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Mah Jongg (R57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (R57)
May 1 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
B’nei Mitzvah – Date Setting Meeting – 20180501 5:30 pm
B’nei Mitzvah – Date Setting Meeting – 20180501
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
This is a testWe are inviting you to begin the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process with your family.   When: Tuesday, September 6th 2016Place & Time: Guild Hall from 5:00pm – 6:00pmWho: You and your child are invited … Continued
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads! 5:30 pm
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads!
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads!
Join Rabbi Jonathan 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 music and fun at Terrapin … Continued
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Brown Bag – May 2018 12:00 pm
Brown Bag – May 2018
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:05 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning – May 2018 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning – May 2018
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Emanu-El clergy on one Wednesday a month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today’s events to a cultural or spiritual discussion.Event Signup
From Your Family Kitchen 6:30 pm
From Your Family Kitchen
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Matzah Balls, kugel, brisket, and other foods instantly transport us to our families’ kitchens. These foods can be nostalgic and comforting and conjure happy memories from throughout our lives. We invite you to join the adult … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Under Five Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
Under Five Service (MMS)
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-05-04 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-05-04
May 4 @ 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 Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Torah Study (LIB) 9:15 am
Torah Study (LIB)
May 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 5 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
YFE Shabbat Experience (GH) 9:30 am
YFE Shabbat Experience (GH)
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service – BM Lila Geller (MAIN) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – BM Lila Geller (MAIN)
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service – Ruben Pearl (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ruben Pearl (MMS)
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
CEEP Art Auction & Gala 2018 7:00 pm
CEEP Art Auction & Gala 2018
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – May 6 @ 12:00 am
Thank you for supporting Congregation Emanu-El Preschool!  We look forward to seeing you in the courtyard of Congregation Emanu-El on May 5th 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 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (Room 57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (Room 57)
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Side by Side May 2018 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side May 2018 Session
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side May 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
Mah Jongg (R57) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (R57)
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Invest In Peace Panel 7:00 pm
Invest In Peace Panel
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Invest In Peace Panel
                    David Barkan                                                … Continued
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Young Adult Clothing Swap 6:00 pm
Young Adult Clothing Swap
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Come to a young adult clothing swap party! It's a drop in event on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00-10:30 PM. Come any time to meet, mingle, and swap! The types of clothing will range from … Continued
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YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 am
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
May 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:45 pm
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat 6:00 pm
One Shabbat
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Inner Sunset Neighborhood Shabbat Potluck 7:00 pm
Inner Sunset Neighborhood Shabbat Potluck
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Emanu-El congregants in the Inner Sunset are coming together for a Neighborhood Shabbat Dinner on Friday, May 11 at 7:00 PM and we hope you can join us! "Remember the Sabbath day to sanctify it," … Continued
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Torah Study (LIB) 9:15 am
Torah Study (LIB)
May 12 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 12 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service – Addie Chaiken Hamilton (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Dani Steinberg (MAIN) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Dani Steinberg (MAIN)
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
End of Year Havdalah PJ Party 4:00 pm
End of Year Havdalah PJ Party
May 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Let's celebrate the end of another year of living jewishly with little ones with a Havdalah PJ Party! Together with our friends at Jewish Baby Network SF, PJ Library, and Interfaith Family, we'll come together for a fun … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (Room 57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (Room 57)
May 14 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (R57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (R57)
May 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Preventing the Next Generation of #MeToo 7:00 pm
Preventing the Next Generation of #MeToo
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Preventing the Next Generation of #MeToo
#MeToo. How did we get here?  And how do we prevent another generation of #MeToo?  We have to learn from our past and look towards our future to create the world we want our children to … Continued
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Tribe for Women Challah Bake 6:30 pm
Tribe for Women Challah Bake
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join together with the Tribe for Women on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm for an intimate evening learning how to make and braid challah and exploring the importance of Shabbat. At the end of the evening, you'll … Continued
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Nosh with the Rabbi – May 2018 7:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi – May 2018
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi (formerly known as THE Book Club)Join with other young adults in their 20s and 30s for dinner and a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by a member … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Grade 12 Confirmation Class Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Grade 12 Confirmation Class Service (MMS)
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join our community in recognizing our outstanding teens. This service will be led by 12th grade Havurah Ephraim students. We will also honor teens who participated in the Jewish Teen Foundations, The San Francisco Diller … Continued
One Shabbat 6:00 pm
One Shabbat
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
May 18, 2018 Confirmation Dinner 7:00 pm
May 18, 2018 Confirmation Dinner
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (LIB) 9:15 am
Torah Study (LIB)
May 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service – Asher Goldblatt (MAIN) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Asher Goldblatt (MAIN)
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service- Nathan Scott (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service- Nathan Scott (MMS)
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT SAN FRANCISCO 6:00 pm
TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT SAN FRANCISCO
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT SAN FRANCISCO @ Jewish Community Center of San Francisco | San Francisco | California | United States
TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT SAN FRANCISCO WHERE SINAI MEETS CALIFORNIA STREET! 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 10:00 pm until dawn at Congregation Beth Shalom A FREE community-wide, family-friendly event starting on Erev … Continued
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The Tribe’s Family Fun Day at The Vineyard Club 11:00 am
The Tribe’s Family Fun Day at The Vineyard Club
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Tribe's Family Fun Day at The Vineyard Club
Back again by popular demand!Join Rabbi Bauer and his family, along with other familiar and new Tribe families, for a special fun-filled day at the Vineyard Club celebrating the end of another great year. Relax, … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (Room 57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (Room 57)
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – May 24, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 24, 2018
May 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
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CEEP 2018 Pre-K / TK Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
CEEP 2018 Pre-K / TK Teacher Presentations
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Our annual teacher presentations provide an opportunity for new and existing families and other educators to see our inquiry-based curriculum in action. Teachers in every class will present the story of their curriculum for the year … Continued
Mah Jongg (Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Chapel)
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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CEEP 2018 Preschool Teacher Presentations 11:17 am
CEEP 2018 Preschool Teacher Presentations
May 30 @ 11:17 am – 6:00 pm
Childcare is available at a first come first serve basis. We can only accommodate 12 children. If you need childcare, please email Nika at ngreenberg@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
CEEP 2018 Preschool Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
CEEP 2018 Preschool Teacher Presentations
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Our annual teacher presentations provide an opportunity for new and existing families and other educators to see our inquiry-based curriculum in action. Teachers in every class will present the story of their curriculum for the year … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 31, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 31, 2018
May 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
CEEP 2018 Two’s Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
CEEP 2018 Two’s Teacher Presentations
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Our annual teacher presentations provide an opportunity for new and existing families and other educators to see our inquiry-based curriculum in action. Teachers in every class will present the story of their curriculum for the year … Continued
Challah Baking + Wine Tasting 6:00 pm
Challah Baking + Wine Tasting
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Challah Baking and Wine TastingThursday, May 31, 6-9 pmEvery day's a Challah Day when you get to bake challah and taste wine with friends new and old! Come join the young adult community at Congregation Emanu-El … 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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