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Charles Schudson – Rabbi Asher Lecture 9:30 am
Charles Schudson – Rabbi Asher Lecture
Feb 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions with Charles Benjamin Schudson  Sunday, February 2 from 9:30 – 11:00am Guild HallCharles Benjamin Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus and adjunct professor of law. A former prosecutor, … Continued
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Brown Bag February 2020 12:00 pm
Brown Bag February 2020
Feb 5 @ 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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-02-07 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-02-07
Feb 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m. in the Martin Meyer Reception. Korean food will be provided.Members: Adult – $24.00, Children ages 11-17 – $24.00 Non-members: Adult – $28.00, … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Feb 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Elana Maidenberg)) (MMS) 10:30 am
Young Families Tu B’Shevat Havdalah in the Park 4:00 pm
Young Families Tu B’Shevat Havdalah in the Park
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please join us for a special Tu B'shvat Havdalah popup with Jonathan Bayer for young families with children ages 5 and under! This event is in partnership Jewish Baby Network.We will be meeting at a … Continued
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Limonata and Learning, February 2020 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, February 2020
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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
Entrepreneurial Chutzpah – IAC Feb 2020 7:00 pm
Entrepreneurial Chutzpah – IAC Feb 2020
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Israeli innovation ecosystem has given rise to a unique environment, within which the Israeli entrepreneur flourishes and thrives. With a population of just 8 million, Israel has the highest concentration of start-ups per capita … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Feb 2020 Late Shabbat Community Dinners 6:30 pm
Feb 2020 Late Shabbat Community Dinners
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – ~10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner Richmond. You will … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 14 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Side by Side February 2020 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side February 2020 Session
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side February 2020 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 20, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 20, 2020
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi, and congregant and chef Sari Swig. Together, up to four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
30s/ 40s Tour of Awaken at the Asian Art Museum 7:00 pm
30s/ 40s Tour of Awaken at the Asian Art Museum
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community at the Asian Art Museum! We will be guided by a docent through Awaken, an exhibit of Himalayan sculptures, paintings, textiles and book arts that chart a transformative … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
February 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 pm
February 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for our February YFE Family Shabbat Dinner! Our February Shabbat is being co-planned by Tzedek Council’s new Family Tzedek committee, which is working to infuse the Jewish value of tikkun olam into our Shabbat experience. This dinner will feature a drive for Homeless Prenatal Program, … Continued
Young Couples Access Shabbat Feb 2020 7:30 pm
Young Couples Access Shabbat Feb 2020
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Congregation Emanu-El's Young Couples Dinners are back! You and your partner* are invited to join other young couples and members of Emanu-El for a fun, intimate Shabbat dinner in a private home. Join us on Friday, … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Feb 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service – Anshei Mitzvah (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Anshei Mitzvah (Main)
Feb 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Jewish Heritage Night at USF 3:00 pm
Jewish Heritage Night at USF
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The coach of the USF (University of San Francisco) Dons basketball team, Told Golden (a nice Jewish boy), recently spent an evening with us at Emanu-El and the night was so fantastic that we have now … Continued
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Men’s Group – February 23, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 23, 2020
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - February 23, 2020 @ Private Residence
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. This … Continued
Beyond Us vs. Them 1:00 pm
Beyond Us vs. Them
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Beyond Us vs. Them
In an increasingly divided political climate where many people retreat to echo chambers, the San Francisco Unity Group will feature a documentary film to spark discussions among diverse groups in an effort to inform, and … Continued
Antisemitism 2020 – A Threat to American Jewish Identity 2:00 pm
Antisemitism 2020 – A Threat to American Jewish Identity
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Antisemitism 2020 – A Threat to American Jewish Identity Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 – 4:00pm Martin Meyer Sanctuary  Bomb threats, broken windows and Swastikas – attacks against Jews in the United States and our own Bay Area … Continued
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Tribe for Women Beginners’ Mahjong Night 6:00 pm
Tribe for Women Beginners’ Mahjong Night
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BAM! CRACK! DOT! Calling all beginners who want to learn the game! Join this three hour session of Mahjong lessons, taught by experienced players and mahj aficionados. Your $50 goes toward light nosh, wine, and … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Learners Shabbat Service and Dinner 6:00 pm
Learners Shabbat Service and Dinner
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learners Shabbat Service Friday, February 28 at 6:00pm, in the Rinder Chapel (a parallel service to our regular One Shabbat Service)Dinner immediately following the service, registration required for both service and dinner Want to learn the basics … Continued
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Feb 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Service (BM Lucy Felsenthal & Theodore Mosson) 10:30 am
Young Adult Hitbodedut Hike 10:30 am
Young Adult Hitbodedut Hike
Feb 29 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Please join us for our very first Young Adult Hitbodedut Hike (this event is for Emanu El's 20s & 30s community)!We will be hiking as group in the Oakland Hills at Joaquin Miller Park. We … Continued
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Security Update

Security Update

July 1, 2019

Threats and hateful comments against Jews, people of color, and certain ethnic groups are deeply disturbing.  These days there is no way to take in the news without getting concerned for the safety of our community.  Emanu-El actively monitors potential threats and takes action to increase security accordingly.  We hope this article provides some background on our efforts and recent changes.  

Continuous Improvement 

Our security is focussed on “continuous improvement.” We do not wait for emergency events to upgrade our systems.  People and systems are in place to monitor processes daily, and many of these improvements are made in the stream of continual oversight, versus in reaction to events.  We frequently adjust our security procedures to meet specific situations. Quite simply, there is no one “best way.”  Different tactics work better in different situations.   We routinely conduct security reviews and make adjustments as situations warrant.   

We improved our security stance over the past decade in response to the changing environment. The number of anti-Semitic incidents has increased since 2009, and particularly since 2015 (ADL, Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents 2018).  While the percentage of incidents that results in assaults is small (less than 2% of the total), we are doing our best to ensure that no harm comes to anyone at Emanu-El.  Key improvements include additional guards, doubling our annual budget for security, making a seven-figure investment in the building and technology, more active partnerships with local police and other Jewish agencies, and expanded training for staff.   

We also know that security is a team effort. We work with a range of experienced security professionals to make informed decisions about what is best for our community.  Our team includes the security firm that manages operations with experts from the local police, FBI, and Homeland Security.  In this way, we work in concert with private security companies at the JCRC, the Federation, the ADL, and SFPD’s Jewish Community Relations Board to provide multiple layers of protection.  When a potential threat arises, for example, someone locally spouting virulent anti-Semitic views on social media, Emanu-El immediately coordinates with these public and private security professionals to put safeguards in place.  

Emanu-El members working in the security field also serve on our security advisory group.  This group includes our precinct’s police captain and a representative from the SFFD. The Board is involved in this oversight, making strategic decisions, and supporting efforts to implement best practices. 

Recent Changes 

Since the tragic Pittsburg shooting, we now use more guards out front, more often.  We increased the use of enhanced bag checks, metal detector screening, and having a police presence when warranted. There are additional improvements we’ve made “under the hood” that we don’t publicize.  

We also increased our staff training so that we can assist in case of an emergency.  In May, the internationally recognized security experts from Gavin DeBecker provided active shooter training for all clergy and staff. 

We Need Your Help 

We are incredibly lucky to have access to many security experts. But creating safe space is everyone’s job.  

  • If you notice anything suspicious, please report it immediately to an on-site security professional. 
  • Ask questions. Comments and suggestions from members have always been helpful. Some ideas get implemented, often without the member realizing it. Other suggestions prove to not be the right course.  In every case, we welcome suggestions.  Please email us directly.  

We have a responsibility to keep each other safe. Working together, we can.     

David Goldman  Lawrence Francis  Penny Mika 
Executive Director  Director of Security  Director of Operations and Office Management 

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