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Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair 4:00 pm
Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please join us at a reception celebrating the release of Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair. A young adult biography written in short stories by Jennifer Kaufman. Wednesday, August 3, from 4:00 – 5:00 … Continued
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Tot Shabbat – (8/5/2022) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (8/5/2022)
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
ALL kids 6 and under, their adults and older siblings are welcome, free of charge. We’ll start with a simple kid’s dinner & teen-led activities at 5:00 pm in our beautiful courtyard. Then, join us in … Continued
50/25 Years in the Rabbinate: Honoring Rabbis Pearce & Mintz 6:00 pm
50/25 Years in the Rabbinate: Honoring Rabbis Pearce & Mintz
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us for a special Shabbat service August 5th at 6:00 pm to honor Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce for his 50 years in the rabbinate and Senior Associate Rabbi Sydney Mintz for her … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/6/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/6/2022)
Aug 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Shabbat Service – (8/12/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (8/12/2022)
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, August 12th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Jason Rodich and Sydney Mintz with Cantor Marsha Attie.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
August Late Shabbat for 20s and 30s 8:00 pm
August Late Shabbat for 20s and 30s
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join Jewish young adults from around the Bay for Congregation Emanu-El’s Late Shabbat!   A festive evening of community-building, spiritual connection, and incredible music.  Schmoozing and wine start at 8pm / services begin at 8:30pm / … Continued
Late Shabbat 8:00 pm
Late Shabbat
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
August Late ShabbatFriday, August 12th at Congregation Emanu-El 8 PM: Reception & Schmooze8:30 PM: Shabbat Service 9:45 – 11:00 PM: OnegJoin Jewish young adults from around the Bay for Congregation Emanu-El's Late Shabbat!  A festive evening of community-building, spiritual connection, … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/13/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/13/2022)
Aug 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Anska Hilash (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Anska Hilash (Main)
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Lylah Cutler (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Lylah Cutler (Meyer)
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
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Back to Shul Shabbat Service – (8/19/2022) 6:00 pm
Back to Shul Shabbat Service – (8/19/2022)
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Back to Shul Shabbat Services this Friday, August 19th at 6:00 pm!Meet – Pray – NoshOur beloved annual “Back to Shul Shabbat” provides an opportunity for current congregants, their friends, and … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/20/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/20/2022)
Aug 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Charlie Steinberg (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Charlie Steinberg (Meyer)
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Livy and Kyle Seff (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Livy and Kyle Seff (Main)
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Shabbat Service – (8/26/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (8/26/2022)
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, August 26th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Beth Singer and Ryan Bauer with Cantor Arik Luck.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/27/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/27/2022)
Aug 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Elliot Zapol (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Elliot Zapol (Main)
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Maren Boigon (Meyer) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Maren Boigon (Meyer)
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Aaron Gabe (Meyer) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Aaron Gabe (Meyer)
Aug 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Wyatt Klugman (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Wyatt Klugman (Main)
Aug 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Beyond Roe: The past, present, and future of abortion access 7:00 pm
Beyond Roe: The past, present, and future of abortion access
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beyond Roe: The past, present, and future of abortion access, and what Jewish tradition has to tell us With the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, America is at an inflection point. Will ours be a … Continued
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HHD 2022 – Organ Meditation (8/31/2022) 7:00 pm
HHD 2022 – Organ Meditation (8/31/2022)
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
As part of our month of Elul offerings, as we begin the sacred work of returning to our soul, join us for an evening Organ Meditation. Find your own personal space in the main sanctuary. Cantor … Continued
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High Holy Days 2021: Details and COVID Updates

High Holy Days 2021: Details and COVID Updates

August 19, 2021

Dear Congregants,

We are all looking forward to being together again this year for the High Holy Days — whether indoor, outdoor or in person. As we carefully monitor the current COVID situation, we want to update you on some important changes to our service and program schedule. We have also changed our protocols for participation and registration. With a robust variety of services planned at the synagogue, outdoors and online, we want to provide a meaningful and safe experience that allows you to connect with your community. If you plan to attend any of our in-person offerings, we ask that you follow these policies and procedures, which will be updated to reflect the most current best practices.

Please carefully review the important details below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our High Holy Day office at [email protected] or 415.751.2541 x138.

Thank you again for your flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times. All of us at Emanu-El wish you a safe and healthy New Year, filled with sweetness, prosperity and joy.

L’Shanah Tovah,
Emanu-El Staff and Clergy

Primary Services and Outdoor Family Services

After careful deliberation, we have reduced the number of indoor in-person High Holy Day offerings. As a result, we will have only one indoor primary service in the Main Sanctuary each day instead of two, with many additional outdoor and online options. For Kol Nidre, there will be two services in the Main Sanctuary, combining the musical styles we have come to know and love. Both Kol Nidre services are identical musically and in every other way, including the sermons. Of course, there are many other services and learning activities such as:

  • Child-centered outdoor services for families with children who are not yet eligible for vaccination, which will enable whole-family worship in Presidio National Park
  • Special Tashlich service and festive concert at Baker Beach
  • Meditation and Healing in the Redwoods
  • Learning sessions with Rabbis Kushner, Parris and Pearce, which have been moved to Zoom
  • Teen-Led Services occurring in person in the Main Sanctuary. Members can bring non-member guests, but preregistration is required.

Please note that advance registration is required for each event at www.hhd.emanuelsf.org.

Registration and Tickets

  • Registration is required for each service or program in advance, including outdoor experiences, via the High Holy Day website: www.hhd.emanuelsf.org.
  • There are no paper tickets this year, unless requested. Your email confirmation upon registration will serve as your ticket for entry and will include important COVID-19 safety protocols which must be followed.
  • We are limiting the number of non-member guests to close relatives or friends of our congregants. We also have limited reciprocity. All guests must abide by our latest COVID protocols. To request guest tickets or reciprocity, contact Ariana Estoque at [email protected] or at 415-750-7552.

Other Important Health and Safety Information

  • Consistent with city, state, CDC and other public health authority guidance, COVID-19 vaccines are the most important and effective tool in preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. We strongly encourage that all who are eligible be vaccinated.
    • As we enter the High Holy Day season, to attend our indoor services and events, you must be fully vaccinated, and we do require you to certify that you are fully vaccinated through our online registration form.
    • For those ineligible for vaccination, we require proof upon entry of a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to the service.
  • Current Members (dues renewed for 2022) can obtain indoor seating in our historic Main Sanctuary. Indoor seating capacity is reduced to allow for social distancing. While children are welcome inside the synagogue, only children who have been tested and can be masked for the duration of the service can attend indoor services.

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