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Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Aug 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 
JBOB Mom’s Night Out August 2, 2016 7:30 pm
JBOB Mom’s Night Out August 2, 2016
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Back by popular demand! Join other moms with young children for a fun night out! We'll meet at a private home in Inner Richmond for a chance to relax and get to know each other … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – August 4, 2016 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 4, 2016
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led bycongregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together,up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need.All congregants are welcome to join. Please register.Questions? Contact Rebecca … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) June 24 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) June 24
Aug 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 8-5-2016 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 8-5-2016
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 8-5-2016 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 8-5-2016 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 8-5-2016
Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 8-5-2016 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 8-5-2016
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 08-05-2016 6:00 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 08-05-2016
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 08-05-2016
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:00 p.m in Guild Hall.Thai Food will be provided.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – August 11, 2016 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – August 11, 2016
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led bycongregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together,up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need.All congregants are welcome to join. Please register.Questions? Contact Rebecca … Continued
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High Holy Day Bookplate Party 6:00 pm
High Holy Day Bookplate Party
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perform a mitzvah for your congregation in just 5 easy steps! 1. Drop in anytime between 6 pm and 8 pm on August 16.2. Enjoy delicious pizza.3. Smooze with fellow congregants. 4. Place some bookplates (each one … Continued
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Join Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Raleigh, North Carolina to take a stand! 8:30 am
Join Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Raleigh, North Carolina to take a stand!
Aug 18 @ 8:30 am – Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm
Join Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Raleigh, North Carolina to take a stand!
  From August to November, the Reform Jewish Movement will be partnering with the NAACP, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the PICO National Network to protect the right to vote this … Continued
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Young Adult Summer Camp (Members) 4:00 pm
Young Adult Summer Camp (Members)
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm
Young Adult Summer Camp (Members) @ URJ Camp Newman
The Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El invites you to our 5th annual Young Adult Summer Camp. Come and join young adults from all over the Bay Area for a relaxing and fun weekend in … Continued
Young Adult Summer Camp (Non Members) 4:00 pm
Young Adult Summer Camp (Non Members)
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm
Young Adult Summer Camp (Non Members) @ URJ Camp Newman
The Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El invites you to our 5th annual Young Adult Summer Camp. Come and join young adults from all over the Bay Area for a relaxing and fun weekend in … Continued
Young Adult Summer Camp 2016 4:00 pm
Young Adult Summer Camp 2016
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) June 24 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) June 24
Aug 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) August 19, 2016 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR) August 19, 2016
Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Shabbat Service (MMS) August 19, 2016 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (MMS) August 19, 2016
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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The Tribe: Camping August 20-21, 2016
The Tribe: Camping August 20-21, 2016
Aug 20 – Aug 21 all-day
Join the Tribe for camping in one of the premier northern California sites, Alice Eastwood Group Site in Mt Tamalpais State Park. Bring your children for a memorable weekend filled with lots of fun!Cost $50/familyEvent … Continued
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Aug 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan (MMS) Including BM of Sophie Rose 8-20-2016 10:30 am
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) June 24 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) June 24
Aug 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 8-26-2016 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 8-26-2016
Aug 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Shabbat Service (MMS) 8-26-2016 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (MMS) 8-26-2016
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Aug 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Emanu-El Open House BBQ Dinner 2016 7:00 pm
Emanu-El Open House BBQ Dinner 2016
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emanu-El Open House BBQ Dinner 2016
Join us for a BBQ to enjoy a Shabbat Summer Eve. Bring a friend to find out more about Emanu-El, or just come and enjoy Shabbat at 6:00 pm, BBQ and music at 7:00 pm.Event … Continued
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LGBT BBQ 2:00 pm
LGBT BBQ
Aug 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Calling all Emanu-EL LGBT Members! (And your kids too!) Let’s get together! Please Join Rabbis Mintz and Rodich for a casual and fun summer BBQ. We will gather at a private home in the Castro/Upper Market area for … Continued
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An Evening with Roseanne Barr 7:00 pm
An Evening with Roseanne Barr
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
An Evening with Roseanne Barr
Presented by Congregation Emanu-El's Israel Action CommitteeFrom growing up amongst Holocaust Survivors, to speaking in Israel against BDS, to Kabbalistic meditation, Roseanne Barr discusses all things Judaica.  She will be joined by Dr. Lenny Kristal … Continued
Jewish Heritage Night with the Giants 2016 7:15 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the Giants 2016
Aug 30 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the Giants 2016 @ AT&T Park
  Join the Bay Area's Jewish community at the Giants annual Jewish Heritage Night at AT&T Park! Your Special Event ticket includes a seat in one of the Jewish Heritage sections for the game versus the … 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.

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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