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Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017 4:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat, 2017
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm
Yom Kippur Retreat Friday, September 29, 2017 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 Join Rabbi Carla Fenves, Rabbinical Student Rena Singer and Monica Pevzner from our community engagement team for an informal Yom Kippur retreat in … Continued
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Brown Bag October 2017 12:00 pm
Brown Bag October 2017
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:01 pm
Join Congregation Rabbi Lawrence Kushner for this Brown Bag Wednesday. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your brown bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.  Noon – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata and Learning, October 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, October 2017
Oct 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join a member of our clergy for a special learning opportunity, Limonata and Learning, offered exclusively for our congregants in Marin. We will meet for happy hour at Book Passage in Corte Madera while discussing … Continued
Sukkot Celebration Dinner October 4, 2017 6:00 pm
Sukkot Celebration Dinner October 4, 2017
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Sukkot at Temple Emanu-El with a festive outdoor service in the courtyard at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 4th, followed by Mediterranean dinner.Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine.Reservations are required … Continued
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Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast 8:00 am
Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:15 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for the festival service. Freshly brewed coffee will be served at 8:00 am, followed by the service in the chapel. You are invited to stay for a … Continued
Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast 8:30 am
Sukkot Festival Service & breakfast
Oct 5 @ 8:30 am – 10:15 am
Breakfast at 8:30 am, Sukkot service at 9:15 am in the chapel. 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This evening we also have a Sukkot/Baby Blessing at Emanu-El during the 5:30 pm Service.  
Pre-Oneg (Foyer) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (Foyer)
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
Roslyn Barak, Senior Cantor, Emerita will lead this evening's Classic Shabbat service.
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 10-6-17 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 10-6-17
Oct 6 @ 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- $18.00, Children ages 3-10- $7.50, Non-member Adults- $22.00.Event Signup
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Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
Sukkot Dinner 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group 7:00 pm
Sukkot Dinner 2017: The Tribe for Women & Women’s Group
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
I Heard it Through the GrapevineCome join us for our annual Women's Group and Tribe for Women dinner in the sukkah for a night of women, gossip* and wine.*Gossip, as in, understanding the Jewish context for … Continued
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Yizkor service breakfast 8:30 am
Yizkor service breakfast
Oct 11 @ 8:30 am – 9:15 am
Breakfast begins at 8:30 amSukkot Yizkor service with Senior Rabbi Beth Singer begins at 9:15 am in the Chapel.
Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer (Chapel) 9:15 am
Yizkor service with Rabbi Beth Singer (Chapel)
Oct 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017 6:00 pm
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
With klezmer music and candy tossed in the air, we will all meet at the Little Sisters of the Poor (at 300 Lake Street) beginning at 6:00 pm. We will march our new Czech Torah … Continued
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017 6:00 pm
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Simchat Torah March, Consecration & Dinner October 11, 2017 @ San Francisco | California | United States
With klezmer music and candy tossed in the air, we will all meet at the Little Sisters of the Poor (at 300 Lake Street) beginning at 6:00 pm. Holocaust survivor Gloria Hollander Lyon will participate … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Helping out Santa Rosa Families 9:30 am
Helping out Santa Rosa Families
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Congregation Shomrei Torah of Santa Rosa is open to host a day camp from 9am to 3pm Wednesday October 11 through Friday October 13 for children out of school due to the fires, and they need … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with Noam Katz 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Noam Katz
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with Noam Katz
We are honored to feature the music and sounds of composer, Rabbi, storyteller and Jewish educator, Noam Katz at this evening's One Shabbat. Noam inspires Jewish and interfaith communities with his timeless melodies of peace, hope, and unity.
Suivez-nous au bateau ivre! 7:00 pm
Suivez-nous au bateau ivre!
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Suivez-nous au bateau ivre!
Cela fait longtemps que nous nous sommes tous réunis pour parler français! Laissez-nous boire du vin rouge delicieux et mange du bon fromage!Yes, it's been too long since we last shared stories about our lives, … Continued
YA Late Shabbat with Noam Katz 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat with Noam Katz
Oct 13 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat with Noam Katz
Rabbi Noam Katz is one of the most exciting and influential voices in contemporary Jewish music. He has brought his high-flying energy and soulful melodies to Jewish and interfaith audiences across North America, Africa and Israel … Continued
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (Foyer) 9:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (Foyer)
Oct 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Oct 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 14 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Jonathan Dippery 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Skylar Goldberg 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Skylar Goldberg
Oct 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Sing for Camp Newman 6:30 pm
Sing for Camp Newman
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sing for Camp NewmanWith Noam Katz and Friends So many of us are still in shock after the results of the ongoing fires in the North Bay.  Many of our congregants and friends have been deeply … Continued
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Young Adults Volunteer at Glide Church 9:15 am
Young Adults Volunteer at Glide Church
Oct 15 @ 9:15 am – 11:30 am
OUR VOLUNTEER SLOTS FOR 10/15 ARE FULL. Please email Rachel at RSchonwetter@emanuelsf.org to be put on the waitlist if a spot opens up.Join with other young adults for a volunteer session at Glide Memorial Church. … Continued
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Fall 2017: Islam for Jews 7:00 pm
Fall 2017: Islam for Jews
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join the fabulous Professor Fred Astren of San Francisco State as he explores Islam with you.Jews and Muslims have a long historical relationship that helped shape major aspects of Jewish identity. In recent history this … Continued
Fall 2017: Talmud with Rabbi Rodich 7:00 pm
Fall 2017: Talmud with Rabbi Rodich
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dreams in Babylon: Talmud study with Rabbi Rodich  Join Rabbi Rodich for a introductory level study of several texts from the Babylonian Talmud.  The course will begin with an introduction to Talmud and subsequent sessions … Continued
Introduction to Judaism Fall 2017 7:00 pm
Introduction to Judaism Fall 2017
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join with Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying … Continued
People of the Book: American Jewish Authors Book Group 7:00 pm
People of the Book: American Jewish Authors Book Group
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
People of the Book – American Jewish Authors Book ClubFree, Monthly Tuesday evening meetings at the Temple, 7:00 – 9:00pm Oct 17; Nov 14; Dec 19; Jan 16; Feb 20; Mar 27; Apr 24 and … Continued
Women in Technology – October 2017 7:00 pm
Women in Technology – October 2017
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Women in Technology - October 2017 @ Private congregant home
How to be a Mensch and Still Succeed: A Conversation about Ethics in the WorkplacePlease join us in getting to know women in the Emanu-El community who work in the technology field. You're invited to … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – October 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – October 2017
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
We're continuing a monthly learning session with members of clergy, downtown, each month.Please bring a nosh and join us at 55 -2nd Street.  Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Yotam Polizer: Guest One Shabbat Service speaker 6:00 pm
Yotam Polizer: Guest One Shabbat Service speaker
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yotam Polizer: Guest One Shabbat Service speaker
We are incredibly grateful to be able to feature IsraAID Co-CEO, Yotam Polizer, as a guest speaker at this evening's Shabbat service.Born and raised in a small village in Northern Israel, Yotam has been a … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Oct 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 21 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Bar/Bat Mitzvah Nathaniel & Ariella Yanowitch 10:30 am
New Member Havdalah Reception 2017 6:30 pm
New Member Havdalah Reception 2017
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
New Member Havdalah Reception 2017
Welcome to our shul! We warmly welcome you to our New Member Havdalah Reception on Saturday, October 21, at 6:30 pm here at Emanu-El. A synagogue is a place where deep relationships and bonds are made … Continued
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Men’s Group – October 22,17 9:30 am
Men’s Group – October 22,17
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - October 22,17
Men of Congregation Emanu-El have a monthly opportunity to socialize and study with a member of the clergy at a private home. This cross-generational group provides a small group experience so important to building community. This … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – October 26, 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – October 26, 2017
Oct 26 @ 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 Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
Oct 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker: Prof. Leah Hochman 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker: Prof. Leah Hochman
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service with guest speaker: Prof. Leah Hochman
Charles Michael Endowment Scholar-in-Residence Prof. Leah Hochman will be our guest speaker at this evening's One Shabbat service. Her topic:  Can you Waze it? Going toward the Unknown. What Modern Jews Think 
Dinner with Dr. Leah Hochman 7:30 pm
Dinner with Dr. Leah Hochman
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This dinner, immediately following the 6:00pm One Shabbat service on Friday, October 27, will give you the unique opportunity to hear more from Dr. Leah Hochman in an intimate setting. You will be able to … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
Oct 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
Oct 28 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service (MMS)
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Micah Uziel 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah Micah Uziel
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Ella Endler 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah Ella Endler
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Jewish Heritage Night with the SF Deltas! 5:00 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the SF Deltas!
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jewish Heritage Night with the SF Deltas!
 Go Delta crazy! Join your fellow Congregation Emanu-El congregants for the final game of the 2017 San Francisco Deltas season. The Deltas have provided Emanu-El congregants with FREE tickets!Come cheer on San Francisco's professional soccer … Continued
Young Adults: Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating Judaism 5:00 pm
Young Adults: Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating Judaism
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating JudaismSpend shabbat afternoon and celebrate havdalah with Congregation Emanu-El's Young Adult Community and Dr. Leah Hochman, Emanu-El's fall Scholar-in-Residence. Together, over appetizers and wine, Dr. Hochman will discuss Food, Faith, and Conflict: Eating … Continued
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Dr. Leah Hochman Sunday Lecture 9:30 am
Dr. Leah Hochman Sunday Lecture
Oct 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Special Sunday Morning lecture with Dr. Leah Hochman: Developing Your Own TheologyDr. Leah Hochman directs the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California and is associate professor of Jewish Thought at … Continued
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Side by Side October 2017 Session 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2017 Session
Oct 31 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am
Side by Side October 2017 Session
When registering below, please indicate that you will not be attending and register your child as your guest. Emanu-El’s Side by Side program introduces our youngest children (18 months to 2.5 years) to a preschool environment with … Continued
Mah Jongg 1:30 pm
Mah Jongg
Oct 31 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel) 6:00 pm
Mah Jongg (Rinder Chapel)
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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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.

Jonathan Bloom

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Jonathan Bloom

Jonathan Bloom first attended Temple Emanu-El’s Late Shabbat in 2008, and was instantly hooked. After years of following his television news career through the small and largely Christian towns of Middle America, finding Emanu-El’s vibrant and growing Young Adult Community was like finally coming home. It was the happy end to the first chapter of an exciting Jewish journey that continues to unfold here in San Francisco. A Temple member since late 2008, Jonathan has performed comedic roles in the Purim Follies since 2010, and has been a fixture at other Jewish social events, often as a volunteer bartender and unofficial event photographer. In 2012, after a career move that ended many years of working evenings and weekends, Jonathan took a long-awaited step and joined the Young Adult Leadership Committee, hoping to help shape this dynamic and one-of-a-kind community for his peers and the generations that follow. Jonathan can be found skiing the slopes of Lake Tahoe during the winter, cheering on the San Francisco Giants by summer, and performing pop-up concerts with the a cappella group Scales Of The City when you least expect it. Jonathan can also be seen most weekday evenings on ABC 7, reporting on the tech world’s latest innovations, and the great Bay Area minds that create them.

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!

Amy Curcio

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Amy Curcio

Amy grew up in New York and moved to the Bay Area in 2013. She currently works on autonomous systems in the tech industry. She also loves to cook and host dinners, travel, and explore SF in her free time.

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.

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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.

Wendi Kruger

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Wendi Kruger

Wendi recently moved to the Bay Area in July 2015 is thrilled to be a part of the Emanu-El community. She immediately joined the congregation, after returning from Congregation Emanu-El’s Summer Camp in 2015.  Back in New York, Wendi was also active within the Jewish community. After a memorable and inspiring trip to Israel with the Jewish Enrichment Center-Birthright  Israel Next, she established a team of beginner triathletes within the Jewish community to participate in the NYC Triathlon, while fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her goal is to bring that passion to our young adult community. Wendi is a third grade teacher at a private school in Portola. Her hobbies include triathlons, cycling, hiking, and running.  Wendi joined YALC in February 2016 and is looking forward to her new role!

Allie O'Leary

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Allie O'Leary

Allie joined Emanu-El after moving back to California in 2012 and wanting to get connected to the Jewish community in San Francisco. Allie grew up attending a Reconstructionist synagogue in Orange County. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and then ventured into the political world working on the 2008 Obama campaign and moving to Washington, DC. After dabbling in politics, Allie decided to pursue a passion for public health and got her Masters in Public Health from George Washington University. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco to pursue a career in public health and works at UCSF in adolescent health. Allie joined YALC in June 2013 after attending many late night shabbats and other YALC sponsored activities in the city. Her family hails from San Francisco and she grew up attending Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s and family reunions at Emanu-El. Allie is an expert people watcher, a dog enthusiast, an avid reader and experimental crafter.

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.

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.

Aaron Weisinger

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Aaron Weisinger

Aaron Weisinger has been an Emanu El congregant for the past five years along with his wife Erica. He lives close to the temple and has been on the YALC since 2014. Aaron grew up in Danville and attended UCSB for his undergraduate degree before obtaining his MBA at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. He enjoys spending weekends in Tahoe where he enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, fishing and relaxing.

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.