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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Sep 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner. 9-1-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner. 9-1-17
Sep 1 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 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 Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – September 7 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 7 2017
Sep 7 @ 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 9 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Mor Serv Bat Mitzvah Erin Freeman and Sasha Feldman 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Zadie Winthrop 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Zadie Winthrop
Sep 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Young Families Havdalah PJ Party – September 2017 4:00 pm
Young Families Havdalah PJ Party – September 2017
Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIES We invite families with children under age 5 for a Shabbat afternoon experience at Congregation Emanu-El! We are partnering with the Jewish Baby Network SF for a Havdalah PJ Party from 4:00 – 5:30 pm … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Screenagers Film & Discussion 7:00 pm
Screenagers Film & Discussion
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Screenagers Film & Discussion
Viewing of Screenagers Followed by facilitated discussion for both parents and teens Tuesday, Sept. 12 – 7:00 – 9:00pm Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 14, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 14, 2017
Sep 14 @ 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 16 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Joseph Samuel Lorenzen 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Lucas Segal 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Lucas Segal
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness” 7:00 pm
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness”
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Selichot “The Art of Forgiveness”
Is there an art to forgiveness? Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving. But do they ever forget? Find out in this moving and thought-provoking show that deals with sibling rivalry, betrayal, ex-husbands, a German’s … Continued
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2017 4:50 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2017
Sep 17 @ 4:50 am – 8:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 10:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 10:15 am
Elul Mikvah 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 17 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) Room 57 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor) Room 57
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
Raphael House – September 18 2017 3:30 pm
Raphael House – September 18 2017
Sep 18 @ 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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2017 ERH Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2017 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Family Service 5:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Family Service
Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 ERH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Erev Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service 6:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    
HHD 2017 ERH Sr Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2017 ERH Sr Transp
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
2017 ERH Contemporary Service Ushering 8:30 pm
2017 ERH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service 8:30 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service
Sep 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    
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2017 RH Classic Service Ushering 9:00 am
2017 RH Classic Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service 9:00 am
Rosh Hashanah – Classic Service
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  
Rosh Hashanah – Young Children’s Service (under 5) 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah – Young Children’s Service (under 5)
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering 11:30 am
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering 11:45 am
2017 RH Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service 11:45 am
Rosh Hashanah – Contemporary Service
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Community Service led by teens 3:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Community Service led by teens
Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach 5:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we gather to throw breadcrumbs into the water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. This ceremony is called Tashlich and represents a symbolic casting away of the transgressions of the past … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 28, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 28, 2017
Sep 28 @ 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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Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 Join Rabbi Carla Fenves, Rabbinical Student Rena Singer and Monica Pevzner from our community engagement team for an informal Yom Kippur retreat in … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
2017 KN Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2017 KN Family Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Family Service – 2017 Kol Nidre 5:00 pm
Family Service – 2017 Kol Nidre
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  
Kol Nidre 5:00 pm
Kol Nidre
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 (Also Retreat at Camp Newman)Family Service 5:00 pmClassic Service 6:00 pmContemporary Service 8:30 pm 
2017 KN Classic Service Ushering 6:00 pm
2017 KN Classic Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Kol Nidre – Classic Service 6:00 pm
2017 Kol Nidre – Classic Service
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  
HHD 2017 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2017 KN Sr. Transp
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
2017 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering 8:30 pm
2017 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Kol Nidre – Contemporary Service 8:30 pm
2017 Kol Nidre – Contemporary Service
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  
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2017 YK Classic Service Ushering 9:00 am
2017 YK Classic Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Classic Service – Yom Kippur 9:00 am
Classic Service – Yom Kippur
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 30 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Yom Kippur 10:00 am
Yom Kippur
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 10:00 am
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
   
Yom Kippur – Young Chlldren’s Service (under age 5) 10:00 am
Yom Kippur – Young Chlldren’s Service (under age 5)
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*  
2017 YK Contemporary Service Ushering 11:30 am
2017 YK Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering 11:45 am
2017 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Service 11:45 am
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Service
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30 pm
Yom Kippur – Children’s Service (ages 5-10)
Sep 30 @ 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm
Yom Kippur – Community Service Led by Teens
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Young Children’s Service  (under age 5) 10:00 am*Contemporary Service 11:45 amChildren’s Service (ages 5-10) 2:30  pm*Community Service Led by Teens 3:30 pm*Guided Meditation 4:00 pm*Healing Service 4:00 pm*Classic Yizkor 5:30 pmContemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm *Open to … Continued
Yom Kippur – Guided Meditation 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Guided Meditation
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   
Yom Kippur – Healing Service 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur – Healing Service
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
   
2017 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering 5:30 pm
2017 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering 5:30 pm
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
2017 Yom Kippur – Classic Yizkor 5:30 pm
2017 Yom Kippur – Classic Yizkor
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
   
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Yizkor 5:30 pm
2017 Yom Kippur – Contemporary Yizkor
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
   
HHD 2017 Yizkor Sr. Trans. 5:30 pm
HHD 2017 Yizkor Sr. Trans.
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … 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.

Access a calendar of Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah – High Holy Days

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 – High Holy Days

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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