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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Jul 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Office is closed. 8:30 am
Office is closed.
Jul 4 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
 
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Brown Bag July 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag July 2017
Jul 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. This … Continued
Limonata and Learning, July 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, July 2017
Jul 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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Creation Ceramics, July 6, 2017 1:00 pm
Creation Ceramics, July 6, 2017
Jul 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) July 6 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #3 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner July 7, 2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner July 7, 2017
Jul 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 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 Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – July 13 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 13 2017
Jul 13 @ 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
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THE Book Club – July 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – July 2017
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Private Home, North Beach$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Rabbi Beth Singer. We will discuss 100 years of Jewish Progressive Pluralism: From Women Rabbis … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – July 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – July 2017
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with members of clergy, downtown, each month.Please bring a nosh and join us at 55 -2nd Street.  Event Signup
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Suminigashi Paper Marbling, July 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Suminigashi Paper Marbling, July 20, 2017
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) July 6 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #4 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman 4:00 pm
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman
URJ Camp Newman invites you for a magical Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El!Join your friends & community for a Camp Newman Shabbat! Festivities include a reception with our Camp Directors, Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing!Please register … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – July 27 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 27 2017
Jul 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
Raphael House – July 27 2017 3:30 pm
Raphael House – July 27 2017
Jul 27 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The mission of Raphael House is to help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. We prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Access Shabbat – July 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – July 2017
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to bring … 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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