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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck (December 2) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck (December 2)
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck (December 2)
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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The Book of Life Project (December 3) 4:00 pm
The Book of Life Project (December 3)
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Book of Life Project (December 3)
Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz, Matthew Gewirtz and Yoshi Zweiback as we gather together coast to coast to write ourselves into our own Book of Life. Rosh Hashanah may be 10 months away, but it is … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group (December 4) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group (December 4)
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (12/4/2020) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (12/4/2020)
Dec 4 @ 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 Ryan Bauer – 12/5/2020) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 12/5/2020)
Dec 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie (December 9) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie (December 9)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie (December 9)
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie Facebook Live.
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Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting + Mixology (Young Adult) 5:45 pm
Virtual Chanukah Candle Lighting + Mixology (Young Adult)
Dec 11 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
On the second night of Chanukah (December 11, 5:45pm), join YALC and clergy as we begin our weekend together with a 15-minute Chanukah + Shabbat gathering. Bring your menorahs, candles, wine, challah (or whatever carb … Continued
One Shabbat – Chanukah Service 6:00 pm
One Shabbat – Chanukah Service
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The flames of the Chanukah menorah are a symbol of Jewish identity and continuity. We light the menorah for eight days to remember the miracle of the human spirit, honor the light of rededication and the Maccabees who … Continued
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Torah Study (with Sarah Joselow Parris – 12/12/2020) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Sarah Joselow Parris – 12/12/2020)
Dec 12 @ 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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Chanukah: Festival of Tail-Lights 4:30 pm
Chanukah: Festival of Tail-Lights
Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Chanukah Candle-Lighting at Emanu-El 5:45 pm
Chanukah Candle-Lighting at Emanu-El
Dec 15 @ 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
As one of the most popular Jewish symbols in existence today, the menorah stands for light, wisdom, and divine inspiration. This holiday season, we are connecting members to our beautiful sacred space for a series of … Continued
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Holiday Cards for Incarcerated Members of LGBTQ+ Community 6:00 pm
Holiday Cards for Incarcerated Members of LGBTQ+ Community
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The holiday season can be a difficult and isolating time for those who are currently incarcerated. In particular, incarcerated LGBTQ+ people often don’t have loved ones on the outside who reach out to them during … Continued
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Book of Life (December 17) 4:00 pm
Book of Life (December 17)
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Book of Life (December 17)
Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz, Matthew Gewirtz and Yoshi Zweiback as we gather together coast to coast to write ourselves into our own Book of Life. Rosh Hashanah may be 10 months away, but it is … Continued
Connecting Cultures Through Chanukah 7:00 pm
Connecting Cultures Through Chanukah
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for the eighth night of Chanukah with a celebration that interweaves culture, community, and storytelling! We are partnering with Inon Tzadok–the visionary behind the Middle Eastern marketplace, Shuk Shuka–to create a virtual global culinary tour … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (12/18/2020) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (12/18/2020)
Dec 18 @ 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 on Tap: Chinese Food + Jewish Christmas with Reb Syd 6:00 pm
Torah on Tap: Chinese Food + Jewish Christmas with Reb Syd
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Young Adults are invited to take an hour during Erev Christmas Eve to be lifted up by Torah learning to get you through to 2021.  Bring your Chinese Food or a bissel Egg Nog as … Continued
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Temple Offices closed
Temple Offices closed
Dec 24 2020 – Jan 3 2021 all-day
 
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One Shabbat Service (12/25/2020) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (12/25/2020)
Dec 25 @ 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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Emanu-El welcomes our new team of Directors for Membership and Congregational Engagement

 

April 24, 2019

We are thrilled to announce a successful conclusion to our search for Emanu-El’s new team of Directors for Membership and Congregational Engagement.

Before sharing the exciting details, we owe tribute to Terry Kraus, who is retiring at the end of June. Please plan to attend the June 21 One Shabbat service where we will honor Terry, who has served the Jewish community as a synagogue administrator for more than 30 years, and enriched Emanu-El for over 16 years. She has fearlessly taken on the challenge of synagogue membership through a period of daunting attrition rates, ensuring the strength of Jewish community among countless people across the country. We all recognize Terry’s warm and welcoming spirit makes her the ultimate connector and ambassador. Of course, replacing Terry is not possible.

That is why Terry’s impending retirement motivated us to take a step back, assess and re-envision membership, engagement, communications and our marketing strategies. We worked with organizational consultants for nearly a year to conduct an in-depth assessment. The consultants recommended aligning the staffing structure so that we can most effectively carry out our mission and goals. The recommendation was to hire three director-level positions, one as a senior director overseeing two directors in charge of membership and engagement.

We formed an advisory committee that included clergy, senior staff, several members of our Board of Directors and lay leaders: Dale Boutiette, Dana Corvin, Alan Greinetz, Melissa Koenigsberg, Sasha Kovriga, Rachel Melman, Paula Pretlow, and Anna Weinstein. The group started the search for the most senior position, ultimately deciding to interview three excellent candidates.

The feedback from the advisory committee was nearly universal – each candidate possessed an irreplaceable piece of the member experience and engagement puzzle. We assumed that finding three leaders per the consultants’ recommendations would be a long process. However, we were lucky enough to find and hire all three candidates at once.

We are pleased to bring on board:

· Randi Fields, Senior Director of Membership and Engagement Operations

Randi is an experienced nonprofit executive with a background in communications and managing complex projects. Since 2011, Randi has been Director of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy.

· Ariana Estoque, Director of Member Experience

Unbelievably, Ariana has worked at Emanu-El for more than 20 years in various capacities but primarily education. Ariana has been the Director of Adolescent Education since 2005 and in 2014 she added Adult Education and Israel Action to her portfolio. Ariana welcomes this opportunity to shift her focus to membership.

· Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, Director of Congregational Engagement

Rabbi Joselow Parris was ordained by the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College and has a diverse background in education and community organizing. She is relocating to San Francisco from New York, where she has been the Senior Jewish Educator at Columbia/Barnard Hillel.

We could not have dreamed of assembling a finer team. We believe that Randi, Ariana and Rabbi Joselow Parris, in partnership with our clergy and professional staff are poised to help us transition to the next iteration of what it means to be part of a renowned synagogue. Over the next couple of years, we expect that the experience of joining, engaging and volunteering with Emanu-El will become more meaningful and relevant to the lives of our members, and the community as a whole. We anticipate Ariana making a gradual transition to her new role, Rabbi Joselow Parris is slated to start June 1, and Randi will officially begin June 24.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or would like additional information.

Sincerely,

David Goldman, Executive Director

Rabbi Beth Singer, Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Senior Rabbi

Elena Gary, CFO

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