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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
Yom Haatzmaut May 1, 2017 5:00 pm
Yom Haatzmaut May 1, 2017
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm Registration, activities for children, food available for purchase6:00 pm Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration & musical performance by THE MACCABEATSWe’ve reached capacity for this event. If you’re interested in being added to our waitlist, please … 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
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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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Shabbat Services

Shabbat Services

Connect. Pray. Unwind.

Recenter yourself in the spiritual

heart of our congregation:

Shabbat at Emanu-El

It’s so much more than services. Leave the frenzy of your week behind, connect with the Infinite, and plug into something that is both ancient and cutting edge, traditional and radical. Take a deep breath, and join us as we sing ourselves into a place of awe, gratitude, and Jewish learning.

Friday Night Shabbat Services

30 minutes before the 5:30 and 6 pm services we gather to say hello over wine and cheese (plus mac ‘n cheese for the young and young at heart!).  We aim to keep our services to about one hour so that we can send you on your way to a Shabbat dinner at home or out in San Francisco (we love our city!).

Our services always include participatory, soulful and moving music from our cantors and many musicians, heartfelt Torah teaching from our rabbis and guest teachers, and of course, a community that you can really plant roots in and grow.

Never been to a Shabbat service? Haven’t stepped foot into a synagogue since your Bat Mitzvah? That’s OK! Our Shabbat services are always open to all and we work hard to help everyone feel included–from greeting you with a big smile at the door to announcing the page numbers so you’re not lost– we warmly and enthusiastically invite you to come check us out.

We’ve got options for you!

At each and every one of our services, you will find a spiritual community that prays, sings, learns, celebrates, mourns and heals together.  Here’s a breakdown of when we do Shabbat:

One Shabbat  6:00 PM

One Shabbat is our signature service that happens most Fridays. It’s called One Shabbat because this is when we become One Emanu-El. This is a service for everyone and we’d love to see you there.

Classic Shabbat  First Fridays 6:00 PM

Classic Shabbat connects to our Reform roots and takes place in our historic Main Sanctuary and is often accompanied by the organ. It is held on the first Friday of each month.

First Friday Under Five  5:30 PM

First Friday Under Five is our monthly service for those under 5 years old (and their adults!). We gather at 5:00 pm for  a mac and cheese snack and then join together at 5:30 pm for a lively, musical service and story that usually lasts about 30 minutes. This service is open to all and is followed by a family Shabbat dinner for which registration is required. Click here to register for the next Simchat Shabbat Family Dinner.

Late Shabbat Second Fridays 8:30 PM

Late Shabbat is the heart of our nationally acclaimed young adult community. This service, often attended by nearly 300 people, is especially for those in their 20’s & 30’s and happens at 8:30 pm on the 2nd Friday of each month.  We first gather at 8  pm for wine & cheese and follow the service with a fun cocktail hour that’s a great place to meet other young Jews.

Shabbat Morning Learning and Services

Shabbat (Saturday) morning at Emanu-El begins at 9:15 am with a deep dive into the wisdom of our tradition with clergy-led Torah study. This hour of learning explores the weekly Torah portion, festival texts and other rabbinic and modern sources.  After you’ve sparked your imagination with study, join us at 10:30 am for a full Shabbat morning service, typically lasting about 90 minutes.

Many Shabbat morning services will also include the simcha (joyous occasion) of a Bat or Bar Mitzvah.  In fact, we’ve got so many active young Jews in our community, that we often feature two simultaneous services using both of our sanctuaries.  All services are open to the community.  

TMI? Here’s a cheat sheet to help you find your way:

Remember, you are welcome to gather with us 30 minutes before the 6 and 8:30 pm services for wine & cheese

1st Friday 5:30 pm: First Friday Under Five for those 5 & under & their adults
6 pm: One Shabbat Shabbat, Main Sanctuary
2nd Friday  

6 pm: One Shabbat
8:30pm Late Shabbat for young adults in their 20’s & 30’s

3rd Friday 6 pm: One Shabbat
4th Friday 6 pm: One Shabbat
5th Friday 6 pm: One Shabbat
 

Saturday morning

 

9:15am: Torah Study; 10:30am: Shabbat Morning Services

 GOT SHABBAT?

Please join Mimi Greisman, Early Childhood and Family Educator, for a Shabbat  experience for families with children under age 5.

Join us each month
From 10:15 to 11:30 am (except as noted*), your family will enjoy music, dancing with the Torahs, puppets, parachute time, bubbles and lively discussion. Come meet Duvie the Bear!  Sometimes we will celebrate Shabbat together in the afternoon; see the schedule below for alternate times:

*March 11 – no Got Shabbat but come to afternoon Purim Carnival, 4:00 pm
April 8
*May 20 – Havdalah PJ Party!  4:00-5:30 pm – co-sponsored by the Jewish Baby Network
June 10


Congregation Emanu-El and Jewish Federation Align to Transport Senior Congregants to Shabbat Services

Thanks to a partnership with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, we offer transportation to monthly Shabbat services at no cost, and to evening High Holy Day services  and the Yizkor service at a minimal cost.  Congregation Emanu-El and the Federation share the cost of hiring transportation services through SilverRide.

Shabbat services are at 6:00 pm, with a pre-Oneg at 5:30 pm.  Transportation will be offered the first week of the month.  The service is led by clergy and is held in the Main Sanctuary on the following dates:
Mar 3
Apr 7
May 5
Jun 2

To arrange for a ride, please contact Julie Levine.

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