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Pre-Oneg (MMR) 6:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
 
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Side by Side July 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side July 2019 Session
Jul 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side July 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service w/Roslyn Barak & Stephen Pearce 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service w/Roslyn Barak & Stephen Pearce
Jul 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This evening's Shabbat service will feature guest appearances by Senior Cantor Emerita, Roslyn Barak and Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce, who will both share the bima. Rabbi Beth Singer will lead the service. Thanks to … Continued
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-07-05 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-07-05
Jul 5 @ 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.  Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members – $20.00, Children ages 3-10 – $10.00, Non-member Adults – $24.00.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – July 11, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 11, 2019
Jul 11 @ 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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Germany Close Up founder, Dr. Dagmar Pruin to speak at our One Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
Germany Close Up founder, Dr. Dagmar Pruin to speak at our One Shabbat Service
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Germany Close Up founder, Dr. Dagmar Pruin to speak at our One Shabbat Service
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Dagmar Pruin at our One Shabbat service on July 12th. Dr. Pruin is a Protestant minister and founded Germany Close Up, a program that brings young adult Jews … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Jul 12 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
Jul 12 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jul 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel)
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Single and Ready to Mingle at Dolores – July 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Single and Ready to Mingle at Dolores – July 13, 2019
Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Spend an afternoon in sunny Dolores Park with other singles in the young adult community at Congregation Emanu-El. Eat some snacks, drink some drinks, and meet some great people. We’ll start off in the park … Continued
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SF Jewish Living Volunteer Event – July 21 2019 10:00 am
SF Jewish Living Volunteer Event – July 21 2019
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come join us for a Sunday morning of connecting, learning, and bonding. YALC is partnering with the SF Jewish Elderly Home where we will be paired with an elder to learn about their life and … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – July 25, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 25, 2019
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Cooking for Congregants - July 25, 2019
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
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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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