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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
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The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time – Zoom 10:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time – Zoom
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time. Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai … Continued
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav – Zoom 12:00 pm
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav – Zoom
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav, with Cantor Arik Luck and Special guest Cantor Katie Oringel. Cantors Luck and Oringel will explore the origins of this beautiful piece of Hebrew liturgy and share some of their favorite … Continued
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie – Facebook Live
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie. Facebook Live.
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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck – Facebook Live 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck – Facebook Live
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Apr 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and a Healing Prayer. Zoom. 
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie on Zoom and Facebook Live 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie on Zoom and Facebook Live
Apr 4 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie, Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Men’s Group virtually – April 5, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group virtually – April 5, 2020
Apr 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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
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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom 1:00 pm
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rabbi Kushner will lead three Monday (this is the third) sessions about Passover, via Zoom, beginning on March 23 on how to celebrate what may be one one of the most memorable Seders in Jewish … Continued
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2nd Night Adult Seder 5:30 pm
2nd Night Adult Seder
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2nd Night Adult Seder, led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. We will sing, discuss, and celebrate together. Have a seder plate nosh in front of you as we cover parts of the Haggadah and enjoy songs and … Continued
Adult Passover Zoom Seder 5:30 pm
Adult Passover Zoom Seder
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us on the second night of Passover for an Adult Focused Zoom Seder led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. On Zoom we will sing, discuss, and celebrate with a Haggadah guide on screen. … Continued
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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich, and Cantor Attie. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Stay tune for the Zoom link. Also to be featured on Facebook … Continued
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Facebook Live
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Inviting all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate Shabbat Passover dinners – between 5 and 7 people – for virtual conversations … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat – Facebook Live 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat – Facebook Live
Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie. Facebook Live.
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Apr 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. Zoom.  
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich – Facebook Live and Zoom 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich – Facebook Live and Zoom
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich. Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Women’s Passover Gathering: Reflections and Remembering in the Time of COVID – Zoom 7:00 pm
Women’s Passover Gathering: Reflections and Remembering in the Time of COVID – Zoom
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Rabbi Beth Singer, Cantor Marsha Attie, and Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris for a conversation about Passover traditions and how they translated to our new virtually-connected reality. All Emanu-El woman-identifying congregants are invited to join … Continued
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Passover Yizkor Observance 4:00 pm
Passover Yizkor Observance
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom Yizkor observance at the end of Passover. The service itself is brief, musical and heartfelt, with an opportunity for you to focus on where you are right now with that … Continued
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April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 pm
April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for our April YFE Family Shabbat Dinner! Our April Shabbat is being co-planned by the Tzedek Council’s new Family Tzedek committee, which is working to infuse the Jewish value of tikkun olam into … Continued
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Aaron David Miller – Superpower of Superlost? 3:30 pm
Aaron David Miller – Superpower of Superlost?
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Superpower or Superlost? The US Role in the Middle East in the Ear of Trump: US Strategic Interests and Prospects Going ForwardWith Former State Department Negotiator, Aaron David Miller America  confronts a broken, angry dysfunctional Middle … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Spring 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Spring 2020
Apr 21 @ 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
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Tribe for Women Mahjong Night 6:00 pm
Tribe for Women Mahjong Night
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Back by popular demand, Congregation Emanu-El’s Tribe for Women is invited to join together for a great evening of desserts, drinks, and Mahjong on Wednesday, April 22, at 6pm! There will be tables for social … Continued
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2020 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2020
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CHUPPAH AND BEYOND: MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT FOR ENGAGED AND NEWLY MARRIED COUPLES*WEDNESDAY EVENINGS—APRIL 22-MAY 27—7-9pm*The first week of May, class will be held on TUESDAY, May 5 instead of Wednesday, May 6. All other classes will … Continued
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Online Only, TBD 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Kushner – Online Only, TBD 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Kushner – Online Only, TBD
Apr 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
April Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service – TBD 10:00 am
April Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please join us for a Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat service for families with children ages 5 and under! This event is in partnership with Jewish Baby Network. Event Signup
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Max Czollek – Contemporary Jewish Thought In Germany 7:00 pm
Max Czollek – Contemporary Jewish Thought In Germany
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Thought and the Construction of a New Germany – Why the Past is Not The Past. With Max Czollek, acclaimed German poet and bestselling author Wednesday, April 29 7:00pm Rinder Chapel  There is the saying in Germany that … 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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2nd Night Adult Seder

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