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Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS 5:00 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS
  Monday, May 1, 2017 5:00 pm Registration, activities for children, food available for purchase 6:00 pm Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration & musical performance by THE MACCABEATS We’ve reached capacity for this event. If you’re interested … Continued
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Brown Bag May 12:00 pm
Brown Bag May
May 3 @ 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, May 3, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, May 3, 2017
May 3 @ 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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Cooking for Congregants – May 4 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 4 2017
May 4 @ 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)
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 05-05-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 05-05-2017
May 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 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
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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50/50 Day for Women – May 2017 7:00 pm
50/50 Day for Women – May 2017
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
50/50 Day for Women - May 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and the Tzedek Council’s Human Rights Working Group for 50/50 Day: Rethinking the Past, Present, & Future of Women + Power. Together, at the same time as thousands of others across … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 11 2017 9:02 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 11 2017
May 11 @ 9:02 am – 9:02 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Adam Hinman (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah of Emma Pell (MMS) 10:30 am
TEEP Art Auction & Gala 2017 7:00 pm
TEEP Art Auction & Gala 2017
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thank you for supporting TEEP!  We look forward to seeing you under the stars on the Temple Emanu-El courtyard on May 13th from 7-10 pm for great music, delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and enticing … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – May 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – May 2017
May 17 @ 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
THE Book Club – May 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – May 2017
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Sydney Mintz: Unpacking our Sacred Texts: everything you ever wanted to know about The Tanach, the Talmud, the Midrash, Codes and Commentaries … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS)
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS)
Join our community in recognizing our outstanding teens. This service will be led by 12th gradeHavurah Judah students. We will also honor teens who participated in the Jewish Teen Foundations,The San Francisco Diller Teen Fellowship … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Asher Thompson (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Jakob Esterkyn (Main) 10:30 am
Park Playdates! + PJ Havdalah Party – May 2017 4:00 pm
Park Playdates! + PJ Havdalah Party – May 2017
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIESEmanu-El’s monthly Park Playdates is joining forces with Got Shabbat? and the Jewish Baby Network SF for a Havdalah PJ Party at Congregation Emanu-El!The Jewish Baby Network SF is providing goodie bags with items … Continued
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Men’s Group – May 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – May 2017
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - May 2017
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
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day – May 2017 11:00 am
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day – May 2017
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day - May 2017
The Tribe for Men & The Tribe for Women Family Fun Day at the Vineyard ClubJoin Rabbi Fenves and Cantor Luck along with familiar and new Tribe families for a special fun-filled day at the … Continued
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2017 TEEP Pre-K End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Pre-K End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Jaffa & Jerusalem)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
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2017 TEEP Preschool & TK End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Preschool & TK End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Tel Aviv, Ein Gedi, and Adventure TK)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – May 25 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 25 2017
May 25 @ 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
2017 TEEP Two’s End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Two’s End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Haifa, Sfat, and Tiberias)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens 6:30 pm
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens New York Times Columnist & Jerusalem Post Pulitzer Prize Journalist Thursday, May 25, 2017 Check-in: 6:30 pm Program: 7:00 pm Subject: Opportunities and Challenges for America  and Israel in … Continued
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Office closed 8:30 am
Office closed
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Shavuot Festival Dinner – May 2017 5:45 pm
Shavuot Festival Dinner – May 2017
May 30 @ 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Shavuot Festival Dinner - May 2017
This dinner, immediately preceding our Shavuot Festival Service, will consist of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup as it is customary to have dairy foods on this holiday. The Shavuot service will begin at 6:15pm … Continued
Shavuot Festival Service (Chapel) 6:15 pm
Shavuot Festival Service (Chapel)
May 30 @ 6:15 pm – 6:50 pm
Please join us for the Shavuot Festival Service led by our clergy. 
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration 7:00 pm
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration
On the evening of May 30th we will observe the festival of Shavuot, which celebrates matan Torah, the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai and the spring harvest in the land of Israel. It is … Continued
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Office closed 8:30 am
Office closed
May 31 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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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 register 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.

Register at Senior Transportation

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: XXXXX.  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. 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 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 Passes 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. Register so we know how much food to order.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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