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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03
Jan 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.  First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m. in the Martin Meyer Reception. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members – $24.00, Member children ages 11-17 – $24.00; Non-member Adults – $28.00, … Continued
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Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team 1:00 pm
Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet Joey Wagman and David "DJ" Sharabi, the Bay Area players representing the Israeli National Baseball Team, who are headed to Summer Olympics 2020! We are hosting a fun day at the park to kick … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
Kushner – Plein Air Painters 7:00 pm
Kushner – Plein Air Painters
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emanu-El Plein Air Painters led by the Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner  For the past several years Rabbi Kushner has become a serious oil painter. He has been painting outdoors (the French Impressionists called it “plein air”). … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020
Jan 9 @ 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
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019 9:45 am
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Please join us for a morning of prayer and community building. We'll start with a participatory service with 6th Graders and their adults, led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Jonathan Bayer. After the adults leave … Continued
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel) 10:30 am
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel)
Jan 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert 7:00 pm
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam on Saturday January 11 from 7-9pm with our artist in residence, spoken word artist extraordinarie, Rick Lupert. We will be gathering together at a home in … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel 6:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges: A Briefing on New Defense Technologies from the former head of Israel's National Security CouncilWith Brigadier General (Res.) Professor Jacob NagelTuesday, January 14  6:30 – 8:30pmMartin Meyer Sanctuary As an expert in defensive … Continued
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Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:00 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at Congregation Emanu-ElWednesday, January 15th from 7-8:30pm. Ruth, a … Continued
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:30 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at a congregant’s home near West Portal. Exact … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020 6:30 pm
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Do you love challah? Have you ever wondered how to make that delicious braided bread? Or are you looking at your calendar, wondering how you will get your fresh baked loaves for your Shabbat dinner … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary)
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1 10:30 am
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
A five-person adult b’nai mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El! Join us in celebration as the 2020 Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Adult Bar/Bat Mizvah Class is called to the Torah to mark this milestone in their Jewish journeys. … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 5:00 pm
Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join your fellow Tribesmen for our yearly mitzvah of serving over 100 homeless men a hearty dinner at a local shelter in San Francisco. This is a special night, where giving a smile along with … Continued
2020 Conversion Group 6:00 pm
2020 Conversion Group
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2020 Conversion Group meeting for Conversion students currently working with an assigned Rabbi but have not completed the Conversion Process.   This group is moderated by Rabbi Jason Rodich   The group will meet once … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020
Jan 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
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
January Saturday Morning Young Families Shabbat Service 10:00 am
January Saturday Morning Young Families Shabbat Service
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please join us for a Saturday Morning Young Families Shabbat service with Jonathan Bayer for families with children ages 5 and under! Event Signup
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Micaela Winthrop) (Main) 10:30 am
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 2020 4:00 pm
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 2020
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 2020 @ Courtyard / MMR
Get out your PJs and picnic blankets and join us for a very special family pajama party picnic and Havdalah service on Saturday, January 25th from 4-5:30 pm. The party will be held in the … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 26, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 26, 2020
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 26, 2020 @ 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert 7:00 pm
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SOLD OUT. NO WALK UPS.Community Interfaith Event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz; remarks by special guests to be announced and Violins of Hope co-founders Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein; musical excerpts performed by … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 5:00 pm
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting 11:00 am
Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for a conversation about Emanu-El NEXT with those that use our building the most! Event Signup
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 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
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020 5:30 pm
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020
Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January's not over until it's over so come slide into the New Year with your favorite Emanu-el Young Adult community. We'll be doing Happy Hour at Marengo in the Alley on Thursday, January 30, from … 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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