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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jul 2 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg (R57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (R57)
Jul 3 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Under Five Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
Under Five Service (MMS)
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-07-06 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-07-06
Jul 6 @ 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- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jul 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg (Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Chapel)
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – July 12, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 12, 2018
Jul 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jul 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Lake Tahoe Shabbat 6:00 pm
Lake Tahoe Shabbat
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lake Tahoe Shabbat
Celebrate Shabbat With Your Friends from Congregation Emanu-El in Tahoe! Friday, July 13 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Address provided upon registration) Please join us for our Second Annual Emanu-El Tahoe Shabbat. This year, Jamie and … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Tahoe Shabbat 2018 6:00 pm
Tahoe Shabbat 2018
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tahoe Shabbat 2018 @ Address provided upon registration
Celebrate Shabbat With Your Friends from Congregation Emanu-El in Tahoe! Please join us for our Second Annual Emanu-El Tahoe Shabbat. This year, Jamie and Mark Myers have graciously agreed to host us all.  Please come at 6 … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Jul 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jul 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
July Got Shabbat? 10:15 am
July Got Shabbat?
Jul 14 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Families with young children Birth to 5 years old are invited to come to Got Shabbat? with Mimi Greisman, Early Childhood and Family Educator. We celebrate Shabbat with family and friends. Activities will include a Torah Parade, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Chapel)
Jul 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
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Mah Jongg (Chapel) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Chapel)
Jul 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Nosh with the Rabbi – July 2018 7:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi – July 2018
Jul 19 @ 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
The Tribe for Men’s Summer Bar Night 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men’s Summer Bar Night
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Happy Summer! Let's get together for a no host Tribe Bar Night – good beers and food at The Richmond Republic Draught House on Thursday, July 19 from 7pm – 10pm.It will be fun to … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jul 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg (Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Chapel)
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
What’s Love Got to Do With It? 6:30 pm
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Emanu-El yentas may be on a break from their matchmaking, but there's still love in the air! Come celebrate Tu B'av (AKA Jewish Valentine's Day) with us, and join the Emanu-El Young Adult Community … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – July 26, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – July 26, 2018
Jul 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Nosh with the Rabbi – July 2018 7:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi – July 2018
Jul 26 @ 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)
Jul 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Young Couples Shabbat Dinner- July 2018 8:00 pm
Young Couples Shabbat Dinner- July 2018
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Congregation Emanu-El's Young Couples Dinners are back! You and your partner* are invited to join other young couples and members of Emanu-El for a fun, intimate Shabbat dinner in a private home. Join us on Friday, July 27 at 8:00 pm. … Continued
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Shmoozing with Russian Speaking Seniors 10:00 am
Shmoozing with Russian Speaking Seniors
Jul 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you are Russian speaking, we are looking for your help! The Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El is taking a small group of Russian speaking community members to volunteer at the San Francisco Campus … Continued
SF Jewish Film Festival Presents: Scaffolding 9:15 pm
SF Jewish Film Festival Presents: Scaffolding
Jul 29 @ 9:15 pm – 10:15 pm
SF Jewish Film Festival Presents: Scaffolding
Congregation Emanu-El is a co-presenter of the following SFJFF film, Scaffolding.  The tropes are familiar: a talented but troubled working class teen; a domineering and unsupportive father; an earnest teacher who tries to save his … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Jul 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg (Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Chapel)
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Young Adults: Demystifying SF Real Estate & Lending 6:30 pm
Young Adults: Demystifying SF Real Estate & Lending
Jul 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Love living in the Bay Area? Interested in buying a house? Come to this event to learn about the market, how to write a competitive offer, and what it takes to be approved for a … Continued
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WORSHIP SCHEDULE

High Holy Days 2018/5779

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 2018/5779

prayer reading

Selichot
Saturday, September 1

The return of Jewish Women’s Theater performing “Arise My Beloved and Go Forth” – empowering people to do good in the world.

7:00 pm Dessert
7:30 pm Havdalah
7:45 pm Performance
9:00 pm Selichot service

Open to the community. No One Pass or ticket required.

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 with their school IDs; no passes are needed.
Please note: All passes for High Holy Day services are non-transferable, for security reasons.

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. Please allow extra time to pass through the security lines.

Parking Changes and Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco

Due to the steep decline in demand, the Presidio parking and shuttle service to the temple has been discontinued.  For seniors and disabled members residing In San Francisco, we offer transportation for the 6:00 pm Classic Erev Rosh Hashanah service on Sunday, September 9, the 6:00 pm Classic Kol Nidre service on Tuesday, September 18 and the 5:30 pm Yizkor service on Wednesday, September 19, at a heavily subsidized price.  Our transportation provider is SilverRide, a company that specializes in transportation for older and disabled adults.

Reservations for the subsidized SilverRide service are made through the Temple, and the firm deadline is Friday, August 17.  To reserve and pay, please log in to the MyEmanu-El portal at the top right of our website or contact Director of Membership Services, Terry Kraus, membership@emanuelsf.org or (415) 750-7552. The cost is $25 per person for each round trip.

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

Child Care

Child care for ages 2-10 is offered during the morning services, the afternoon of Yom Kippur (new this year) and during Yizkor and Neilah. There is no childcare for the evening services. A form must be submitted in advance to enroll your child(ren) for child care using the link below.

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 now  for child care, 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).
  • 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.
  • If your visitors belong to a Reform or Liberal congregation, please ask them to request tickets by having their synagogue email proof of membership, services requested and full contact information to reciprocity@emanuelsf.org. The URJ Courtesy Request form details the information needed.  Your guests should ask their synagogue to indicate that they are attending with you. The sooner your guests can request reciprocity, the sooner we can confirm that we have space to accommodate them. We may not be able to fill last minute requests for all services.  Email to reciprocity@emanuelsf.org.

Travel

If you would like us to request reciprocity for another congregation, please log into your MyEmanu-El membership portal and navigate to the High Holy Day tab to fill out the form.  Please note this option will be available only until 5 pm on Wednesday, August 15.  As we don’t control High Holy Day seating policies for other synagogues, we can’t guarantee that reciprocity will be accepted by the synagogue you wish to visit.

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. Register.

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 Terry Kraus at 750-7552  or email membership@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

Learn more about Rosh Hashanah customs here

Wondering about the different styles of our services?

Classic Service: Cantor Luck leads a majestic musical ensemble including strings, clarinet, choir, and keyboards, creating a deeply emotional, uplifting and contemplative experience.
Contemporary Service: Cantor Attie and her musicians lead soulful, spirited, participatory, warm and prayerful services.

EREV ROSH HASHANAH
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

5:00 pm – Family Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
One hour worship, led in a participative, educational style by clergy.  New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent.
No One Pass or ticket required.

6:00 pm – Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves 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 Ryan Bauer.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

ROSH HASHANAH
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

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

10:00 am – Service for families with children ages 5 and under, 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 Carla Fenves. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

2:30 pm – Service for families with children ages 5-10, Main Sanctuary.
Led by Emanu-El clergy 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 accompanists.
No One Pass or ticket required.

Tashlich

5:00 pm –  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.

SECOND DAY ROSH HASHANAH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

9:30 am – Worship, Reuben Rinder Chapel
A quiet, meditative acoustic service led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer

shofar

KOL NIDRE and YOM KIPPUR

Learn more about Yom Kippur customs here

KOL NIDRE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

5:00 pm – Family Service, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
One hour worship, led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent.
No One Pass or ticket required.

6:00 pm – Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves.  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 Sydney Mintz and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

YOM KIPPUR DAY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

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

10:00 am – Service for families with children ages 5 and under, 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
Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Lawrence Kushner on Malicious talk: Maimonides on the laws governing speech
No One Pass or ticket required.

11:30 am – Taste of Tauber1 Study Session, Guild Hall
Learn with Taube Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Stephen Pearce: What Is Your Story?
Muriel Ruykeser advised, “The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories.” Accounts from our formative years, called “charter narratives” exert influence in such a way that they take on lives of their own. Charter narratives can elevate or use up our future because they most often shape who we are, even though often people do not realize how a formative episode is responsible for future character. This workshop will provide an opportunity to explore the power of charter narratives to help participants reach back in time to explore such significant episodes at this self-reflective time of the year.
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 Carla Fenves.
Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.

1:00 pm – Adult Learning Opportunity, Reuben Rinder Chapel
No One Pass or ticket required.

2:15 pm – Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Participants will meet at the front gate of the temple at 2:15 pm to walk to the Presidio and return in time for the 3:30 pm Community Service led by our teens.
No One Pass or ticket required. 

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

4:00 pm Guided Meditation, Guild Hall (note: latecomers will not be admitted)
Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.
No One Pass or ticket required.

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 Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer.
Music: Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir and organist.

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

Courtyard Havdalah and Break the Fast following Neilah

High Holy Day Services Open to the Community

On Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • Family Service for children under the age of 5, 5:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

On Rosh Hashanah

  • Community Service led by our teens, 3:30 pm, Main Sanctuary
  • Tashlich, Baker Beach, 5:00 pm

On Kol Nidre

  • Family Service for children under the age of 5, 5:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

On Yom Kippur

  • Adult Learning, 1 pm, Reuben Rinder Chapel
  • Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods – Prayer, Meditation and Music in the Presidio, 2:15pm – meet at Emanu-El front gate.
  • Afternoon Service, 2:30 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary
  • Community Service led by our teens, 3:30 pm, Main Sanctuary
  • Healing Service, 4:00 pm, Reuben Rinder Chapel
  • Guided Meditation, 4:00 pm, Guild Hall
  • Study Session, Taste of Tauber*, 10:00 am & 11:30 am, Guild Hall
    *A Program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning

SUKKOT AND SIMCHAT TORAH
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Celebrate Sukkot at the Temple with a festive outdoor service at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 23, followed by dinner in our courtyard sukkah. Reservations are required for the dinner. Watch for registration link to be posted this summer.

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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Breakfast at 8:30 am, Sukkot service at 9:15 am.

YIZKOR SERVICE
Sunday, September 30
Breakfast at 8:30 am, service at 9:15 am.

SIMCHAT TORAH
Sunday, September 30

5:00 pm
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. Watch for registration link to be posted this summer.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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