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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 2) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 2)
Jun 2 @ 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.
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Bari Weiss / Rabbi Sydney Mintz 7:00 pm
Bari Weiss / Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Conversation with Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Bari Weiss  Free and open to the community, virtual event  Thursday, June 3, 7:00pm Bari Weiss is a journalist and the author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” which won a … Continued
Dumplings & Kibitzin: An Evening for Asian Jewish Couples 8:00 pm
Dumplings & Kibitzin: An Evening for Asian Jewish Couples
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
People living at the intersection of Asian and Jewish identity know a secret: there are many commonalities between the cultures which may help explain why so many Asian/Jewish couples find their beshert in each other. … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (6/4/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (6/4/2021)
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services beginning this Friday, June 4th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary. We plan to start small as we … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 6/5/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 6/5/2021)
Jun 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Ariella Albukerk (Main Sanctuary) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ariella Albukerk (Main Sanctuary)
Jun 5 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 9) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 9)
Jun 9 @ 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 (June 2021) 6:30 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (June 2021)
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 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
A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – 2021 7:30 pm
A Night of Jewish Stand Up Comedy – 2021
Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a night of laughter and levity, emceed by Rabbi Sydney Mintz!Price: $8 Members / $10 Non-Members *This event is appropriate for adults 18+. Performing Comedians:  Aviva Siegel Aviva is a stand-up comic by day, and a … Continued
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Consul General of Israel with Rabbi Jonathan Singer 7:00 pm
Consul General of Israel with Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shlomi Kofman, Consul General of Israel, in Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan SingerJune 10th, 7:00 pm, virtual webinarJoin us for a discussion about the end of the Gaza conflict, changes in Israeli government, and how we … Continued
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June Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
June Young Adult Candle Lighting
Jun 11 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingJune 11, 5:45 – 6:00 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got laying … Continued
One Shabbat Service – (6/11/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (6/11/2021)
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, June 11th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary. We plan to start small as we carefully … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/12/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/12/2021)
Jun 12 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 16) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 16)
Jun 16 @ 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.
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One Shabbat Service – (6/18/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (6/18/2021)
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, June 18th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary. To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Samuel Haims (Main Sanctuary) 9:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Samuel Haims (Main Sanctuary)
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
Torah Study (with Leo Fuchs – 6/19/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Leo Fuchs – 6/19/2021)
Jun 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Leo Fuchs, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Emmy Cutler (Main Sanctuary) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Emmy Cutler (Main Sanctuary)
Jun 19 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service-Dylan and Tyler Soofer (Main Sant.) 12:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Service-Dylan and Tyler Soofer (Main Sant.)
Jun 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 23) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 23)
Jun 23 @ 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.
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Pride Shabbat Service – (6/25/2021) 6:00 pm
Pride Shabbat Service – (6/25/2021)
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for Limited In-Person Friday Night Pride Shabbat Service this Friday, June 25th, at 6:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary. To best ensure we can provide a … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Sophia Dumitru-Rose (Main) 9:00 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sophia Dumitru-Rose (Main)
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Please join us for Shabbat morning service in our Main sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants.  We plan to start small as we carefully and thoughtfully plan our reopening. To best ensure we … Continued
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/26/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 6/26/2021)
Jun 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Dumplings & Kibitzin: Havdallah for Jewish + Asian Families 4:00 pm
Dumplings & Kibitzin: Havdallah for Jewish + Asian Families
Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
We would like to invite all congregants that identify as Asian and/or have Asian family members (along with non-Asian family members) to join us for a casual Havdallah gathering led by Rabbi Rodich. Please bring … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (June 30) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (June 30)
Jun 30 @ 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.
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Indoors at Emanu-El

You may have heard that San Francisco now allows indoor religious services in limited circumstances. It is a great sign for our City and the community’s health that the efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic are working.

Yet, in the same Directive that allows indoor services, the Health Officer “acknowledge[s] that engaging in any gathering that includes individuals who are not part of a single Household increases the probability of transmitting COVID-19.” Thus, the Directive states that it is “strongly recommended that all people avoid gatherings including for religious or cultural services, especially indoors.” (emphasis added)

While allowing indoor services, the Directive places many restrictions and recommended restrictions when conducting them, including but not limited to:

  • Singing and chanting activities are not permitted during an indoor religious gathering at this time, even while wearing a face mask.
  • Face masks must be worn by all participants at all times, including clergy officiating services.
  • Prohibiting any gathering or congregating before or after services.
  • Recommending that institutions prohibit members of vulnerable populations from attending indoor services.

Also, both the rules and the safety environment change frequently. For example, San Francisco has been spared a “third wave,” but such an increase in infections could occur anytime, and a tightening of restrictions is always possible. Thus, long term planning remains difficult.

Current Emanu-El Position

Emanu-El is open for business. Every week we run our fabulous pre-school at the temple and conduct life cycle events such as weddings and B’Nai Mitzvah in the Courtyard. During the High Holy Days, we conducted Ark Moments for dozens of individual members and families. We’ve hosted blood drives and Census drives at the temple and now regularly stream Shabbat services from the Main Sanctuary.  And we have just begun a partnership with Wilderness Torah to teach outdoor classes for our Youth and Family Education students.

Our values have guided us whenever we consider changing Covid-19 safety protocols. Values such as respect for life, following the experts in our medical community, respecting our community’s diversity, and being a positive role model have been our guide star all along.  

With these values in mind, we reviewed options with clergy, staff, COVID-19 advisory team, and Board of Directors. After careful consideration, we cannot perform most religious services that are meaningful, engaging, and safe at this time.

We will not conduct most indoor services, such as Shabbat, for now. The sanctuaries are being used for memorial services, weddings: ceremonies as a backup for weddings scheduled in the Courtyard, and other religious services approved on a case by case basis.  We will always follow all applicable rules and guidelines.  We are also working on making the Courtyard more useful during the winter and are already in conversation with vendors.

Shelter in place while limiting the traditional ways we’ve provided services and programming has also been a time that spurred creativity. With your help, we know that the Jewish tradition is up to the challenge of providing news ways of connection and meaning.  

We look forward to seeing you in and out of the building soon.

David N. Goldman
Executive Director and General Counsel

Rabbi Jason Rodich
Clergy Liaison to Covid-19 Advisory Group

Doctor Larry Rand
Board of Directors – Board Liaison to Covid-19 Advisory Group

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