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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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2nd Annual Lag Ba’Omer Community Talent Show 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Lag Ba’Omer Community Talent Show
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Lag Ba'Omer is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and is often celebrated with campfires that include music and celebration. Please join our clergy for our 2nd Annual Lag Ba'Omer Community Talent … Continued
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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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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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