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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Alexandra Greenberg (MMS) 10:30 am
Enter the High Holy Days with Selichot & The Jewish Women’s Theatre 6:30 pm
Enter the High Holy Days with Selichot & The Jewish Women’s Theatre
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
6:30 pm – Havdalah in Martin Meyer Reception 7:00 pm – Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre in Martin Meyer Sanctuary 8:15 pm – Selichot Service About Jewish Women’s Theatre In the fall of 2008, Jewish … Continued
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Mahjong (R57) 1:30 pm
Mahjong (R57)
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
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Young Adult Food Pantry Volunteering 6:00 pm
Young Adult Food Pantry Volunteering
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join members of the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El for an evening volunteering with the SF Marin Food Pantry. Volunteers will help sort and package produce for families in the greater San Francisco community. … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – September 6, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 6, 2018
Sep 6 @ 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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First Friday Under Five (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five (MMS)
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (MS) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (MS)
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-09-07 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2018-09-07
Sep 7 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Thai food will be provided.Adult Members- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Elul Mikvah 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 9:00 am
Elul Mikvah 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Rabbi Mintz, Rabbi Fenves and women from Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and The Tribe for Women for a morning of spiritual exploration and preparation for the High Holy Days at Baker Beach. Bring your … Continued
2018 ERH Family Service Ushering 5:00 pm
2018 ERH Family Service Ushering
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Every year for the High Holy Day services, we need temple ushers who extend a warm welcome, hand out prayer books, help congregants with seating, and answer general questions. Enrich your High Holy Day experience … Continued
Family Service, (MMS) 5:00 pm
Family Service, (MMS)
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm
One hour worship led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Service, (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Service, (Main)
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Jason Rodich.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Contemporary Service, (Main) 8:30 pm
Contemporary Service, (Main)
Sep 9 @ 8:30 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
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Rosh Hashanah – Office Closed
Classic Service, Main Sanctuary 9:00 am
Classic Service, Main Sanctuary
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Sydney Mintz.  Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS) 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS)
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under, Martin Meyer Sanctuary Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Contemporary Service (Main) 11:45 am
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 10 @ 11:45 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Service for families with children ages 5-10, (Main) 2:30 pm
Service for families with children ages 5-10, (Main)
Sep 10 @ 2:30 pm
Led by Emanu-El clergy with Cantor Arik Luck and musician Jonathan Ferris. No One Pass or ticket required.
Community Service led by our teens (Main) 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens (Main)
Sep 10 @ 3:30 pm
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings and commentaries created and led by our teens. With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Tashlich (Baker Beach) 5:00 pm
Tashlich (Baker Beach)
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm
As instructed by the Prophet Micah, we gather to throw breadcrumbs into the water on Rosh Hashanah afternoon. This ceremony is called Tashlich and represents a symbolic casting away of the transgressions of the past … Continued
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Worship (RRC) 9:30 am
Worship (RRC)
Sep 11 @ 9:30 am
A quiet, meditative acoustic service led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Rabbi Ryan Bauer, and Cantor Arik Luck.
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Cooking for Congregants – September 13, 2018 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – September 13, 2018
Sep 13 @ 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 five volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Camp Reunion Community Dinner and Late Shabbat 6:15 pm
Camp Reunion Community Dinner and Late Shabbat
Sep 14 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
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 … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat (MMS)
Sep 14 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
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The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2018 5:00 am
The Tribe for Men: Mikvah in the Ocean at Dawn 2018
Sep 16 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am
The High Holy Days are a time where we open ourselves up and look deep inside our souls to examine who we have been and who we want to be. Have we accomplished all we … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Scrabble (R57) 11:00 am
Scrabble (R57)
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
 
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Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm 1:00 pm
Kol Nidre – Office closes at 1:00 pm
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Family Service (MMS) 5:00 pm
Family Service (MMS)
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm
One hour worship, led in a participative, educational style by clergy. New this year: Open to the community.  Appropriate for children under age 5, accompanied by at least one parent. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Service (Main)
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Carla Fenves.  Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
HHD 2018 KN Sr. Transp 6:00 pm
HHD 2018 KN Sr. Transp
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transportation Assistance for Seniors in San Francisco on High Holy Days In partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, Congregation Emanu-El is again offering to subsidize half of the cost of transportation for elderly and disabled … Continued
Contemporary Service (Main) 8:30 pm
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 18 @ 8:30 pm
Led by Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
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Yom Kippur – Office Closed
Classic Service (Main) 9:00 am
Classic Service (Main)
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Music:  Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS) 10:00 am
Service for families with children ages 5 and under (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
Led by clergy with music by Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Taste of Tauber Study Session (GH) 10:00 am
Taste of Tauber Study Session (GH)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am
Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Lawrence Kushner on Malicious talk: Maimonides on the laws governing speech No One Pass or ticket required.
Study Session (GH) 11:30 am
Study Session (GH)
Sep 19 @ 11:30 am
Learn with Tad Taube Emanu-El Scholar Rabbi Stephen Pearce: What Is Your Story? Muriel Ruykeser advised, “The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories.” Accounts from our formative years, called “charter … Continued
Contemporary Service (Main) 11:45 am
Contemporary Service (Main)
Sep 19 @ 11:45 am
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Sermon by Rabbi Carla Fenves. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists.
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH) 2:00 pm
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH)
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco (GH)
DATE: Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 TIME: 2:00-3:30 pm (immediately following Contemporary Services) LOCATION: Guild Hall *childcare available* Join us for a special conversation about youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Hear directly from youth in this … Continued
Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz (Front Gate) 2:15 pm
Reflection and Renewal in the Redwoods: Prayer, Meditation and Music with Rabbi Sydney Mintz (Front Gate)
Sep 19 @ 2:15 pm
Participants will meet at the front gate of the temple at 2:15 pm to walk to the Presidio and return in time for the 3:30 pm Community Service led by our teens. No One Pass … Continued
Afternoon Service (MMS) 2:30 pm
Afternoon Service (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 2:30 pm
Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer.  Music by Cantor Arik Luck. No One Pass or ticket required.
Community Service led by our teens (Main) 3:30 pm
Community Service led by our teens (Main)
Sep 19 @ 3:30 pm
Come and be inspired by the music, communal singing, Torah readings, and commentaries created and led by our teen.  With Cantor Marsha Attie and accompanists. No One Pass or ticket required.
Guided Meditation (GH) – note: latecomers will not be admitted 4:00 pm
Guided Meditation (GH) – note: latecomers will not be admitted
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm
Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Note: Latecomers will not be admitted No One Pass or ticket required.  
Healing Service (RRC) 4:00 pm
Healing Service (RRC)
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm
Led by Senior Rabbi Beth Singer. No One Pass or ticket required.
Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services (Main) 5:30 pm
Classic Yizkor and Neilah Services (Main)
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm
Led by Senior Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music: Cantor Arik Luck, the Emanu-El Choir, and organist.
Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services (MMS) 5:30 pm
Contemporary Yizkor and Neilah Services (MMS)
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm
Led by Rabbis Carla Fenves and Jason Rodich. Sermon by Rabbi Sydney Mintz. Music: Cantor Marsha Attie and her accompanists. Space is extremely limited. Tickets or One Passes are required. Courtyard Havdalah and Break the … Continued
30’s and 40’s Break the Fast 6:30 pm
30’s and 40’s Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Come join the Emanu-El 30s and 40s community for our annual break-the-fast as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community … Continued
Young Adult Break the Fast 7:00 pm
Young Adult Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come join the Young Adult Community for a break-the-fast meal as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community as we … Continued
Young Adult Break the Fast 7:30 pm
Young Adult Break the Fast
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Come join the Young Adult Community for a break-the-fast meal as we mark the end of Yom Kippur. Whether or not you fast or go to services, come and connect with your community as we … Continued
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Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2018 5:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Service & Dinner 2018
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive outdoor service in the courtyard at 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 23, followed by Mediterranean dinner.Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.Reservations are required … Continued
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Service for First Day of Sukkot 9:00 am
Service for First Day of Sukkot
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the joyous festival service. Freshly brewed coffee will be served at 9:00 am for the service in the chapel, where Hallel will be sung by the Cantor! Afterwards, we will have the traditional … Continued
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Mahjong (chap) 6:00 pm
Mahjong (chap)
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Sukkot Dinner 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 6:30 pm
Sukkot Dinner 2018: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Come join us for our annual Women's Group and Tribe for Women dinner in the sukkah for a night of women, discussion, and wine. We will be outside so remember to dress warmly! Please register, and … Continued
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Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah 7:00 pm
Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tribe for Men: Sukkot Steak + Wine Celebration in the Sukkah @ Sukkah in the Temple Courtyard
Kick off the New Year together with other Tribe dads, as we have the first ever Sukkot steak and wine celebration in the temple Sukkah. Register now!Event Signup
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Drinks, Dinner, and Music in the Sukkah 7:00 pm
Drinks, Dinner, and Music in the Sukkah
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Event Signup
Sukkot is Zman Simchatenu – Season of our Joy 7:00 pm
Sukkot is Zman Simchatenu – Season of our Joy
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for an Boomers/Empty Nester's/Men's Group dinner in the sukkah – Middle eastern fare, wine, stories and music with Cantor Barak and the Rabbis Singer!Event Signup
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Bagels and Bagies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Bagies (MMR)
Sep 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering 7:15 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering
Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
LifeStream Shabbat Gathering ticket for September 28Event Signup
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Young Families Sukkot Celebration 2018 10:00 am
Young Families Sukkot Celebration 2018
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
We invite families with children under age 5 for a Shabbat morning service in the sukkah at Rabbi Carla Fenves and Cantor David Frommer's home. Please join us at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 29 … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Andrew Eidelhoch (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Andrew Eidelhoch (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Caleb Darsky (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service BM of Caleb Darsky (Main)
Sep 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shake your Lulav, 2018 3:00 pm
Shake your Lulav, 2018
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Young Adult Community at Emanu-El at our 4th annual Shake your Lulov Sukkot program! We are changing locations this year and have booked a private space at Spark Social SF to celebrate together … Continued
Shake your Lulav, 2018 3:00 pm
Shake your Lulav, 2018
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join the Young Adult Community at Emanu-El at our 4th annual Shake your Lulov Sukkot program! We are changing locations this year and have booked a private space at Spark Social SF to celebrate together … Continued
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Hebrew Decoding Fall 2018 9:30 am
Hebrew Decoding Fall 2018
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:15 am
Hebrew Decoding The Alef-Bet With Cantor Marsha AttieSunday, September 30, 9:30 – 11:15 amAND Sunday, October 7, 9:30 – 11:15 am This crash course is designed for those who want to learn how to read Hebrew … Continued
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2018 5:00 pm
Simchat Torah Dinner & Celebration 2018
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle! This joyful and festive occasion includes dinner, dancing and singing with the Torah … Continued
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture 8:30 pm
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture
Sep 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:20 pm
Yizkor Service (Chapel) and Anat Hoffman lecture
Have you experienced the loss of someone you love? Join us to honor and remember them at our beautiful Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Then join us at 9:30 am in … Continued
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Young Adult Leadership Committee

Young Adult Leadership Committee

We host over a hundred events every year. How do we do it? Who comes up with all the ideas? The answer is the Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC). These dedicated young adult volunteer congregation members are the brains and brawn behind our programs and events. They comprise a sample of our Young Adult Community: they’re in their 20s and 30s, and they’re awesome!

Young Adult Leadership Committee (YALC)

Aaron Bellings

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Aaron Bellings

Aaron is a San Francisco native, and passionate about all things San Francisco! Growing up just a few blocks from Temple Emanu-El, he used to attend summer school and various activities at the congregation. His family relocated to the North Bay at the age of 10, but Aaron’s love of Emanu-El and his Jewish heritage remained. Aaron had a Bar Mitzvah Jerusalem at the age of 13, and has continued to attend High Holy Day services at Emanu-El for years. After receiving his BS in Finance at Santa Clara University, he moved back to San Francisco and enjoys a career in residential real estate with his brother Michael. After moving back, Aaron discovered the various YAC programs that Emau-El had to offer, and was impressed to see how the programs have grown. After a year of attending events, he couldn’t wait to get involved! His first event was a home buyer seminar with a fellow YALC member, which was received very successfully, and is looking forward to contributing to the calendar of fun and original events that Emanu-El’s Young Adult Leadership Committee has to offer.

Rachel Bycer

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Rachel Bycer

Rachel is a native of Syracuse, NY, but a Californian at heart. After graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago and studying abroad at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she ditched her snow boots for flip flops and spent five years happily soaking up the sunshine in San Diego. She previously worked as an AmeriCorps Fellow, a Teach For America Corps Member, and an Educational Director at the Anti-Defamation League. Currently, she is pursuing her passion for education and social justice as a ninth-grade English teacher at Woodside High School and teaches at the Temple Emanu-El Religious School. She is so excited to be on YALC and looks forward to meeting you out in the community!

Lila Cantor

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Lila Cantor

Lila was born in Westchester, NY and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate from the University of Rochester, but decided to move back to the bay after graduating in 2014. She’s previously worked in the healthcare sector but is currently working in the technology space. Her passions include health, wellness, and fitness, and finding new ways to forge relationships with friends! In her free time, you can find Lila catching up with friends at local restaurant, working out, or traveling!

Since joining Emanu-El in December 2016, she has been involved with Eimatai, Young Adult Summer Camp Committee for two years, and attending events put on by YALC in the community service, social, and fitness realm! Lila‘s first event put on in the community was a Boxing Fitness, and in joining YALC in April 2018, she is excited create more fun and memorable experiences!
Aaron Hattenbach

Co-Chair
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Aaron Hattenbach

Co-Chair

Aaron grew up in Santa Monica, CA (Go Dodgers!), but his best friends will admit that he’s a NorCal convert and loving everything the Bay has to offer.  He earned a BA in Political Science and Business from Brandeis University where he was Captain of the Varsity Golf Team.  After graduating in 2009, Aaron moved back to Los Angeles and worked in Private Banking/Wealth Management as an investment advisor for several firms before taking the summer of 2014 off to backpack around Europe with a dear friend from High School.  It was during this life changing trip that he decided to take the leap of faith and accept a position with a successful Fintech company in San Francisco.

After attending several Late Shabbat’s earlier this year, Aaron felt an immediate connection with congregants and members of the YALC board that are now some of his closest friends in the city.  Aaron joined YALC in August 2016 after putting on an event at the Ping Pong Club, Spin SF and is very excited to work with the YALC leadership team in planning future events! He enjoys playing golf, travelling the world and learning new songs on his Ibanez AC-240 acoustic guitar.

David Kielsmeier

Danielle Klebanov

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Danielle Klebanov

Danielle is a native of LA and moved to San Francisco after graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. She came to a Late Shabbat while she was still in college but in the city for an interview and knew right then that she would want to be involved with the Jewish Community.  After attending more Late Shabbats through the last 3 years she decided to go to Summer Camp and had a blast!  After that, she knew she wanted to join YALC so she could help welcome other new members into the Young Adult community.

Danielle works as a Recruiter in the tech industry while also attending grad school at USC to get her Masters in Applied Psychology.  She’s passionate about helping people find new career opportunities that they love.  In her free time, she loves baking and eventually wants to be a professional cake decorator.  She can’t wait to share her passions with the Young Adult community at Emanu-El!

Phillip Klugman

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Phillip Klugman

Phillip grew up in Central California’s Salinas Valley, where he was a member of Temple Beth El. Phillip left the golden state and traveled to New York for college, where he attended NYU and immersed himself in the strong Jewish community of New York. This led him to join NYU’s Jewish Heritage Program and participate in numerous events at NYU’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. As part of this great Jewish community, Phillip traveled to Israel for the first time on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip, where he further connected to his Jewish roots and discovered his insatiable love of hummus. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from NYU, Phillip returned to his home state of California where he now works as a brand builder and communications expert, helping brilliant people and companies achieve their communication goals. He joined YALC in 2013 to continue building his strong Jewish identity and to be a part of the great Jewish Community at Congregation Emanu-El.

Blake Premer

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Blake Premer

Blake is a connector and takes immense joy helping foster meaningful relationships!

He grew up in Miami and went to college in Washington DC. It’s fair to say he fully lived the D.C. life! Interning at the Democratic National Committee and working in the nonprofit field for 5 years. Eventually, it was time for tech, which led him to the Bay working on creating the next generation of smart homes.

With regards to Judaism, Birthright was the powerful experience that brought a deep connection with his Jewish roots. After attending a late shabbat at Temple Emanu-El that same sense of pride of our people was rekindled. He knew he had to be involved.

A world class culture creator, Blake continues to lead and recommend culture building activities to one of the world largest companies, Samsung. Blake sees the immense value of strength in unity and shared values of compassion, love, and respect. He cannot wait to meet you!

Adam Riley

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Adam Riley

Adam recently moved to San Francisco in December, 2015. He began coming to Late Shabbat at Congregation Emanu-El and felt inspired by the warmth and openness of the community, so he joined YALC to get more involved. Adam grew up in Boulder Colorado as a Reform Jew and moved to Connecticut in high school. He studied Manufacturing Engineering at Boston University and then moved to Orange County, CA.

Adam has also volunteered on the young professional boards of the Jewish Federations of Orange County and Los Angeles. He helped start the Orange County Moishe House in 2009. In 2010, Adam lived in Israel for 6 months, working for a software company and volunteering at a high school teaching English. After leaving Israel, he explored Europe, and ended up working at 3 wineries in Spain and France. Adam loves hosting Shabbat dinners and leading wine tasting events.

Sarah Rothenberg

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Sarah Rothenberg

Sarah is thrilled be joining YALC and grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with such a strong team of professionals in the community. Sarah grew up in Massachusetts and moved to San Francisco in 2013 for a start-up job in Education-Technology. A passionate educator and former tech camp director, Sarah is always looking for new ways to engage learners and foster the love of learning in children and adults. As a life-long learner herself, Sarah spends her time outside of the classroom writing, biking, hiking, running, playing tennis and in the dance studio. Sarah is also a certified children’s yoga instructor and loves getting to share her practice with little ones.

Misha Safyan

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Misha Safyan

Misha is a native San Franciscan that grew up in the Sunset and graduated from Lowell High School. He studied Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, after which he earned a Master’s degree at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. His professional career started at NASA Ames working on small satellite technologies, and he currently works at Planet Labs launching satellites into space to help humanity better understand our planet. Misha joined YALC in May 2017 and is honored and delighted to serve on the committee.

Gabby Sharaga

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Gabby Sharaga

Originally from Ventura, California, Gabby spent the first twenty three years of her life in Southern California and earned her bachelor’s in political science and psychology from the University of Southern California and master’s of education from UC Santa Barbara. She moved up to the Bay Area in 2014 to teach middle school and has since transitioned to working in strategic development for a global nonprofit social enterprise.

Gabby is extremely passionate about youth development and social justice and as an undergrad served as a Co-Director of USC Troy Camp, one of USC’s largest and oldest student-run philanthropies that provides long-term mentorship for students in South Los Angeles. Gabby’s Judaism has always been extremely important to her – she held several leadership positions in her temple youth group growing up and recently had the opportunity to travel to Israel for a second time through Birthright, as well as participate in Emanu-El’s Germany Close Up trip. Gabby is very excited to be joining YALC and working with a wonderful group of people in the Emanu-El community.

Cara Walden

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Cara Walden

While Cara was raised in New Jersey she always had a sense for adventure and knew she wanted to travel the world.  Having always had a passion for international service, after graduating from Hobart and William Smith colleges in 2011 she made plans to travel abroad. In addition to being a Peace Corps and AmeriCorps alum, she has lived and worked in seven countries where she facilitated and oversaw community development and outreach. On returning to the United States she moved to Portland, Oregon where she received a masters in International Development and Service from Concordia University. Having fell in love with the west coast, upon graduation, she moved to the bay area in 2016. Throughout her time abroad she always was able to find a jewish community to welcome her in, so when she moved to San Francisco she knew she wanted to help facilitate and strengthen the community here. As soon as she attended her first Late Shabbat at Congregation Emanu-El she was inspired by the friendliness and compassion if everyone she met and knew she had found something she wanted to be a part of. She is so excited to be on YALC and looks forward to meeting you out in the community!

Anna Weinstein

Co-chair
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Anna Weinstein

Co-chair

Anna was born in the Ukraine and grew up on the Peninsula. During her college years at UC Berkeley, Anna worked at Hillel and was a co-founder and president of the Jewish Business Association.

After receiving her BS in Business Administration, Anna lived in the East Bay and worked in financial services, helping thousands of clients obtain residential mortgage financing and educating first time homebuyers. In 2014, Anna moved to San Francisco and discovered the welcoming, warm community and interesting programming at Emanu-El. Anna currently works as an Operations Manager at a leading FinTech start up in San Francisco and enjoys spending her spare time exploring San Francisco, working out, cooking, and planning/attending Emanu El events.

After a few years of attending events, Anna joined the 2016 Young Adult Summer Camp Committee and loved planning camp. Anna became a YALC member in late 2016 and is excited to plan fun, enriching events and getting to know members of our thriving young adult community.

Tal Yeshanov

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Tal Yeshanov

Tal was born in Israel and grew up in Cupertino, CA. She became very involved in Jewish life in high school as an active participant in the Israeli Scouts and BBYO. She attended U.C. Berkeley where she continued immersing herself in Jewish life. She served as the Vice President of Programming of the Jewish Student Union at Hillel and the co-founder and president of the Jewish Business Association. After graduating Tal moved to San Francisco and worked in finance analyzing mutual funds. Her finance career was put on hold when the economy collapsed in 2008 so she went backpacking across South America for 6 months. While travelling she was able to further strengthen her connection to Israel as she had the opportunity to meet many fellow Israeli travelers (post army travel is very common in Israel and many young adults travel to South America after their service). Tal returned to San Francisco with a strong connection to Israel and instantly became involved in the Jewish and Israeli scene. She loves planning and attending Young Adult events.

Alina Jordan

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Alina Jordan

Alina was born in St. Petersburg Russia and immigrated to Boston when she was five years old. She became very involved with Hillel at the University of Rhode Island where she studied International Business and Spanish. The opportunities that Alina was granted through her involvement in Hillel sparked her passion for the Jewish community, leadership, and travel. After graduation is when Alina’s real adventures began. She spent a year teaching English in Spain and then four years in Chicago. Although Alina loved the windy city, after surviving the Polar Vortex, she decided to chase the sunshine and moved to San Francisco (where she learned there was more fog than Sunshine but she still loves it).

Alina works as a commercial real estate broker, and in her spare time enjoys meeting new people, exploring all the CA has to offer, creating art, and being involved in the community. She is extremely excited to be part of YALC and to help plan great events for the community.