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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
- 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
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
- 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:
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
- Children and the News (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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