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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-09-06 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-09-06
Sep 6 @ 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- $24.00, Member children ages 11-17 – $24.00; Non-member Adults- $28.00, Non-member children … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 12, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 12, 2019
Sep 12 @ 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
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-09-12 11:30 am
LifeStream Speaker Luncheon 2019-09-12
Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
LifeStream Luncheon ticket for September 12 Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Community Dinners + Back to Shul September Late Shabbat 6:30 pm
Community Dinners + Back to Shul September Late Shabbat
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – between 8 and 10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner … Continued
Late Shabbat Meditation (Chapel) 7:30 pm
Late Shabbat Meditation (Chapel)
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Sep 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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CEEP 2019 Back to School Picnic 10:00 am
CEEP 2019 Back to School Picnic
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CEEP 2019 Back to School Picnic
Please join us for our all-school playdate as we gather to celebrate the beginning of the school year!Refreshments and breakfast will be served. Where? Mountain Lake Park Meadow (Enter at 11th Avenue)When? Sunday, September 15th at … Continued
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019 12:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic - September 15, 2019
Sunday, September 15, 12:00 – 2:00 pm: Main Post Lawn, PresidioJoin together with other Interfaith members of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual afternoon at Off the Grid Presidio Picnic. Bring your own picnic blanket and … Continued
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019 1:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic – September 15, 2019
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Interfaith Picnic - September 15, 2019
Sunday, September 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Main Post Lawn, PresidioJoin together with other Interfaith members of Congregation Emanu-El for a fun and casual afternoon at Off the Grid Presidio Picnic. Bring your own picnic blanket and … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) and Festive Oneg 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS) and Festive Oneg
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS) and Festive Oneg
Meet your new Engagement Team on Shabbat!(from L to R: Ariana Estoque, Randi Fields, and Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris)Festive Oneg will be served after 6:00 pm services where you can engage in deeper conversations with … Continued
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2019 6:00 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2019
Sep 22 @ 6:00 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 2019: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 9:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2019: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 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
Men’s Group -September 22, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group -September 22, 2019
Sep 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group -September 22, 2019 @ Private Residence
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
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Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 26, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – Septmeber 26, 2019
Sep 26 @ 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
24/6 Tiffany Shlain Discussion 6:30 pm
24/6 Tiffany Shlain Discussion
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day A Week  Join us for this pre-High Holy Day discussion, as Rabbi Mintz interviews Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg and their daughters, about Tiffany's latest book exploring the value of … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Sep 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) featuring Rabbi Stephen Pearce 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS) featuring Rabbi Stephen Pearce
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rabbi Emeritus and Taube Scholar Stephen Pearce will be our guest speaker.
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2019 ERH Family Service Ushering 4:30 pm
2019 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 4:30 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 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
2019 ERH Early Service Ushering 5:15 pm
2019 ERH Early Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 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 Early Service 6:00 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah Early Service
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
HHD 2019 ERH Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2019 ERH 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
2019 ERH Late Service Ushering 7:45 pm
2019 ERH Late Service Ushering
Sep 29 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 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 Late Service 8:30 pm
Erev Rosh Hashanah Late Service
Sep 29 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
 
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Office Closed – Rosh Hashanah
2019 RH Early Service Ushering 8:15 am
2019 RH Early Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 8:15 am – 9:15 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 Family Service – Children under 5 10:00 am
Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Children under 5
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
 
2019 RH Late Service Ushering 11:00 am
2019 RH Late Service Ushering
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 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
Rosh Hashanah Late Service 11:45 am
Rosh Hashanah Late Service
Sep 30 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm
 
Rosh Hashanah Family Service – Children ages 5-10 2:30 pm
Comm. Service led by Teens 3:30 pm
Comm. Service led by Teens
Sep 30 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach 5:00 pm
Rosh Hashanah – Tashlich at Baker Beach
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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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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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