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Brown Bag Wednesdays 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Wednesdays
Feb 1 @ 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.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, February 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, February 1, 2017
Feb 1 @ 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
Jewish Meditation 7:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Please join us as we practice opening our minds and souls for a special sitting meditation session that will alter your perception and enhance your Jewish Spiritual practice, led by our special "Guru in Residence".  … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017 5:00 pm
6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 5 @ 11:00 am
Price: Your 6th grader is covered by Emanu-El, no need to include him/her in this registration. Must have at least 1 adult (can have up to 4). The price for participation at this Shabbaton is … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017
Feb 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 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
Access Shabbat – February 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – February 2017
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner environment at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation 7:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture - The Heretical Nation
Why weren’t America’s founders better at being Christian? Was a Jewish heretic involved in the creation of the American Republic? In this talk, Matthew Stewart discusses the influence of Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) on the radical … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017 3:30 pm
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017
Feb 10 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Challah Baking with Donny - Year of Shabbat, February 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El Kitchen
Get the chance to make challah with our Board President, Donny Friend! His challah is renowned; fluffy, delicious, and always in demand. Bring an apron and get baking! Your challah loaves will be used and featured at … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017 7:15 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017
Feb 10 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner - 2017
Join us for our kickoff event for Congregation Emanu-El’s Year of Shabbat. We hope you will be a part of this uniquely designed Shabbat experience; everything you wanted to know about Shabbat but were too … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017 9:00 am
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels - February 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
Men’s Group – February 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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. … Continued
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families 2:00 pm
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council for a special Tu B'Shevat community day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as … Continued
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017 2:00 pm
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dimanche après midi conviviale, hors d'œuvre, déserts bonne ambiance Convivial afternoon, appetizers, deserts and good atmosphere!Share travel and immigration stories. Please bring hors d’oeuvres or a dessert from your favorite French region to share with the … Continued
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees 3:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
HIAS is convening a major rally in New York City in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty – our nation’s most powerful historical symbol of hope for those arriving at our shores to build … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Side by Side February 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 Session
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will  not  be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with one of our Emanu-El Clergy during your lunch break downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you!Event Signup
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting 7:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel - Lecture and Wine Tasting
Frances Dinkelspiel, authorWednesday, February 15, 2017Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmLecture: “From the Rhine to the Bay” – How Jews shaped the California wine businessLearn about the Jewish connection to California’s wine industry and enjoy … Continued
THE Book Club – February 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Carla Fenves: Members of the Tribe?Are we part of a tribe? If we are, does that help us build community or … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan Including Bar Mitzvah of Marley Steiger (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Emily Weiss (Main) 10:30 am
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017 1:30 pm
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Calling all nature lovers! Partake in this exciting Shabbat alternative of a hike along with Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Tennessee Valley. Explore your spirituality in a new way!Dress in comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and bring along … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education 7:00 pm
Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Supporting the diversity of learners in Jewish Educational InstitutionsHear what local Jewish institutions are doing about inclusion for all types of learners as well as have time to chat with peers about your own experiences, … 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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