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Weekday Evening Minyan (February 3) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (February 3)
Feb 3 @ 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.
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 3) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 3)
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Beauty of What Remains: Rabbi Steve Leder 7:00 pm
Beauty of What Remains: Rabbi Steve Leder
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A conversation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Rabbi Steve Leder on his new book, The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes our Greatest Gift  Thursday, February 4, via Zoom at 7:00pmAs the head … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (2/05/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (2/05/2021)
Feb 5 @ 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 – 2/06/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 2/06/2021)
Feb 6 @ 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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Weekday Evening Minyan (February 10) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (February 10)
Feb 10 @ 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 Virtual Gathering – February 10 2021 5:30 pm
Men’s Group Virtual Gathering – February 10 2021
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize with each other and discuss a topic of import with Rabbi Jonathan. Join me for happy hour this month at 5:30 pm on February 10th … Continued
Resiliency Series: Becoming Teachers to our Children (2/10/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Becoming Teachers to our Children (2/10/2021)
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Childcare and Becoming Teachers to our Children  Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Early Childhood Education Director Nika Greenberg, M.Ed., and co-facilitated by Dana Blum, Senior Director, Bay Area, Common Sense Media  This program is for parents and grandparents, who want to … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 10) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 10)
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Feb Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
Feb Young Adult Candle Lighting
Feb 12 @ 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 (2/12/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (2/12/2021)
Feb 12 @ 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 Ryan Bauer – 2/13/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Ryan Bauer – 2/13/2021)
Feb 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Young Adult Mixology 4.0 11:30 am
Young Adult Mixology 4.0
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
This Valentine's Day (Sunday, February 14) we are switching up the Mixology energy with a brunch edition featuring classic beverages with your favorite YALC hosts! Once we've had a few sips to loosen up, stick … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (February 17) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (February 17)
Feb 17 @ 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: Supporting Your School Age Child and Adolescent (2/17/2021) 7:00 pm
Resiliency Series: Supporting Your School Age Child and Adolescent (2/17/2021)
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Supporting Your School Age Child and Adolescent Through the Pandemic   Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Marjorie Swig, MS/LMFT  This program is intended primarily for parents and grandparents of school-age children and adolescents. Together, Rabbi Bauer and Marjorie … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 17) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 17)
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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L’Chaim: A Taste of Israeli Wines (SOLD OUT) 6:30 pm
L’Chaim: A Taste of Israeli Wines (SOLD OUT)
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
L’CHAIM: A Taste of Israeli Wines Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm Zoom event with Sommelier, Evan Hufford Registration Required by February 11 to obtain wines for pick up at Congregation Emanu-El $65 per member, which includes … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (2/19/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (2/19/2021)
Feb 19 @ 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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Torah Study (with Rabbi Beth Singer – 2/20/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Beth Singer – 2/20/2021)
Feb 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Purim Music and Mixology 7:00 pm
Purim Music and Mixology
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Purim invites us to mix things up, be a little sideways, and dive into the absurd head first. Jhos Singer is a Maggid, a musician and a mixologist, which means he is the perfect guy … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (February 24) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (February 24)
Feb 24 @ 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.
Purim Car-nival and Canned Food Donation 6:00 pm
Purim Car-nival and Canned Food Donation
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Throw on a costume (entirely optional), grab a bag of canned food to donate, and join us at the “Palace Gates of Shushan” (aka the front of Emanu-El) for a lively drive-through celebration. On Purim, … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 24) 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music (February 24)
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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The Whole Megillah: A Reading For Adults 6:00 pm
The Whole Megillah: A Reading For Adults
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
On Erev Purim, gather for lively discussion and the opportunity to imbibe until you can’t tell the difference between Mordechai and Haman, as we journey through the entire Megillah. The book of Esther is about … Continued
Torah on Tap: Purim Edition! (Young Adult) 6:00 pm
Torah on Tap: Purim Edition! (Young Adult)
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Torah on Tap: Purim Edition on Thursday, Feb 25th at 6pmPurim in a nutshell: they tried to kill us, we survived, let’s party!  This Purim, the Young Adult Community invites you to join as Rabbi Rodich … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (2/26/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (2/26/2021)
Feb 26 @ 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 – 2/27/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 2/27/2021)
Feb 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Unity Group: Mass Incarceration — What You Can Do About It 1:00 pm
Unity Group: Mass Incarceration — What You Can Do About It
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
With increasing numbers of people being sent to jail and to prison, the San Francisco Black-Jewish (and Allies) Unity Group wants to encourage conversations leading people to challenge the American mass incarceration criminal justice system. … Continued
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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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