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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Jul 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Office is closed. 8:30 am
Office is closed.
Jul 4 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
 
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Brown Bag July 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag July 2017
Jul 5 @ 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. This … Continued
Limonata and Learning, July 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, July 2017
Jul 5 @ 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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Creation Ceramics, July 6, 2017 1:00 pm
Creation Ceramics, July 6, 2017
Jul 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) July 6 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #3 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner July 7, 2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner July 7, 2017
Jul 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 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 Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – July 13 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 13 2017
Jul 13 @ 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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THE Book Club – July 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – July 2017
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Private Home, North Beach$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Rabbi Beth Singer. We will discuss 100 years of Jewish Progressive Pluralism: From Women Rabbis … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – July 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – July 2017
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with members of clergy, downtown, each month.Please bring a nosh and join us at 55 -2nd Street.  Event Signup
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Suminigashi Paper Marbling, July 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Suminigashi Paper Marbling, July 20, 2017
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) July 6 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #4 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman 4:00 pm
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman
URJ Camp Newman invites you for a magical Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El!Join your friends & community for a Camp Newman Shabbat! Festivities include a reception with our Camp Directors, Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing!Please register … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – July 27 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 27 2017
Jul 27 @ 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
Raphael House – July 27 2017 3:30 pm
Raphael House – July 27 2017
Jul 27 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The mission of Raphael House is to help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. We prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Access Shabbat – July 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – July 2017
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to bring … 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 two of three trimesters of “Introduction to Judaism” and intention to finish
  • 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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