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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/1/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/1/2021)
May 1 @ 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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Torah on Tap: Israel (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Torah on Tap: Israel (Young Adult Program)
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grab your beverage of choice (kombucha, beer, or whatever floats your boat!) and join Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community for a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by Rabbi Rodich on May 4 … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 4 @ 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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Weekday Evening Minyan (May 5) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 5)
May 5 @ 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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Reckoning with Joy and Pain: Adam Mansbach 7:00 pm
Reckoning with Joy and Pain: Adam Mansbach
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reckoning with the Joys and Pain of Life: A conversation with author, Adam MansbachThursday, May 6 at 7:00pm, virtually “David has taken his own life.” These are the words Adam Mansbach heard his father say ten years … Continued
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Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Attie – Summer 2021 12:00 pm
Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Attie – Summer 2021
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Marsha Attie 8-week virtual course, Friday afternoons from 12 – 1pm, May 7 – June 25th $36 for members; $54 for nonmembers In this 8-week course you will learn to read the aleph bet as well … Continued
One Shabbat Service (5/7/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/7/2021)
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich. 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. To follow along with … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 5/8/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 5/8/2021)
May 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 11 @ 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 (5/12) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/12)
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerGuest for May 12: Joshua Burg, Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 12) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 12)
May 12 @ 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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Update from Israel with Rabbi Noa Sattath 9:00 am
Update from Israel with Rabbi Noa Sattath
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Introduction by Rabbi Josh Weinberg Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. JOIN WEBINAR Join Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, Rabbi Sydney Mintz, and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz in conversation with Rabbi Noa Sattath, Director of the Israel Religious … Continued
Asian Jews at Emanu-El 6:30 pm
Asian Jews at Emanu-El
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join fellow Asian Jews at Emanu-El to virtually connect with one another, share stories, and process both the historic and recent anti-Asian violence here in San Francisco, as well as across the country.In order to … Continued
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May Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
May Young Adult Candle Lighting
May 14 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingMay 14, 5:45 – 6:00 pmLet’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 … Continued
One Shabbat Service (5/14/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/14/2021)
May 14 @ 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 (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 5/15/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 5/15/2021)
May 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Men’s Group -May 15, 2021 11:45 am
Men’s Group -May 15, 2021
May 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 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. This … Continued
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Shavuot Service 6:30 pm
Shavuot Service
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tikun Le’il Shavuot – A Night of Learning In Celebration of the Giving of Torah Sunday, March 16th  Join us on Sunday evening, May 16, for a Short Shavuot service, led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie, followed by a … Continued
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot 7:00 pm
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot
(Led by Cantor Marsha Attie) In this session we will explore the origins and the language of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot. We will seek to understand the Jewish spiritual calendar at this time of the year … Continued
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty 7:00 pm
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty
(Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich) Rabbi Rodich will explore ways that three Jewish paradigms (rabbinic innovation, faith in God, and sacred order) can help us cope with and respond to life’s surprises. This class is … Continued
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence 7:45 pm
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence
May 16 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence
(Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris) In celebration of receiving the Torah, we will explore together what it means to meet God “face to face,” and reflect on the ways we can seek divine connection … Continued
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father 7:45 pm
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father
May 16 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father
(Led by Rabbi Beth Singer) You know it is one of the Top 10 Commandments, but why is it sometimes easy and other times a challenge, and occasionally downright impossible to honor your father and … Continued
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World? 8:30 pm
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World?
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World?
(Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer) Rabbi Bauer will examine how the Torah enables us to tap into emotion, and how we can tie this into action that benefits the greater good. This class is part … Continued
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim 8:30 pm
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim
(Led by Cantor Arik Luck) Cantor Luck will guide us through some of the countless beautiful melodies of this small Chassidic sect, known widely for their compositions. This class is part of our Tikkun Le’il … Continued
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach 9:15 pm
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach
May 16 @ 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach
(Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer) Join Rabbi Jonathan for a deep dive into anti-misogyny, and how it makes its way into the biblical tradition. This class is part of our Tikkun Le’il Shavuot series. To … Continued
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Mixology: Shavuot Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:30 pm
Mixology: Shavuot Edition (Young Adult Program)
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Emanu-El's (20s & 30s) Young Adult Community is invited to celebrate Shavuot "the feast of weeks" with a spring version of Mixology. We'll be making two cocktails and a mocktail, and welcome you to bring … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 18 @ 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 (5/19) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/19)
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerGuest for May 19: Tyler Gregory, Executive Director of JCRCJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19)
May 19 @ 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 & Confirmation (5/21/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service & Confirmation (5/21/2021)
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
A special Confirmation Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Parris. 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. To … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 5/22/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 5/22/2021)
May 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021 8:30 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021
May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit | Join us for a Virtual Vacation!Escape for a fun-filled, vacation-inspired virtual live and silent auction along with a mock/cocktail class with your favorite CEEP crew! All proceeds benefit the … Continued
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Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event 11:00 am
Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Israel Action Committee and Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design San Francisco Chapter Present:  Stitching a New Nation:  Fashion, Identity, and Israel’s nation-making Sunday, May 23 11 AM  Free and open to the community, virtual event  Countries, like people, … Continued
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172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting 5:00 pm
172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for our 172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting to hear our leadership deliver a "state of the congregation," vote on a nominee to our Board of Directors, and reflect on where we've been in the … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 26) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 26)
May 26 @ 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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Virtual Workout w Trish (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Virtual Workout w Trish (Young Adult Program)
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Workout w Group Fitness & Strength Coach, Trish (Young Adult Program)Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm Join the Young Adults of Emanu-El for a fun and energizing workout that will be sure to get your sweat … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (5/28/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/28/2021)
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich. 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. To follow along with … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/29/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 5/29/2021)
May 29 @ 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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Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum Highlights

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Although part of the Preschool, Pre-K is a different program and is often referred to as a “bridge to Kindergarten.” Nonetheless, it is developmentally appropriate for your four or five-year-old child and prepares him or her to be a life-long learner.

A great deal of the Pre-K curriculum is not immediately apparent because it does not result in concrete products that children can take home and hang on the refrigerator. The teachers and children spend a significant amount of time building skills necessary to be successful learners in a community. This is important because most of your children will continue their educations, from Kindergarten and beyond, in-group learning environments.

Two areas of development that play equally significant roles in a child’s readiness for Kindergarten are social-emotional coping skills and sensory motor integration. These can be considered pre-academic skills, which correctly imply that the abstract learning that imbues later academics will not be easily acquired if these two areas are not fully developed.

Social-emotional Coping Skills

Research in early childhood development has identified that the ability to acquire and use information must pass through the brain’s emotional filter before it can be appropriately stored for later access. Our school environment is one in which the children are in constant contact with their peers. So, at school the ability to learn academic concepts is enhanced or impeded by one’s self-image and facility at communicating needs and ideas. Therefore we strongly emphasize helping each child build both the emotional resiliency and verbal communication skills necessary to successfully navigate interactions with their peers.

Autonomy

Another pillar of our social-emotional curriculum is encouraging autonomy among individual children while concurrently working to create a community of learners that support each other. The teachers recognize that a significant part of helping develop a positive self-image within a child is in helping every child realize they are problem solvers! The Pre-K faculty works constantly to encourage children to figure out solutions for themselves and then support the children in their conclusions. Because the young child learns most completely through personal experiences the teachers encourage them to draw on those memories to solve problems. If they do not have the skills to solve age level problems then we actively help them develop those abilities through a combination of peer and teacher instruction. A frequently heard reply from a teacher to a child’s question is “What do you think?”

As the pre-K child’s sense of autonomy develops their ability to take on another point of view emerges. We speak constantly of the concept of “my opinion” versus “your opinion.” Some things have only one valid answer at school, and issues that fall into this fairly narrow category quickly become obvious because they tend to address issues of safety and group management and are responded to in a consistent manner. Opinion covers the rest of the day and emphasizes that there are many perspectives that can be equally respected. Most importantly, accepting the existence of different opinions builds acceptance of difference in general.

Part of the Pre-K aged child’s growing sense of autonomy involves a more sophisticated sense of responsibility. Not only do they begin to be capable of taking responsibility for self-care, they also start to recognize and desire to be part of a larger social contract. They begin to understand they have a personal responsibility to model certain pro-social behaviors within large and small group contexts because they are starting to recognize that such behaviors actively support their own ability to learn new information and skills. They develop a sense of pride in the personal responsibility of completing tasks that maintain their physical surroundings for their own use while consciously showing care for the younger children in the school.

Another aspect of social-emotional development in the Pre-K year that is a significant indicator of Kindergarten readiness is the child’s ability to recognize and participate in teacher-directed learning. In Pre-K, just as in preschool, the children have multiple opportunities every day to choose who and what they will play with. There are also several occasions throughout the Pre-K day in which they do not get to choose what they will do next. Rather, they are required to focus their attention on a teacher-directed group-wide activity. A great deal of planning is involved in designing activities that allow a broad range of skill levels to become actively involved in opportunities to both master developing skills and acquire new ones. These “non-choice” times encourage the Kindergarten readiness skills of delaying gratification and following adult-given directions. They also present focused opportunities for teachers to observe areas of individual development that may need specific attention at school or even benefit from outside evaluation.

Sensory Motor Integration

One way to think of the broad topic of sensory motor integration is to define it as the ability to take input from both internal and external sources and act on this information efficiently and productively. So rather than being easily distracted by any of the multitude of physical, visual or audio stimuli found within a busy classroom, a child with a strongly integrated sensory-motor system is able to filter out information that is not pertinent to the task at hand and focus instead on useful stimuli that allow the task to be accomplished. In particular, we emphasize tactile (touch) play in the classroom because it can give us quick insight into children’s readiness to engage in more structured tabletop activities. If a child is comfortable with the feeling different textures and pressures create in the hand, this facilitates the development of the fine motor control necessary for handwriting, cutting, etc. If not, thiscan make it difficult for the child to have enough repeat experiences to develop the strength, coordination and dexterity necessary to make letter formation second nature. This is an important, and often overlooked consideration, because the ability to form letters without having to think about the physical act automatically enables the child to concentrate on the end product (i.e., in Pre-K: journal drawing; in elementary school: deskwork/homework) rather than become locked in a struggle to form images or words on paper. Overall, a child’s ability to absorb and not be discomfited by a variety of sensations received through all the senses (not just the hands) facilitates the later ability to be an engaged, active and productive learner in a classroom setting.

This is one reason why we continue in Pre-K to emphasize play as children’s “work.” When they are allowed to explore a wide variety of materials and environments through play, they are naturally exposed to a significant variety of sensory-motor stimuli. From the way it feels to place their bodies in different postures on various surfaces as they build structures, act out imaginary roles, and paint, to the sensations received as they use materials of different textures, weights and dimensions, and the opportunities they have to move their bodies in space through running, riding, jumping and crawling, play naturally puts them into direct contact with a range of beneficial sensations.

Academics

In addition to the tremendous amount of work on developing problem solving skills, a positive sense of self, and growing mastery of fine and gross motor skills, the children are surrounded by early reading and number concepts. They are constantly encouraged to write their names, count out loud, identify symbols and patterns or make labels in ways that are a naturally occurring part of the class routine and therefore have the most personal meaning and highest likelihood of being learned. The Circle and Small Group times are typically structured to include specific developmentally appropriate pre-academic concepts. We also recognize that many other activities that children select during the free-choice segments of the daily schedule (block building, role playing, pattern work, listening to music, looking at books, creating art…) promote academic skill building. Whether your child will move on to a public or independent school for Kindergarten, they will be best prepared by the daily experience of steady routines, guided social interactions that emphasize positive coping skills, and varied skill-based activities that include both open-ended play and teacher-directed learning.

Judaic Studies

The most important gift teachers can instill in children attending a Jewish preschool is a positive feeling toward Judaism. Even if they never attend another Jewish school or synagogue, their time in our preschool should leave them with happy, warm memories of both everyday and holiday experiences shared with classmates and teachers. It is imperative that teachers create an environment that leaves the children with the sense that Judaism and Jewishness are positive things. As they grow into adulthood they will make their own decisions about spirituality, religious practice and Israel. Our goal is to give them a wonderful, positive connection to this amazing heritage.

An exciting development for this age is its growing ability to identify with dramatic themes in stories. From Preschool they bring with them a strong affinity for Jewish activities and objects. By the time they enter Pre-K, just as they are working on issues of fairness in their own lives, they are now emotionally very receptive to the struggles portrayed by characters in the Purim, Passover and Torah stories. Furthermore, they are capable of making connections between the themes in these stories to the broader American experience of immigration and social justice, which results in a deeper connection to their positive identification with Judaism (even if they do not consider themselves to be Jewish). While they continue to deepen the understanding of the mitzvot (commandments) and traditions of each holiday that began during their preschool years (as well as their connection to Israel) they are also ready to explore the actions of pivotal Jewish characters to a depth that was not possible or appropriate at an earlier age.

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