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Join Cantor Luck at A Cantor’s Head at the Vogue Theatre 5:45 pm
Join Cantor Luck at A Cantor’s Head at the Vogue Theatre
Mar 1 @ 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm
You are invited to join Cantor Luck at the Vogue theatre on Sunday, March 1 at 5:45 pm for a very special early screening of A Cantor’s Head in conjunction with the Jewish Film Festival … Continued
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Brown Bag March 2020 12:00 pm
Brown Bag March 2020
Mar 4 @ 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, March 2020 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, March 2020
Mar 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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
Young Adult Hamantaschen Baking 7:30 pm
Young Adult Hamantaschen Baking
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Temple Emanu-El and Moishe House Nob Hill are excited to come together to teach the young adult community (20s & 30s) how to bake hamantaschen just in time for Purim! Join us on Wednesday, 3/4, … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Roslyn Barak, Senior Cantor, Emerita will participate in this evening's service. Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer will deliver the sermon.
Simchat Shabbat Dinner March 2020 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner March 2020
Mar 6 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 PM in the Martin Meyer Reception. Thai food will be provided.Member: Adult – $24.00; children ages 11-17 – $24.00Non-member: Adult – $28.00; children … Continued
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Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Mar 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55) 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner (Room 55)
Mar 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Mar 7 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Oscar Davidorf) (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Shaya Gilden) (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Shaya Gilden) (MMS)
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
PurimPalooza 2020 9:00 pm
PurimPalooza 2020
Mar 7 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 8 @ 1:00 am
The Bay Area's biggest and best Purim party is back and better than ever for its seventh consecutive year! Presented by the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El, PurimPalooza will be a night filled with dancing, … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Mar 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
The Whole Megillah: A Reading For Adults (Chapel) 6:00 pm
The Whole Megillah: A Reading For Adults (Chapel)
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Reuben Rinder Chapel  On the night of Purim, join us for a lively discussion, a light meal, and the chance to imbibe until you can’t tell the difference between Haman and Mordechai as we make … Continued
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Torah Study – (Zoom Meeting) 9:15 am
Torah Study – (Zoom Meeting)
Mar 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Temple Emanu-El is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/881710960 Meeting ID: 881 710 960 One tap mobile+16699009128,,881710960# US (San Jose)+16465588656,,881710960# US (New York) Dial by your location       +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)       +1 646 558 … Continued
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner CANCELLED 9:15 am
Torah Study – with Rabbi Kushner CANCELLED
Mar 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Hasidic Masters on the Parasha
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Aiden Goldsztejn) (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (BM of Maxwell Fluhr ) (MMS) 10:30 am
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Tot Shabbat Service 12:30 pm
Tot Shabbat Service
Mar 17 @ 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm
12:30 – 12:50 pm – Tot Shabbat Service with Rabbi Fenves, Nika Greenberg, and Jonathan Bayer Livestreamed through our Temple Facebook page
Future Fertility Panel (POSTPONED) 6:30 pm
Future Fertility Panel (POSTPONED)
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Wondering about egg freezing, still looking for the right partner or feeling pressure about having children? With three experts from the field, we will discuss the issues and emotions women experience when thinking about their … Continued
SPARK 2020 – Dead Sea Scrolls and Cairo Ganiza – Cancelled 6:45 pm
SPARK 2020 – Dead Sea Scrolls and Cairo Ganiza – Cancelled
Mar 17 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Discovery and Surprise in Jewish History: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo GenizaTaught by SFSU Profs: Ken Cohen and Fred Astren Two sets of discoveries in modern times have completely altered the way we think … Continued
Jewish Ideas of God in a Time of Crisis: Protest, Protection, Lament and Love – Zoom class 7:00 pm
Jewish Ideas of God in a Time of Crisis: Protest, Protection, Lament and Love – Zoom class
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
7:00 – 7:45 pm – Join an online adult learning class, via Zoom. Jewish Ideas of God in a Time of Crisis: Protest, Protection, Lament and Love. A 45-minute conversation with Rabbi Rodich and Jewish theologian … Continued
SPARK 2020: Forgiving the Unforgivable – Cancelled 7:00 pm
SPARK 2020: Forgiving the Unforgivable – Cancelled
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Forgiving the Unforgivable? The Ethics of ApologiesProf. Aaron Hahn Tapper, University of San FranciscoThe notion of forgiveness is central to the human experience. It is a component of one’s relationship with other individuals, other collectives, … Continued
SPARK 2020: LGBTQ Inclusion in Jewish Life – Cancelled 7:00 pm
SPARK 2020: LGBTQ Inclusion in Jewish Life – Cancelled
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LGBTQ Inclusion in Jewish Life: Where do we fit and how can we all belong together?Randi Reed, Keshet’s Bay Area EducatorThe makeup of our Jewish world is changing; we now understand and describe gender, identity … Continued
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The Book of Life Project 10:00 am
The Book of Life Project
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am
10:00 am – Join Rabbi Mintz and other rabbinic colleagues for an online study opportunity, The Book of Life Project. Registration required. 
A Musical Moment 7:30 pm
A Musical Moment
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul with a Musical Moment from Cantor Attie through the Temple Facebook page.
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Cancelled 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Cancelled
Mar 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Civic Engagement Census Conversation – Cancelled 5:00 pm
Civic Engagement Census Conversation – Cancelled
Mar 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This event has been cancelled per guidance from various local and national health organizations. Stay tuned for updates on when it will be rescheduledBe Counted. Learn from Ditas Katague, the Director of Complete Count California, about … Continued
Livestreamed Kabbalat Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
Livestreamed Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
6:00 – 6:45 pm – Tune in for a Livestreamed Kabbalat Shabbat Service through the Temple’s Facebook page or via Zoom.  To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book.
One Shabbat Guest Speaker: HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield (Livestream only) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Guest Speaker: HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield (Livestream only)
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Guest Speaker: HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield (Livestream only)
In partnership with the Anti-Defamation League we will be livestreaming Mark Hetfield, CEO and President of HIAS at this evening’s Shabbat service. Mark will speak about the urgent and pressing issues surrounding immigration and refugee status … Continued
One Shabbat service (MMS) – Livestream Only 6:00 pm
One Shabbat service (MMS) – Livestream Only
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
March 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner – Cancelled 7:00 pm
March 2020 YFE Family Shabbat Dinner – Cancelled
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This event has been cancelled per guidance from various local and national health organizations.  Join us for our March YFE Family Shabbat Dinner! Our March Shabbat is being co-planned by Tzedek Council’s new Family Tzedek committee, which is working to infuse … Continued
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Online Only, Zoom Meeting 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Online Only, Zoom Meeting
Mar 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Temple Emanu-El is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.   Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/136460315   Meeting ID: 136 460 315   One tap mobile +16699009128,,136460315# US (San Jose) +16465588656,,136460315# US (New York)   Dial … Continued
Shabbat Service BM of Sasha Yolles (TBD) 10:30 am
Shabbat Service BM of Sasha Yolles (TBD)
Mar 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
30s & 40s Potluck Havdallah – Cancelled 6:00 pm
30s & 40s Potluck Havdallah – Cancelled
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for a potluck Havdallah at a private home in Marin (address provided upon registration). We'll mix and mingle from 6-9PM, so join when you can (Havdallah will happen … Continued
Havdalah Service with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie – Online Only, Facebook Livestream 8:00 pm
Havdalah Service with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie – Online Only, Facebook Livestream
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm
8:00 pm – Havdalah Service with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie, through the Temple Facebook page
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Men’s Group – CANCELLED 9:30 am
Men’s Group – CANCELLED
Mar 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - CANCELLED @ 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) – Cancelled 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Cancelled
Mar 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Jewish sing-along for preschoolers with Jonathan Bayer – Online Only, Facebook Livestream 10:00 am
Jewish sing-along for preschoolers with Jonathan Bayer – Online Only, Facebook Livestream
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:20 am
10:00 – 10:20 am – Jewish sing-along for preschoolers with Jonathan Bayer, Livestreamed through the Temple Facebook page
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Online Only, Zoom Meeting 1:00 pm
Getting a head start on the Passover Seder – Online Only, Zoom Meeting
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rabbi Kushner will lead three Monday sessions about Passover, via Zoom, beginning on March 23 on how to celebrate what may be one one of the most memorable Seders in Jewish history!  We will explore … Continued
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Framing this Crisis with the Wisdom of THE Spiritual Giant of the 20th Century 6:00 pm
Framing this Crisis with the Wisdom of THE Spiritual Giant of the 20th Century
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Framing this Crisis with the Wisdom of THE Spiritual Giant of the 20th Century
 What would Abraham Joshua Heschel Say about COVID-19? – A text study and conversation with Michael Marmur live from Jerusalem via Zoom. Marmur is the world leading scholar on Abraham Joshua Heschel and will take … Continued
Young Adult Homebuyers Seminar – Cancelled 6:00 pm
Young Adult Homebuyers Seminar – Cancelled
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Interested in buying a home or investment in the Bay Area, but don’t know where to start? Come enjoy drinks, bites, and learn strategies from the industry’s top Real Estate and Mortgage professionals. We’ll cover … Continued
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Baby Groups with Mimi – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi – Zoom
Mar 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Baby Groups with Mimi: Join Mimi Greisman for virtual baby groups every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, via Zoom. Mimi will introduce your little one to Jewish stories, songs, puppets, dancing and the important weekly rituals … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – CANCELLED 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – CANCELLED
Mar 26 @ 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
The Book of Life Project – Online Only 10:00 am
The Book of Life Project – Online Only
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Please Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Senior Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles; and Matthew Gewirtz, Senior Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun Syangogue in Short Hills, NJ; for a deep dive into The Book … Continued
Hebrew, Music, and Prayer with Cantor Marsha Attie – Zoom 12:00 pm
Hebrew, Music, and Prayer with Cantor Marsha Attie – Zoom
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm
Hebrew, Music, and Prayer with Cantor Marsha Attie - Zoom @ Zoom
Hebrew, Music, and Prayer with Cantor Marsha Attie. This week’s class will focus on the language of Hebrew Blessings. Via Zoom.
A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck – Facebook Live 7:30 pm
A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck – Facebook Live
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
7:30 – 7:40 pm – Soothe Your Soul With A Moment of Music with Cantor Arik Luck via Facebook Live.
The statewide homelessness response to COVID-19 – Zoom 8:00 pm
The statewide homelessness response to COVID-19 – Zoom
Mar 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The statewide homelessness response to COVID-19 - Zoom @ Zoom
Margot Kushel, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and also the Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations.    Please join us Thursday evening via Zoom … Continued
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Bagels and Babies CANCELLED 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies CANCELLED
Mar 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Baby Groups with Mimi – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi – Zoom
Mar 27 @ 11:00 am – Mar 28 @ 12:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi, via Zoom. Join by clicking this link.
Kabbalat Shabbat service – Online Only 6:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat service – Online Only
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us for our online Kabbalat Shabbat Service beginning at 6:00 pm. Rabbi Fenves and Cantor Attie will lead the service. Tune in for a Livestreamed Kabbalat Shabbat Service on Facebook Live, and Zoom. To follow along … Continued
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Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom 9:15 am
Torah Study – Rabbi Jonathan Singer – Zoom
Mar 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Participate in this Torah study led by Rabbi Jonathan by logging in to Zoom.
Havdalah Service with the Singer family – Facebook Live 8:00 pm
Havdalah Service with the Singer family – Facebook Live
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Havdalah Service with the Singer family through Facebook Live. 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Cancelled 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR) – Cancelled
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Baby Groups with Mimi – Zoom 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi – Zoom
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 Baby Groups with Mimi, via Zoom.
Get a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom 1:00 pm
Get a head start on the Passover Seder – Zoom
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How to Celebrate Passover, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner leads the second of three Monday sessions on getting a head start on the Passover Seder and how to celebrate what may be one … Continued
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie – Facebook Live and Zoom 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie – Facebook Live and Zoom
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie, Facebook Live AND Zoom Meeting.
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Rabbi Jonathan in Dialogue with Israeli Activist Anat Hoffman – Zoom 12:00 pm
Rabbi Jonathan in Dialogue with Israeli Activist Anat Hoffman – Zoom
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Rabbi Jonathan in Dialogue with Israeli Activist Anat Hoffman , Executive Director of the Israeli Action Center and leader of Women of the Wall. They will focus on the recent election in Israel and its consequences, results … Continued
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Connecting in New Ways

Connecting in New Ways

(Updated as of Monday, March 30, 2020)
Note: Due to COVID-19, the building is closed for public programming until April 8. 

These are challenging times. With San Francisco Mayor London Breed asking city residents to stay in their homes, we need our Emanu-El community more than ever. We are here for you!

Although all in-person programming at Congregation Emanu-El is suspended until April 8, we are offering a variety of ways to feed and nourish our souls as we journey through this moment together.

If you are experiencing hardship and need support, or pastoral care, be in touch at membership@emanuelsf.org or leave a message on the main temple phone line at 415-751-2535 and someone will reach out to you.

Connecting in New Ways

Here’s what we are doing to keep our community connected, even though our ability to meet in person is limited. Although we are practicing physical distancing, this doesn’t mean we need to distance ourselves emotionally and spiritually.

Event Updates:

Monday, March 30

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Baby Groups with Mimi, on Zoom.
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – How to Celebrate Passover, with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner leads the second of three Monday sessions on getting a head start on the Passover Seder and how to celebrate what may be one one of the most memorable Seders in Jewish history! New participants most welcome! We will explore some classical texts on the Great Feast of Freedom including such topics as What is Redemption? How to keep seven year-olds interested? What is hometz anyway? We will also share strategies for celebrating very small sedarim. Anne Frank’s family did it. Jews aboard ships have done it. Perhaps now we should have Elijah share a place at the table with a laptop set on Zoom. One thing is for sure, there will be many amazing stories. New participants most welcome! On Zoom.

Tuesday, March 31

  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Discussion with Anat Hoffman on the aftermath of the Israel and WZO elections. Join Rabbi Jonathan as he engages in a dialogue with Anat Hoffman, head of the Israel Religious Action Center and leader of Women Of The Wall. They will focus on the recent election in Israel and its consequences. The results of the WZO elections, and the climate in Israel as people struggle there with the Covid-19 Virus. On Zoom.

Thursday, April 2

  • 10:00 – 11:00 am The Book of Life Project – Writing Your Own Book of Life in this Significant Time. Join Rabbis Sydney Mintz; Yoshi Zweiback, Sr. Rabbi, Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA; and Matthew Gewritz, Sr. Rabbi, B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in Short ills, NJ for this online study opportunity. Free but registration required.
  • 12:00 1:00 pm  Cantor’s Class: Reminiscing on Shalom Rav, with Cantor Arik Luck and Special guest Cantor Katie Oringel. Cantors Luck and Oringel will explore the origins of this beautiful piece of Hebrew liturgy and share some of their favorite musings around specific melodies. Zoom.
  • Thursday, 7:30 – 7:40 pm Soothe Your Soul with A Moment of Music with Cantor Attie.  Facebook Live.

Friday, April 3

  • 6:00 – 6:45 pm Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Jonathan and Cantor Luck. To follow along with prayers, click here for a free online Mishkan T’Fillah prayer book. Facebook Live.

Saturday, April 4

  • 9:15 – 10:15 am Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan, followed by Mourner’s Kaddish and a Healing Prayer. Zoom
  • 8:00 – 8:30 pm Havdalah with Rabbi Mintz and Cantor Attie, Facebook Live and Zoom.

This is a challenging time for everyone. It is in these moments that we are most grateful for our Emanu-El community. Even though we are not together physically, we are together in spirit and online.

Event Cancellations

  • Tauber SPARK! (March 31) – Cancelled
  • Bridge (March 24) – Cancelled
  • Cooking for Congregants (March 26) – Cancelled
  • Women’s Seder (April 1) – Cancelled
  • Brown Bag ( April 1) – Cancelled
  • Limonata and Learning (April 1) – Cancelled
  • Dr. Gary Zola, Scholar-in-Residence weekend (April 3 – 5) – Cancelled
  • Passover Seders (April 9) – All in-house Seders have been cancelled.
  • Aaron David Miller (April 19) – Cancelled
  • Max Czollek (April 29) – Cancelled

Schools:

We are closing our religious school and our preschool through April 5, following the City’s guidelines. We will be in touch with our YFE families about digital learning opportunities during this period.

Public Health Guidelines:

Keep up to date at www.sfdph.org, by calling 311, and by signing up for San Francisco’s new alert service for official updates: text COVID19SF to 888-777. Other helpful websites include: the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UCSF, for guidance about preventative actions to help stop the spread of any respiratory disease. 

Keeping Yourself and Others Healthy

Prevention Tips:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Try not to touch your eye, ears or mouth
  • Don’t shake hands; instead use a slight bow or elbow bump as a sign of welcome
  • If you haven’t done so already, get a flu shot. The flu shot not only reduces your risk of having to go to a doctor, it also helps prevent you or someone else getting the flu and Covid-19
  • Notify your health care provider if you have been exposed to someone who has Covid-19

Supporting Children in Times of Uncertainty: 

Seeing and hearing about local and world events, such as the outbreak of COVID-19, may cause children to experience stress, anxiety, and fears. We hope you will find the following resources helpful in supporting children during a time of uncertainty:

Community Support

Congregation Emanu-El is a community that supports one another in times of joy and times of uncertainty, and we are working with our partners to identify additional ways we can help each other during this challenging period. Please continue to monitor this page for updates on how you can get or give support.

As always, you can help our community through a contribution to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. Our clergy uses these funds to assist Emanu-El members and community organizations in need.  

How You Can Help

Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS): Apply to be a volunteer, or call 415-449-3807. JFCS offers safe opportunities for Emergency Service Volunteers, including:
  • Food Runners:  Staff and volunteers bring meals, groceries from JFCS Food banks and other supplies to those who are homebound. Help is still needed.
  • Safe-at-Home Program:  Volunteers call high-risk seniors daily to monitor their safety and security.
  • Food Pantry:  JFCS is accepting donations of non-perishable items to their Food Pantry.  Drop off at 2150 Post Street, 9:00 -5:00 pm weekdays.  

The American Red Cross: Sign up to donate blood. The Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to the large number of blood drive cancellations.

Institute on Aging: Sign up as a volunteer at the Friendship Line, then their team will reach out as a need arises. Trained volunteers make and receive calls to and from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a compassionate voice and listening ear.

Meals on Wheels: Needs volunteers to help assemble and deliver meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities. Must be between the ages of 18-64. Learn more and register here.

SF-Marin Foodbank: Volunteer to help feed those in need. Current needs:
  • Pop-up Pantries: Help with food distribution at neighborhood pop-up pantries. 
    Please register in advance, as the Food Bank is unable to accommodate drop-in volunteers.
  • Home Delivered Groceries: Help deliver weekly groceries to those in need. Advance registration required.
UCSF is accepting donations of critical supplies for frontline care providers, including protective equipment and sanitizing items. Donations are being accepted a three locations 7 days a week, 8:00am – 5:00 pm. Learn more here.
 

If You Need Help

Many community organizations remain open to provide assistance during this time:

Jewish Family and Children’s Services staff are first responders during this pandemic emergency. If you or someone you care about needs help, please call the JFCS Bay Area Critical Help Line at 415.449.3700.

  • Families and adults – For assistance, please call 415.449.1212
    • Emergency counseling assistance is offered to help cope with this emergency.
    • JFCS Food Banks are well stocked and open. Groceries and supplies will be delivered as needed in all regions.
    • Counseling, consultation, and advice services are available by phone, video conference, or in-person. 
  • Parents – For assistance, please call 415.359.2443
    • Clinical counseling continues to be offered by phone, video conference, or in-person, to answer questions and help children and parents cope with this crisis.
    • Online workshops are available to help parents understand how to best help their children with the added anxiety that they are experiencing.

Hebrew Free Loan offers interest-free, emergency bridge loans to help Jewish individuals and families in Northern California cover their living expenses during difficult and uncertain times. If you’re having trouble making ends meet because of the effects of Coronavirus, including childcare costs when schools are closed, small business losses, cancelled study abroad programs, and lost wages because you can’t go into work, they may be able to help.

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center provides spiritual care in these times of pandemic.

Shalom Bayit​​​​​ offers counseling and direct support to battered women and their children in the Jewish community.

Crisis Text Line is for older teens or young adults.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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