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Brown Bag May 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag May 2019
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning session with a member of our clergy. Bring your lunch, build community, enjoy some Torah!This program occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata and Learning May 2019 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning May 2019
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a no-host study session at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Take a break from your day with a little Torah, a little nosh, and a little discussion. Grab a snack or a … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 2, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 2, 2019
May 2 @ 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
Iran Talks – Now What? 6:30 pm
Iran Talks – Now What?
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Iran Talks: Next Steps After the Collapse of the Deal and Iran’s Role in the Region with Professor Abe Sofaer and National Security Advisor Michael Ledeen.Join Abe Sofaer and Michael Ledeen — world-class experts on … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main)
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main)
Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner – 50 Years in the Rabbinate!Please join us for this special Classic Shabbat Service where we will honor Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. He will give the sermon on the subject: "My Half-century … Continued
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03
May 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.  First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m. in Guild Hall. Thai food will be provided.Adult Members – $20.00, Children ages 3-10 – $10.00, Non-member Adults – $24.00.Event Signup
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03
May 3 @ 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- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services 5:00 pm
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services
UCSF Center for BRCA Research will hold two recruitment events this Friday in advance of our One Shabbat and Young Adult Late Shabbat services. UCSF staff will have tables set up in the Martin Meyer … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Join us this One Shabbat Service as we celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut! It will feature Israeli music, Israeli food at the oneg, and during the service Rabbis Mintz, Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Rodich will have a … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
May 10 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Helpy Hour May 14, 2019 5:30 pm
Helpy Hour May 14, 2019
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come join Congregation Emanu-El prepare the quarterly clothing drive at St. Anthony's.  We will be making sure all clothes are organized and in good condition for homeless people.Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019 5:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Torah-based teachings and practices of Meditation (Avodah) and loving-kindness (gimilut chasadim) are at the heart of our meditation at Emanu-El. Practicing our יְהֹוָה Meditation develops mindfulness, and the capacity to become more conscious and find Shalom in the … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
May 17, 2019 Confirmation Dinner 7:00 pm
May 17, 2019 Confirmation Dinner
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Alexa Prosnitz (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Alexa Prosnitz (Main)
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Tessa Fastiff (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Tessa Fastiff (MMS)
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
CEEP Art Auction 2019 7:00 pm
CEEP Art Auction 2019
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thank you for supporting Congregation Emanu-El Preschool!  We look forward to seeing you in the courtyard of Congregation Emanu-El on May 18h at 7 pm for a fun night out with delicious food, drinks, and a live … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer at Terrapin Crossroads! 5:30 pm
Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer at Terrapin Crossroads!
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer at Terrapin Crossroads!
Join Rabbis Ryan Bauer, Jonathan and Beth Singer, and Cantor Marsha Attie to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, with a no-host gathering on Wednesday, May 22 at 5:30 PM for an … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 23, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 23, 2019
May 23 @ 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
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Cooking for Congregants – May 30, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 30, 2019
May 30 @ 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
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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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