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Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair 4:00 pm
Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please join us at a reception celebrating the release of Rita Semel: Stories of Radiance and Repair. A young adult biography written in short stories by Jennifer Kaufman. Wednesday, August 3, from 4:00 – 5:00 … Continued
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Tot Shabbat – (8/5/2022) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (8/5/2022)
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
ALL kids 6 and under, their adults and older siblings are welcome, free of charge. We’ll start with a simple kid’s dinner & teen-led activities at 5:00 pm in our beautiful courtyard. Then, join us in … Continued
50/25 Years in the Rabbinate: Honoring Rabbis Pearce & Mintz 6:00 pm
50/25 Years in the Rabbinate: Honoring Rabbis Pearce & Mintz
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us for a special Shabbat service August 5th at 6:00 pm to honor Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce for his 50 years in the rabbinate and Senior Associate Rabbi Sydney Mintz for her … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/6/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/6/2022)
Aug 6 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Shabbat Service – (8/12/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (8/12/2022)
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, August 12th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Jason Rodich and Sydney Mintz with Cantor Marsha Attie.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
Tu B’Av Singles Oneg 7:30 pm
Tu B’Av Singles Oneg
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us after our Tu B'Av Friday night service for an amorous and social Oneg in the Main Sanctuary Foyer. Libations and conversations from 7:30 until 9:00 PM. This is an opportunity to schmooze with singles (40+) in our community, … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/13/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/13/2022)
Aug 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Anska Hilash (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Anska Hilash (Main)
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Lylah Cutler (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Lylah Cutler (Meyer)
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
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Back to Shul Shabbat Service – (8/19/2022) 6:00 pm
Back to Shul Shabbat Service – (8/19/2022)
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Back to Shul Shabbat Services this Friday, August 19th at 6:00 pm!Meet – Pray – NoshOur beloved annual “Back to Shul Shabbat” provides an opportunity for current congregants, their friends, and … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/20/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/20/2022)
Aug 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Charlie Steinberg (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Charlie Steinberg (Meyer)
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Livy and Kyle Seff (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Livy and Kyle Seff (Main)
Aug 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Shabbat Service – (8/26/2022) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service – (8/26/2022)
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Services this Friday, August 26th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Beth Singer and Ryan Bauer with Cantor Arik Luck.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/27/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (8/27/2022)
Aug 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Elliot Zapol (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Elliot Zapol (Main)
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Maren Boigon (Meyer) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Maren Boigon (Meyer)
Aug 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Aaron Gabe (Meyer) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Aaron Gabe (Meyer)
Aug 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Wyatt Klugman (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Wyatt Klugman (Main)
Aug 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Beyond Roe: The past, present, and future of abortion access 7:00 pm
Beyond Roe: The past, present, and future of abortion access
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beyond Roe: The past, present, and future of abortion access, and what Jewish tradition has to tell us With the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, America is at an inflection point. Will ours be a … Continued
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HHD 2022 – Organ Meditation (8/31/2022) 7:00 pm
HHD 2022 – Organ Meditation (8/31/2022)
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
As part of our month of Elul offerings, as we begin the sacred work of returning to our soul, join us for an evening Organ Meditation. Find your own personal space in the main sanctuary. Cantor … 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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