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One Shabbat Service – (10/1/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/1/2021)
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 1st, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Young Adult Service Program: Do Good, Feel Good
Young Adult Service Program: Do Good, Feel Good
Oct 2 all-day
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (10/2/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (10/2/2021)
Oct 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Skyler Schick (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Skyler Schick (Meyer)
Oct 2 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service … Continued
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Anshei Mitzvah 2023 12:00 pm
Anshei Mitzvah 2023
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Congregation Emanu-El is thrilled to announce the return of Anshei Mitzvah, our adult bnei mitzvah training program. Content will include practical Torah/Haftarah chanting skills, as well as continued academic study and enrichment with our cantors … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Fall 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2021
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 6) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 6)
Oct 6 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/8/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/8/2021)
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 8th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (October) 8:00 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (October)
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Late Shabbat Young Adult Late ShabbatOctober 8th at Congregation Emanu-El 8pm: Schmooze / 8:30pm ServiceMORE INFO & TO REGISTERAll Bay Area 20s & 30s are invited to join us (back at Emanu-El!) for an evening of community … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/9/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/9/2021)
Oct 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.
Shabbat Morning Service – Sonia and Reyes Lake (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sonia and Reyes Lake (Main)
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alexis and Eva Spero (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alexis and Eva Spero (Meyer)
Oct 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Abraham Marshall (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Abraham Marshall (Main)
Oct 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 13) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 13)
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/15/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/15/2021)
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 15th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (10/16/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris (10/16/2021)
Oct 16 @ 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.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Isaac Katz (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Isaac Katz (Meyer)
Oct 16 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service … Continued
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Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren 9:00 am
Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Ethiopian Jews: Our Overlooked Brethren – Helping To Bring Those Remaining, Home to ZionJoin us to hear Shlomo Motta, a former shepherd who made aliyah, served in the IDF and became Deputy Speaker of the … Continued
Do Good, Feel Good: Orientation 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Orientation
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
Tour the Tenderloin with Del Seymour 2:00 pm
Tour the Tenderloin with Del Seymour
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join Rabbi Bauer and your Emanu-El community for a unique tour of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, led by Del Seymour, the neighborhood’s unofficial Mayor.  Del Seymour will take you on a journey of discovery, revealing … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 20) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 20)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
Return of the Men’s Group in Person 5:30 pm
Return of the Men’s Group in Person
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Return of the Men’s Group in Person Happy Hour at Tia Margarita in the Outer Richmond.Join us, for a no host happy hour on Wednesday, October 20th at 5:30pm. As we sit outdoors Rabbi Jonathan will … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/22/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/22/2021)
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 22nd, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/23/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (10/23/2021)
Oct 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87846200074?pwd=ZVhIQVBsNUhEUW1SVmRhSGVWTHpYZz09
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Nassi (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Adam Nassi (Main)
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Willa Cook (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Willa Cook (Main)
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
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Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #1 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #1
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … Continued
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Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 27) 8:00 am
Weekly Morning Minyan (Oct 27)
Oct 27 @ 8:00 am – 8:15 am
We are offering a weekly morning minyan for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here to navigate to our … Continued
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One Shabbat Service – (10/29/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service – (10/29/2021)
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Friday Night Shabbat Service this Friday, October 29th, at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck in the Main Sanctuary.To best ensure we can provide a safe … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (10/30/21) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer (10/30/21)
Oct 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
Shabbat Morning Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Zoom seminar – " The Spiritual Teachings of the Sefat Emet".Text: The Language of Truth, trans. & ed. Arthur Green (Jewish Publication Society).Available in paperback on AmazonThe Sefat Emet is the pinnacle of Hasidic … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Dylan Wintroub (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Dylan Wintroub (Main)
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service will … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalie Arroyo (Meyer) 10:45 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Natalie Arroyo (Meyer)
Oct 30 @ 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Service 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: This service … Continued
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Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #2 1:00 pm
Do Good, Feel Good: Service Project #2
Oct 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Do Good, Feel GoodOctober – November Want to give back? Emanu-El is thrilled to be partnering with Repair the World to present this 5-part service learning series for a group of 20s & 30s to engage … 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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