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Side by Side January 2018 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2018 Session
Jan 2 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side January 2018 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
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Brown Bag January 2018 12:00 pm
Brown Bag January 2018
Jan 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.Event Signup
Limonata and Learning, January 2018 12:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, January 2018
Jan 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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 – January 4, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 4, 2018
Jan 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
Cooking with Congregants 9:00 am
Cooking with Congregants
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This evening we also have a Sukkot/Baby Blessing at Emanu-El during the 5:30 pm Service.  
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 1-5-18 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 1-5-18
Jan 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 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 Members- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Cooking for Congregants – January 11, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 11, 2018
Jan 11 @ 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
Cooking with Congregants 9:00 am
Cooking with Congregants
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
 
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men – Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 16 @ 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
Intro to Judaism Winter 2018 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism Winter 2018
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join with 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 … Continued
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Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting 5:30 pm
Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Israel Trip with Rabbi Bauer Informational Meeting @ Congregation Emanu-El
Learn more about Emanu-El's Summer of 2018 Trip to Israel with Rabbi Ryan Bauer!  June 26 – July 7, 2018 Join Rabbi Bauer and Arza World for an informational meeting to learn more details about … Continued
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel 5:30 pm
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Summer of 2018 Congregation Emanu-El Trip to Israel
Join Congregation Emanu-El Summer Trip to Israel with Rabbi Ryan Bauer! June 26 – July 7, 2018 Trip will be led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Informational Meeting coming up! Join Rabbi Bauer and Arza World for … Continued
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The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Women – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 18 @ 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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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Preschool Family Shabbat Dinner 1/19/2018 5:30 pm
Preschool Family Shabbat Dinner 1/19/2018
Jan 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and … Continued
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
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Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
Young Adult – Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Volunteer to cook with other young adults during our winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners!  Every January, Congregation Emanu-El joins in the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by providing volunteers to shop, cook and serve dinner to … Continued
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Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018 5:00 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Interfaith Community- Winter Interfaith Shelter Dinners 2018
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
Mah Jongg 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
The Tribe for Men: Oy Bay BBQ 7:30 pm
The Tribe for Men: Oy Bay BBQ
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The top delis from the Bay Area are coming to Emanu-El for a rare night of deli-bliss. An Emanu-El exclusive, experience delis from all over in one room, for one night, to share their best … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – January 25, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – January 25, 2018
Jan 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
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Jan 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Jan 27 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Simon Aks 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Simon Aks
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Tu B’Shevat Havdalah at Mountain Lake Park 4:00 pm
Tu B’Shevat Havdalah at Mountain Lake Park
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us for a special outdoor Tu B'Shevat celebration and Havdalah in beautiful Mountain Lake Park. Tu B'Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a … Continued
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Men’s Group – January 28th, 2018 9:30 am
Men’s Group – January 28th, 2018
Jan 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - January 28th, 2018
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
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat! 2:00 pm
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat!
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot, & Save the Redwoods League to plant trees on Tu B'Shevat! @ Golden Gate Park, Heroes Grove
Tu B’Shevat is our day to celebrate the trees and the work we as Jews must do to keep our planet green and healthy for generations to come. Congregation Emanu-El is partnering with Reboot and … Continued
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Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Jan 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2018 6:30 pm
Women’s Group – Volunteer Project, January 2018
Jan 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Nurture Yourself and the CommunityJoin together with members of Congregation Emanu-El's Women's Group for a night of volunteering and self-care.  We will start off the evening with a discussion about self-care and how we can incorporate … Continued
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TAUBER SPARK! – Ignite Your Jewish Learning

TAUBER SPARK! – Ignite Your Jewish Learning

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Allow yourself to dive into our tradition and SPARK your imagination. We want EVERYONE to take part in this innovative community-wide Jewish learning experience.  Let your heart be moved by Torah; be open to a transformative and mind opening experience.  Join your friends, rabbis and guest teachers for three nights of SPARK, a powerful Jewish learning offering of Congregation Emanu-El. Our evening will begin with schmooze time for participants to mingle and nosh together, followed by one hour engaged in of one of four hot topic SPARK study sessions with rabbis and leading guest educators.The evening will be followed by a community-wide keynote address or seminar with special scholars/speakers.

Tuesday evenings, March 6, 13, 20

6:45 – 9:00pm

 Greg Marcus, Ph.D. – Transform Yourself Through Jewish Wisdom

Are there life challenges you keep bumping up against? Imagine what it would mean to be the best version of yourself, every day; to be a true “mensch,” a person of extraordinary character. Harness the wisdom of the 1000-year-old Jewish spiritual discipline of Mussar and learn how to focus on personal and spiritual growth in the midst of a busy, involved life. This highly interactive three-week program will teach your heart by doing. You will engage in easy, fun practices that incorporate cognitive, mindfulness, snippets of Jewish text, and experiential activities.

REGISTER HERE

Greg Marcus is an innovative Mussar maven and the creator of American Mussar, a 21st century spiritual practice for an authentic and meaningful life. Greg uses he/him as personal pronouns. He is a graduate of the Mussar Institute’s facilitator training program, and has been practicing and teaching for six years. Greg offers guidance on how to lead a life of mindful harmony and spiritual integrity, drawing upon Jewish teachings and contemporary wisdom alike. He has a Ph.D. from MIT, and worked for ten years as a marketer in Silicon Valley.

Greg’s writing has appeared in the Forward and Tikkun.org, and he is the author of two books. His latest book, The Spiritual Practice of Good Actions: Finding Balance Through the Soul Traits of Mussar has been praised by Alan Morinis, Rabbis David Jaffe, Ira Stone, and Shefa Gold, as well as filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. The book grew out of a class he created at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos, where he is a Board member, and co-chair of the small groups initiative with Rabbi Heath Watenmaker.

 

Sue Reinhold, Ph.D. – The Lessons of Joseph

The Torah is a compelling living document whose stories have so much to teach us about living today. Perhaps no story is as dramatic, deep, and psychologically and sociologically powerful than that of Joseph, he of Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Across four parshayot at the end of Genesis, the script unfurls like a Hollywood drama.  A deep, three-part dive into the Joseph saga will allow us to get to questions and some tentative answers that certainly haunt our Jewish tradition and most of us, personally, as well.  Who are we?  What do we wrestle with internally? Can we ever leave our past behind? How do we stay resilient through dark times and see our way to the light?  Who and how to marry? What is it, to be a familiar stranger? Is forgiveness possible?  How do we fix broken or estranged families? How do we make a better society? Can we make a better society without past injustices ingrained into it?

Your questions will guide our discussion.  We will use Torah, midrashic, and modern literary references in our discussion.  Bring your own Torah or Bible if you have one, or we will provide them as well as other source text during class.

REGISTER HERE

Sue Reinhold, Ph.D. was recently hired as a Managing Director of Philanthropy at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, where she has been charged with developing new models of delivery and engagement in Jewish philanthropy.  Sue is a social entrepreneur who was a co-founder of The Kitchen SF, a startup synagogue nationally recognized as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations in the country. Sue also co-founded and ran an independent financial advisory firm, North Berkeley Investment Partners. Sue holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Sussex, England, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar.  She has taught in formal and informal Jewish settings on most of the weekly Torah portions, and recently completed two years’ study of Bible and Jewish history and thought as a Wexner Heritage Fellow.  Sue is a member of the Board of Bend the Arc:  A Jewish Partnership for Justice, and of The Enthusiast, a startup soon launching in San Francisco that will be a maker-space for Jewish practice. Her forthcoming book, The Puzzle of Home, explores the set of questions that we all puzzle, like a Rubik’s cube, of how we tell the story of who we are and where we are from. 

 

Ilan Vitemberg – 70 Faces of Israel: Exploring Israel Through Popular Culture

In this unique 3 sessions program we use Israeli Culture as manifested in films, TV series, Popular Songs and even commercials to explore some of the most challenging aspects of what it means to create a democratic Jewish state.  The program strives to provide a safe space to express different perspectives and means for elevating knowledge about Israel.

REGISTER HERE

Ilan Vitemberg was born and raised on Kibbutz Megiddo in the Jisrael Valley in Northern Israel.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of the District of Columbia, with a degree in Theatre Arts focusing on the use of drama in Informal Education.  For the past 20 years he has been working with children, teens, and adults both as a formal and informal teacher.  In 1999 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he immersed himself in finding new, creative ways to teach Judaism, Israel and Hebrew to people of all ages.  Most recently, Ilan was the Director of the Israel Education Initiative and Director of Education Support Services at Jewish LearningWorks.  He lives in Oakland with his husband Peter with whom he also acts and performs as a member of the Up A Tree Puppetry duo.

Tauber SPARK! Keynote speakers, 2018
8:15 – 9:00pm (open to public)

 March 6Emanu-El’s Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Stephen Pearce, D.D., Ph.D.

Lecture:  THE FIRST LAW OF JEWISH TEXTS: For every text there exists an equal and opposite text. THE SECOND LAW OF JEWISH TEXTS: They are both wrong!

 March 13Dr. Lynne Quittell, Special Lecturer in the Pediatric Pulmonary Division and Director of the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University

Lecture TBD

March 20 – TBD -check back shortly


HERE IS WHAT WE OFFERED IN SPARK 2017

The Good Old Days: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia with Prof. Rachel B. Gross

Ethical Fitness with Rachel Brodie

Judaisms: A Twenty-First -Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities with Aaron Hahn Tapper, PhD

Together, With Love, We can Change The World: Talmud Study as a Counter-Cultural Rebellion with Rabbi Jason Rodich

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2017 Seminar Speakers

Tad Taube and Shana Penn sharing details of the Museum of the History of Polish Jewry

Prof. Marc Dollinger in conversation with Ilana Kaufman, from the JCRC discussing Jews and Race: The Changing Color of American Jewry

Emanu-El Scholar, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner discussing “’God was in this Place and I, i did not Know.’” A very close reading of Genesis 28:16.

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This program is part of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning.

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