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Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021 10:00 am
Congregation Emanu-El Blood Drive 2021
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
To support local hospitals and patients in need, Congregation Emanu-El will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday April 1st from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in collaboration with Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and … Continued
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Mixology: Matzah Edition (Young Adult Program)
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Join YALCers and experienced cocktail makers, Misha Kestler, Lila Cantor, and Aaron Bellings in our continued Mixology series, with a fun Passover twist! Each time we gather, we’ll learn how to make some new drinks.  DrinksWhite … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/2/2021)
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3 9:15 am
Torah Study and Yizkor Prayers (with Rabbi Beth Singer) 4/3
Apr 3 @ 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer. Everyone is also welcome to join us for Yizkor memorial prayers on Saturday, April 3 at 10:15 AM. Feel free to join Torah Study first at 9:15 AM and … Continued
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Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening 12:00 pm
Every Family Has a Story: No Place on Earth Screening
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Please join us to honor the families, their descendants, and their advocates, who together have transmitted an unforgettable story of survival in the Holocaust through testimonies, literature, and the docudrama No Place On Earth.Tuesday, April 6, … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, … Continued
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin 5:00 pm
Conversation with DA Chesa Boudin
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Singer and District Attorney, Chesa BoudinFree and open to the community, virtual eventWednesday, April 7, 5:00pmJoin Rabbi Jonathan Singer as he speaks to District Attorney Chesa Boudin about his work, his … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor 5:00 pm
Yom HaShoah 2021: Reading of the Names & Yizkor
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the JFCS Holocaust Center and the greater Bay Area community as we virtually commemorate Yom HaShoah.On April 7, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for a virtual reading of the names and community yizkor service … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 7)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 11:00 am
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
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Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration 1:00 pm
Holocaust Remembrance with JFCS: Days of Commemoration
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
On April 8th and 9th, join the JFCS Holocaust Center for Days of Commemoration in honor of Holocaust remembrance. Attend one or all sessions. Registrants will receive links to join each session via email prior to … Continued
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’ 5:45 pm
April Young Adult Candle Lighting + Kibbitzin’
Apr 9 @ 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Young Adult Candle Lighting & Kibbitzin'April 9, Candle Lighting 5:45 – 6:00 pm, Kibbitzin' 6:00 – 6:30 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your … Continued
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/9/2021)
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Parris – 4/10/2021)
Apr 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth 5:00 pm
Changing Lives: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer for a discussion on the issues affecting LGBTQ+ youth in our community, and learn more about the impactful Host Homes program, run by the SF LGBT Center. Find out how you … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/14)
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
On April 14, join Rabbi Jonathan for the next “What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism,” this time with Rabbi Joshua Weinberg, Director of ARZA, the Reform Movement’s Zionist organization. He will … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 14)
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2021
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Six Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pmApril 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/16/2021)
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (4/17/2021)
Apr 17 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Young Adult Shabbat Hike 11:00 am
Young Adult Shabbat Hike
Apr 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
On April 17th, 20s & 30s are encouraged to polish off their challah French toast and come enjoy some fresh air, nature, and movement to recharge for the week! YALCers Vince Celli and Claire Perelman … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/21)
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group- virtually – April 21, 2021
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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. Our … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 21)
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/23/2021)
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/24/2021)
Apr 24 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Resetting the Table Apps 2021 5:30 pm
Resetting the Table Apps 2021
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Resetting the Table to present this 5-part workshop series learning and delving into our thoughts and feelings about Israel-Palestine as Jews. Especially in times of high intensity, it can be … Continued
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat 7:00 pm
Families Experiencing Homelessness: A Virtual Fireside Chat
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council welcomes Hamilton Families new CEO, Kyriell Noon in conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer. The conversation will explore the current state of homeless families in the city, how Hamilton Families has risen … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 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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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (4/28)
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different perspectives sharing about the beautiful complexity of Zionism, both … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28) 2:00 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (April 28)
Apr 28 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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2nd Annual Lag Ba’Omer Community Talent Show 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Lag Ba’Omer Community Talent Show
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Lag Ba'Omer is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and is often celebrated with campfires that include music and celebration. Please join our clergy for our 2nd Annual Lag Ba'Omer Community Talent … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (4/30/2021)
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Projecting Light in a Time of Darkness: An Original Art Installation

Emanu-El is thrilled to promote an innovative art project by multimedia storyteller and Emanu-El member, Ben Wood, to light up our beloved building during Chanukah. UPDATE: This project has been extended through the end of December. This large-scale light installation will re-animate our history, by interweaving holiday and historical images. You are invited to drive or stroll past our building on Arguello, after sundown, to celebrate and bask in the miracle of the Festival of Lights! A special thank you to Judi Leff for lending her expertise and research to make this historic project possible. 

About Ben Wood 
Ben Wood is a public video artist based in San Francisco. In his work with large-scale projection and installations, he combines media art with historical subject matter. He is especially devoted to using contemporary visual media to animate public spaces with images of their unrecognized history, and exposing how histories of marginalized and often forgotten communities may be visually reintroduced into the physical landscape of the present. Wood is known for large-scale displays on Coit Tower, Haas-Lilienthal House, Saint Ignatius Church, within Mission Dolores, and other notable San Francisco landmarks. His work has also been exhibited at venues such as at the East West Center, in Honolulu and museums such as the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico City, the London Jewish Museum and the California Historical Society. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters degree, in Visual Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He maintains his own multimedia design business and currently works for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  

For more information about his projects visit: www.benwoodstudio.com

More About Emanu-El’s History
For anyone interested in learning more about the visionaries who helped create our Emanu-El community (as featured in the light installation), read on!

Rabbi Elkan Cohn: Congregation Emanu-Elelected Cohn as their rabbi in 1860. Rabbi Cohn led the membership in the direction of Reform, and preached ethical universalism. He helped “save California for the Union” during the Civil War, and was one of 38 distinguished citizens of the West who served as pallbearers in a large procession of mourners in San Francisco following Lincoln’s assassination.  Among Cohn’s greatest achievements was the erection in 1866 of Emanu-El’s Sutter Street Temple, modeled after the Gothic cathedrals of medieval England. With its two tapered towers, each topped with a bronze-plated dome, it was a prominent feature of the San Francisco skyline until its destruction in the earthquake and fire of 1906. He served Congregation Emanu-El for 29 years. 

Rabbi Jacob 
VoorsangerRabbi Jacob Voorsanger came to the San Francisco in 1886 from Houston, Texas. When Rabbi Cohn died in 1889, Rabbi Voorsanger became the leader of the congregation, holding that post until he passed away in 1908. Historical research hasuncovered the surprising information that the respected Voorsanger not only had no Rabbinical ordination, but he had not received any university training. In spite of his lack of formal preparation at the university level, he became a grand pulpit speaker and effective community leader. Directly following the 1906 earthquake, he was appointed chairman of the mayor’s Hunger Relief Committee, and set up food stations throughout San Francisco, in an effort spare the devastated city from famine. He was instrumental in bringing the plight of the city to the attention of Jews worldwide, resulting in an influx of global aid. 

The Ark: “Never in the history of Jewish synagogue art has anything so remarkable been fashioned” effused Rabbi Louis E. Newman at the Ark’s dedication at Sabbath services on February 5, 1927. Presented by the children of Marcus S. Koshland in memory of their father, Emanu-El’s Ark is a masterpiece of conception, design, and execution. Its form and highly adorned exterior (inspired by Jewish jewel boxes and descriptions of the ancient Ark of the Israelites) were designed by Temple architects John Bakewell, Arthur Brown, Jr. and Sylvain Schnaittacher in collaboration with Rabbi Newman and others. Ultimately, the ark’s construction required fourteen months to complete as well as a journey to London and France. When finished, the Ark not only reflected the genius of its original architect designers, but that of Dennison and Ingerson, whose exterior embellishments and inspired interior form a beautifully appropriate home for the Torahs. 

“Cantor Soprano” Julie Rosewald: Originally trained as an opera singer, Madame Rosewald was hired by Emanu-El in 1884 to substitute for Cantor Max Wolff, who had passed away unexpectedly. Though she was not officially trained as a cantor (cantorial investiture was opened to women in 1976), Julie Eichberg Rosewald served Emanu-El until 1893. In that capacity, she directed choir rehearsals, collaborated with the organist, made musical selections, and sang solo parts during services. She was affectionately known as “Cantor Soprano.” |

Rabbi Alvin Fine Rabbi Fine led Emanu-El for 16 years during the post-World War II era. A humanitarian and ardent advocate for civil rights, Rabbi Fine was also a charter member of the city’s Human Rights CommissionHe was a lifelong champion of racial justice, bringing, among others, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou to speak to the congregation in the early days of the civil rights movement. A member of many civic and professional organizations, Rabbi Fine was a past chairman of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the recipient of numerous awards — including the Jewish National Fund John F. Kennedy Peace Award in 1964 and the San Francisco Bar Association‘s Liberty Bell Award the same year. 

Levi Strauss: Levi Strauss is probably the best-known Jewish Pioneer of the American Wild West. Contrary to legend, Levi Strauss did not sell canvas (he did provide the funds for the patent, however). Strauss and his brother-in-law, David Stern helped fund the building of Congregation Emanu-El , of which they were members. Strauss also helped purchase land for Emanu-El’s new cemetery in Colma, south of San Francisco, and helped fund the Pacific Hebrew Orphans’ Asylum and Home, the Eureka Benevolent Society, the Hebrew Board of Relief, the Home for Aged Israelites. 
Isaias Hellman: Isaias Wolf Hellman was the premier Jewish banker and financier in the West from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, and one of the wealthiest and most prominent businessmen of his day. In 1905, Hellman merged the Nevada National Bank with Wells Fargo Bank, to form the Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank, and built it into a national powerhouse.  When San Francisco was devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, he was named to the finance committee of the Committee of 50, charged with rebuilding the city. Hellman was very active in raising money for the Jews caught in pograms in Russia during World War I. In the course of his life, he also donated significant funds to Mount Zion Hospital, the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, the University of California,  Eureka Benevolent Society, and the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose. 

The Matriarchs: The women pictured in this old photograph are: Jane (Rosenbaum) Brandenstein (center, sitting in black dress); her daughter, Flora (Brandenstein) Jacobi (seated to her right), and standing, Flora’s daughter; Frances (Jacobi) Hellman (wife of Marco Hellman) and Frances’ son; Warren Isaias Wolf Hellman III. These matriarchs represent the Rosenbaum, Brandenstein (MJB coffee), Jacobi (vintners) & Hellman (Wells Fargo Bank) families, who were among the many German-Jewish families who founded and supported nearly every aspect of local Jewish life. They were joined by pioneering Jews other parts of Europe and the rest of the world to create a flourishing Jewish community in SF. 

Emperor Norton: Emperor Norton I is both a legend and a historic figure. A failed gold rush-era businessman, he was adopted by the press to become a beloved civic mascot and the city’s first genuine tourist attraction. Referring to himself as Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, Norton issued several decrees, including the first proposal for a transbay bridge and tunnel. He also famously printed his own currency bonds. The acceptance and celebration of his existence is a touching early example of San Francisco’s legacy of eccentricity and whimsy. 

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