Young Adult Programming
You’re invited to our programs and events tailor-made for the Young Adult Community (20s & 30s) and our mid 30s & 40s group. Please check back often as we update this page with new events regularly.
Want to become a member of Congregation Emanu-El? Join or renew your Emanu-El membership at any time!
Questions about our Young Adult Community? Contact Rachel Schonwetter. Questions about our mid 30s & 40s community? Contact Monica Pevzner.
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Challah Baking and Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 31, 6:00-9:00 pm
Private residence in San Francisco (address provided upon registration)
Registration Fee: $10 (includes ingredients and wine)
Every day’s a Challah Day when you get to bake challah and taste wine with friends new and old!
Come join the young adult community at Congregation Emanu-El for an evening of challah baking and wine tasting in a Bernal Heights home (address provided upon request). Whether you’re new to baking challah or an expert – we’d love to have you join us! We have limited capacity so register now!
Friday, June 1, 6:30 pm
2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Moishe House and Congregation Emanu-El are partnering for the first annual West Coast Camp Nai Nai Nai! Join us as we meet at Drakes Brewery in Oakland to explore Oaklands famous First Fridays – there will be art, food carts, live music, dancing, and more at this crazy street fair. Let’s start Shabbat together in Oakland and meet some of the people who are thinking about attending camp (and maybe meet friends so they can go in on it together and get the group rate…) We’ll be meeting at Drakes Brewery at 6:30 pm. It’s just a short BART trip across the bay and very easy to find. See you all there!
Questions? Email us!
Friday, June 8, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
Restaurants in the Inner Richmond
The Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El invite you to a special Camp Nai Nai Nai Dinner + Late Shabbat!
This summer the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El has partnered with Moisha house to bring you Camp Nai Nai Nai: the ultimate Jewish summer camp for adults.
We want to invite all Jewish young adults from around the Bay Area to come together for intimate dinners – between 8 and 10 people – at some of the best spots in the Inner Richmond. This will be an opportunity to learn more about Camp Nai Nai Nai, and meet other friends who might be going a well.
Following dinner, we will head over to Congregation Emanu-El for Late Shabbat service. The service will be followed by a lively Oneg with food, drinks, and the opportunity to meet people from other dinners and make more friends who will be coming to camp this summer!
Save your seat at the table by June 4. We will email you about your reservation the week of the dinner.
Pre Late Shabbat Meditation
Friday, June 8, 7:30-8:30 pm
Come relax into Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El’s young adult meditation group from 7:30-8:30 pm right before June Late Shabbat! Join us for a short guided meditation and a chance to connect and engage in a mindful discussion afterwards. We will meet in the Chapel at Emanu-El. Together, we will all head to Late Shabbat services after the meditation session.
June Late Shabbat
Friday, June 8
Welcome Reception, 8:00 pm
Late Shabbat Service, 8:30 pm
Late Shabbat is always on the second Friday of the month at Congregation Emanu-El
You are warmly invited to experience one of the most popular young Jewish events in the Bay Area. Come as you are, in casual attire, no registration necessary, just show up! Accompany hundreds of young adults for a contemporary service led by members of our clergy accompanied by Eric Schoen and Jonathan Ferris. All of the splendor is followed by an oneg featuring schmoozing, snacks and spirits.
We invite you to come early to mingle and meet new people before the service for our intimate wine and cheese Welcome Reception at 8:00 pm.
Nosh with the Rabbi (formerly known as THE Book Club)
Tuesday, June 19 7:00-9:00 pm
Private residence in San Francisco
Congregant Cost: $10.00; General Admission: $18.00 (dinner provided)
Join with other young adults in their 20s and 30s for dinner and a deep discussion on a Jewish topic or text guided by a member of the Emanu-El clergy team. This month, Rabbi Rodich will be there to lead the evening.
Kickin’ it Old School – Camp Nai Nai Nai Kickball and Field Day
Sunday, June 24, 1:00-5:00 pm
Ready for some healthy competition? Have you been waiting all summer to play some games? Does the idea of summer camp make you feel nostalgic?
In honor of Camp Nai Nai Nai – Young Adult Jewish Summer Camp, we invite you to join the Young Adult Jewish Community from Congregation Emanu-El and Moishe House for a giant game of kickball, pick-up soccer, corn-hole, and other games! All sports-levels are welcomed. We want this to be an opportunity for you to get to meet some fellow Camp Nai Nai Nai campers and learn more about the activities being offered.
Activities and some beverages will be provided but please bring food, beverages, and games you’d like to share with the group!
Camp Nai Nai Nai 2018 – West Coast
Friday, August 17- Sunday, August 19
Camp Navarro (2.5 hours north of San Francisco)
Camp Nai Nai Nai is the ultimate Jewish summer camp for adults! Shed the 9-to-5; return to your inner child; rediscover unadulterated joy! Camp Nai Nai Nai is where we sing the wrong words to the right songs, stumble into spontaneous adventures, and party like it’s 1999!
Recharge your city-worn spirit and tap into the exuberant energy only found at camp. As an inclusive and pluralistic Jewish space, Camp Nai Nai Nai offers young adults the Shabbat experience of a lifetime – among free-spirited friends (new and old) from around the country, against a picturesque backdrop of a campfire, and sprawling night sky full of stars.
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE for accommodations, meals, and activities:
Earliest Bird – $285 (until June 3, 2018)
Early Bird – $300 (until July 3, 2018)
General Admission – $325 (registration closes Aug 3, 2018)
This program happens twice a year, stay tuned for our next dates
Six consecutive Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Are you an engaged or newly married couple? Then this series is meant for you. The Chuppah and Beyond program will help you build and strengthen the foundational tools for a successful, happy lifelong relationship, while simultaneously building a community with other couples. Emanu-El clergy co-facilitate each class along with Sharon Epel, LMFT, a San Francisco-based psychotherapist and couples counselor. Topics covered include:
- Assessing the challenges of communication
- Managing conflict and staying connected
- Financial Planning and differing approaches to money
- Maintaining intimacy, friendship, and commitment
- Lessons from a successful marriage
Front Porch: A Special Opportunity for Members of Emanu-El
Are you looking to take a deep dive and really build meaningful relationships with other young adults in our community? We invite you to join Front Porch.
Through this innovative program we are matching young adults in groups and providing short videos and discussion materials to guide the relationship building. We want the groups to get together for six home hosted sessions over the course of six months. We have a box of materials for each group with all of the supplies you will need—video links, session agendas, handouts and discussion questions. The six topics are: sacred space, sacred time, social justice, money, legacy, and community. Check out this video to learn more.