Weddings

Getting married? Mazel tov on your engagement! 

At Emanu-El, we are delighted to support couples through the joyful and sacred process of marriage. Our rabbis welcome all couples who seek a Jewish wedding, including interfaith and LGBTQ couples. 

In addition to officiating at wedding ceremonies, we offer numerous resources for couples including premarital counseling, Introduction to Judaism classes (with absolutely no pressure to convert!), Chuppah and Beyond, and many social opportunities to meet other couples.  

If you would like to learn more about weddings with one of our Emanu-El rabbis, please schedule a 30-minute video conversation with a rabbi who will answer all your questions and discuss options with you.   

To schedule this conversation, please contact Svetlana Leykin by email at [email protected] or by phone at 415-751-2541 x123.

It is customary to make a contribution in a couple’s honor, such as to the Temple’s Lifecycle Fund.


Chuppah and Beyond

Marriage Enrichment for Engaged and Newly Married Couples

Chuppah and Beyond is designed to help couples shape foundational tools for a successful, happy lifelong relationship, while simultaneously building community with other like-minded couples. 

  • DATES TBD for late spring and summer. Contact Ariana Estoque to inquire – [email protected]
    • Classes will be held in person at Star of the Sea (350 9th Avenue)
  • Course is $250 per member couple / $350 per non-member couples

Congratulations! You have 7 date nights planned for you this summer! Date night is a beloved and coveted time in a marriage. Please join fellow engaged couples, individual clergy of the temple, and Kory Orlanski, MFT, in dedicating time to learning more about yourself, your partner, and your relationship. Inspired by John and Julie Gottman’s book, Eight Dates: Essential Conversations For A Lifetime of Love, this group will provide you the space, tools, and topics to have meaningful conversations centered around key topics such as, trust, sex, and money to support you in this very special time in your relationship and into the future. 

As for the topics:

  1. Trust & Commitment
  2. Addressing Conflict
  3. Sex & Intimacy
  4. Work and Money
  5. Family
  6. Growth & Spirituality

Kory is an experienced Marriage and Family therapist. For the last 20+ years, she has met with children, couples, and families to help them overcome areas of emotional and relational difficulties. She sees her role as a supportive, experienced guide who encourages her clients insight, awareness, and growth. She believes her roles through life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, colleague, and friend all contribute to her work as a therapist. She has been married for 18 years and she and her family have been members of Temple Emanuel for 16 years.