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2023 LA trip Feb 25-26 (8th/9th) 10:59 am
2023 LA trip Feb 25-26 (8th/9th)
Jan 17 @ 10:59 am – Feb 1 @ 11:59 am
8th/9th grade LA trip: February 25-26th, 2023. Please reserve a spot with a non-refundable $400 deposit by February 1st (the balance of $400 is due by February 15, 2023).Event Signup
JETY 6th/7th “Shades of Shabbat” 4:00 pm
JETY 6th/7th “Shades of Shabbat”
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 11:59 pm
This event is limited to 10 students in 6th/7th grade.Register only your student! Friday, February 17th at 6pm services followed by dinner and a guided paint session from 7pm-8:30pm.    Event Signup
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Tot Shabbat – (2/3/23) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (2/3/23)
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tot Shabbat Join us in Martin Meyer Reception at 5:00 pm to connect with fellow families while children nosh. Followed by a joyful and engaging 30-minute service in Martin Meyer Sanctuary from 5:30 – 6:00 pm. PJs … Continued
Shabbat Service (2/3/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/3/23)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Ryan Bauer and Jason Rodich with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Shael Ehrlich (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Shael Ehrlich (Main)
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Ilan Oren (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ilan Oren (Main)
Feb 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Hebrew 102 with Yaffa Tygiel 7:00 pm
Hebrew 102 with Yaffa Tygiel
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hebrew 102 (Second trimester for beginners) with Yaffa TygielTuesday evenings on zoom: 7:00 – 8:30 pmIn this class students will study to speak basic modern Hebrew by communicating with each other, reading texts, poems & … Continued
KOLEINU – Home: Songs of Longing and Belonging 7:30 pm
KOLEINU – Home: Songs of Longing and Belonging
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
KOLEINU – Hear Our VoicesHome: Songs of Longing and BelongingAfter a three-year hiatus, we are delighted that Koleinu returns to Congregation Emanu-El!Tuesday, February 7, 20237:30 PM | Martin Meyer Sanctuary | Congregation Emanu-ElTake a musical journey … Continued
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Marin Gathering – February 2023 4:30 pm
Marin Gathering – February 2023
Feb 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Rabbi Jonathan for our February Marin Gathering at Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe (51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera) from 4:30 – 5:30pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.Hope you can join us!Event Signup
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Shabbat Service (2/10/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/10/23)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 10th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbis Beth Singer and Sydney Mintz with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Sloane Ginnochio 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Sloane Ginnochio
Feb 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Taryn Krow (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Taryn Krow (Main)
Feb 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Shabbat Service (2/17/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/17/23)
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 17th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Theo Jacoby 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Theo Jacoby
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Alice Hoffman (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Alice Hoffman (Main)
Feb 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
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Men’s Group – February 19, 2023 9:30 am
Men’s Group – February 19, 2023
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Gentlemen of the El, For our February Men's Group – Bagels, Lox and Learning!, please join Rabbi Lawrence Kushner for a chance to engage with one of the leading teachers of our day. Rabbi Kushner … Continued
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Guitar Concert with Lucian Plessner 6:30 pm
Guitar Concert with Lucian Plessner
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday, February 23 6:30pmMartin Meyer SanctuaryCongregation Emanu El and the German Consulate General in San Francisco have the pleasure of inviting you to a guitar concert by Lucian Plessner.'This recital features one of the masterpieces originally … Continued
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Shabbat Service (2/24/23) 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service (2/24/23)
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, February 24th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note … Continued
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Torah Study 9:15 am
Torah Study
Feb 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Each week, a member of our clergy leads a group in Torah Study, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and Healing Prayer. We are back to hybrid. Please check the Torah Study session webpage for more information, or … Continued
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner 10:00 am
2023 Shabbat Torah Hevra with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
This year Rabbi Kushner will be using Arthur Green’s Speaking Torah: Spiritual teachings from around the Maggid’s Table (Genesis-Leviticus).Zoom meetings, Saturday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:00amFirst session: Saturday morning, September 24,2nd session, Oct 83rd session, … Continued
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Tauber Spark! — Ignite Your Jewish Learning

Allow yourself to dive into our tradition and Spark your imagination. Take part in this innovative community-wide Jewish learning experience — a mini university experience. Let your heart be moved by Torah; be open to a transformative and mind-opening journey. This year we are offering an outstanding and renowned scholar to share their expertise with this community.

Please contact Ariana Estoque ([email protected]) with any questions about our Spark program.

SPARK 2023 will feature Daniel Matt, Ph.D, speaking about his latest book: Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation

March 14, 21, 28 from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

March 14 will be held in person at Congregation Emanu-El and feature a reception and schmoozing.

March 21 & 28 will be virtual.

More to come…

Course Offerings for 2022 were

Option 1: The Jewish Family: Past, Present and Future
Taught by Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, Ph.D.

This session will explore the biblical and rabbinic constructs of family. We will follow the evolution of the family from the tribal and clan-based vision of the Torah to the household or nuclear family described in the Talmud.

Session 1: The Jewish Family in Formation
This session will explore the biblical and rabbinic constructs of family. We will follow the evolution of the family from the tribal and clan-based vision of the Torah to the household or nuclear family described in the Talmud.

Session 2: The Jewish Family in Tradition: The Real and the Ideal
Classical Jewish texts offer statements about ideal relationships between parents and children, between spouses, and with other family members. At the same time, we have stories that suggest the ideal was often supplanted by real life conflict and tension. This session will offer a contrasting view of law and stories about family relationships.

Session 3: A Multitude of Jewish Families: A Contemporary View
We live in world where our definitions of and ideas about family are challenged by changing societal norms. This session will focus on ways that Judaism can continue to expand its understanding of family and what values can guide us in creating Jewish families.

Rabbi Dvora Weisberg is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Rabbinics; HUC-JIR Rabbinical School Director and Rabbinical Program Director in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Before coming to HUC-JIR, Dr. Weisberg taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Weisberg is the author of Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism, which explores the ancient rabbis’ understanding of family and familial relationships, and Tractate Menahot: A Feminist Commentary (2020). Dr. Weisberg teaches frequently in informal settings, including adult education programs in congregations, several summers at the URJ Kallah and sessions for the CCAR and its regional conventions.

Option 2: Why it’s our Obligation to Take Care of Mother Earth (The Torah Says So)
Taught by Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz and Dr. Barak Gale

Session 1: To Till and to Tend the Earth (Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz presenting)
Join Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz in exploring one of Judaism’s central tenets, to till and to tend the Earth. Our interest in the environment has deep roots! We’ll look at some traditional texts together to ground ourselves in ancient wisdom, and perhaps expand our own concept of sustainability to include some radical ideas around rest, release and justice.

Session 2: The Shmita of Shmitas – Jewish and Climate Time Coincide at 100 Seconds Before Midnight (Dr. Barak Gale Presenting)
Not just a routine Shmita year, no nothing like it. The Shmita of Shmitas has dreadful warnings like “Code Red for Humanity.” Word has it that understanding the science of Climate Upheaval will not extract us from this existential threat – too bad, Dr. Barak Gale loves talking thermodynamics. This session will cover Jewish values, art, poetry, ritual, stories, successes, and yes, some science as well. Barak will persuade you how fun it is to share a poem or sing, say, Olam Hesed Yibaneh, if you testify at a hearing! We look forward to hearing from you and how you engage with your gusto, your heart and your faith. Make it fun. Make it prayer. Make it Tikkun Olam.

Session 3: Ethical Kashrut (Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz presenting)
What is the relationship between ethics and kashrut in the 21st century? What are the trends occurring now? Learn Jewish texts with Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz about Jewish perspectives and explore new models of Jewish activism.

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President & Dean of the Valley Beit Midrash (a national Jewish pluralistic adult learning & leadership center), the Founder & President of Uri L’Tzedek (a Jewish Social Justice organization), the Founder and President of Shamayim (a Jewish animal advocacy movement), the Founder and President of YATOM, (the Jewish foster and adoption network), and the author of 21 books on Jewish ethics. Newsweek named Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America and the Forward named him one of the 50 most influential Jews.

Born in Haifa, Dr. Barak Gale “owned” his name, following the first SF Emanu-El Israel trip for his Confirmation Class, a lifetime ago in 1971. His Temple connection and regular family outings to beautiful places in nature, like Muir Woods, largely shaped his childhood. Retired as a Doctor of Optometry, today Barak is a Volunteer Climate Reality Project Leader, trained by Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project. He has served as Mentor at six global trainings and serves as Chair of the Green Team at his Olympia Temple, where he also leads occasional services and chants Torah. He has given presentations to Jewish and other Faith communities, high schools, and Lions Clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. One of his favorite projects was organizing and facilitating a “mini climate summit” of Middle School classes in New Delhi and Olympia.

Option 3: Essential Jewish Philosophers: Hillel, Maimonides and Spinoza
Taught by Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan

Sessions 1 – 3: Hillel, Maimonides and Spinoza
Leo Strauss (d. 1973) provocatively suggested that “modern Judaism is a synthesis between rabbinical Judaism and Spinoza.” We can draw a line back in time from Spinoza to Maimonides to Hillel. Each are located in liminal moments in the lifeline of the developing Jewish people: Hillel and Rabbinic Judaism beyond sovereignty and territoriality, Maimonides systematizing Jewish philosophy and law, and Spinoza’s critique of unearned authority and the pursuit of reason.

Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan came to the Bay Area to teach art at UAHC Camp Swig and study at the San Francisco Art Institute. After a decade of creating Ketubbot, he attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, receiving his MAHL and Rabbinic Ordination. From 1990 to 2010, he served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco as a Rabbi and Educator. In 2002, he was awarded the Covenant Award as “An Exceptional Jewish Educator who has had a significant impact on others, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the transmission of Jewish knowledge, values, and identity.” In 2010, he joined the Senior Faculty at Lehrhaus Judaica, where he created the Bay Area Community Talmud Circles that continue today in partnership with New Lehrhaus. Since leaving full time Jewish labor in 2020, he has re-opened his printmaking studio.

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The Tauber Jewish Studies Program is made possible by The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, reflecting the dynamic, generous, and enduring spirit of Dr. Laszlo N. Tauber.

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