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Brown Bag Wednesdays 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Wednesdays
Feb 1 @ 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, February 1, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, February 1, 2017
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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
Jewish Meditation 7:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jewish Meditation
Please join us as we practice opening our minds and souls for a special sitting meditation session that will alter your perception and enhance your Jewish Spiritual practice, led by our special "Guru in Residence".  … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 2 2017
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017 5:00 pm
6th Grade Family Shabbaton 2017
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – Feb 5 @ 11:00 am
Price: Your 6th grader is covered by Emanu-El, no need to include him/her in this registration. Must have at least 1 adult (can have up to 4). The price for participation at this Shabbaton is … Continued
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 02-03-2017
Feb 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 Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
Access Shabbat – February 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – February 2017
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner environment at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation 7:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture – The Heretical Nation
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Matthew Stewart Lecture - The Heretical Nation
Why weren’t America’s founders better at being Christian? Was a Jewish heretic involved in the creation of the American Republic? In this talk, Matthew Stewart discusses the influence of Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) on the radical … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – February 9 2017
Feb 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Do you enjoy cooking? Participate in this mitzvah led by congregant and former restaurant owner Gail Laghi. Together, up to five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All congregants are welcome to join. Please … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017 3:30 pm
Challah Baking with Donny – Year of Shabbat, February 2017
Feb 10 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Challah Baking with Donny - Year of Shabbat, February 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El Kitchen
Get the chance to make challah with our Board President, Donny Friend! His challah is renowned; fluffy, delicious, and always in demand. Bring an apron and get baking! Your challah loaves will be used and featured at … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017 7:15 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner – 2017
Feb 10 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Shabbat-a-What? Experiential Shabbat Dinner - 2017
Join us for our kickoff event for Congregation Emanu-El’s Year of Shabbat. We hope you will be a part of this uniquely designed Shabbat experience; everything you wanted to know about Shabbat but were too … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Feb 10 @ 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017 9:00 am
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Young Adults Partner with Meals on Wheels - February 2017
The Economic Justice group is partnering with Meals on Wheels and bringing them to Temple Emanu-El. Congregant groups will deliver Disaster Preparedness Kits to home-bound seniors around the City. The kits are to be used … Continued
Men’s Group – February 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
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. … Continued
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families 2:00 pm
Beautify a Garden for Homeless Families
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Tzedek Council for a special Tu B'Shevat community day with Hamilton Families, a San Francisco nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end family homelessness, providing shelter for families in crisis as … Continued
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017 2:00 pm
French Social Group Gathering – February 2017
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dimanche après midi conviviale, hors d'œuvre, déserts bonne ambiance Convivial afternoon, appetizers, deserts and good atmosphere!Share travel and immigration stories. Please bring hors d’oeuvres or a dessert from your favorite French region to share with the … Continued
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees 3:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the National Day of Jewish Action for Refugees
HIAS is convening a major rally in New York City in Battery Park, overlooking the Statue of Liberty – our nation’s most powerful historical symbol of hope for those arriving at our shores to build … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Side by Side February 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 Session
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side February 2017 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 … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with one of our Emanu-El Clergy during your lunch break downtown San Francisco. Bring your own lunch, and our rabbi will bring the Torah to you!Event Signup
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting 7:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel – Lecture and Wine Tasting
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Frances Dinkelspiel - Lecture and Wine Tasting
Frances Dinkelspiel, authorWednesday, February 15, 2017Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pmLecture: “From the Rhine to the Bay” – How Jews shaped the California wine businessLearn about the Jewish connection to California’s wine industry and enjoy … Continued
THE Book Club – February 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – February 2017
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Carla Fenves: Members of the Tribe?Are we part of a tribe? If we are, does that help us build community or … Continued
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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan Including Bar Mitzvah of Marley Steiger (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Including Bat Mitzvah of Emily Weiss (Main) 10:30 am
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017 1:30 pm
Focused Shabbat Afternoon Hike – February 2017
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Calling all nature lovers! Partake in this exciting Shabbat alternative of a hike along with Rabbi Sydney Mintz in Tennessee Valley. Explore your spirituality in a new way!Dress in comfortable clothes, walking shoes, and bring along … Continued
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Mazel Tots! (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots! (MMR)
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (5th floor) 11:00 am
Scrabble (5th floor)
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education 7:00 pm
Acceptance & Inclusion in Jewish Education
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Supporting the diversity of learners in Jewish Educational InstitutionsHear what local Jewish institutions are doing about inclusion for all types of learners as well as have time to chat with peers about your own experiences, … 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

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the ten-day period known as the High Holidays. 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 Holidays.

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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