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Side by Side October 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2019 Session
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – Dec 10 @ 11:30 am
Side by Side October 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
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Rita Semel to be honored with Be a Mensch award (Main Sanctuary) 5:45 pm
Rita Semel to be honored with Be a Mensch award (Main Sanctuary)
Nov 1 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Rita Semel to be honored with Be a Mensch award (Main Sanctuary)
Be witness to Rita Semel as she’s honored with a Be a Mensch award from Steve Geiger of the Mensch International Foundation at this evening’s One Shabbat Service. Steve will also speak about Prime Minister … Continued
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01
Nov 1 @ 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 Members – $24.00, Children Members ages 11-17 – $24.00, Non-member Adults – $28.00, Non-member Children … Continued
LifeStream Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01 7:15 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Dinner 2019-11-01
Nov 1 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
LifeStream Luncheon ticket for November 1 Event Signup
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Europe Trip 2020 with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – INFO SESSION (Board room) 12:30 pm
Europe Trip 2020 with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – INFO SESSION (Board room)
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Europe Trip 2020 with Rabbi Jonathan Singer - INFO SESSION (Board room) @ Congregation Emanu-El
Join Rabbi Jonathan Singer for an information session about the trip he’s leading to Eastern Europe (trip dates: June 11-22, 2020).  
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Wise Aging Morning Group (Library) 9:45 am
Wise Aging Morning Group (Library)
Nov 6 @ 9:45 am – 11:45 am
 
Brown Bag November 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag November 2019
Nov 6 @ 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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
20th Anniversary Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
20th Anniversary Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Nov 8 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
20th Anniversary Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Late Shabbat is turning 20! After two decades of building Jewish community amongst 20- and 30-year-olds in the Bay Area, we invite the entire Emanu-El community and Late Shabbat-ers past and present to come together … Continued
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Volunteer with Friends of the Urban Forest – November 9 2019 9:00 am
Volunteer with Friends of the Urban Forest – November 9 2019
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Did you know that local nonprofit, Friends of the Urban Forest, has planted almost half of the trees in San Francisco? Get ready to get your hands dirty and volunteer with the young adult community … Continued
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Eric Mittelman) MMS 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Eric Mittelman) MMS
Nov 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Julianne Grossman) Main 10:30 am
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Men’s Group – November 10, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group – November 10, 2019
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - November 10, 2019 @ Private Residence
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
Kristallnacht – Mitzvah Project Performance 2:00 pm
Kristallnacht – Mitzvah Project Performance
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Mitzvah Project Annual Kristallnacht CommemorationSunday, November 102:00 – 4:00pm, Martin Meyer SanctuaryTemple Emanu-El is proud to present The Mitzvah Project, an engrossing one-person play and lecture, created and performed by Roger Grunwald. The Mitzvah … Continued
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Congregation Emanu-El is closed today
Congregation Emanu-El is closed today
Nov 11 all-day
Congregation Emanu-El is closed today
Congregation Emanu-El was notified by the folks at Pacific, Gas, and Electric (PG&E) that we will not have power to our synagogue today, November 11th from 9am to 5pm. This outage will be effecting 800 … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Nov 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
USF Basketball Coach: A Basketball Journey with Jewish Roots 7:00 pm
USF Basketball Coach: A Basketball Journey with Jewish Roots
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join us to hear Todd Golden, head men’s basketball coach of the University of San Francisco (USF) Dons and the second youngest division I college coach in the country. Todd has a unique perspective as … Continued
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Tribe for Women Pre-Salon with Integrity First for America 6:00 pm
Tribe for Women Pre-Salon with Integrity First for America
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join fellow members of Tribe for Women for a special Pre-Salon with Integrity First for America (IFA) on November 13 at 6pm! We will be joined by Amy Spitalnick, Roberta Kaplan, and Karen Dunn from … Continued
The Charlottesville Case: Opposing White Nationalism 7:00 pm
The Charlottesville Case: Opposing White Nationalism
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you want to do something about white nationalist violence?Once in a generation, a case comes along that can change history. On Wednesday, November 13, Congregation Emanu-El is honored to be hosting Integrity First for … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Nov 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Nov 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Nov 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
November 2019 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 pm
November 2019 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for our first YFE Family Shabbat Dinner on November 15!  We recognize how vital it is for families to have the opportunity to connect with each other during this pivotal time in their … Continued
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2019 Annual Meeting (MMS) 9:30 am
2019 Annual Meeting (MMS)
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Emanu-El’s 170th Annual MeetingOur 170th Annual Meeting will feature:Vote for five new directors, Robert Blum, Alia Gorkin, Julie Levine, Robert Newman, Matt Van Horn, and reelect current directors for additional terms, Barrett Cohn and Treasurer … Continued
Unity Group – Beyond Us vs. Them 1:30 pm
Unity Group – Beyond Us vs. Them
Nov 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Unity Group - Beyond Us vs. Them
Sunday, November 17 1:30 – 3:45 pm African American Art & Culture Complex 762 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102 Join the San Francisco Black Jewish Unity Group for a film screening and conversation about … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Nov 19 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
KOLEINU: Sing for Shalom – Now more than Ever 7:00 pm
KOLEINU: Sing for Shalom – Now more than Ever
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
KOLEINU* Sing for ShalomNow More Than Ever Tuesday, November 19, 20197:00 PM | Martin Meyer Sanctuary | Congregation Emanu-El Peace. We hear it in our prayers. We long for it. We sing about it. Now, more than ever. In … Continued
Make ’em Laugh: Comic Songs from Stage and Screen 7:00 pm
Make ’em Laugh: Comic Songs from Stage and Screen
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Make 'em Laugh: Great Comic Songs From the Stage and Screen, taught by Bonnie WeissNovember 19; December 3, 10 17 from 7:00 -9:00pmIn this 4-part series, we'll explore the development and proliferation of the tunes … Continued
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Advocacy and SF Homelessness: Opportunities for Change 7:00 pm
Advocacy and SF Homelessness: Opportunities for Change
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of conversation with Dr. Joshua Bamberger, Associate Director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, focused on how advocacy plays a key role in addressing homelessness in San Francisco. … Continued
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Office Closed – Thanksgiving
The Tribe for Men: TURKEY BOWL VIII 8:00 am
The Tribe for Men: TURKEY BOWL VIII
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
THIS IS TURKEY BOWL IX Gentlemen, I’m once again proud to host the tradition of our Thanksgiving morning football game! We’ve built up quite a tradition together – what started as a few guys tossing around a … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Nov 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Nov 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Young Adults Volunteer Day with St. Anthony’s November 2019 9:15 am
Young Adults Volunteer Day with St. Anthony’s November 2019
Nov 30 @ 9:15 am – 1:45 pm
Do you enjoy being active, making an impact, and meeting new people? Join the Young Adult Community of Congregation Emanuel for a volunteer day in the St. Anthony's Dining Room!Spots are limited, so sign-up today!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 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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