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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
February Late Shabbat 8:00 pm
February Late Shabbat
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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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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Vince Celli: My Jewish Journey

 

“In some ways, my journey has been atypical, and in other ways has been downright, “Wet Hot American Summer”-level cliché. It might sound crazy to you, but I’ve never been to a single bar or bat mitzvah, including my own. Still, my entire life I’ve identified as Jewish. For the first 30 years, that was just cultural — appreciating Jewish values of education and justice, family, humor, food, and just being proud of my history on both my Jewish mother’s and Italian father’s sides. And then that began to evolve when…you guessed it…I went on Birthright. This was my first real introduction to the religious side of being Jewish.

I grew up in a secular household that was suspicious of the merits of organized religion in part because of the atrocities that have been committed throughout human history in its name. But the Judaism that was presented to me at a kibbutz in northern Israel back in 2013 felt very different. Instead of the dogmatism that I associated with religion, I was shown that it was woven into the fabric of Judaism to question and grapple with its concepts and meaning. It’s even built into the name “Israel,” to wrestle with God. And somehow, everything I was experiencing, and learning felt familiar, like I was coming home after a lifetime away. Then I came home, to my apartment in San Francisco. Despite forging lifelong friendships, packing what felt like years of experience into 10 days, and starting a life-changing journey I vowed to continue, Birthright merely planted a seed that wouldn’t sprout until much later.

I hopped back on the treadmill of life and 5 years passed in the blink of an eye without a single step further on my Jewish journey. I’ll spare you the painfully cliché details, but a fateful run-in with an Israeli soldier from my Birthright cohort was the kick in the tuchus I needed. It all felt like a serendipitous sign I couldn’t ignore and the very next day I was Googling local synagogues. I stumbled upon Congregation Emanu-El who said there was a Young Adult Late Shabbat coming up that Friday that I should check out… so I did! Thinking I would know nobody and defying my introverted personality, I showed up and I couldn’t be happier I went, because my life changed forever that night. The warm embrace of this amazing community washed over me immediately, and as I sat there in Martin Meyer Sanctuary, I felt that same feeling of familiarity I had in Israel so many years before. I was home.

If it weren’t for this community, I’m not sure if or when I would have found Judaism. I have met so many amazing people, learned beautiful concepts from our tradition, and deepened my Jewish identity exponentially here. I love that our tradition continues to evolve to meet the challenges of the future instead of clinging to dogmatic beliefs that no longer serve us. I love that as Jews, we have central principles like tikkun olam and tzedakah that obligate us to repair the world and strive for justice, which compels us to join our brothers and sisters in times like these to demand social change and an end to racist policies and policing. Still sometimes, like when I stumble through a prayer or “admit” in front of hundreds of my peers that I’ve never even been to a bar mitzvah, I still struggle with feelings of being “not Jewish enough,” and I know some of you can relate. But being Jewish is a choice, and sometimes not an easy choice in the face of anti-Semitism that has persisted for thousands of years. I’m still learning, and the journey is a lifelong process, but I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this beautiful, diverse tribe and this community at Emanu-El. 

 

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