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Side by Side October 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2019 Session
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – Dec 10 @ 11:30 am
Side by Side October 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Rita Semel to be honored with Be a Mensch award (Main Sanctuary) 5:45 pm
Rita Semel to be honored with Be a Mensch award (Main Sanctuary)
Nov 1 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Rita Semel to be honored with Be a Mensch award (Main Sanctuary)
Be witness to Rita Semel as she’s honored with a Be a Mensch award from Steve Geiger of the Mensch International Foundation at this evening’s One Shabbat Service. Steve will also speak about Prime Minister … Continued
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01
Nov 1 @ 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 – $24.00, Children Members ages 11-17 – $24.00, Non-member Adults – $28.00, Non-member Children … Continued
LifeStream Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01 7:15 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01
Nov 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
LifeStream Luncheon ticket for November 1 Event Signup
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Europe Trip 2020 with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – INFO SESSION (Board room) 12:30 pm
Europe Trip 2020 with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – INFO SESSION (Board room)
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Europe Trip 2020 with Rabbi Jonathan Singer - INFO SESSION (Board room) @ Congregation Emanu-El
Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer for an information session about the trip he’s leading to Eastern Europe (trip dates: June 11-22, 2020).  
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Wise Aging Morning Group (Library) 9:45 am
Wise Aging Morning Group (Library)
Nov 6 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Brown Bag November 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag November 2019
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm.Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
20th Anniversary Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
20th Anniversary Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Nov 8 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
20th Anniversary Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Late Shabbat is turning 20! After two decades of building Jewish community amongst 20- and 30-year-olds in the Bay Area, we invite the entire Emanu-El community and Late Shabbat-ers past and present to come together … Continued
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Volunteer with Friends of the Urban Forest – November 9 2019 9:00 am
Volunteer with Friends of the Urban Forest – November 9 2019
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Did you know that local nonprofit, Friends of the Urban Forest, has planted almost half of the trees in San Francisco? Get ready to get your hands dirty and volunteer with the young adult community … Continued
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Eric Mittelman) MMS 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Eric Mittelman) MMS
Nov 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Julianne Grossman) Main 10:30 am
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Men’s Group – November 10, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group – November 10, 2019
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - November 10, 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
Kristallnacht – Mitzvah Project Performance 2:00 pm
Kristallnacht – Mitzvah Project Performance
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Mitzvah Project Annual Kristallnacht CommemorationSunday, November 102:00 – 4:00pm, Martin Meyer SanctuaryTemple Emanu-El is proud to present The Mitzvah Project, an engrossing one-person play and lecture, created and performed by Roger Grunwald. The Mitzvah … Continued
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Congregation Emanu-El is closed today
Congregation Emanu-El is closed today
Nov 11 all-day
Congregation Emanu-El is closed today
Congregation Emanu-El was notified by the folks at Pacific, Gas, and Electric (PG&E) that we will not have power to our synagogue today, November 11th from 9am to 5pm. This outage will be effecting 800 … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Nov 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
USF Basketball Coach: A Basketball Journey with Jewish Roots 7:00 pm
USF Basketball Coach: A Basketball Journey with Jewish Roots
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join us to hear Todd Golden, head men’s basketball coach of the University of San Francisco (USF) Dons and the second youngest division I college coach in the country. Todd has a unique perspective as … Continued
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Tribe for Women Pre-Salon with Integrity First for America 6:00 pm
Tribe for Women Pre-Salon with Integrity First for America
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join fellow members of Tribe for Women for a special Pre-Salon with Integrity First for America (IFA) on November 13 at 6pm! We will be joined by Amy Spitalnick, Roberta Kaplan, and Karen Dunn from … Continued
The Charlottesville Case: Opposing White Nationalism 7:00 pm
The Charlottesville Case: Opposing White Nationalism
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you want to do something about white nationalist violence?Once in a generation, a case comes along that can change history. On Wednesday, November 13, Congregation Emanu-El is honored to be hosting Integrity First for … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
November 2019 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 pm
November 2019 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for our first YFE Family Shabbat Dinner on November 15!  We recognize how vital it is for families to have the opportunity to connect with each other during this pivotal time in their … Continued
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2019 Annual Meeting (MMS) 9:30 am
2019 Annual Meeting (MMS)
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Emanu-El’s 170th Annual MeetingOur 170th Annual Meeting will feature:Vote for five new directors, Robert Blum, Alia Gorkin, Julie Levine, Robert Newman, Matt Van Horn, and reelect current directors for additional terms, Barrett Cohn and Treasurer … Continued
Unity Group – Beyond Us vs. Them 1:30 pm
Unity Group – Beyond Us vs. Them
Nov 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Unity Group - Beyond Us vs. Them
Sunday, November 17 1:30 – 3:45 pm African American Art & Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Join the San Francisco Black Jewish Unity Group for a film screening and conversation about … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Nov 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
KOLEINU: Sing for Shalom – Now more than Ever 7:00 pm
KOLEINU: Sing for Shalom – Now more than Ever
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
KOLEINU* Sing for ShalomNow More Than Ever Tuesday, November 19, 20197:00 PM | Martin Meyer Sanctuary | Congregation Emanu-El Peace. We hear it in our prayers. We long for it. We sing about it. Now, more than ever. In … Continued
Make ’em Laugh: Comic Songs from Stage and Screen 7:00 pm
Make ’em Laugh: Comic Songs from Stage and Screen
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Make 'em Laugh: Great Comic Songs From the Stage and Screen, taught by Bonnie WeissNovember 19; December 3, 10 17 from 7:00 -9:00pmIn this 4-part series, we'll explore the development and proliferation of the tunes … Continued
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Advocacy and SF Homelessness: Opportunities for Change 7:00 pm
Advocacy and SF Homelessness: Opportunities for Change
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of conversation with Dr. Joshua Bamberger, Associate Director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, focused on how advocacy plays a key role in addressing homelessness in San Francisco. … Continued
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Office Closed – Thanksgiving
The Tribe for Men: TURKEY BOWL VIII 8:00 am
The Tribe for Men: TURKEY BOWL VIII
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
THIS IS TURKEY BOWL IX Gentlemen, I’m once again proud to host the tradition of our Thanksgiving morning football game! We’ve built up quite a tradition together – what started as a few guys tossing around a … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Young Adults Volunteer Day with St. Anthony’s November 2019 9:15 am
Young Adults Volunteer Day with St. Anthony’s November 2019
Nov 30 @ 9:15 am – 1:45 pm
Do you enjoy being active, making an impact, and meeting new people? Join the Young Adult Community of Congregation Emanuel for a volunteer day in the St. Anthony's Dining Room!Spots are limited, so sign-up today!The … 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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