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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Aug 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Tahoe Shabbat 2019 6:00 pm
Tahoe Shabbat 2019
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At the home of Stuart Corvin and Marissa WertheimerLed by Rabbis Beth and Jonathan SingerPlease arrive by 6:00 pm (address provided once you have registered). A brief, warm Kabbalat Shabbat service will be followed by … Continued
Third Annual Lake Tahoe Shabbat 6:00 pm
Third Annual Lake Tahoe Shabbat
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Third Annual Lake Tahoe Shabbat
At the home of Stuart Corvin and Marissa Wertheimer Led by Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer Please arrive by 6:00 pm (address provided once you have registered). A brief, warm Kabbalat Shabbat service will be … Continued
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Mah Jongg (chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (chapel)
Aug 6 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – Canceled 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – Canceled
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
This event is canceled. Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to four volunteers make meals for … Continued
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The Tribe’s Rustic Camping Retreat 2019 6:00 pm
The Tribe’s Rustic Camping Retreat 2019
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 11 @ 10:00 am
Date: Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11Location: Camp Cazadero, Cazadero CACost: Prices listed are per participant. All meals (& coffee!)/activities included in price!Adults: $190.00Child 12+: $190.00Child 6-11: $125.00Under 6: FREE​Rabbi Bauer and Cantor Luck … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Aug 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Aug 9 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
Aug 9 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Aug 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Tribe for Women 2019 Sonoma Gathering 10:00 am
Tribe for Women 2019 Sonoma Gathering
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Please join us for a special Tribe for Women gathering in a congregant's home near Healdsburg (75-90 minutes from SF) in Sonoma County for a day of relaxation, wine-tasting and fun! This event is meant … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Margot Katzman) MMS 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Margot Katzman) MMS
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Noah Fernandez) Main 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Noah Fernandez) Main
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Canceled 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Canceled
Aug 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
No Bagels and Babies today.
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Mah Jongg (chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (chapel)
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (chapel)
Aug 20 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – August 22, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 22, 2019
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (Guild Hall 2) 5:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (Guild Hall 2)
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (Guild Hall 2)
The Torah-based teachings and practices of meditation (avodah) and loving-kindness (gemilut chasadim) are at the heart of our meditation at Emanu-El. Practicing our יְהֹוָה Meditation develops mindfulness, and the capacity to become more conscious and find Shalom in … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Aug 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Open Door Shabbat with Mohammed Al Samawi (Main Sanctuary) 6:00 pm
Open Door Shabbat with Mohammed Al Samawi (Main Sanctuary)
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open Door Shabbat with Mohammed Al Samawi (Main Sanctuary)
SF Interfaith Council and Grace Cathedral are partnering with Emanu-El to celebrate an "Open Door" Shabbat service. This service will allow us to welcome in Shabbat with our interfaith community partners as a display of support, not in a time of … Continued
Open Door Shabbat and BBQ 7:15 pm
Open Door Shabbat and BBQ
Aug 23 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Please register for the delicious oneg.Event Signup
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Side by Side August 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side August 2019 Session
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side August 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
Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Conversion

Conversion

Pathways to Choosing Judaism at Congregation Emanu-El

Choosing Judaism at Congregation Emanu-El entails a period of spiritual, textual, and practical learning. The prospective convert studies about Judaism, participates in the life of the synagogue, and develops and deepens his or her personal commitment and relationship with God, Torah, and the Jewish people.

Conversion is a challenging and powerful process. While it requires strong dedication and soul-searching, the results are extraordinary. If you are interested in converting at Emanu-El, please fill out this form completely. Contact Conversion Assistant Seanda Roberson with any questions

Preparation for conversion at Congregation Emanu-El includes the following activities:

Introduction to Judaism – The prospective convert usually begins with this course, taught by clergy. It is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover Jewish knowledge. Each session will have two parts: an initial presentation on a specific topic, followed by discussion groups.

The Guide Rabbi – Each student will have a guide rabbi from our rabbinic faculty. The guide rabbi will periodically have individual meetings with the prospective candidate.

Jewish Living – The prospective convert begins to “view the world through Jewish eyes” through the celebration of Sabbath and holidays, observance of mitzvoth, and participation in the Jewish community. Although not required, an ability to read Hebrew enhances participation in the synagogue and in Jewish ritual. The guide rabbi can provide suggestions on how to acquire a basic reading knowledge of Hebrew.

The Conversion Group – This group meets monthly during the winter and spring and creates an environment of guidance and support as individuals participate in various Jewish activities. Individuals will write a letter before each group meeting, reflecting on their Jewish experience during the preceding month. They will also read selections from books chosen in consultation with the guide rabbi.

When the guide rabbi and the candidate agree that the individual is prepared for conversion, the Rabbi will schedule an appointment for the Beit Din (rabbinic court), mikvah (ritual immersion) and conversion ceremony. Prospective male converts can discuss the issue of circumcision with their guide rabbi.

Guidelines for conversion:

  • Synagogue participation
  • Completion of three trimesters of “Introduction to Judaism”
  • Full participation in the conversion group
  • A personal essay describing the journey toward conversion
  • Completion of the ritual requirements for conversion (Beit din, mikvah and conversion ceremony)

Becoming an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Anshei Mitzvah, is encouraged for all those who have chosen Judaism as their life path.

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