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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris (5/1/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris (5/1/2021)
May 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Torah on Tap: Israel (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Torah on Tap: Israel (Young Adult Program)
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Grab your beverage of choice (kombucha, beer, or whatever floats your boat!) and join Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community for a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by Rabbi Rodich on May 4 … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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Weekday Evening Minyan (May 5) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 5)
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Reckoning with Joy and Pain: Adam Mansbach 7:00 pm
Reckoning with Joy and Pain: Adam Mansbach
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Reckoning with the Joys and Pain of Life: A conversation with author, Adam MansbachThursday, May 6 at 7:00pm, virtually “David has taken his own life.” These are the words Adam Mansbach heard his father say ten years … Continued
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Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Attie – Summer 2021 12:00 pm
Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Attie – Summer 2021
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Beginning Hebrew with Cantor Marsha Attie 8-week virtual course, Friday afternoons from 12 – 1pm, May 7 – June 25th $36 for members; $54 for nonmembers In this 8-week course you will learn to read the aleph bet as well … Continued
One Shabbat Service (5/7/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/7/2021)
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To follow along with … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich (5/8/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich (5/8/2021)
May 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jason Rodich, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/12) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/12)
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerGuest for May 12: Joshua Burg, Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 12) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 12)
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Asian Jews at Emanu-El 6:30 pm
Asian Jews at Emanu-El
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join fellow Asian Jews at Emanu-El to virtually connect with one another, share stories, and process both the historic and recent anti-Asian violence here in San Francisco, as well as across the country.In order to … Continued
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May Young Adult Candle Lighting 5:45 pm
May Young Adult Candle Lighting
May 14 @ 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Young Adult Candle LightingMay 14, 5:45 – 6:00 pmLet’s bring in the Shabbat light together as a community in a quick 15-minute Zoom call. Bring your candles, wine, and challah (or whatever carb you’ve got … Continued
One Shabbat Service (5/14/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/14/2021)
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/15/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/15/2021)
May 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Men’s Group -May 15, 2021 2:30 pm
Men’s Group -May 15, 2021
May 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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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Shavuot Service 6:30 pm
Shavuot Service
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Tikun Le’il Shavuot – A Night of Learning In Celebration of the Giving of Torah Sunday, March 16th  Join us on Sunday evening, May 16, for a Short Shavuot service, led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Marsha Attie, followed by a … Continued
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot 7:00 pm
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
The Origins and Hebrew Etymology of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot
(Led by Cantor Marsha Attie) In this session we will explore the origins and the language of Tikkun Le’il Shavuot. We will seek to understand the Jewish spiritual calendar at this time of the year … Continued
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty 7:00 pm
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Torah for Our Lives: Three Jewish Strategies for Confronting Chaos and Uncertainty
(Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich) Rabbi Rodich will explore ways that three Jewish paradigms (rabbinic innovation, faith in God, and sacred order) can help us cope with and respond to life’s surprises. This class is … Continued
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence 7:45 pm
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence
May 16 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Standing at Sinai: What Torah Teaches Us About Seeking God’s Presence
(Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris) In celebration of receiving the Torah, we will explore together what it means to meet God “face to face,” and reflect on the ways we can seek divine connection … Continued
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father 7:45 pm
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father
May 16 @ 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
The Challenge of Honoring Your Mother and Father
(Led by Rabbi Beth Singer) You know it is one of the Top 10 Commandments, but why is it sometimes easy and other times a challenge, and occasionally downright impossible to honor your father and … Continued
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World? 8:30 pm
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World?
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Book of Ruth: How Do You Make Caring Happen In An Uncaring World?
(Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer) Rabbi Bauer will examine how the Torah enables us to tap into emotion, and how we can tie this into action that benefits the greater good. This class is part … Continued
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim 8:30 pm
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim
May 16 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
The Music of the Modzitzer Chassidim
(Led by Cantor Arik Luck) Cantor Luck will guide us through some of the countless beautiful melodies of this small Chassidic sect, known widely for their compositions. This class is part of our Tikkun Le’il … Continued
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach 9:15 pm
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach
May 16 @ 9:15 pm – 10:00 pm
Radical Women, Radical Text in the Tanach
(Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer) Join Rabbi Jonathan for a deep dive into anti-misogyny, and how it makes its way into the biblical tradition. This class is part of our Tikkun Le’il Shavuot series. To … Continued
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Mixology: Shavuot Edition (Young Adult Program) 6:30 pm
Mixology: Shavuot Edition (Young Adult Program)
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Emanu-El's (20s & 30s) Young Adult Community is invited to celebrate Shavuot "the feast of weeks" with a spring version of Mixology. We'll be making two cocktails and a mocktail, and welcome you to bring … Continued
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – SPRING 2021
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/19) 12:00 pm
What is Zionism? With Rabbi Jonathan Singer (5/19)
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What are We Talking About When We Talk About Zionism.Taught by Rabbi Jonathan SingerGuest for May 19: Tyler Gregory, Executive Director of JCRCJoin Rabbi Jonathan for a six-part lunch and learn with guests from different … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 19)
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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One Shabbat Service & Confirmation (5/21/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service & Confirmation (5/21/2021)
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
A special Confirmation Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Parris. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (5/22/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer (5/22/2021)
May 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021 8:30 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit 2020-2021
May 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
CEEP Art Auction and Benefit | Join us for a Virtual Vacation!Escape for a fun-filled, vacation-inspired virtual live and silent auction along with a mock/cocktail class with your favorite CEEP crew! All proceeds benefit the … Continued
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Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event 11:00 am
Stitching a New Nation – Israel Action Committee Event
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Israel Action Committee and Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design San Francisco Chapter Present:  Stitching a New Nation:  Fashion, Identity, and Israel’s nation-making Sunday, May 23 11 AM  Free and open to the community, virtual event  Countries, like people, … Continued
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172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting 5:00 pm
172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for our 172nd (Virtual) Annual Meeting to hear our leadership deliver a "state of the congregation," vote on a nominee to our Board of Directors, and reflect on where we've been in the … Continued
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 26) 5:00 pm
Weekday Evening Minyan (May 26)
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm
We are offering a weekday evening minyan during the week for our community to say kaddish together. Join our sacred ‘zoom room’ to be with each other and create space for memory. Click here.
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Virtual Workout w Trish (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Virtual Workout w Trish (Young Adult Program)
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Workout w Group Fitness & Strength Coach, Trish (Young Adult Program)Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm Join the Young Adults of Emanu-El for a fun and energizing workout that will be sure to get your sweat … Continued
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One Shabbat Service (5/28/2021) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (5/28/2021)
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Click here to watch on our website livestream page. Or click here to participate via Facebook Live, you don't have to join Facebook to participate. To follow along with … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris (5/29/2021) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris (5/29/2021)
May 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Parris, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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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 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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