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Temple Offices closed
Temple Offices closed
Dec 24 2020 – Jan 3 2021 all-day
 
One Shabbat Service (1/1/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/1/2021)
Jan 1 @ 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 Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/2/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/2/2021)
Jan 2 @ 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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Intro to Judaism – WINTER 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – WINTER 2021
Jan 5 @ 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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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 6) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 6)
Jan 6 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Click here.
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 6) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 6)
Jan 6 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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Shabbat Candle Lighting (Young Adults) 5:45 pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting (Young Adults)
Jan 8 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Let’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) – see you there!Make sure to … Continued
One Shabbat Service (1/8/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/8/2021)
Jan 8 @ 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 – 1/9/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/9/2021)
Jan 9 @ 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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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 13) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 13)
Jan 13 @ 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.
Reflections on Resilience: Lessons from Jewish History – KEYNOTE 7:00 pm
Reflections on Resilience: Lessons from Jewish History – KEYNOTE
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reflections on Resilience: Lessons from Jewish History - KEYNOTE
Keynote: Lessons from Jewish History  Led by Rabbi Stephen Pearce D.D.,Ph.D. Rabbi Stephen Pearce will examine Jewish History and texts to provide the framework for the series going forward. He will be joined by Heidi Winig, M.Ed, MPH. The wisdom and … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 13) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 13)
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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MLK Commemoration Service 2021 6:00 pm
MLK Commemoration Service 2021
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for a Shabbat service like no other, as we welcome Reverend Amos Brown from Third Baptist Church, who will deliver a sermon as we gather to welcome the light of Shabbat into our … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/16/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/16/2021)
Jan 16 @ 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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MLK Third Baptist Church Sunday Service 10:00 am
MLK Third Baptist Church Sunday Service
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El members are invited to take part (virtually) in Third Baptist Church’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday morning service. Rabbi Jonathan Singer will deliver the sermon and Cantor Arik Luck will participate in … Continued
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MLK Service Day: Food Delivery 12:00 pm
MLK Service Day: Food Delivery
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This MLK day, join Congregation Emanu-El and Repair the World for a day of service and learning as we shed light on the topic of food justice!Sign up for a volunteer spot between 12-3pm on … Continued
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Rabbi Bauer & Dr. Eisendrath: Mindfulness Meditation 6:30 pm
Rabbi Bauer & Dr. Eisendrath: Mindfulness Meditation
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Rabbi Bauer and Dr. Stuart Eisendrath on Mindfulness MeditationTuesday, January 19 at 6:30pm on ZoomRabbi Ryan Bauer and Professor Stuart Eisendrath will engage in a dialogue about the values and principles of mindfulness meditation. Rabbi … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 20) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 20)
Jan 20 @ 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: Relationships During Quarantine 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Relationships During Quarantine
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Resiliency Series: Relationships During Quarantine
Sustaining and Nourishing Relationships During Quarantine  Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer Rabbi Bauer will discuss how we can use ancient Jewish tools to make relationships work more seamlessly and explore how we can effectively lead through our behavior.  … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 20) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 20)
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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Men’s Group virtually – January 21, 2021 5:00 pm
Men’s Group virtually – January 21, 2021
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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
Jews Of Color Gathering (Jan 2021) 6:00 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (Jan 2021)
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 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
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One Shabbat Service (1/22/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/22/2021)
Jan 22 @ 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 Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/23/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/23/2021)
Jan 23 @ 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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Jan Jewish Book Club 6:00 pm
Jan Jewish Book Club
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Join Young Adult Community members Annie Alpers and Amanda Minsky in discussing Black Power, Jewish Politics, by SFSU professor Dr. Marc Dollinger. Dr. Dollinger corrects common myths about the Black-Jewish alliance in the 1960s and … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 27) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 27)
Jan 27 @ 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.
Tu B’Shevat Seder 5:30 pm
Tu B’Shevat Seder
Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On the evening of Wednesday, January 27 just as we enter the middle of winter, the Jewish calendar celebrates Tu B’Shevat, the new year of the trees. This year we at Emanu-El, will offer a (virtual) Tu B'Shevat Seder. You are invited … Continued
Resiliency Series: Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Resiliency Series: Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation
Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation  Led by Rabbi Beth Singer and co-facilitated by Madeline Levine, PhD  The third session in the nine-part series Building Resilience: Finding Meaning and Purpose in this Unusual Time, will be led … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 27) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 27)
Jan 27 @ 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 (1/29/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/29/2021)
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris 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 … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/30/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/30/2021)
Jan 30 @ 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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FAQs

Admissions

How do you determine who is admitted to the preschool?

Priority is given in the following order:

  1. Siblings of children who attend or have attended the preschool
  2. Synagogue Members, by membership date
  3. Non-Members by application date (by gender, if needed)*

*Each year we accept non-members. Approximately 20% of our school are non-member families. The only distinction made between member and non-member families is discounted tuition for member families.

What if my child is not accepted?

We will contact you in early March with an offer for a spot in our preschool or the opportunity to be put on our waitlist. Each year we are able to offer spots to families on our waitlist. Spots become available immediately as families delay preschool or make other arrangements. Additionally, there is always some level of attrition over the summer as families relocate or change their preschool plans for other reasons.

If you are not offered a spot or if you decline a spot, you may elect to keep your application in consideration for subsequent years. Many children join us at ages 3, 4, and 5 as our classes have additional space. If an enrolled child leaves our program or a space opens up for other reasons, we can consider accepting children once the school year starts.

Do you have to be Jewish to go the preschool?

No. We have many non-Jewish families (10-15%) at our preschool who appreciate the Jewish values and are comfortable with their children learning about Jewish culture and holidays. Please note that you do not have to be a member of Congregation Emanu-El, but membership at the synagogue does require there to be at least one Jewish adult in the household.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

No. We are ready to assist you in this process when you and your child are ready to begin. In the meantime, we provide diapers and wipes.

Classroom and Curriculum

Do you provide snacks and lunch?

We provide a snack for the children in the morning and again if they stay through the afternoon. We usually serve fruit, a carbohydrate, and a protein. Children who stay past noon bring their own lunch. In addition, we provide food for cooking projects and celebrations.

Are you a nut-free school?

We have many children with food and/or environmental sensitivities or restrictions. We have a strict “no food sharing” policy at lunch and only serve snacks or do cooking projects that meet the collective class’ dietary limitations.

How do you determine which class my child will be placed?

We look at the incoming class of children and group them by age, with consideration for gender mix and social dynamics. For children moving “up” from one classroom to another, we always group him/her with some of his/her classmates from the prior year.

What type of enhanced activities are included?

In addition to the creative arts, dramatic play, science, music, storytelling, cooking, and outdoor play, we have several specialists that join our school weekly. Please see Programs for more details.

What is a typical day like?

Each day consists of both teacher-led and child-chosen activities. To see a sample schedule, please reference the Preschool or Pre-K program details.

Will my child learn the ABC's and 123's at Temple Emanu-El Preschool?

Yes! Children have a natural curiosity regarding letters and numbers. Our teachers address this emerging interest by integrating literacy learning through daily activities as well as focused projects based on relevant tasks in the classroom.

Is the preschool "Green"?

“Repairing the Earth” is part of our Jewish values. At the Preschool and synagogue, the staff and students are conscious of reducing waste through resuse, recycling, and composting. Other green activities include the Garden, reclaimed object art, and exploring concepts of cooperation and community work.

How is discipline handled?

It is the policy of the Temple Emanu-El Preschool to use positive methods of behavior management with the children under our care. At no time is punishment (spanking, hitting, humiliation, etc.) allowed to be used in the school or threats made that such punishment will be used. A child is never left unattended or put in a frightening or uncomfortable environment.

The preschool Faculty supports various methods of resolving conflicts. We believe that using diverse methods will help a child to develop a variety of coping skills. The Faculty works with the children to empower them to express their feelings, to state what they want, and eventually to problem solve with each other independently. While we have similar overall goals for each child, we individualize our interactions to meet each child at his/her developmental level and help him/her learn the “next step.”

Extended Day Care Program (EDC)

How many children participate in the Extended Day Program?

Approximately 70% of our students participate in some amount of EDC program on a regular basis (staying until 1:30, 3:30, or 5:50 pm).

How is the Full Day Care structured?

EDC (Extended Day Care) is broken into three periods that allow for lunch, outdoor time, nap time (if needed), specialized activity, and free time. For more details please see Extended Day.

How flexible is Extended Care? Can I sign-up for only one day or part of an afternoon of Extended Day?

We realize that each family has unique needs and have structured our Extended Day Care (EDC) accordingly. Extended Day is available for “Early Drop-off” , or in the afternoon in three afternoon segments.

You may contract for extended care at a discounted rate for the year, sign-up for extended care on an ad-hoc basis, or both. We also understand that family needs can change throughout the year and thus allow you to modify your EDC contract once during the year, assuming there is space (e.g. from 5 days until 5:50 to 3 days until 3:30).

School Population

Where do families live?

We have families throughout San Francisco and Marin. A large number of our families live in the northern part of San Francisco, but we have families coming from as far as Mill Valley, Potrero, and Bernal Heights.

We're an Interfaith family and consider ourselves more "spiritual" than religious. How "Jewish" is the preschool?

We pride our preschool and synagogue on being an inclusive environment. You will find our curriculum to be Jewish in values and culture, but appealing to a wide range of Jewish observance and spirituality. Jewish holiday celebrations are often tied to seasonal events and nature, which make them naturally interesting to children.

What is the Parent Community like? What types of families send their children to the preschool?

Our parent community is a warm, supportive, and diverse community. We reflect the city we live in and have a diverse mix of families who choose our preschool. The common factor is that these families care about their child’s preschool experience and value the Jewish curriculum that we offer. We are sensitive and supportive of different family situations. Please see Parents & Families for more details.

Kindergarten

When it's time to apply to Kindergarten, what type of support is offered?

In the fall, we host a K-night for parents where our director, representatives from Parents for Public Schools and other experts present. Our director also meets with each family to discuss their child and where he/she might best fit in a K-program and supports them throughout the application and acceptance process. We have strong, long-standing relationships with local Independent Schools.

In the spring, the Parent Association holds a “Kindergarten Debrief” where parents who have just completed the K-process (public & private) share their experiences and advice with parents who will be applying the next fall.

Where are children accepted to Kindergarten?

Children from Temple Emanu-El Preschool go on to both Public and Independent Kindergartens, in and outside of San Francisco. In the last few years, our students have been accepted to Kindergarten at a wide variety of public schools and Brandeis Hillel Day School, Cathedral School for Boys, Convent of the Sacred Heart, The French-American School, Hamlin School for Girls, The Katherine Delmar Burkes School, Marin Country Day School, Marin Horizons, Mount Tamalpais, Presidio Hill School, Ring Mountain, San Francisco Day School, San Francisco Friends School, Stuart Hall Boys School, The Synergy School, and Town School for Boys.

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