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Office is closed 8:30 am
Office is closed
Jul 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Office is closed.
Jul 4 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
 
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Brown Bag July 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag July 2017
Jul 5 @ 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. This … Continued
Limonata and Learning, July 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, July 2017
Jul 5 @ 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
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Creation Ceramics, July 6, 2017 1:00 pm
Creation Ceramics, July 6, 2017
Jul 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) July 6 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #3 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner July 7, 2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner July 7, 2017
Jul 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month,6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Mediterranean food  will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – July 13 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 13 2017
Jul 13 @ 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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THE Book Club – July 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – July 2017
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Private Home, North Beach$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedJoin this month's The Book Club with special guest, Rabbi Beth Singer. We will discuss 100 years of Jewish Progressive Pluralism: From Women Rabbis … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – July 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – July 2017
Jul 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with members of clergy, downtown, each month.Please bring a nosh and join us at 55 -2nd Street.  Event Signup
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Suminigashi Paper Marbling, July 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Suminigashi Paper Marbling, July 20, 2017
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Likrat Shabbat: Embodied Kavanah through Art Thursdays: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Cantor Portnoy Art Studio (5th floor) July 6 Facilitated by Ava Sayaka Rosen Individual art session #4 $10 each class separately Likrat … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman 4:00 pm
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Magical Camp Shabbat at Camp Newman
URJ Camp Newman invites you for a magical Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El!Join your friends & community for a Camp Newman Shabbat! Festivities include a reception with our Camp Directors, Shabbat dinner, singing and dancing!Please register … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – July 27 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 27 2017
Jul 27 @ 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
Raphael House – July 27 2017 3:30 pm
Raphael House – July 27 2017
Jul 27 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The mission of Raphael House is to help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. We prepare and serve dinner to the residents at Raphael House, working … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Access Shabbat – July 2017 7:00 pm
Access Shabbat – July 2017
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El’s Young Adult Community’s Access: Shabbat offers young adult participants an intimate Shabbat dinner at a private residence of a young adult community member.A main dish will be provided; guests are asked to bring … Continued
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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

High Holy Days 2017/5778

The month of Elul begins the High Holy Day season. Our High Holy Day observances begin with Selichot and continue through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah.

High Holy Days 2017/5778

Schedule of Services

HHD Services Open to the Community

Transportation

One Pass

With your One Pass, you may attend any service. You will need to show your One Pass at all services except those that indicate “No One Pass or ticket required” or “Open to the Community.” Students are welcome to come showing their school IDs; no passes needed.
Please note: All Passes for High Holy Day services are non-transferable.

Security

For the protection of everyone, security personnel reserve the right to inspect all purses and packages and check identification. In the interest of time, please bring only what you will need during the service. Allow extra time to pass through the security lines.

Parking — Changes This Year

Offsite parking will still be located in the Presidio, but in a different location. This year’s availability is the Sports Basement parking lot located at 610 Mason Street, which we are renting.  We are continuing to hire shuttles to bring you to the temple, which will pick you up in the Sports Basement parking lot.   Please allow at least 45 minutes for transportation and the security check at the temple entrance.

Shuttle Schedule

Erev Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday, Sept. 20
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, Sept. 21
8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Kol Nidre

Friday, Sept. 29
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Yom Kippur

Saturday, Sept. 30
8:30 am to 8:00 pm

If you would like to look for street parking around the temple, we have obtained waivers of time limits and street cleaning for both sides of the following streets:

  • Lake Street: from Arguello to 4th Avenue
  • 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue, and 4th Avenue: from Lake to California
  • Arguello: from Jackson to California
  • Sacramento, Clay, Washington, and Jackson: from Arguello to Spruce
  • Cherry, Maple, and Spruce: from Jackson to Sacramento

Click on the map to get a closer view.

Presidio

 

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 San Francisco resident members. We are offering transportation for the 6:00 pm Classic Erev Rosh Hashanah service on Wednesday, Sept. 20, the 6:00 pm Classic Kol Nidre service on Friday, Sept. 29  and the 5:30 pm Yizkor service on Saturday, Sept. 30. All services will be in the Main Sanctuary. Our transportation provider is SilverRide, a company that specializes in transportation for older adults.

Reservations for the subsidized SilverRide service can be made through the temple, and the firm deadline is Friday, August 25. To reserve and pay, please contact Director of Membership Services Terry Kraus, membership@emanuelsf.org or (415) 750-7552. The cost is $25 per person for each round trip.

Child Care

Child care is provided during the early evening services, morning services and during Yizkor and Neilah. There is no childcare for the late (Contemporary) evening services. Child care is for children 2 – 10 years old. A form must be submitted in advance to enroll your child(ren) for child care.

If you choose to bring a young child to the Classic or Contemporary services, please be sure that your child is able to sit through the entire service (approximately two hours) so as not to disturb other worshipers. Otherwise, please Register for child care when offered, or make other arrangements.

Guests

You may include your friends or relatives who would like to attend in one of the following ways:

  • Register now online to request guest tickets. Tickets are $175 per seat per service or $600 if you are requesting tickets for all five services (two evenings, two mornings and Yizkor).
  • If your visitors belong to a Reform or Liberal congregation, please ask them to request tickets by having their synagogue send us a URJ Courtesy Request form. Your guests should ask their synagogue to indicate on the Courtesy Request form that they are attending with you.
  • We have a limited number of tickets available for visitors and they can only be purchased by members of the synagogue. It is important to emphasize that Congregation Emanu-El members are our first priority with respect to space at High Holy Day services.

Travel/Worship at Another Synagogue

If you would like us to request reciprocity for another congregation, please click here.  Please note this option will not be available after 3 pm on Friday, Sept. 1.

High Holy Days Ushers

Every year for the High Holy Days 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 and help make the experiences of fellow members a positive and spiritual one. There are openings for every service. Please use the below links to sign up for your shift. You may sign up for more than one!

2017 ERH Classic Service
2017 ERH Contemporary Service 
2017 ERH Family Service
2017 RH Classic Service 
2017 RH Contemporary Service
2017 Kol Nidre Family Service
2017 Kol Nidre Classic Service
2017 Kol Nidre Contemporary Service
2017 Yom Kippur Classic Service
2017 Yom Kippur Contemporary Service
2017 Yizkor Classic Service
2017 Yizkor Contemporary Service

Requirement: You must arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the service to be at your post and ready to greet when the doors open. For more information, please contact our High Holy Days office at (415) 751-2541 x138 or email hhd@emanuelsf.org.

Questions

If you have any questions about the High Holy Days, please contact our High Holy Days office at (415) 751-2541 x138 or email hhd@emanuelsf.org. The High Holy Days office is staffed on a part-time basis.

Schedule

 Please note: All Passes for High Holy Day services are non-transferable.

EREV ROSH HASHANAH
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

5:00 pm – Family Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
One hour worship led in a participative, educational style by clergy.  Limited to member families and appropriate for children under age 5.

6:00 pm – Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer.
Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.

8:30 pm – Contemporary Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Rabbi Jason Rodich.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

ROSH HASHANAH
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

9:00 am – Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich.  Sermon by Rabbi Carla Fenves.
Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.

10:00 am – Service for families with children under 5 years old, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
No One Pass or ticket required.

11:45 am – Contemporary Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi  Ryan Bauer. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

2:30 pm – Service for families with children ages 5-10, Main Sanctuary
Led by Emanu-El rabbis with Cantor Arik Luck and musician Jonathan Ferris.
No One Pass or ticket required.

3:30 pm – Community Service led by our teens, Main Sanctuary
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings, and commentaries created and led by our teens with Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanist.
No One Pass or ticket required.

5:00 pm – Tashlich, Baker Beach             

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 year. Dress casually (and warmly), bring some breadcrumbs and join us for this meaningful ceremony of song and personal reflection. Led by Emanu-El clergy and musicians.
No One Pass or ticket required.

KOL NIDRE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

5:00 pm – Family Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
One hour worship led in a participative, educational style by clergy. Limited to member families and appropriate for children under age 5.

6:00 pm – Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Jason Rodich.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.

8:30 pm – Contemporary Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Sydney Mintz.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

YOM KIPPUR DAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

9:00 am – Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Sydney Mintz. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich.
Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.

10:00 am – Service for families with children under 5 years old, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
No One Pass or ticket required.

10:00 am – Taste of Tauber1 Study Session, Guild Hall
No One Pass or ticket required.

11:45 am – Contemporary Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Buaer
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

Noon – Taste of Tauber1 Study Session, Guild Hall
No One Pass or ticket required.

1:15 pm – Panel Discussion, Rinder Chapel

2:30 pm – Afternoon Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer.  Music by Cantor Arik Luck.
No One Pass or ticket required.

2:30 pm – Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Mediation, and Music with Rabbi Mintz
Participants will meet at the front gate of the temple at 2:30 to walk to the Presidio and return in time for the 3:30 Community Service led by our teens. 

3:30 pm – Community Service led by our teens, Main Sanctuary
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings, and commentaries created and led by our teens with Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanist.
No One Pass or ticket required.

4:00 pm Meditation, Guild Hall
Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer

4:00 pm – Healing Service, Reuben Rinder Chapel
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
No One Pass or ticket required.

1A Program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning

YIZKOR AND NEILAH CONCLUDING WORSHIP

A memorial service called Yizkor (Remembrance) is recited near the conclusion of Yom Kippur. It is said by every person who has lost a parent or other loved ones. Neilah (the full name of this service is Ne’ilat She’arim (Closing of the Gates), referring to the daily closing of the Temple gates in Jerusalem), follows Yizkor. On Yom Kippur, this literal closing is symbolically associated with the closing of the heavenly gates that remained open to prayer until sunset. If you wish to wait until the Yizkor service concludes, you may enter the sanctuary at the beginning of Neilah.

5:30 pm – Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
Music: Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.

5:30 pm – Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services Martin Meyer Sanctuary
Led by Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Sydney Mintz.  Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Space is extremely limited. Tickets or One Pass are required.

Courtyard Havdalah and Break the Fast following Neilah

For information about the Yom Kippur Retreat: Yom Kippur Retreat

 

High Holy Day Services Open to the Community

On Rosh Hashanah

  • Service for families with children under age 5, Martin Meyer Sanctuary, 10:00 am
  • Service for families with children ages 5-10, Main Sanctuary, 2:30 pm
  • Community Service led by our teens, Main Sanctuary, 3:30 pm
  • Tashlich at Baker Beach, 5:00 pm

 

On Yom Kippur

  • Service for families with children under age 5, Martin Meyer Sanctuary, 10:00 am
  • Afternoon Service, 2:30 pm
  • Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods – Prayer, Meditation, and Music in the Presidio, 2:30 pm – meet at Emanu-El front gate
  • Guided Meditation, 4:00 pm
  • Study Sessions, Taste of Tauber*, 10:00 am & Noon; Panel Discussion,1:15 pm
    *A Program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning

 

SUKKOT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

Celebrate Sukkot at the Temple with a festive outdoor service at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 4, followed by dinner in our courtyard sukkah. Reservations are required for the dinner. Please register to make your reservations.

Throughout Sukkot, bring a lunch or dinner and come shake the lulav!
Join us in the Courtyard with your meal and participate in the Sukkot ritual.

SERVICE FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SUKKOT
Thursday, October 5
Breakfast at 8:30 am, Service at 9:15 am.

YIZKOR SERVICE
Wednesday, October 11
8:30 am

SIMCHAT TORAH
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

5:30 pm Simchat Torah dinner and celebration
Join us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle! This joyful and festive occasion includes a light dinner and dancing and singing with the Torah, and is a perfect celebration for the whole family. Please register so we know how much food to order.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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