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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Brown Bag December 2018 12:00 pm
Brown Bag December 2018
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning sessions with a member of our clergy. Bring your lunch, build community, enjoy some Torah!This program occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata December 2018 4:00 pm
Limonata December 2018
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in, no-host, learning session in Marin. Grab a drink and dive into Torah with a member of our clergy.This program happens on the first Wednesday of each month.Event Signup
Laurel Village Neighborhood Menorah Lighting 6:00 pm
Laurel Village Neighborhood Menorah Lighting
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Laurel Village Chanukah Lighting (outside of Books Inc.) 6:00 – 6:20 pm  Join your Emanu-El clergy as we celebrate with music, singing, candle lighting, & Chanukah treats! We‘ll be giving out dreidels too!
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Cooking for Congregants – December 6, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 6, 2018
Dec 6 @ 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
Chanukah Marin Neighborhood Menorah Lighting 6:00 pm
Chanukah Marin Neighborhood Menorah Lighting
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Tiburon Fountain Plaza (across from Servino’s Restaurant, 9 Maine Street)6:00 – 6:20 pmPlease join in with us as we celebrate with music, singing, candle lighting, & treats. 
Chanukah Noe Valley Menorah Lighting 6:00 pm
Chanukah Noe Valley Menorah Lighting
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Chanukah Noe Valley Menorah Lighting
Noe Valley Menorah Lighting 6:00 – 6:20 pm West Parklet: 24th Street between Noe & Sanchez, in front of Just for Fun. We will have a large menorah, music, and treats. All are welcome!
YA: 5th Crazy Night Chanukah Party 7:00 pm
YA: 5th Crazy Night Chanukah Party
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Join us for our fifth annual ‘crazy’ night of Chanukah at 620 Jones! Come schmooze with Bay Area Jews, eat sufganiot, spin the dreidel, and light the chanukiah in private bar space. Ticket Pricing – the first 50 tickets sold … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Dec 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Shabbat Chanukah Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Chanukah Service (MMS)
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm
This year, we are combining our traditional First Friday Under Five service and our One Shabbat service into a special Chanukah service. Please bring your Chanukiot to light with the community.Following our Shabbat Chanukah service … Continued
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-07-18 6:45 pm
Chanukah Celebration Dinner 12-07-18
Dec 7 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm
After our One Shabbat Chanukah Service, we will be having a beautiful dinner with latkes, dreidels, and fun, followed by a circus act for the whole family in Guild Hall. Registration is required for the dinner. … Continued
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Men’s Group – December 9, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group – December 9, 2018
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - December 9, 2018 @ Private Residence in Cow Hollow
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
Tzedek Council Backpack program 11:30 am
Tzedek Council Backpack program
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
During Yom Kippur, the Tzedek Council, in partnership with Larkin Street, organized a panel of experts on youth facing homelessness where our community learned that San Francisco has more than 1,300 youth who are without … Continued
Tzedek Council Backpack program TEST 11:30 am
Tzedek Council Backpack program TEST
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
 
A Very Jazzy Chanukah 5:00 pm
A Very Jazzy Chanukah
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for a jazz-filled Chanukah celebration. We’ll start at a private home (address provided upon registration; 10 min walk to SFJAZZ) for some nosh starting at 5PM. Once we’ve … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Nosh with the Rabbi – December 2018 7:00 pm
Nosh with the Rabbi – December 2018
Dec 11 @ 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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Cooking for Congregants – December 13, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – December 13, 2018
Dec 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
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2018 7:00 pm
The Tribe for Men’s Annual Chanukah Night Out 2018
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join the Tribe for Men at our annual Chanukah Night Out. We will be eating pizza, playing poker, and giving gelt. And no, we didn’t forget about the onsite Bourbon! After registration, you will receive an email with … Continued
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2018 Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS) 9:30 am
2018 Annual Town Hall Meeting (MMS)
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Emanu-El’s 169th Annual Town Hall MeetingOur town hall will feature: A special Dvar Torah by two inspiring and outspoken 8th grade students, Shaiah Asaf and Daisy Denebeim Dean, both of whom are members of our Madrichim Teen Teacher Training … Continued
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Scrabble (R57) 3:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Dec 17 @ 3:00 am – 11:00 am
 
Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Dec 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2019 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2019
Dec 18 @ 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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Michael Krasny – Are We Really Funny? 7:00 pm
Michael Krasny – Are We Really Funny?
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NPR host and author, Michael Krasny, will discuss Jewish humor in many of its forms of expression through different eras with emphasis on jokes – which can best be understood as narratives of Jewish history … Continued
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Office closed Dec. 24
Office closed Dec. 24
Dec 24 all-day
Temple offices will be closed from Dec. 24 through January 1. Shabbat Services will still take place on Dec. 28 and 29.
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Office closed
Office closed
Dec 25 – Dec 28 all-day
 
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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: Classic Shabbat, Main Sanctuary
2nd Friday 6 pm: One Shabbat
8:30 pm 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


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:

December 14 (note change of date; this will be a One Shabbat service held in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary)
January 4
February 1
March 1
April 5|
May 3
June 7

To arrange for a ride, please contact Julie Levine.



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