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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
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The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time – Zoom 10:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time – Zoom
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time. Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai … Continued
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav – Zoom 12:00 pm
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav – Zoom
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav, with Cantor Arik Luck and Special guest Cantor Katie Oringel. Cantors Luck and Oringel will explore the origins of this beautiful piece of Hebrew liturgy and share some of their favorite … Continued
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie – Facebook Live
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie. Facebook Live.
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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck – Facebook Live 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck – Facebook Live
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Apr 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and a Healing Prayer. Zoom. 
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie on Zoom and Facebook Live 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie on Zoom and Facebook Live
Apr 4 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie, Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Men’s Group virtually – April 5, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group virtually – April 5, 2020
Apr 5 @ 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. Our … Continued
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Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi! – Zoom
Apr 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi! Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals of Shabbat. Zoom
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom 1:00 pm
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rabbi Kushner will lead three Monday (this is the third) sessions about Passover, via Zoom, beginning on March 23 on how to celebrate what may be one one of the most memorable Seders in Jewish … Continued
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2nd Night Adult Seder 5:30 pm
2nd Night Adult Seder
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2nd Night Adult Seder, led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. We will sing, discuss, and celebrate together. Have a seder plate nosh in front of you as we cover parts of the Haggadah and enjoy songs and … Continued
Adult Passover Zoom Seder 5:30 pm
Adult Passover Zoom Seder
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us on the second night of Passover for an Adult Focused Zoom Seder led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. On Zoom we will sing, discuss, and celebrate with a Haggadah guide on screen. … Continued
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Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich, and Cantor Attie. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Stay tune for the Zoom link. Also to be featured on Facebook … Continued
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Facebook Live
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Virtual Community Shabbat Passover Dinners – Inviting all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate Shabbat Passover dinners – between 5 and 7 people – for virtual conversations … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat – Facebook Live 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat – Facebook Live
Apr 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat with Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Rodich and Cantor Attie. Facebook Live.
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Apr 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. Zoom.  
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich – Facebook Live and Zoom 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich – Facebook Live and Zoom
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Rodich. Facebook Live and Zoom.
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Women’s Passover Gathering: Reflections and Remembering in the Time of COVID – Zoom 7:00 pm
Women’s Passover Gathering: Reflections and Remembering in the Time of COVID – Zoom
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Rabbi Beth Singer, Cantor Marsha Attie, and Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris for a conversation about Passover traditions and how they translated to our new virtually-connected reality. All Emanu-El woman-identifying congregants are invited to join … Continued
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Passover Yizkor Observance 4:00 pm
Passover Yizkor Observance
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for a Zoom Yizkor observance at the end of Passover. The service itself is brief, musical and heartfelt, with an opportunity for you to focus on where you are right now with that … Continued
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April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner 7:00 pm
April 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for our April YFE Family Shabbat Dinner! Our April Shabbat is being co-planned by the Tzedek Council’s new Family Tzedek committee, which is working to infuse the Jewish value of tikkun olam into … Continued
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Aaron David Miller – Superpower of Superlost? 3:30 pm
Aaron David Miller – Superpower of Superlost?
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Superpower or Superlost? The US Role in the Middle East in the Ear of Trump: US Strategic Interests and Prospects Going ForwardWith Former State Department Negotiator, Aaron David Miller America  confronts a broken, angry dysfunctional Middle … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Spring 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Spring 2020
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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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Tribe for Women Mahjong Night 6:00 pm
Tribe for Women Mahjong Night
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Back by popular demand, Congregation Emanu-El’s Tribe for Women is invited to join together for a great evening of desserts, drinks, and Mahjong on Wednesday, April 22, at 6pm! There will be tables for social … Continued
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2020 7:00 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Spring 2020
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CHUPPAH AND BEYOND: MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT FOR ENGAGED AND NEWLY MARRIED COUPLES*WEDNESDAY EVENINGS—APRIL 22-MAY 27—7-9pm*The first week of May, class will be held on TUESDAY, May 5 instead of Wednesday, May 6. All other classes will … Continued
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Online Only, TBD 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Kushner – Online Only, TBD 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Kushner – Online Only, TBD
Apr 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
April Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service – TBD 10:00 am
April Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Please join us for a Saturday Morning Kids Shabbat service for families with children ages 5 and under! This event is in partnership with Jewish Baby Network. Event Signup
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – TBD
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Max Czollek – Contemporary Jewish Thought In Germany 7:00 pm
Max Czollek – Contemporary Jewish Thought In Germany
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Thought and the Construction of a New Germany – Why the Past is Not The Past. With Max Czollek, acclaimed German poet and bestselling author Wednesday, April 29 7:00pm Rinder Chapel  There is the saying in Germany that … Continued
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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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2nd Night Adult Seder

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | 2nd Night Adult Seder, led by Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Attie. We…

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