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Temple Offices closed
Temple Offices closed
Dec 24 2020 – Jan 3 2021 all-day
 
One Shabbat Service (1/1/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/1/2021)
Jan 1 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan 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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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/2/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/2/2021)
Jan 2 @ 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.
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Intro to Judaism – WINTER 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – WINTER 2021
Jan 5 @ 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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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 6) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 6)
Jan 6 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
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Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 6) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 6)
Jan 6 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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Shabbat Candle Lighting (Young Adults) 5:45 pm
Shabbat Candle Lighting (Young Adults)
Jan 8 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Let’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got laying around) – see you there!Make sure to … Continued
One Shabbat Service (1/8/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/8/2021)
Jan 8 @ 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 – 1/9/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/9/2021)
Jan 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.
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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 13) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 13)
Jan 13 @ 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.
Reflections on Resilience: Lessons from Jewish History – KEYNOTE 7:00 pm
Reflections on Resilience: Lessons from Jewish History – KEYNOTE
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reflections on Resilience: Lessons from Jewish History - KEYNOTE
Keynote: Lessons from Jewish History  Led by Rabbi Stephen Pearce D.D.,Ph.D. Rabbi Stephen Pearce will examine Jewish History and texts to provide the framework for the series going forward. He will be joined by Heidi Winig, M.Ed, MPH. The wisdom and … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 13) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 13)
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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MLK Commemoration Service 2021 6:00 pm
MLK Commemoration Service 2021
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join us for a Shabbat service like no other, as we welcome Reverend Amos Brown from Third Baptist Church, who will deliver a sermon as we gather to welcome the light of Shabbat into our … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/16/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/16/2021)
Jan 16 @ 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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MLK Third Baptist Church Sunday Service 10:00 am
MLK Third Baptist Church Sunday Service
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El members are invited to take part (virtually) in Third Baptist Church’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday morning service. Rabbi Jonathan Singer will deliver the sermon and Cantor Arik Luck will participate in … Continued
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MLK Service Day: Food Delivery 12:00 pm
MLK Service Day: Food Delivery
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This MLK day, join Congregation Emanu-El and Repair the World for a day of service and learning as we shed light on the topic of food justice!Sign up for a volunteer spot between 12-3pm on … Continued
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Rabbi Bauer & Dr. Eisendrath: Mindfulness Meditation 6:30 pm
Rabbi Bauer & Dr. Eisendrath: Mindfulness Meditation
Jan 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Rabbi Bauer and Dr. Stuart Eisendrath on Mindfulness MeditationTuesday, January 19 at 6:30pm on ZoomRabbi Ryan Bauer and Professor Stuart Eisendrath will engage in a dialogue about the values and principles of mindfulness meditation. Rabbi … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 20) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 20)
Jan 20 @ 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.
Resiliency Series: Relationships During Quarantine 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Relationships During Quarantine
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Resiliency Series: Relationships During Quarantine
Sustaining and Nourishing Relationships During Quarantine  Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer Rabbi Bauer will discuss how we can use ancient Jewish tools to make relationships work more seamlessly and explore how we can effectively lead through our behavior.  … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 20) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 20)
Jan 20 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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Men’s Group virtually – January 21, 2021 5:00 pm
Men’s Group virtually – January 21, 2021
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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
Jews Of Color Gathering (Jan 2021) 6:00 pm
Jews Of Color Gathering (Jan 2021)
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Led by congregants who identify as Jews of color, we are convening regular gatherings of Emanu-El members who identify as Jews of color of any race or ethnicity, to meet each other, share stories, and explore … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (1/22/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/22/2021)
Jan 22 @ 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 Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/23/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 1/23/2021)
Jan 23 @ 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.
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Jan Jewish Book Club 6:00 pm
Jan Jewish Book Club
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 Join Young Adult Community members Annie Alpers and Amanda Minsky in discussing Black Power, Jewish Politics, by SFSU professor Dr. Marc Dollinger. Dr. Dollinger corrects common myths about the Black-Jewish alliance in the 1960s and … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (January 27) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (January 27)
Jan 27 @ 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.
Tu B’Shevat Seder 5:30 pm
Tu B’Shevat Seder
Jan 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
On the evening of Wednesday, January 27 just as we enter the middle of winter, the Jewish calendar celebrates Tu B’Shevat, the new year of the trees. This year we at Emanu-El, will offer a (virtual) Tu B'Shevat Seder. You are invited … Continued
Resiliency Series: Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Resiliency Series: Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation
Maintaining Emotional Health During Social Isolation  Led by Rabbi Beth Singer and co-facilitated by Madeline Levine, PhD  The third session in the nine-part series Building Resilience: Finding Meaning and Purpose in this Unusual Time, will be led … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 27) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (January 27)
Jan 27 @ 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 (1/29/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (1/29/2021)
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris 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 … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/30/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 1/30/2021)
Jan 30 @ 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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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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