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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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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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Late Shabbat

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