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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Sep 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner. 9-1-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner. 9-1-17
Sep 1 @ 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. Thai 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 – September 7 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 7 2017
Sep 7 @ 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Mor Serv Bat Mitzvah Erin Freeman and Sasha Feldman 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Zadie Winthrop 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Zadie Winthrop
Sep 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Young Families Havdalah PJ Party – September 2017 4:00 pm
Young Families Havdalah PJ Party – September 2017
Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIES We invite families with children under age 5 for a Shabbat afternoon experience at Congregation Emanu-El! We are partnering with the Jewish Baby Network SF for a Havdalah PJ Party from 4:00 – 5:30 pm … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Screenagers Film & Discussion 7:00 pm
Screenagers Film & Discussion
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Screenagers Film & Discussion
Viewing of Screenagers Followed by facilitated discussion for both parents and teens Tuesday, Sept. 12 – 7:00 – 9:00pm Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 14, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 14, 2017
Sep 14 @ 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Joseph Samuel Lorenzen 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Lucas Segal 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Lucas Segal
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness” 7:00 pm
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness”
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness”
Is there an art to forgiveness? Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving. But do they ever forget? Find out in this moving and thought-provoking show that deals with sibling rivalry, betrayal, ex-husbands, a German’s … Continued
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2017 4:50 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2017
Sep 17 @ 4:50 am – 8:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 10:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 10:15 am
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 17 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) Room 57 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor) Room 57
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Raphael House – September 18 2017 3:30 pm
Raphael House – September 18 2017
Sep 18 @ 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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2017 ERH Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2017 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Family Service 5:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Family Service
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Erev Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service 6:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    
HHD 2017 ERH Sr Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2017 ERH Sr Transp
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
2017 ERH Contemporary Service Ushering 8:30 pm
2017 ERH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service 8:30 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service
Sep 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    
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2017 RH Classic Service Ushering 9:00 am
2017 RH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service 9:00 am
Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  
Rosh Hashanah – Young Children’s Service (under 5) 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah – Young Children’s Service (under 5)
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering 11:30 am
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering 11:45 am
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service 11:45 am
Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Community Service led by teens 3:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Community Service led by teens
Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach 5:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we gather to throw breadcrumbs into the water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. This ceremony is called Tashlich and represents a symbolic casting away of the transgressions of the past … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 28, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 28, 2017
Sep 28 @ 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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Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 Join Rabbi Carla Fenves, Rabbinical Student Rena Singer and Monica Pevzner from our community engagement team for an informal Yom Kippur retreat in … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
2017 KN Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2017 KN Family Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Family Service – 2017 Kol Nidre 5:00 pm
Family Service – 2017 Kol Nidre
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  
Kol Nidre 5:00 pm
Kol Nidre
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 (Also Retreat at Camp Newman)Family Service 5:00 pmClassic Service 6:00 pmContemporary Service 8:30 pm 
2017 KN Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 KN Classic Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Kol Nidre – Classic Service 6:00 pm
2017 Kol Nidre – Classic Service
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  
HHD 2017 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2017 KN Sr. Transp
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
2017 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering 8:30 pm
2017 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Kol Nidre – Contemporary Service 8:30 pm
2017 Kol Nidre – Contemporary Service
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  
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2017 YK Classic Service Ushering 9:00 am
2017 YK Classic Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Classic Service – Yom Kippur 9:00 am
Classic Service – Yom Kippur
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Yom Kippur 10:00 am
Yom Kippur
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 10:00 am
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
   
Yom Kippur – Young Chlldren’s Service (under age 5) 10:00 am
Yom Kippur – Young Chlldren’s Service (under age 5)
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*  
2017 YK Contemporary Service Ushering 11:30 am
2017 YK Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering 11:45 am
2017 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Service 11:45 am
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Service
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30 pm
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm
Yom Kippur – Community Service Led by Teens
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Yom Kippur – Guided Meditation 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Guided Meditation
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Healing Service 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Healing Service
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   
2017 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering 5:30 pm
2017 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering 5:30 pm
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Yom Kippur – Classic Yizkor 5:30 pm
2017 Yom Kippur – Classic Yizkor
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
   
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Yizkor
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
   
HHD 2017 Yizkor Sr. Trans. 5:30 pm
HHD 2017 Yizkor Sr. Trans.
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
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Shiva Minyan Information

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 Kaddishmemorial 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 http://www.myjewishlearning.com/life/Life_Events/Death_and_Mourning/ Burial_and_Mourning/Shiva/How_to_Make_a_Shiva_Call.shtml

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