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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03
Jan 3 @ 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. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members – $24.00, Member children ages 11-17 – $24.00; Non-member Adults – $28.00, … Continued
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Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team 1:00 pm
Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet Joey Wagman and David "DJ" Sharabi, the Bay Area players representing the Israeli National Baseball Team, who are headed to Summer Olympics 2020! We are hosting a fun day at the park to kick … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020
Jan 7 @ 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
Kushner – Plein Air Painters 7:00 pm
Kushner – Plein Air Painters
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emanu-El Plein Air Painters led by the Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner  For the past several years Rabbi Kushner has become a serious oil painter. He has been painting outdoors (the French Impressionists called it “plein air”). … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020
Jan 9 @ 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
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 9 @ 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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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019 9:45 am
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Please join us for a morning of prayer and community building. We'll start with a participatory service with 6th Graders and their adults, led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Jonathan Bayer. After the adults leave … Continued
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel) 10:30 am
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel)
Jan 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert 7:00 pm
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam on Saturday January 11 from 7-9pm with our artist in residence, spoken word artist extraordinarie, Rick Lupert. We will be gathering together at a home in … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 14 @ 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
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel 6:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges: A Briefing on New Defense Technologies from the former head of Israel's National Security CouncilWith Brigadier General (Res.) Professor Jacob NagelTuesday, January 14  6:30 – 8:30pmMartin Meyer Sanctuary As an expert in defensive … Continued
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Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:00 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at Congregation Emanu-ElWednesday, January 15th from 7-8:30pm. Ruth, a … Continued
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:30 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at a congregant’s home near West Portal. Exact … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 16 @ 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
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020 6:30 pm
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Do you love challah? Have you ever wondered how to make that delicious braided bread? Or are you looking at your calendar, wondering how you will get your fresh baked loaves for your Shabbat dinner … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary)
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1 10:30 am
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
A five-person adult b’nai mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El! Join us in celebration as the 2020 Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Adult Bar/Bat Mizvah Class is called to the Torah to mark this milestone in their Jewish journeys. … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 21 @ 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
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 5:00 pm
Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join your fellow Tribesmen for our yearly mitzvah of serving over 100 homeless men a hearty dinner at a local shelter in San Francisco. This is a special night, where giving a smile along with … Continued
2020 Conversion Group 6:00 pm
2020 Conversion Group
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2020 Conversion Group meeting for Conversion students currently working with an assigned Rabbi but have not completed the Conversion Process.   This group is moderated by Rabbi Jason Rodich   The group will meet once … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020
Jan 23 @ 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
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 23 @ 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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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
January Saturday Morning Young Families Shabbat Service 10:00 am
January Saturday Morning Young Families Shabbat Service
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please join us for a Saturday Morning Young Families Shabbat service with Jonathan Bayer for families with children ages 5 and under! Event Signup
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Micaela Winthrop) (Main) 10:30 am
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 2020 4:00 pm
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 2020
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 2020 @ Courtyard / MMR
Get out your PJs and picnic blankets and join us for a very special family pajama party picnic and Havdalah service on Saturday, January 25th from 4-5:30 pm. The party will be held in the … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 26, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 26, 2020
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 26, 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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert 7:00 pm
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SOLD OUT. NO WALK UPS.Community Interfaith Event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz; remarks by special guests to be announced and Violins of Hope co-founders Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein; musical excerpts performed by … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 28 @ 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
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 5:00 pm
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting 11:00 am
Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for a conversation about Emanu-El NEXT with those that use our building the most! Event Signup
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 30 @ 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
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020 5:30 pm
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020
Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January's not over until it's over so come slide into the New Year with your favorite Emanu-el Young Adult community. We'll be doing Happy Hour at Marengo in the Alley on Thursday, January 30, from … Continued
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Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holiday Descriptions

The following Jewish holidays are listed in chronological order as they are celebrated, beginning with the Fall High Holy Day Season.

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the ten-day period known as the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah is also known as the “birthday of the world”, the “day of remembrance” and the “day of the shofar.” Rosh Hashanah celebrates the ability of people to change and grow, as it is a time for deep thought, self-examination, and prayer.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiday in which the Jewish people ask for forgiveness and forgive others. Yom Kippur, the most solemn and holy day of the Jewish year, is the last day of the ten days of awe and marks the end of the ten-day period of the High Holy Days.

Sukkot

Sukkot is a fall harvest festival. Sukkot is also known as the “Festival of the Booths”, as it commemorates the time the Jewish people lived in temporary huts (sukkot) during their wandering and during their time of harvest in the fields. Sukkot is a time of feasting and of giving thanks for the harvest.

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah, meaning “rejoicing with the Torah”, is a happy holiday celebrated with gaiety and festivity. On Simchat Torah the last portion of the Torah in the book of Deuteronomy and the first verses of the book of Genesis are read in the same Temple service, signifying that the Torah has no beginning and no end.

Chanukah

Chanukah, a joyous holiday celebrated for eight days, commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Greeks and thus Jewish independence and the right to once again practice the Jewish religion. Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple after the victory over the Greeks. Chanukah is also called the “Festival of Lights” in remembrance of the miraculous oil that burned in the Temple menorah for eight days at the time of the rededication of the Temple.

Blessings and How to Light Candles for Chanukah

 

Tu B’Shevat

Tu B’Shevat celebrates the “Birthday of the Trees.” This Jewish holiday validates the importance of nature and stresses the need for people to care for trees, plants and objects in nature. It is customary to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat.

Purim

Purim, a time of merriment and great fun, is one of the happiest of Jewish holidays. The festival of Purim derives from the biblical story of Esther and commemorates the Jewish people’s success over people who tried to destroy them.

Passover

Passover celebrates the most important event in Jewish history, which is the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. This holiday recalls the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, their eventual freedom and their arrival in the promised land in Canaan. Passover is celebrated for eight days with a special meal, special foods, and specific traditional practices.


Yom Ha-Atzmaut

Yom Ha-atzmaut, the “day of independence”, is the Jewish holiday celebrating Israel’s attainment of statehood. Israel’s Independence Day commemorates its establishment once again as the homeland of the Jewish people.

 

Lag Ba Omer

Lag Ba Omer is a minor Jewish holiday that focuses on the importance of study and learning. Lag Ba Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the 50 days of the counting of the “omer”, or the measure of the newly ripened barley. The Lag Ba Omer holiday provided a break from this serious harvest time.

Shavuot

Shavuot celebrates the day the Jews were given the Torah, the guidelines of Jewish life, on Mount Sinai. It is also a celebration of the time of harvest and the offering of the first fruits of the new harvest. On Shavuot the Jewish people decorate the synagogue with greens and flowers, wear white clothing, and eat dairy dishes.

Shabbat

The Jewish holiday of Shabbat is a joyous occasion celebrated every Friday night to Saturday night. Shabbat commemorates the creation of the world, as the world was created in six days and the seventh day was the day of rest. Shabbat is a special time for people to come together each week to be with family and friends, to rest, to think, to share, to sing, and to have a good time. The observance of Shabbat begins with a traditional ritual that includes blessings while lighting candles, drinking wine, and eating challah (twisted egg bread).

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