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Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm 8:30 am
Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm
Oct 8 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
 
2019 KN Family Service Ushering 4:30 pm
2019 KN Family Service Ushering
Oct 8 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
Kol Nidre Family Service 5:00 pm
Kol Nidre Family Service
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
 
2019 KN Classic Service Ushering 5:15 pm
2019 KN Classic Service Ushering
Oct 8 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
HHD 2019 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2019 KN Sr. Transp
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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 … Continued
Kol Nidre Early Service 6:00 pm
Kol Nidre Early Service
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 
2019 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering 7:45 pm
2019 KN Cont. Svc. Ushering
Oct 8 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
Kol Nidre Late Service 8:30 pm
Kol Nidre Late Service
Oct 8 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
 
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Office closed for Yom Kippur
2019 YK Classic Service Ushering 8:15 am
2019 YK Classic Service Ushering
Oct 9 @ 8:15 am – 9:15 am
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
HHD 2019 YK Study Session I 10:00 am
HHD 2019 YK Study Session I
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
 
2019 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering 10:45 am
2019 YK Cont. Svc. Ushering
Oct 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
HHD 2019 YK Study Session II 11:30 am
HHD 2019 YK Study Session II
Oct 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
 
HHD 2019 YK Panel Discussion 1:00 pm
HHD 2019 YK Panel Discussion
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
 
HHD 2019 – Refection in Redwoods 2:00 pm
HHD 2019 – Refection in Redwoods
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
 
HHD 2019 YK Afternoon Service 2:30 pm
HHD 2019 YK Afternoon Service
Oct 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
 
2019 YK Comm. Svc. led by Teens 3:30 pm
2019 YK Comm. Svc. led by Teens
Oct 9 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
2019 YK Guided Meditation 4:00 pm
2019 YK Guided Meditation
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
HHD 2019 – YK Healing Service 4:00 pm
HHD 2019 – YK Healing Service
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
 
2019 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering 4:45 pm
2019 Yizkor Classic Service Ushering
Oct 9 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
2019 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering 4:45 pm
2019 Yizkor Contemporary Service Ushering
Oct 9 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day 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 … Continued
HHD 2019 Yizkor Sr. Trans. 5:30 pm
HHD 2019 Yizkor Sr. Trans.
Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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 … Continued
Yizkor Service 5:30 pm
Yizkor Service
Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 
30s and 40s Yom Kippur Break the Fast 2019 6:30 pm
30s and 40s Yom Kippur Break the Fast 2019
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for our annual break-the-fast as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Men’s Group – October 27, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group – October 27, 2019
Oct 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - October 27, 2019 @ 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
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Late Shabbat Meditation (Chapel) 7:30 pm
Late Shabbat Meditation (Chapel)
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
Oct 11 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2019 5:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2019
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive outdoor service in the courtyard at 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 13, 2019, followed by Mediterranean dinner.Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.Reservations are … Continued
Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2019 5:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2019
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive service in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary at 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 13, 2019 followed by a Mediterranean dinner under the Sukkah (Courtyard).Please feel free to bring … Continued
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Office Closed – Sukkot
Office Closed – Sukkot
Oct 14 all-day
 
Sukkot Festival Service and Breakfast 9:00 am
Sukkot Festival Service and Breakfast
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the festival service beginning at 9:00 am in the chapel. Following the service, you are invited to stay for a delicious breakfast and freshly brewed coffee … Continued
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Sukkot Dinner 2019: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 7:00 pm
Sukkot Dinner 2019: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join us for our annual Women's Group and Tribe for Women dinner in the sukkah for a night of women, discussion, and wine. We will be outside so remember to dress warmly!Please register, and bring … Continued
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Side by Side October 2019 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2019 Session
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am – Dec 10 @ 11:30 am
Side by Side October 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS)
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Special Sukkot Israeli Dinner with Chef Aliza 7:15 pm
Special Sukkot Israeli Dinner with Chef Aliza
Oct 18 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
One Shabbat Service, plus Oneg  Friday, October 18  6:00 pm Special Speaker, Aliza Grayevsky Somekh of Bishulim SF, followed by experiential dinner and wine event (registration required)  A Journey Through the Threads That Weave Israeli … Continued
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Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 19 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Isaac Wayne) Main Sanctuary 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Leah Lashinsky) MMS 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Leah Lashinsky) MMS
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Young Families Havdalah in Rabbi Fenves’ Sukkah 5:00 pm
Young Families Havdalah in Rabbi Fenves’ Sukkah
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join us for a special Havdalah in Rabbi Fenves' Sukkah for young families with children ages 5 and under! Address will be provided after registration.Event Signup
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Yizkor service and breakfast 9:30 am
Yizkor service and breakfast
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
Sukkot Yizkor service with Senior Rabbi Beth Singer begins at 9:30 am in the Chapel. Bagels and coffee to follow after the service.
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2019 5:00 pm
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2019
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 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 dinner, dancing and singing with the Torah … Continued
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Mah Jongg (Room 57) 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg (Room 57)
Oct 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Young Adult Volunteer Night at the SF-Marin Food Bank 6:00 pm
Young Adult Volunteer Night at the SF-Marin Food Bank
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join members of the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El for an evening volunteering with the SF-Marin Food Bank. Volunteers will help sort and package produce for families in the greater San Francisco community. This … Continued
God Wrestling with Rabbi Jonathan Singer 6:30 pm
God Wrestling with Rabbi Jonathan Singer
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
God Wrestling with Rabbi Jonathan Singer Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5  6:30-8:30 pm  How we talked and continue to talk about the Holy from the very beginning to today. We will look at challenging texts, touch … Continued
Raising A Jewish Mensch with Rabbi Pearce 6:30 pm
Raising A Jewish Mensch with Rabbi Pearce
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Raising a Jewish Mensch – A Scaffolding for Independence and Responsibility taught by Taube Scholar, Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce Tuesdays, October 22, 29, November 5, 2019—6:30-8:30pmUtilizing both rabbinic education and a doctorate in psychology, Rabbi … Continued
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2019 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2019
Oct 22 @ 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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Limonata and Learning, October 23, 2019 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, October 23, 2019
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special" no host" learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – October 24, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – October 24, 2019
Oct 24 @ 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
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Men’s Group – October 27, 2019 9:30 am
Men’s Group – October 27, 2019
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - October 27, 2019 @ 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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Emanu-El NEXT Town Hall 6:30 pm
Emanu-El NEXT Town Hall
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a congregation Town Hall Come together as a community and learn about exciting plans for Emanu-El’s future. Monday, October 28 6:30-8:30 pm Martin Meyer SanctuaryEvent Signup
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Chuppah and Beyond Fall 2019 7:15 pm
Chuppah and Beyond Fall 2019
Oct 30 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm
Six Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:15 pmAre you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help you build and strengthen the foundational tools for a successful, happy lifelong … 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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