Spring Scholar-in-Residence: Ruth Calderon
Famous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv.
She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid between 2013 and 2015.
March 31 – April 2, 2017
Friday, March 31 at 6:00 pm One Shabbat Service: Rav Ishmael meets God – Modern Spiritual Meaning and Challenges
Friday, March 31 special dinner with Ruth Calderon immediately following Shabbat service, 7:30 –9:00pm. $20 per person, pre-registration required.
Saturday, April 1 Torah Study 9:15 – 10:15 am – ‘NEHORA’ – on light and beauty of Talmudic protagonists
Sunday, April 2; 9:30 – 11:00 am lecture: Spiritual legacy- and Doubt, What did Yochanan Ben Zakai leave his students and how is it relevant for us today? Register Here
12:00 – 1:30 pm – Join THE Book Club for a one-of-a kind opportunity to learn with Ruth Calderon.
*THE Book Club is a group of young adults that meets monthly to discuss texts from one of the best sellers of all time: The Bible (and other Jewish texts).
**Also known as a Torah Study group for Young Adults.
***Limited space available, register now to guarantee your spot.
This series is made possible by the generosity of Jon Holman and Diana Grand.
Water Talk – Celebrate World Water Day at Emanu-El!
Making the Desert Bloom—How Israel’s Water Expertise is a Model for California and the World
March 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Featuring: Aaron Tartakovsky and Seth Siegel
Join us for a one-of-a-kind chance to hear directly from Seth Siegel, activist and NY Times bestselling author of Let There Be Water, and Congregation Emanu-El’s Aaron Tartakovsky, co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec and co-founder of the Israel-California Greentech Partnership.
Israel offers a story of inspiration for the current moment here in California. Facing a similar situation, its leaders took the courageous decision to create a system immune to drought. The unique way that Israel thinks about and manages its water offers an alternative model for California and others facing water scarcity issues.
This program is in partnership with the Environmental Working Group of Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council and is co-sponsored by the American Technion Society.
Rabbi Stephen Pearce Teaching at the Fromm Institute at USF for the spring semester beginning April 12 – Introduction to Judaism
Exploring texts from biblical, intertestamental, rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods, this course will introduce students to diverse Jewish cultural expressions and core beliefs—from God, Torah, Israel to contemporary thought; history—from the Genesis narratives to the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel and modern Jewish Movements; and life and holiday cycles—including the liturgical calendar and celebrations. Focus on adaptation of religion and culture to changing times and circumstances will deepen an understanding of the origins and transformative nature of Jewish identity.
Film Screening of Germans and Jews: history is the memory of a people
Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Janina Quint.
Tuesday, April 25 – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. We realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
Free Event but registration requested.
Allow yourself to dive into our tradition and SPARK your imagination. We want EVERYONE to take part in a new, innovative community-wide Jewish learning experience. Let your heart be moved by Torah; be open to a transformative and mind opening experience. Join your friends, rabbis and guest teachers for three nights of SPARK, a powerful Jewish learning offering of Congregation Emanu-El. Our evening will begin with schmooze time for participants to mingle and nosh together, followed by one hour engaged in of one of four hot topic SPARK study sessions with rabbis and leading guest educators.The evening will be followed by a community wide keynote address or seminar with special scholars/speakers.
Tuesdays; March 14, 21, 28
6:45 – 9:00pm, includes nosh and schmooze time, course and seminar
$54 for member
$75 for non members
At the Rabbi’s Table
Wednesdays, Noon – 1:00 pm
55 2nd Street, San Francisco
No charge for admission
We’re continuing a monthly learning session with one of our Emanu-El Clergy during your lunch break downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you!
Directions for 55 2nd Street: After entering a sumptuous marble lobby from Stevenson Street, the indoor park is a few steps up on the left, inside the historic building. There are tables and chairs on wood ﬂooring, and big leather chairs near windows on carpeted areas.
“Limonata and Learning,” first Wednesday of the Month in Marin
Join Emanu-El clergy on one Wednesday a month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today’s events to a cultural or spiritual discussion.
Next Date: Learning and Limonata, April 5, 4:00 pm
Location: Book Passage, Corte Madera
“Brown Bag,” first Wednesday of the month at Emanu-El
Join Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Congregation Emanu-El Library
Next Date: April 5
What questions keep you up at night?
What answers bring you comfort?
What more are you curious to know?
At Emanu-El, we are an active community of lifelong Jewish learners – in endless pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge our own long-held beliefs. Our shared desire for knowledge and for community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a congregation.
Emanu-El thrives when we are learning together. We hope that you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us on a thought-provoking and powerful Jewish journey.
To inquire about adult education, please contact Ariana Estoque, director of adolescent and adult education, at (415) 751-2541 x307 or email@example.com