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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:00 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Jan 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2020-01-03
Jan 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.  First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m. in the Martin Meyer Reception. Mediterranean food will be provided.Adult Members – $24.00, Member children ages 11-17 – $24.00; Non-member Adults – $28.00, … Continued
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Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team 1:00 pm
Kick Off the New Year w the Israeli National Baseball Team
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet Joey Wagman and David "DJ" Sharabi, the Bay Area players representing the Israeli National Baseball Team, who are headed to Summer Olympics 2020! We are hosting a fun day at the park to kick … Continued
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Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Winter 2020
Jan 7 @ 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
Kushner – Plein Air Painters 7:00 pm
Kushner – Plein Air Painters
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Emanu-El Plein Air Painters led by the Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner  For the past several years Rabbi Kushner has become a serious oil painter. He has been painting outdoors (the French Impressionists called it “plein air”). … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 9, 2020
Jan 9 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library) Rick Lupert Guest Poet
Jan 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019 9:45 am
6th Grade In-House Retreat 2019
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 5:00 pm
Please join us for a morning of prayer and community building. We'll start with a participatory service with 6th Graders and their adults, led by Rabbi Beth Singer and Jonathan Bayer. After the adults leave … Continued
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS) 9:45 am
6th Grade Shabbat Experience (MMS)
Jan 11 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
 
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel) 10:30 am
6th Grade Shabbat Lunch (Chapel)
Jan 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert 7:00 pm
Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam with Rick Lupert
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for a Havdalah Music and Poetry Jam on Saturday January 11 from 7-9pm with our artist in residence, spoken word artist extraordinarie, Rick Lupert. We will be gathering together at a home in … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel 6:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges – General Nagel
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Israel’s National Security Challenges: A Briefing on New Defense Technologies from the former head of Israel's National Security CouncilWith Brigadier General (Res.) Professor Jacob NagelTuesday, January 14  6:30 – 8:30pmMartin Meyer Sanctuary As an expert in defensive … Continued
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Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:00 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at Congregation Emanu-ElWednesday, January 15th from 7-8:30pm. Ruth, a … Continued
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering 7:30 pm
Interfaith Grandparents Gathering
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you have adult children who married someone from a different faith? You are invited to a private presentation for grandparents of interfaith grandchildren by Ruth Nemzoff at a congregant’s home near West Portal. Exact … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020 6:30 pm
Young Adult Challah Baking January 2020
Jan 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Do you love challah? Have you ever wondered how to make that delicious braided bread? Or are you looking at your calendar, wondering how you will get your fresh baked loaves for your Shabbat dinner … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (Main Sanctuary)
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1 10:30 am
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
Jan 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Shabbat Ceremony #1
A five-person adult b’nai mitzvah at Congregation Emanu-El! Join us in celebration as the 2020 Tauber Anshei Mitzvah Adult Bar/Bat Mizvah Class is called to the Torah to mark this milestone in their Jewish journeys. … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Tribe for Women Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner 5:00 pm
Tribe for Men Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinner
Jan 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join your fellow Tribesmen for our yearly mitzvah of serving over 100 homeless men a hearty dinner at a local shelter in San Francisco. This is a special night, where giving a smile along with … Continued
2020 Conversion Group 6:00 pm
2020 Conversion Group
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
2020 Conversion Group meeting for Conversion students currently working with an assigned Rabbi but have not completed the Conversion Process.   This group is moderated by Rabbi Jason Rodich   The group will meet once … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 23, 2020
Jan 23 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 26, 2020 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 26, 2020
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 26, 2020 @ Private Residence
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
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community Winter Shelter Dinner 2020
Jan 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert 7:00 pm
Violins of Hope Commemoration and Concert
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WE ARE AT CAPACITY. THANK YOU. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.Community Interfaith Event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz; remarks by special guests to be announced and Violins of Hope … Continued
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 5:00 pm
Young Adults – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to over 100 homeless men for eight consecutive nights at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. … Continued
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Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting 11:00 am
Building Regulars Emanu-El NEXT Meeting
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please join us for a conversation about Emanu-El NEXT with those that use our building the most! Event Signup
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Side by Side December 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Side by Side December 2019 Session
Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with their parent or caregiver by their side. Our Side by Side program is rich in Jewish … Continued
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020 5:30 pm
Young Adult HH: Sliding into the New Year 2020
Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
January's not over until it's over so come slide into the New Year with your favorite Emanu-el Young Adult community. We'll be doing Happy Hour at Marengo in the Alley on Thursday, January 30, from … Continued
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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:

July 5
August 2
September 6
October 4
November 1
December 6

To arrange for a ride, please contact Julie Levine.



 

 

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