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One Shabbat Service – (10/1/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/1/2021)
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 1st, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Young Adult Service Program: Do Good, Feel Good
Young Adult Service Program: Do Good, Feel Good
Oct 2 all-day
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (10/2/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (10/2/2021)
Oct 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Skyler Schick (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Skyler Schick (Meyer)
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
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Anshei Mitzvah 2023 12:00 pm
Anshei Mitzvah 2023
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to announce the return of Anshei Mitzvah, our adult bnei mitzvah training program. Content will include practical Torah/Haftarah chanting skills, as well as continued academic study and enrichment with our cantors … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Fall 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2021
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 6) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 6)
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/8/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/8/2021)
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 8th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (October) 8:00 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (October)
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Late Shabbat Young Adult Late ShabbatOctober 8th at Congregation Emanu-El 8pm: Schmooze / 8:30pm ServiceMORE INFO & TO REGISTERAll Bay Area 20s & 30s are invited to join us (back at Emanu-El!) for an evening of community … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/9/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/9/2021)
Oct 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Sonia and Reyes Lake (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sonia and Reyes Lake (Main)
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alexis and Eva Spero (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alexis and Eva Spero (Meyer)
Oct 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Abraham Marshall (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Abraham Marshall (Main)
Oct 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 13) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 13)
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/15/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/15/2021)
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 15th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (10/16/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (10/16/2021)
Oct 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Isaac Katz (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Isaac Katz (Meyer)
Oct 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
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Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren 9:00 am
Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren – Helping To Bring Those Remaining, Home to ZionJoin us to hear Shlomo Motta, a former shepherd who made aliyah, served in the IDF and became Deputy Speaker of the … Continued
Do Good, Feel Good: Orientation 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Orientation
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
Tour the Tenderloin with Del Seymour 2:00 pm
Tour the Tenderloin with Del Seymour
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join Rabbi Bauer and your Emanu-El community for a unique tour of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, led by Del Seymour, the neighborhood’s unofficial Mayor.  Del Seymour will take you on a journey of discovery, revealing … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 20) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 20)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
Return of the Men’s Group in Person 5:30 pm
Return of the Men’s Group in Person
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Return of the Men’s Group in Person Happy Hour at Tia Margarita in the Outer Richmond.Join us, for a no host happy hour on Wednesday, October 20th at 5:30pm. As we sit outdoors Rabbi Jonathan will … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/22/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/22/2021)
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 22nd, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/23/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/23/2021)
Oct 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87846200074?pwd=ZVhIQVBsNUhEUW1SVmRhSGVWTHpYZz09
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Nassi (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Nassi (Main)
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Willa Cook (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Willa Cook (Main)
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
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Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #1 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #1
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 27) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 27)
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/29/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/29/2021)
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 29th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (10/30/21) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (10/30/21)
Oct 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Dylan Wintroub (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Dylan Wintroub (Main)
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalie Arroyo (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalie Arroyo (Meyer)
Oct 30 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service in our Martin Meyer 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: This service … Continued
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Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #2 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #2
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … 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 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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