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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-09-06 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-09-06
Sep 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children. Contemporary American food will be provided. First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall.Adult Members- $24.00, Member children ages 11-17 – $24.00; Non-member Adults- $28.00, Non-member children … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 12, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 12, 2019
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-09-12 11:30 am
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-09-12
Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
LifeStream Luncheon ticket for September 12 Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Community Dinners + Back to Shul September Late Shabbat 6:30 pm
Community Dinners + Back to Shul September Late Shabbat
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – between 8 and 10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner … Continued
Late Shabbat Meditation (Chapel) 7:30 pm
Late Shabbat Meditation (Chapel)
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Sep 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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CEEP 2019 Back to School Picnic 10:00 am
CEEP 2019 Back to School Picnic
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CEEP 2019 Back to School Picnic
Please join us for our all-school playdate as we gather to celebrate the beginning of the school year!Refreshments and breakfast will be served. Where? Mountain Lake Park Meadow (Enter at 11th Avenue)When? Sunday, September 15th at … Continued
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019 12:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic - September 15, 2019
Sunday, September 15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Main Post Lawn, PresidioJoin together with other Interfaith members of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual afternoon at Off the Grid Presidio Picnic. Bring your own picnic blanket and … Continued
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019 1:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic - September 15, 2019
Sunday, September 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Main Post Lawn, PresidioJoin together with other Interfaith members of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual afternoon at Off the Grid Presidio Picnic. Bring your own picnic blanket and … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) and Festive Oneg 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS) and Festive Oneg
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS) and Festive Oneg
Meet your new Engagement Team on Shabbat!(from L to R: Ariana Estoque, Randi Fields, and Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris)Festive Oneg will be served after 6:00 pm services where you can engage in deeper conversations with … Continued
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2019 6:00 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2019
Sep 22 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
Elul Mikvah 2019: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 9:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2019: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
Men’s Group -September 22, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group -September 22, 2019
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group -September 22, 2019 @ Private Residence
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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Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 26, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 26, 2019
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
24/6 Tiffany Shlain Discussion 6:30 pm
24/6 Tiffany Shlain Discussion
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week  Join us for this pre-High Holy Day discussion, as Rabbi Mintz interviews Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg and their daughters, about Tiffany's latest book exploring the value of … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) featuring Rabbi Stephen Pearce 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS) featuring Rabbi Stephen Pearce
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rabbi Emeritus and Taube Scholar Stephen Pearce will be our guest speaker.
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2019 ERH Family Service Ushering 4:30 pm
2019 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service 5:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
2019 ERH Early Service Ushering 5:15 pm
2019 ERH Early Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah Early Service 6:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah Early Service
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
HHD 2019 ERH Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2019 ERH Sr. Transp
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
2019 ERH Late Service Ushering 7:45 pm
2019 ERH Late Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah Late Service 8:30 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah Late Service
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
 
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Office Closed – Rosh Hashanah
2019 RH Early Service Ushering 8:15 am
2019 RH Early Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Children under 5 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Children under 5
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
2019 RH Late Service Ushering 11:00 am
2019 RH Late Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Rosh Hashanah Late Service 11:45 am
Rosh Hashanah Late Service
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
 
Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Children ages 5-10 2:30 pm
Comm. Service led by Teens 3:30 pm
Comm. Service led by Teens
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach 5:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we gather to throw breadcrumbs into the water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. This ceremony is called Tashlich and represents a symbolic casting away of the transgressions of the past … 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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