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Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Short meditation with Rabbi Bauer for YFE parents 9:30 am
Short meditation with Rabbi Bauer for YFE parents
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
After Tefilah on Sunday, April 8, please join other YFE parents in our chapel, as you let the stress of work, family and life melt away while Rabbi Bauer walks you through a 30 minute … Continued
Two Women: A Palestinian and A Jew 9:30 am
Two Women: A Palestinian and A Jew
Apr 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Two Women: A Palestinian and A Jew
 The American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam brings youTwo women – a Palestinian and a Jew, the Israeli conflict, and their struggle to build a shared societySunday, April 8   9:30 – 11:00 amMain Sanctuary … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble 11:00 am
Scrabble
Apr 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (R55) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (R55)
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2018 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2018
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Six Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help you build and strengthen the foundational tools for a successful, … Continued
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Yom Hashoah 2018 6:00 pm
Yom Hashoah 2018
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Yom Hashoah 2018 @ Jewish Community Center of San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States
RSVP: https://yhs-sf.eventbrite.com
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2018 6th Grade Family Retreat 9:00 am
2018 6th Grade Family Retreat
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition 7:00 pm
Death Over Dinner: Jewish Edition
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
How we want to die – represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. We have gathered dozens of medical and wellness leaders to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Apr 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble 11:00 am
Scrabble
Apr 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (R57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (R57)
Apr 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Tribe for Men Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families 1:00 pm
Tribe for Men Earth Day Celebration at Hamilton Families
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join The Tribe for Men for a special Earth Day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as well as … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg (R55) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (R55)
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Likrat Shabbat: Kavanah Through Art 7:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Kavanah Through Art
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Kavanah through Art with Ava Rosen 4 Tuesday nights: April 24,  May 1, 8, 15; 7:00 – 9:00pm Likrat Shabbat is a series of open ended, process-oriented art activities which start with kavanah … Continued
Rabbi Pearce – Neglected Narratives 7:00 pm
Rabbi Pearce – Neglected Narratives
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Neglected Narratives: A Close Reading of the Early ProphetsTaube Scholar, Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhDTuesdays: April 24; May 1, 8; 7:00 – 9:00pmThe biblical accounts of Samson and Delilah, Samuel, Deborah, Saul, David, Solomon, Goliath, … Continued
Yoga and Sacred Sefirot 7:00 pm
Yoga and Sacred Sefirot
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Yoga and the Sacred SefirotWith Julie Emden of Embodied Jewish Learning3 Tuesdays: April 24, May 1, May 8 ; 7:00 -9:00pm Enrich your life with this gentle Iyengar-based yoga and movement class infused with Jewish wisdom. Explore and … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service – Including Bar Mitzvah of Shaia Saraf (Main Sanctuary) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Klionsky (MMS) 10:30 am
Blessing of the Animals & Walk – April 28, 2018 1:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Walk – April 28, 2018
Apr 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Walk - April 28, 2018
Location: Emanu-El Courtyard and Walk to Mountain Lake Dog Park in the Presidio Gather in our courtyard and bring along your furry or fluffy friends!  Even your cats!The blessing of the animals is popular in … Continued
Torah study (library) 9:15 pm
Torah study (library)
Apr 28 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
 
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Men’s Group with Rabbi Jonathan – April 29, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group with Rabbi Jonathan – April 29, 2018
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group with Rabbi Jonathan - April 29, 2018 @ Congregant home- address provided after registration
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
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash! 4:00 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash!
Apr 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash! @ Congregation Emanu-El | San Francisco | California | United States
Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration with Hadag Nahash! April 29, 2018     Join Us for the Bay Area Jewish Community Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration and Concert in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday! Featuring Israel’s hottest hip-hop band, Hadag Nahash! … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Apr 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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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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