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Cooking for Congregants – January 3 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 3 2019
Jan 3 @ 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
Side by Side January 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2019 Session
Jan 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side January 2019 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg, MMR 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg, MMR
Jan 4 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (Main)
Jan 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-01-04 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-01-04
Jan 4 @ 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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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jan 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Cooking for Congregants – January 10 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 10 2019
Jan 10 @ 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
Dat Challah Dough 6:30 pm
Dat Challah Dough
Jan 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Dat Challah DoughThursday, January 10, 6:30-8:30 pmThe Young Adult Leadership Community at Emanu-El in collaboration with Moishe House Nob HIll brings you: Dat Challah Dough!Let's get together and bake the Challahs for January's Late Shabbat … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 13, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 13, 2019
Jan 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 13, 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
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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The Art of Asking: Dating Tips for 2019 6:30 pm
The Art of Asking: Dating Tips for 2019
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
It’s the start of the new year, and with that comes new dating adventures! Whether you’re having fun or in a serious relationship, consent and reading body language are key. Join us as we continue … Continued
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2019 6:30 pm
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2019
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nurture Yourself and the CommunityJoin together with members of Congregation Emanu-El's Women's Group for a night of volunteering and self-care.  We will start off the evening with a discussion about self-care and how we can incorporate … Continued
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2019 Conversion Group 6:00 pm
2019 Conversion Group
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2019 Conversion Group meeting for Conversion students currently working with an assigned Rabbi but have not completed the Conversion Process.This group is moderated by Rabbi Jason RodichThe group will meet once a month January thru … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
MLK Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 6:30 pm
MLK Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 
MLK Commemoration Service (Main) 7:30 pm
MLK Commemoration Service (Main)
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Annual MLK Pulpit Exchange with Third Baptist Church/CongregationEmanu-El Interfaith Services, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Pre-OnegFriday, January 18, 6:30, Main Sanctuary FoyerMLK Commemoration ServiceFriday, January 18, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Main SanctuarySunday Morning ServiceSunday, January … Continued
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Shabbat Morning Service-Harrison Kahn (Main) 9:15 am
Shabbat Morning Service-Harrison Kahn (Main)
Jan 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Lib) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Lib)
Jan 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan-Simon Moscovici (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan-Simon Moscovici (MMS)
Jan 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Women’s March in San Francisco 11:00 am
Women’s March in San Francisco
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Women's March in San Francisco
The Jewish community is proud to march in the local Women’s March San Francisco and will be gathering as a group at 11:00 am at City Hall on the corner of Van Ness and Grove Streets … Continued
Tu B’Shvat Celebration at Mountain Lake Park 4:00 pm
Tu B’Shvat Celebration at Mountain Lake Park
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbi Carla Fenves and song leader Mimi Greisman for a special outdoor Tu B'Shvat celebration in beautiful Mountain Lake Park. Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat in the Jewish calendar, is the day that … Continued
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Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
Malcolm Hoenlein – Jan 2019 7:00 pm
Malcolm Hoenlein – Jan 2019
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Malcolm HoenleinWednesday, January 23, 2019  7:00 – 9:00pmMartin Meyer SanctuaryMalcolm Hoenlein is the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the coordinating body for 53 national Jewish organizations.  He … Continued
Chuppah and Beyond Winter 2019 7:15 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Winter 2019
Jan 23 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Six Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:15 pm Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help you build and strengthen the foundational tools for a successful, … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 24 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 24 2019
Jan 24 @ 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
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-01-24 11:30 am
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-01-24
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
LifeStream Luncheon Ticket for January 24Event Signup
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join your fellow Tribesmen for our yearly mitzvah of serving over 100 homeless men a hearty dinner at a local shelter in San Francisco. This is a special night, where giving a smile along with … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Teens – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
Teens – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer to cook during our winter Interfaith Shelter Feedings!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men … Continued
New Member Shabbat 5:30 pm
New Member Shabbat
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Honor us with your presence as we honor you during New Member Shabbat.  We invite you to both a pre-oneg at 5:30 pm, and a dessert reception following services.  Friday evening Shabbat services are from … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Lib) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Lib)
Jan 26 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
LGBTQ Family Get Together 10:00 am
LGBTQ Family Get Together
Jan 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Calling all Emanu-El LGBTQ  families with school-age children! Please join us at a congregant's home for brunch with Rabbi Rodich, Rabbi Mintz, and Director of Education Lom Friedman. Games and activities for kids of all ages.                                                   Event … Continued
Shabbat Morning Minyan-Eli Perman (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan-Eli Perman (MMS)
Jan 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah 4:00 pm
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Preschool Family Pajama Picnic and Havdalah @ Courtyard / MMR
Get out your PJs and picnic blankets and join us for a very special family pajama party picnic and Havdalah service on Saturday, January 26th from 4-5:30 pm. The party will be held in the … Continued
Congregant Night- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
Congregant Night- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer to cook during our winter Interfaith Shelter Feedings!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men … Continued
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Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer to cook with other young adults during our winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Congregant Night 2- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
Congregant Night 2- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer to cook during our winter Interfaith Shelter Feedings!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men … Continued
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LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-01-29 11:30 am
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-01-29
Jan 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
LifeStream Luncheon Ticket for January 29Event Signup
Tzedek Council- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019 5:00 pm
Tzedek Council- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2019
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Volunteer to cook during our winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men … Continued
Tribe for Women – Wine, Yarn, and Sweet Treats 7:00 pm
Tribe for Women – Wine, Yarn, and Sweet Treats
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cindy Weil, a fellow Tribe member and Founder of the Immigrant Yarn Project will be co-hosting a knit night and wine tasting, along with Laurie Beijen.The Immigrant Yarn Project is a massive work of crowd-sourced yarn … Continued
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Seeing Through the Wall – Movie 7:00 pm
Seeing Through the Wall – Movie
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Seeing Through the Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel  Art exhibit, movie screening and discussion with the film’s creator and Rabbi Stephen Pearce who was a participant on this journey  Wednesday, January 30  7:00 … Continued
Chuppah and Beyond Winter 2019 7:15 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Winter 2019
Jan 30 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Winter 2019 dates for Chuppah and Beyond are: January 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 20, and 27 plus 2 home-hosted Shabbat dinners Six consecutive Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:15 pm Topics covered include:  Recognizing the challenges of communication Managing … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 31, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 31, 2019
Jan 31 @ 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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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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