mitzvah services in our courtyard, outdoor weddings and funerals, and small group outdoor gatherings among members.  

Emanu-El Next, our historic capital campaign, has continued with the tremendous generosity of our community, ensuring a strong future.   

We supported our public health leaders and resisted the temptation to push the rules.  Doing so helped us be safer and made Emanu-El a role model for religious institutions. San Francisco has one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates of large cities in the world and we are proud of our city and region, despite the great hardship of the past year.  

The Next Chapter  

We pray that we are nearing a true turning point and that vaccinations will help us move toward gathering again in our historic synagogue on Lake Street and in-person around the Bay. The safety of our community remains a foundational value, and we are pleased to share the following updates with you:  

Indoor pastoral visits with clergy have resumed when all parties are vaccinated.   

We are exploring ways to bring together small groups, indoors, of verified fully vaccinated congregants.   

While we are not yet permitted by county and state regulations to livestream our service from the sanctuary (primarily due to the ban on indoor singing), we anticipate that we will be able to do so soon when all the clergy leading has been fully vaccinated and public health policy has been updated.  

We are exploring ways to bring congregants back inside the sanctuary for Shabbat services, b’nei mitzvot, weddings and funerals. We won’t do this until we feel certain that we can do this safely, but we are committed to doing so as soon as possible. Realistically, we don’t anticipate in-person regular Shabbat service until the summer at the earliest. We will continue to offer outdoor life-cycle events as regulations permit.   

We are exploring new ways to conduct learning and engagement for all ages that combines what we’ve learned with distance and in-person technology.

When the time comes to gather in person, our community should feel assured and proud that every step of the way we’ve been guided by the Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh, the idea that preserving lives is always the most important thing to do. Coming back together in person will take time, planning and flexibility. That’s why we’ve convened working groups of staff and experts to execute every step of this process.  Most new programs will start small, in “beta test” even when regulations allow larger gatherings.  

What about High Holy Days?  

We are very hopeful that, in some way, we will be able to gather for the High Holy Days. We also know that this won’t be a viable option for everyone, and we will continue to offer a streaming option regardless of the status of COVID-19.  While it’s too early to know what will be safe for the Fall, clergy and staff are already meeting regularly to sketch out different scenarios. If it is safe to bring our members inside, it will be a top priority to make this possible for every member who wishes to do so.    

Gratitude  

One truth that the enormous pain of the past year highlights is that we need one another. We need a strong and resilient community to celebrate times of joy and to endure times of sorrow. As leaders of Congregation Emanu-El we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our community. Your membership and continued engagement with one another help us thrive in the face of challenges. We are so proud to be stewards of our sacred community in this generation, and we are hopeful about a bright future for our congregation.   

This notice is the first of planned correspondence. We will keep you posted as matters progress. And you can check our webpage for updates by clicking here. We can’t wait to see you in person.

With gratitude,   

Beth Singer, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi 
Jonathan Singer, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi 
David Goldman, Executive Director
Rabbi Jason Rodich, Clergy Liaison to COVID Advisory Task Force
Marsha Attie, Cantor
Ryan Bauer, Senior Associate Rabbi
Roslyn Barak, Senior Cantor Emerita
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Emanu-El Scholar
Arik Luck, Ben and A. Jess Shenson Cantor 
Sydney B. Mintz, Senior Associate Rabbi
​​​​​​​Sarah Joselow Parris, Rabbi
Stephen Pearce, PhD, Sr. Taube Emanu-El Scholar and Rabbi Emeritus
Randi Fields, Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Operation
Ariana Estoque, Director of Member Experience
Heidi Sanders, Engagement Manager
Leah Shapiro, Engagement Manager

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