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Brown Bag November 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag November 2017
Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 pm.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, November 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, November 2017
Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – November 2, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – November 2, 2017
Nov 2 @ 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 11-3-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 11-3-17
Nov 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict 2:00 pm
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Conversation about Israel, Palestine & the Conflict
The Ambivalence we feel at 50: Creating space to talk about Israelis, Palestinians, and the Conflict – November 5Sunday, November 5, 2:00 – 4:00pmJoin us at Congregation Emanu-El for this very special event, co-sponsored by the … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Young Adults: Meditation Session 7:30 pm
Young Adults: Meditation Session
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come relax into Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El’s new young adult meditation group, from 7:30-8:30 pm right before November Late Shabbat! Join us for a short guided meditation and a chance to connect and engage in … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Nov 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? November 2017 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? November 2017
Nov 11 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Families with young children Birth to 5 years old are invited to come to Got Shabbat? with Mimi Greisman, Early Childhood and Family Educator. We celebrate Shabbat with family and friends. Activities will include a … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Alexa Polsky 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Alexa Polsky
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Mia Kohn 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Mia Kohn
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Men’s Group – November 12, 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – November 12, 2017
Nov 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - November 12, 2017
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. This … Continued
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank’s Stepsister 1:00 pm
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank’s Stepsister
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Afternoon with Eva Schloss; Anne Frank's Stepsister
Join us for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, November 12.Reflections on Resistance: After Auschwitz – An Afternoon with Eva Schloss.Eva, 86, is an Auschwitz survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank. Both Frank and … Continued
Young Adults Raphael House Nov 2017 3:30 pm
Young Adults Raphael House Nov 2017
Nov 12 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
We are excited to bring a group of young adults from our Young Adult Community to Raphael House for this special night. We will prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working with … Continued
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
November B’nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting 6:00 pm
November B’nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
You are invited to the B'nei Mitzvah Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, November 14th!  When: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017Place & Time: Guild Hall from 6:00pm – 7:00pmWho: You and your child are invited to meet for our Orientation … Continued
THE Book Club – November 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – November 2017
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join this month's The Book Club with special guest Rabbi Kushner! Topic coming soon.Tuesday, November 14Hosted in a private home in San Francisco. Address provided upon registration. Congregant Cost: $10.00; General Admission: $18.00Dinner will be provided.*THE … Continued
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine! 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine!
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Lots of Brisket, Even More Wine! How to be a better father on Friday night and preparing your kids soul for the 21st centuryJoin Rabbi Bauer, Cantor Luck and your fellow … Continued
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Reproductive Justice on the Front Lines 7:00 pm
Reproductive Justice on the Front Lines
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Moral Imperatives for Today’s World: Reproductive Justice on the Front Lines Date: Wednesday, November 15,Time: 7:00 PMLocation: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore Street at Jackson StreetJoin Rabbi Fenves and members of our Tribe for Women … Continued
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An Evening with Natan Sharansky 7:30 pm
An Evening with Natan Sharansky
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
An Evening with Natan Sharansky @ San Francisco | California | United States
An evening with Natan Sharansky Join us for an evening with Natan Sharansky who will share his story, why he is doing the work he is doing now, and what the key urgent challenges are … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 21 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer 7:30 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Reza Aslan in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer @ Nourse Theater | San Francisco | California | United States
San Francisco City Arts & Lectures November 28 7:30 pm Nourse Auditorium Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and religious scholar. His books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Zealot: The … Continued
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Interfaith Holiday Party 2017 6:00 pm
Interfaith Holiday Party 2017
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home near West Portal.Join our interfaith community for a potluck-style holiday party! Bring a food that reminds you of your fondest winter holiday memories. This event is open to your whole family – … Continued
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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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