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Haftarah Trope with Cantor Luck 12:00 pm
Haftarah Trope with Cantor Luck
Mar 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
How to Chant HaftarahWith Cantor Arik LuckDid you know that there are different methods of chanting various types of Hebrew texts? In this four part class, Cantor Arik Luck will provide a basic overview of biblical … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 3) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 3)
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 3) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 3)
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Resiliency Series: Navigating Bereavement and Loss (3/3/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Navigating Bereavement and Loss (3/3/2021)
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Navigating Bereavement and Loss Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris Co-facilitated by Rabbi Eric Weiss and Susan Moldaw  March 3, 7:00-8:30 pm Grief often leaves us speechless, grasping for words to express our deepest reflections. Poetry and other … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (3/05/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/05/2021)
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich 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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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 3/06/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 3/06/2021)
Mar 6 @ 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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Test Event – Please Ignore 6:30 am
Test Event – Please Ignore
Mar 7 @ 6:30 am – 7:00 am
This is a TEST. Please ignore, but DO NOT REMOVE from this calendar. Thank you.What is an Outreach? Outreach, or Campaign in native Salesforce name, can help tracking each marketing initiatives in detail. These can … Continued
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SPARK 2021 – Prof. Ariel Mayse: Jewish Mysticism 7:00 pm
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Ariel Mayse: Jewish Mysticism
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tauber SPARK 2021Mini-University ExperienceOf Mind and Myth: Religious Thinking in Jewish Mysticism Taught by Professor Ariel Evan Mayes of Stanford University This three-week course will explore the rich intellectual world of Jewish mysticism both medieval and modern, … Continued
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Charlotte Fonrobert: Talmud 7:00 pm
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Charlotte Fonrobert: Talmud
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tauber SPARK 2021Mini-University ExperienceTalmud: Explore Big Jewish Questions of the Past, Present and Future  Taught by Professor Charlotte Fonrobert of Standford University  Session 1: Whatever happened to God?  The destruction of the Jerusalem Temple and the Beginning of Talmudic Literature    We shall look … Continued
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Robert Alter: Repetition in Torah 7:00 pm
SPARK 2021 – Prof. Robert Alter: Repetition in Torah
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tauber SPARK 2021Mini-University ExperienceReading Repetition in the Torah Taught by Professor Robert Alter of UC Berkeley Many readers are likely to be puzzled by the fact that the biblical stories, famous for being laconic, abound in repetitions. … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (February 24) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (February 24)
Mar 10 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Men’s Group- virtually – March 10, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group- virtually – March 10, 2021
Mar 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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. Our … Continued
Resiliency Series: Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives (3/10/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives (3/10/2021)
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Resiliency Series: Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives (3/10/2021)
Caring for Sick or Aging Relatives   Led by Julie Mayer, Emanu-El Pastoral Care Provider Co-facilitated by Dr. Patrick Arbore (Institute on Aging), Gwen Harris (JFCS), and Stella Lazo (Family Caregiver Alliance) March 10, 7:00-8:30 pm … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 10) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (March 10)
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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An Hour of Passover Prep 4:00 pm
An Hour of Passover Prep
Mar 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Learn the basics of the Passover Seder, and then dive a little deeper into the meaning behind these holiday rituals. Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.Event Signup
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March Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
March Young Adult Candle Lighting
Mar 12 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingMarch 12 at 5:45pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got laying around) … Continued
One Shabbat Service (3/12/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/12/2021)
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie, with special guest Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service (3/12/21) 7:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service (3/12/21)
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service with Rabbi Jason Rodich, Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate.
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 3/13/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 3/13/2021)
Mar 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Demystifying Bay Area Real Estate (Young Adult Program) 5:30 pm
Demystifying Bay Area Real Estate (Young Adult Program)
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Demystifying Bay Area Real EstateMarch 16, 5:30-6:15pmTired of paying rent? Think buying a home in San Francisco is impossible? Emanu-El's 20s & 30s are invited to virtually join three top real estate and mortgage professionals, … Continued
JCRC Freedom Seder 6:00 pm
JCRC Freedom Seder
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Be part of this participatory, cross-cultural, interfaith exchange, and honor one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year! This is a critical moment to come together to counteract racism and xenophobia and to … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (March 17) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 17)
Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Jews Of Color Gathering (March 2021) 7:00 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (March 2021)
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Led by congregants who identify as Jews of color, we are convening regular gatherings of Emanu-El members who identify as Jews of color of any race or ethnicity, to meet each other, share stories, and explore … Continued
Resiliency Series: Confronting Uncertainty (3/17/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Confronting Uncertainty (3/17/2021)
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Confronting Uncertainty   Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich March 17, 7:00 8:30 pm  Rabbi Rodich will reflect on the ever-shifting emotional terrain of our pandemic reality. He will provide resources for coming to terms with uncertainty in … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (3/19/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/19/2021)
Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan 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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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 3/20/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jason Rodich – 3/20/2021)
Mar 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (March 24) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 24)
Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Resiliency Series: Creating a Roadmap and Developing Tools (3/24/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Creating a Roadmap and Developing Tools (3/24/2021)
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Creating a Roadmap and Developing Tools Led by Cantor Marsha Attie and co-facilitated by Nina Kaufman, Coach March 24, 7:00-8:30 pm Draw on the lessons of the past twelve months (and the previous eight Resiliency … Continued
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Women’s Passover Gathering (3/25/21) 7:00 pm
Women’s Passover Gathering (3/25/21)
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Women's Passover GatheringTHURSDAY, MARCH 25, 7:00- 8:00 PMJoin Rabbi Beth Singer, Rabbi Sarah Parris, and Cantor Marsha Attie for a festive, interactive night of song, conversation, thought, good food and sisterhood! We invite all women … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (3/26/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (3/26/2021)
Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth Singer 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 Jonathan Singer – 3/27/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 3/27/2021)
Mar 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Passover Festival Service 10:00 am
Passover Festival Service
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join us for this special festival service, led by Rabbi Jason Rodich, with music by Cantor Arik Luck. The service is open to all and can be viewed on Emanu-El's Facebook page and on our … Continued
Passover Family Seder 4:00 pm
Passover Family Seder
Mar 28 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Families are invited to this fun seder, with special clergy appearances, and emceed by Jonathan Bayer, which is open to entire community. Use this as your standalone seder OR play it in the background while … Continued
Passover Adult Seder 6:00 pm
Passover Adult Seder
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom seder, filled with discussion, songs and engagement. This seder is for adults and youth (ages 11–17) who want a full seder experience. It will be led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer … Continued
Young Adult Passover Seder 2021 7:00 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder 2021
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder 2021March 28, 7pm-8pmJoin other Jews in their 20s and 30s for our annual Young Adult Passover Seder! Nosh on gefilte fish and horseradish! Sing dayeinu! Find an Afikoman and make a … Continued
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Passover Book Club: Made in China 12:00 pm
Passover Book Club: Made in China
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In the spirit of Passover, Rabbi Beth Singer will lead a Book Club discussion connecting biblical Hebrew enslavement with slavery that is happening right now.  We’ll use Amanda Pang’s book, MADE IN CHINA: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 31) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (March 31)
Mar 31 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Passover Book Club: Made in China 7:00 pm
Passover Book Club: Made in China
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In the spirit of Passover, Rabbi Beth Singer will lead a Book Club discussion connecting biblical Hebrew enslavement with slavery that is happening right now.  We’ll use Amanda Pang’s book, MADE IN CHINA: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, … 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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