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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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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

High Holy Days 2019/5780

The month of Tishrei begins the High Holy Day season. Our High Holy Day observances begin with Selichot and continue through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.

High Holy Days 2019/5780


prayer reading

Welcome to High Holy Days at Congregation Emanu-El

Please consider donating any food you do not eat on Yom Kippur to those who are hungry. In particular, tuna & canned meat, peanut butter, rice, pasta, soups, canned fruits and vegetables are needed. Drop off at Temple Emanu-El, in the collection bin outside the main office or inside the main entrance gate, Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm

Jewish Family and Children’s Services Food Bank is also accepting donations during the holidays. Please help increase food security and reduce hunger.

One Pass

With your One Pass, you may attend any service. You will need to show your One Pass at all services except those that indicate “No One Pass or ticket required” or “Open to the Community.” Students are welcome to come with their current school IDs; no passes are needed.
Please note: All passes for High Holy Day services are non-transferable, for security reasons.

Security

For the protection of everyone, security personnel reserve the right to inspect all purses and packages and check identification. In the interest of time, please bring only what you will need during the service. Please allow extra time to pass through the security lines.

Parking

If you would like to look for street parking around the Temple, we have obtained waivers of time limits and street cleaning for both sides of the following streets:

  • Lake Street: from Arguello to 4th Avenue
  • 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue, and 4th Avenue: from Lake to California
  • Arguello: from Jackson to California
  • Sacramento, Clay, Washington, and Jackson: from Arguello to Spruce
  • Cherry, Maple, and Spruce: from Jackson to Sacramento

Childcare

Child care is for ages 2 – 10 and is provided during Rosh Hashanah morning services, Kol Nidre (early services only) and all day on Yom Kippur. There is no childcare for Erev Rosh Hashanah services or the late  Kol Nidre service.  A form must be submitted in advance to enroll your child(ren) for child care using the link below.

If you choose to bring a young child to services not specifically noted as child-friendly, please be sure that your child is able to sit through the entire service (approximately two hours) so as not to disturb other worshipers. Otherwise, please register now for child care, or make other arrangements.

Guests

You may include your friends or relatives who would like to attend in one of the following ways:

  • Register now online to request guest tickets. Tickets are $175 per seat per service or $600 if you are requesting tickets for all five services (two evenings, two mornings and Yizkor).
  • We have a limited number of tickets available for visitors and they can only be purchased by members of the synagogue. It is important to emphasize that Congregation Emanu-El members are our first priority with respect to space at High Holy Day services.
  • If your visitors belong to a Reform or Liberal congregation, please ask them to request tickets by having their synagogue email proof of membership, services requested and full contact information to reciprocity@emanuelsf.org. The URJ Courtesy Request form details the information needed.  Your guests should ask their synagogue to indicate that they are attending with you. The sooner your guests can request reciprocity, the sooner we can confirm that we have space to accommodate them. We may not be able to fill last minute requests for all services.  Email to reciprocity@emanuelsf.org.

Travel

The deadline has now passed for us to request reciprocity for our members at other congregations. We suggest you take your Emanu-El High Holy Day One Pass(es) with you to prove your current membership. We cannot guarantee that reciprocity will be accepted by the synagogue you wish to visit. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

 
Questions

If you have any questions about the High Holy Days, please contact our High Holy Days office at (415) 751-2541 x138 or email hhd@emanuelsf.org. The High Holy Days office is staffed on a part-time basis.


Services Open to the Community


High Holy Day Schedule

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah customs here

Wondering about the different styles of our services?

Early Service (formerly Classic): Cantor Arik Luck leads a majestic musical ensemble including strings, clarinet, choir, and keyboard, creating a deeply emotional, uplifting and contemplative experience.
Late Service (formerly Contemporary): Cantor Marsha Attie and her musicians lead soulful, spirited, participatory, warm, intimate and prayerful services.

KOL NIDRE and YOM KIPPUR

Learn more about Yom Kippur customs here.

KOL NIDRE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

5:00 pm – Family Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
One hour worship, led in a participatory, educational style by our clergy.  Open to the community. Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one adult.
No One Pass or ticket required.

6:00 pm – Early Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by  Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer.
Music:  Cantor Arik Luck and accompanists.

8:30 pm – Late Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists.

YOM KIPPUR DAY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

9:00 am – Early Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich . Sermon by Rabbi Carla Fenves.
Music:  Cantor Arik Luck and accompanists.

10:00 am – Service for families with children ages 5 and under, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Sydney Mintz with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists.
No One Pass or ticket required.

10:00 am –  High Holy Day Learning, Guild Hall
Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Lawrence Kushner: Parents

No One Pass or ticket required.

11:30 am – High Holy Day Learning, Guild Hall
Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce:
The Development and Transmission of Jewish Law and Lore
If the Bible is the foundation of Judaism, then the post-biblical writing of the Talmud and numerous other collections of Jewish Law (Halacha) and Lore (Aggadah), created by some of the most gifted scholars in Jewish history, was designed to legislate and narrate centuries of Jewish life in times of change, transition, and revolution –  texts that created normative Judaism.

No One Pass or ticket required.

11:45 am – Late Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

2:00 pm –  A Panel on San Francisco’s Homeless Crisis, Guild Hall
Please join us for a critical discussion and update on the Tzedek Council’s efforts to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in our city.  Learn about our successes in serving this population, plans for our social justice work in the coming year, and opportunities for you to get involved.

No One Pass or ticket required.

2:00 pm – Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Participants will meet at the front gate of the temple at 2:00 pm to walk to the Presidio and return in time for the 3:30 pm Community Service led by our teens.
No One Pass or ticket required. 

2:30 pm – Afternoon Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer.  Music by Cantor Arik Luck and accompanists.
No One Pass or ticket required.

3:30 pm – Community Service led by our teens, Main Sanctuary
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings and commentaries created and led by our teen.  With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists.
No One Pass or ticket required.

4:00 pm Guided Meditation, Guild Hall (note: latecomers will not be admitted)
Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.
No One Pass or ticket required.

4:00 pm – Healing Service, Reuben Rinder Chapel
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
No One Pass or ticket required.

YIZKOR AND NEILAH CONCLUDING WORSHIP

A memorial service called Yizkor (Remembrance) is recited near the conclusion of Yom Kippur. It is said by every person who has lost a parent or other loved ones.
Neilah (the full name of this service is Ne’ilat She’arim (Closing of the Gates), referring to the daily closing of the Temple gates in Jerusalem) follows Yizkor. On Yom Kippur, this literal closing is symbolically associated with the closing of the heavenly gates that remained open to prayer until sunset. If you wish to wait until the Yizkor service concludes, you may enter the sanctuary at the beginning of Neilah.

5:30 pm – Yizkor and Neilah Services, Main Sanctuary
Led by  Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Sydney Mintz. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
Music: Cantor Arik Luck and accompanists.

5:30 pm – Yizkor and Neilah Services, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by  Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich. Sermon by  Rabbi Carla Fenves.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists.
Space is extremely limited. Tickets or One Passes are required.

Havdalah and Break-the-Fast following Neilah, Courtyard

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Celebrate Sukkot at the Temple with a festive outdoor service at 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 13, followed by dinner in our courtyard sukkah. Reservations are required for the dinner; watch for registration to open soon.

Throughout Sukkot, bring a lunch or dinner and come shake the lulav!
Join us in the Courtyard with your meal and participate in the Sukkot ritual.

Monday, October 14
Nosh and Service, 8:30 am, Reuben Rinder Chapel

YIZKOR SERVICE
Sunday, October 20
Nosh and Service, 9:30am Reuben Rinder Chapel

SIMCHAT TORAH
Sunday, October 20

5:00 pm
Join us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle! This joyful and festive occasion includes a light dinner and dancing and singing with the Torah, and is a perfect celebration for the whole family. Reservations are required for the dinner; watch for registration to open soon.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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