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.
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Programming is open to all who are 21 or older.
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Pre-Late Shabbat Meditation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come relax into Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El’s young adult meditation group from 7:30-8:30 pm right before Late Shabbat! Join us for a short guided meditation and a chance to connect and engage in a mindful discussion afterward. We’ll meet in the chapel at Congregation Emanu-El and all head to Late Shabbat together at the conclusion of the meditation + discussion.
Desiree Matloob will lead the session, and has been meditating regularly since 2008. She has engaged in a variety of meditation practices, from 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreats and 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, to Jewish mindfulness retreats in Israel/the Bay Area and Zen meditation groups in the city. She’s excited to share the wisdom of meditation practice with the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El.
July Late Shabbat
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
You are warmly invited to experience one of the most popular young Jewish events in the Bay Area. Come as you are, in casual or dressy attire, no registration necessary! Come early and mingle and meet new people before the service for our intimate Welcome Reception at 8:00 pm. Accompany hundreds of young adults for a contemporary Shabbat service led by members of our clergy! The Shabbat service is followed by an Oneg featuring schmoozing, snacks and spirits. OR come relax into Shabbat with Congregation Emanu-El’s young adult meditation group from 7:30-8:30 right before Late Shabbat. Join us for a guided meditation and chance to connect and engage in a mindful discussion afterwards. We’ll meet in the chapel and Congregation Emanu-El and all head to Late Shabbat together at the conclusion of the meditation.
Single and Ready to Mingle at Dolores
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Spend an afternoon in sunny Dolores Park with other singles in the Young Adult Community at
Congregation Emanu-El. Eat some snacks, drink some drinks, and meet some great people. We’ll start off in the park with the option to visit a nearby bar as the afternoon turns into night. Cost is $12 per person for members, and $15 for non-members – come by yourself or bring a friend! make sure to register by July 11 to secure your spot.
SF Jewish Living Volunteer Event
10:00 – 11:30 am
Come join us for a Sunday morning of connecting, learning, and bonding. YALC is partnering with the SF Jewish Elderly Home where we will be paired with an elder to learn about their life and provide some excitement from their everyday routine. If you miss your Jewish grandparent and want some loving- this event is for you!
Camp Nai Nai Nai
Camp Nai Nai Nai – the ultimate Jewish summer camp for young adults – is coming BACK to the West Coast! Partnering again with with Congregation Emanu-El, join us August 23-25 for an incredible weekend of adventures. Give your city-worn spirit a break and embrace the opportunity to be YOUish! From bubble soccer to aerial skills to DIY flower crown making, there is always something that’s right for you at camp. Want to see some highlights from last year’s camp? Watch our highlight reel here!
WHERE: Kennolyn Camps in Soquel, CA
Registration is OPEN! Use code “Emanuel” at checkout to take $25 off of registration. Learn more and register today at campnainainai.org
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.
Emanu-El 30s/40s Group: A group for adults in their 30s and 40s, we regularly come together in meaningful ways to have fun, develop meaningful relationships, and deepen our Jewish identity through spiritual, educational, social, and service oriented programming. Most events are open to congregants and non-congregants, but certain events are congregant-only. For more information on events in this group contact Rachel Melman.