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Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS 5:00 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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 We’ve reached capacity for this event. If you’re interested … Continued
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Brown Bag May 12:00 pm
Brown Bag May
May 3 @ 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, May 3, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, May 3, 2017
May 3 @ 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 – May 4 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 4 2017
May 4 @ 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 05-05-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 05-05-2017
May 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 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)
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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50/50 Day for Women – May 2017 7:00 pm
50/50 Day for Women – May 2017
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
50/50 Day for Women - May 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and the Tzedek Council’s Human Rights Working Group for 50/50 Day: Rethinking the Past, Present, & Future of Women + Power. Together, at the same time as thousands of others across … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 11 2017 9:02 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 11 2017
May 11 @ 9:02 am – 9:02 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Adam Hinman (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah of Emma Pell (MMS) 10:30 am
TEEP Art Auction & Gala 2017 7:00 pm
TEEP Art Auction & Gala 2017
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thank you for supporting TEEP!  We look forward to seeing you under the stars on the Temple Emanu-El courtyard on May 13th from 7-10 pm for great music, delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and enticing … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – May 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – May 2017
May 17 @ 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
THE Book Club – May 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – May 2017
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Sydney Mintz: Unpacking our Sacred Texts: everything you ever wanted to know about The Tanach, the Talmud, the Midrash, Codes and Commentaries … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS)
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS)
Join our community in recognizing our outstanding teens. This service will be led by 12th gradeHavurah Judah students. We will also honor teens who participated in the Jewish Teen Foundations,The San Francisco Diller Teen Fellowship … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Asher Thompson (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Jakob Esterkyn (Main) 10:30 am
Park Playdates! + PJ Havdalah Party – May 2017 4:00 pm
Park Playdates! + PJ Havdalah Party – May 2017
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIESEmanu-El’s monthly Park Playdates is joining forces with Got Shabbat? and the Jewish Baby Network SF for a Havdalah PJ Party at Congregation Emanu-El!The Jewish Baby Network SF is providing goodie bags with items … Continued
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Men’s Group – May 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – May 2017
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - May 2017
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
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day – May 2017 11:00 am
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day – May 2017
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day - May 2017
The Tribe for Men & The Tribe for Women Family Fun Day at the Vineyard ClubJoin Rabbi Fenves and Cantor Luck along with familiar and new Tribe families for a special fun-filled day at the … Continued
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2017 TEEP Pre-K End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Pre-K End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Jaffa & Jerusalem)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
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2017 TEEP Preschool & TK End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Preschool & TK End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Tel Aviv, Ein Gedi, and Adventure TK)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – May 25 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 25 2017
May 25 @ 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
2017 TEEP Two’s End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Two’s End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Haifa, Sfat, and Tiberias)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens 6:30 pm
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens New York Times Columnist & Jerusalem Post Pulitzer Prize Journalist Thursday, May 25, 2017 Check-in: 6:30 pm Program: 7:00 pm Subject: Opportunities and Challenges for America  and Israel in … Continued
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Office closed 8:30 am
Office closed
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Shavuot Festival Dinner – May 2017 5:45 pm
Shavuot Festival Dinner – May 2017
May 30 @ 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Shavuot Festival Dinner - May 2017
This dinner, immediately preceding our Shavuot Festival Service, will consist of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup as it is customary to have dairy foods on this holiday. The Shavuot service will begin at 6:15pm … Continued
Shavuot Festival Service (Chapel) 6:15 pm
Shavuot Festival Service (Chapel)
May 30 @ 6:15 pm – 6:50 pm
Please join us for the Shavuot Festival Service led by our clergy. 
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration 7:00 pm
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration
On the evening of May 30th we will observe the festival of Shavuot, which celebrates matan Torah, the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai and the spring harvest in the land of Israel. It is … Continued
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Office closed 8:30 am
Office closed
May 31 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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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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