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One Shabbat Service – (10/1/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/1/2021)
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 1st, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Young Adult Service Program: Do Good, Feel Good
Young Adult Service Program: Do Good, Feel Good
Oct 2 all-day
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (10/2/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (10/2/2021)
Oct 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Skyler Schick (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Skyler Schick (Meyer)
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
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Anshei Mitzvah 2023 12:00 pm
Anshei Mitzvah 2023
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to announce the return of Anshei Mitzvah, our adult bnei mitzvah training program. Content will include practical Torah/Haftarah chanting skills, as well as continued academic study and enrichment with our cantors … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Fall 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2021
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 6) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 6)
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/8/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/8/2021)
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 8th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (October) 8:00 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (October)
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Late Shabbat Young Adult Late ShabbatOctober 8th at Congregation Emanu-El 8pm: Schmooze / 8:30pm ServiceMORE INFO & TO REGISTERAll Bay Area 20s & 30s are invited to join us (back at Emanu-El!) for an evening of community … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/9/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/9/2021)
Oct 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.
Shabbat Morning Service – Sonia and Reyes Lake (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sonia and Reyes Lake (Main)
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alexis and Eva Spero (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alexis and Eva Spero (Meyer)
Oct 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Abraham Marshall (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Abraham Marshall (Main)
Oct 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 13) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 13)
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/15/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/15/2021)
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 15th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (10/16/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (10/16/2021)
Oct 16 @ 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.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Isaac Katz (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Isaac Katz (Meyer)
Oct 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
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Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren 9:00 am
Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren – Helping To Bring Those Remaining, Home to ZionJoin us to hear Shlomo Motta, a former shepherd who made aliyah, served in the IDF and became Deputy Speaker of the … Continued
Do Good, Feel Good: Orientation 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Orientation
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
Tour the Tenderloin with Del Seymour 2:00 pm
Tour the Tenderloin with Del Seymour
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join Rabbi Bauer and your Emanu-El community for a unique tour of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, led by Del Seymour, the neighborhood’s unofficial Mayor.  Del Seymour will take you on a journey of discovery, revealing … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 20) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 20)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
Return of the Men’s Group in Person 5:30 pm
Return of the Men’s Group in Person
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Return of the Men’s Group in Person Happy Hour at Tia Margarita in the Outer Richmond.Join us, for a no host happy hour on Wednesday, October 20th at 5:30pm. As we sit outdoors Rabbi Jonathan will … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/22/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/22/2021)
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 22nd, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/23/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/23/2021)
Oct 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87846200074?pwd=ZVhIQVBsNUhEUW1SVmRhSGVWTHpYZz09
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Nassi (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Nassi (Main)
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Willa Cook (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Willa Cook (Main)
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
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Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #1 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #1
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 27) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 27)
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/29/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/29/2021)
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 29th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (10/30/21) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (10/30/21)
Oct 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Dylan Wintroub (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Dylan Wintroub (Main)
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalie Arroyo (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalie Arroyo (Meyer)
Oct 30 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
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Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #2 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #2
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
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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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