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Side by Side January 2018 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2018 Session
Jan 2 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2018 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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Brown Bag January 2018 12:00 pm
Brown Bag January 2018
Jan 3 @ 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
Limonata and Learning, January 2018 12:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, January 2018
Jan 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 4, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 4, 2018
Jan 4 @ 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
Cooking with Congregants 9:00 am
Cooking with Congregants
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This evening we also have a Sukkot/Baby Blessing at Emanu-El during the 5:30 pm Service.  
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 1-5-18 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 1-5-18
Jan 5 @ 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. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – January 11, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 11, 2018
Jan 11 @ 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
Cooking with Congregants 9:00 am
Cooking with Congregants
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 16 @ 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
Intro to Judaism Winter 2018 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism Winter 2018
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join with Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying … Continued
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Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting 5:30 pm
Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting @ Congregation Emanu-El
Learn more about Emanu-El's Summer of 2018 Trip to Israel with Rabbi Ryan Bauer!  June 26 – July 7, 2018 Join Rabbi Bauer and Arza World for an informational meeting to learn more details about … Continued
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel 5:30 pm
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel
Join Congregation Emanu-El Summer Trip to Israel with Rabbi Ryan Bauer! June 26 – July 7, 2018 Trip will be led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Informational Meeting coming up! Join Rabbi Bauer and Arza World for … Continued
Women in Business – January 2018 7:30 pm
Women in Business – January 2018
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Women in Business - January 2018 @ Private congregant home
Please join us in continuing to get to know women in the Emanu-El community who work in the technology or business fields. You're invited to a private congregant home for light bites and an informal … Continued
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The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 18 @ 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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Preschool Family Shabbat Dinner 1/19/2018 5:30 pm
Preschool Family Shabbat Dinner 1/19/2018
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 21 @ 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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Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
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
Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
The Tribe for Men: Oy Bay BBQ 7:30 pm
The Tribe for Men: Oy Bay BBQ
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The top delis from the Bay Area are coming to Emanu-El for a rare night of deli-bliss. An Emanu-El exclusive, experience delis from all over in one room, for one night, to share their best … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 25, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 25, 2018
Jan 25 @ 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)
Jan 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Jan 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Simon Aks 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Simon Aks
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tu B’Shevat Havdalah at Mountain Lake Park 4:00 pm
Tu B’Shevat Havdalah at Mountain Lake Park
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us for a special outdoor Tu B'Shevat celebration and Havdalah in beautiful Mountain Lake Park. Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 28th, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 28th, 2018
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 28th, 2018
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
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat! 2:00 pm
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat!
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B'Shevat! @ Golden Gate Park, Heroes Grove
Tu B’Shevat is our day to celebrate the trees and the work we as Jews must do to keep our planet green and healthy for generations to come. Congregation Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot and … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2018 6:30 pm
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2018
Jan 30 @ 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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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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