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Brown Bag May 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag May 2019
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning session with a member of our clergy. Bring your lunch, build community, enjoy some Torah!This program occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata and Learning May 2019 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning May 2019
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a no-host study session at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Take a break from your day with a little Torah, a little nosh, and a little discussion. Grab a snack or a … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 2, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 2, 2019
May 2 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Iran Talks – Now What? 6:30 pm
Iran Talks – Now What?
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Iran Talks: Next Steps After the Collapse of the Deal and Iran’s Role in the Region with Professor Abe Sofaer and National Security Advisor Michael Ledeen.Join Abe Sofaer and Michael Ledeen — world-class experts on … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main)
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main)
Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner – 50 Years in the Rabbinate!Please join us for this special Classic Shabbat Service where we will honor Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. He will give the sermon on the subject: "My Half-century … Continued
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03
May 3 @ 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 – $20.00, Children ages 3-10 – $10.00, Non-member Adults – $24.00.Event Signup
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03
May 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children. Contemporary American food will be provided. First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall.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)
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services 5:00 pm
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services
UCSF Center for BRCA Research will hold two recruitment events this Friday in advance of our One Shabbat and Young Adult Late Shabbat services. UCSF staff will have tables set up in the Martin Meyer … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Join us this One Shabbat Service as we celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut! It will feature Israeli music, Israeli food at the oneg, and during the service Rabbis Mintz, Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Rodich will have a … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
May 10 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Helpy Hour May 14, 2019 5:30 pm
Helpy Hour May 14, 2019
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come join Congregation Emanu-El prepare the quarterly clothing drive at St. Anthony's.  We will be making sure all clothes are organized and in good condition for homeless people.Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019 5:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Torah-based teachings and practices of Meditation (Avodah) and loving-kindness (gimilut chasadim) are at the heart of our meditation at Emanu-El. Practicing our יְהֹוָה Meditation develops mindfulness, and the capacity to become more conscious and find Shalom in the … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
May 17, 2019 Confirmation Dinner 7:00 pm
May 17, 2019 Confirmation Dinner
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Alexa Prosnitz (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Alexa Prosnitz (Main)
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Tessa Fastiff (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Tessa Fastiff (MMS)
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
CEEP Art Auction 2019 7:00 pm
CEEP Art Auction 2019
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thank you for supporting Congregation Emanu-El Preschool!  We look forward to seeing you in the courtyard of Congregation Emanu-El on May 18h at 7 pm for a fun night out with delicious food, drinks, and a live … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer at Terrapin Crossroads! 5:30 pm
Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer at Terrapin Crossroads!
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer at Terrapin Crossroads!
Join Rabbis Ryan Bauer, Jonathan and Beth Singer, and Cantor Marsha Attie to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, with a no-host gathering on Wednesday, May 22 at 5:30 PM for an … Continued
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads! 5:30 pm
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads!
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads!
Join Rabbis Bauer, Jonathan and Beth Singer, and Cantor Attie to celebrate Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer, with a no-host gathering on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 PM for an evening of … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 23, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 23, 2019
May 23 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 30, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 30, 2019
May 30 @ 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 four 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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