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Torah Study with Ruth Calderon (Chapel) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Ruth Calderon (Chapel)
Apr 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Ruth Calderon (Chapel)
Spring Scholar-in-Residence: Ruth CalderonFamous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv.She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid between 2013 and 2015.
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Mayer 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bar Mitzvah of Josh Mayer (Main) 10:30 am
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Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017 12:00 pm
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 9:00 am
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
Ruth Calderon Sunday Lecture 9:30 am
Ruth Calderon Sunday Lecture
Apr 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Special Sunday Morning lecture with Ruth Calderon: Spiritual legacy- and Doubt, What did Yochanan Ben Zakai leave his students and how is it relevant for us todayPlease register to attend. Thank you.Event Signup
THE Book Club: Brunch with Ruth Calderon – April 2017 12:00 pm
THE Book Club: Brunch with Ruth Calderon – April 2017
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Join with THE Book Club for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn with Ruth Calderon, famous Talmudist and founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv. She served as a member of Knesset for Yesh Atid … Continued
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Brown Bag April 12:00 pm
Brown Bag April
Apr 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
Limonata and Learning, April 5, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, April 5, 2017
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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
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Cooking for Congregants – April 6 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 6 2017
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
Why Jews Love the Moon 7:00 pm
Why Jews Love the Moon
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Why Jews Love the Moon @ Jewish Community Library | San Francisco | California | United States
Presented by Rabbi Sydney Mintz Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St. Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. The Jewish connection to the … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 04-07-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 04-07-2017
Apr 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month,6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Thai Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Got Shabbat? (Chapel) 10:15 am
Got Shabbat? (Chapel)
Apr 8 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah of Alexandra Rose (MMS) 10:30 am
Blessing of the Animals & Hike – April 2017 1:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Hike – April 2017
Apr 8 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Blessing of the Animals & Hike - April 2017
Location: Emanu-El Courtyard and Hike in the Presidio Gather in our courtyard and bring along your furry or fluffy friends! The blessing of the animals is popular in many religions, so make sure you don't … Continued
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Men’s Group – April 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – April 2017
Apr 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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. … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
Passover Breakfast and Service 8:30 am
Passover Breakfast and Service
Apr 11 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for breakfast and services on the first day of Passover.Breakfast:  8:30 amService      9:15 amNo registration needed and the community is welcome to attend.
Family Passover Seder 2017 5:30 pm
Family Passover Seder 2017
Apr 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This seder is designed to engage families with children. Led by Rabbi Beth Singer, Rabbi Carla Fenves, Cantor Arik Luck and Jonathan Bayer, the seder will be musical, participatory and fast-paced with a delicious dinner. … Continued
Adult Passover Seder 04-11-2017 6:00 pm
Adult Passover Seder 04-11-2017
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Adult Passover Seder 04-11-2017
For those want a chance of join in a Seder of discussion, songs and engagement.  This Seder is welcoming to adults and youth who want a full Seder experience and will be led by Clergy … Continued
Young Adult Passover Seder – April 2017 6:30 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder – April 2017
Apr 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Passover Seder - April 2017
Main Sanctuary Foyer6:30 pmJoin other Jews in their 20’s and 30’s for our annual Young Adult Passover Seder! Nosh on gefilte fish and horseradish! Sing dayeinu! Find an Afikoman and make a new friend! This … Continued
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Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017 9:00 am
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Deliver Disaster Kits to Homebound Seniors with Meals on Wheels April 12 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Noah-Mays Smith (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Urisman (Main) 10:30 am
Park Playdates! – Passover Edition – 2017 4:00 pm
Park Playdates! – Passover Edition – 2017
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIESPark Playdates! – Passover EditionTouch, Taste, & Smell Passover A special Passover-themed day! Please join us in the afternoon on Saturday, April 15, for Touch, Taste, & Smell Passover: A Passover Experience for Families with … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
Passover Breakfast & Yizkor Service 8:30 am
Passover Breakfast & Yizkor Service
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 10:15 am
Join us for breakfast and services on the first day of Passover.Breakfast:  8:30 amService      9:15 amNo registration needed and the community is welcome to attend.
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Side by Side April 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side April 2017 Session
Apr 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side April 2017 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will  not  be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool … Continued
The Tribe for Men: Brewery Tour & Pizza – April 2017 6:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Brewery Tour & Pizza – April 2017
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Tribe for Men: Brewery Tour & Pizza - April 2017
Registration is now closed. To be added to the waitlist, email Rebecca Reiner.THE TRIBE FOR MEN AND THE TRIBE 2.0: Ft. Point Brewery Tour & Pizza at Paxti’s After a week of no bread or beer, join … Continued
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Annual Community Passover Seder – April 2017 11:30 am
Annual Community Passover Seder – April 2017
Apr 19 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Economic Justice Working Group is partnering with Jewish Family and Children's Services, to provide the opportunity for isolated seniors of San Francisco to experience their very important connection to the Jewish community. We are … Continued
At the Rabbi’s Table – April 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – April 2017
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer during your lunch break in downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you! This week's topic … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Apr 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker Stephen Smith (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker Stephen Smith (MMS)
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker Stephen Smith (MMS)
We are very honored to have Dr. Stephen D. Smith speak at this evening's One Shabbat service. Dr. Stephen D. Smith is the Andrew J. and Erna Finci Viterbi Endowed Executive Director of the USC ShoahFoundation … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Aidan Dowling (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bar Mitzvah of Elijah Hollander (Main) 10:30 am
Young Couples Shabbat Hike – April 2017 1:00 pm
Young Couples Shabbat Hike – April 2017
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Young Couples Shabbat Hike - April 2017
Young Couples Shabbat HikeNo charge to attend! Open to members. Please register for location and more details.Join us for a 2.5 mile hike, picnic (bring your own!), and meditative Shabbat experience.Pack a water bottle, picnic blanket, … Continued
Earth Day Festival with Emanu-El 2:00 pm
Earth Day Festival with Emanu-El
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Environmental Working Group of the Tzedek Council is asking you to express your support for policies that protect the Earth this Earth Day, April 22nd at the San Francisco Earth Day Festival to be held at … Continued
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Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day 5:00 pm
Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day @ Jewish Community Center of San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States
YOM HASHOAH – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO Location: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco   5:00 pm Dr. Stephen D. Smith, from the USC Shoah Foundation, will present The Future of Our Past, a … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Germans and Jews – Film 7:00 pm
Germans and Jews – Film
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Germans and Jews - Film
Film Screening of Germans and Jews: history is the memory of a people Followed by Q&A with the filmmaker, Janina Quint. Tuesday, April 25 – 7:00 – 9:00pm Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – April 27 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – April 27 2017
Apr 27 @ 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Jewish Meditation – April 2017 6:15 pm
Jewish Meditation – April 2017
Apr 27 @ 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Jewish Meditation - April 2017
Please join us for one hour after work as we practice opening our minds and souls for a special sitting meditation session that will alter your perception and enhance your Jewish Spiritual practice, led by … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Apr 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Apr 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Zachary Breitbard (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bar Mitzvah of Eli Fastiff (Main) 10:30 am
Women in Technology – April 2017 5:30 pm
Women in Technology – April 2017
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Women in Technology - April 2017 @ Private congregant home in Pacific Heights
Please join us in getting to know women in your community who work in the technology field. You're invited to a private home in Pacific Heights for light bites and an informal evening to meet … Continued
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B’nei Mitzvah – Date Setting Meeting – Test1 11:47 am
B’nei Mitzvah – Date Setting Meeting – Test1
Apr 30 @ 11:47 am – 11:47 am
This is a testWe are inviting you to begin the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process with your family.   When: Tuesday, September 6th 2016Place & Time: Guild Hall from 5:00pm – 6:00pmWho: You and your child are invited … Continued
Volunteer for Larkin Street – Young Adults, April 2017 5:00 pm
Volunteer for Larkin Street – Young Adults, April 2017
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Volunteer for Larkin Street - Young Adults, April 2017
Volunteer for Larkin Street Youth Services at their Geary House. Join with a small group of young adults to cook dinner for their clients. Meet up at 5:00 pm to cook; dinner is served around … 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 Holidays. 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 Holidays.

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.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS

Monday, May 1, 2017
5:00 pm Registration, activities for children, food available for purchase
6:00 pm Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration & musical performance by THE MACCABEATS
RSVP by Monday, April 24, at jnf.org/sfyh17 or call: 415-677-9600 X 964


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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