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2023 LA trip Feb 25-26 (8th/9th) 10:59 am
2023 LA trip Feb 25-26 (8th/9th)
Jan 17 @ 10:59 am – Feb 1 @ 11:59 am
8th/9th grade LA trip: February 25-26th, 2023. Please reserve a spot with a non-refundable $400 deposit by February 1st (the balance of $400 is due by February 15, 2023).Event Signup
JETY 6th/7th “Shades of Shabbat” 4:00 pm
JETY 6th/7th “Shades of Shabbat”
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 11:59 pm
This event is limited to 10 students in 6th/7th grade.Register only your student! Friday, February 17th at 6pm services followed by dinner and a guided paint session from 7pm-8:30pm.    Event Signup
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Tot Shabbat – (2/3/23) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (2/3/23)
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tot Shabbat Join us in Martin Meyer Reception at 5:00 pm to connect with fellow families while children nosh. Followed by a joyful and engaging 30-minute service in Martin Meyer Sanctuary from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. PJs … Continued
Shabbat Service (2/3/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/3/23)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Shael Ehrlich (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Shael Ehrlich (Main)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Ilan Oren (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ilan Oren (Main)
Feb 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Hebrew 102 with Yaffa Tygiel 7:00 pm
Hebrew 102 with Yaffa Tygiel
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hebrew 102 (Second trimester for beginners) with Yaffa TygielTuesday evenings on zoom: 7:00 – 8:30 pmIn this class students will study to speak basic modern Hebrew by communicating with each other, reading texts, poems & … Continued
KOLEINU – Home: Songs of Longing and Belonging 7:30 pm
KOLEINU – Home: Songs of Longing and Belonging
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
KOLEINU – Hear Our VoicesHome: Songs of Longing and BelongingAfter a three-year hiatus, we are delighted that Koleinu returns to Congregation Emanu-El!Tuesday, February 7, 20237:30 PM | Martin Meyer Sanctuary | Congregation Emanu-ElTake a musical journey … Continued
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Marin Gathering – February 2023 4:30 pm
Marin Gathering – February 2023
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbi Jonathan for our February Marin Gathering at Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe (51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera) from 4:30 – 5:30pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.Hope you can join us!Event Signup
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Shabbat Service (2/10/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/10/23)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 10th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Beth Singer and Sydney Mintz with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Sloane Ginnochio 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sloane Ginnochio
Feb 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Taryn Krow (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Taryn Krow (Main)
Feb 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Shabbat Service (2/17/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/17/23)
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 17th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Theo Jacoby 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Theo Jacoby
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alice Hoffman (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alice Hoffman (Main)
Feb 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Men’s Group – February 19, 2023 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 19, 2023
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Gentlemen of the El, For our February Men's Group – Bagels, Lox and Learning!, please join Rabbi Lawrence Kushner for a chance to engage with one of the leading teachers of our day. Rabbi Kushner … Continued
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Guitar Concert with Lucian Plessner 6:30 pm
Guitar Concert with Lucian Plessner
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 23 6:30pmMartin Meyer SanctuaryCongregation Emanu El and the German Consulate General in San Francisco have the pleasure of inviting you to a guitar concert by Lucian Plessner.'This recital features one of the masterpieces originally … Continued
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Shabbat Service (2/24/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/24/23)
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 24th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
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Shiva Minyan Information

Attending a shiva (morning ritual) is a mitzvah (commandment). The mitzvah is to go to a house of mourning, to comfort the bereaved, and to assure that there will be a minyan of ten people to recite the Kaddish memorial prayer. Performing this mitzvah is one of the highest honors a person can do for another in our community. It is not necessary that you know the deceased or the mourner for your presence to help in comforting the mourners as they grieve and heal.

The focus of a person attending a shiva minyan is to provide comfort and support for the mourner.

The rabbis are very clear that a visitor’s main job is “being there” for the mourner. A visitor is not expected to say anything because there are no appropriate words to be said. It is traditional to bring food, either prepared by you or store bought. Food represents life, and we embrace and talk of life in the face of death. It is not traditional to bring liquor, candy, or flowers. In addition it is customary to make a donation (tzedakah) to a charity in honor of the person who has passed away. To make a donation to Congregation Emanu-El in memory of an individual you may do so here or you may contact the Development Office at (415) 750-7554.

Practical Tips

Just walk in

Do not ring the doorbell. The front door of most shiva homes will be left open or unlocked, eliminating the need for the mourners to answer the door.

Take food to the kitchen

If you are bringing food, take it to the kitchen. Be sure to put your name on a card or on the container so that the mourners will know you made the gift.

Find the mourners

Go to the mourners as soon as possible.

What do you say?

The tradition suggests being silent, allowing the mourner to open the conversation.

It is appropriate to offer a hug, a kiss, or handshake.

If you do want to open a conversation, begin with “I’m so sorry” or “I don’t know what to say. “

Speak about the deceased, because one of the most powerful ways to comfort mourners is to encourage them to remember who they have lost. This can be done by recalling a personal memory of the deceased.

Do not tell people not to cry or that they will get over it. Crying and being sad is an integral part of the normal grieving process. If a person cries, your job is just to be there with them you are not expected to say anything.

Participate in the service

If a prayer service is conducted, participate to the extent you can. If you do not know the service, sit or stand respectfully while it is in progress. Often times the rabbi or leader will invite people to share memories about the deceased, do not hesitate to share one, even if it is somewhat humorous. The entire purpose of shiva is to focus on the life of the person who has died and his or her relationship to the family and friends in that room.

Talk to your friends

You may see other friends and acquaintances at a house of mourning. You might be tempted to shmooze about sports or politics, but always remember the purpose of the shiva is to comfort the mourners. You are in the home to be a member of the community and the most appropriate topic of conversation is the deceased. Recall your memories about the deceased and share them. If you feel tempted to engage in small talk, don’t judge yourself; just remind yourself why you are present at the shiva.

Leaving a Shiva House

When you are ready to leave, you may want to wish the bereaved good health and strength, comfort, and other blessings.

After the Shiva

Check in with the mouner; after some months have passed, ask the mourner how he or she is feeling. Ask about a memory of the deceased.

*adapted from MyJewishLearning.com

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