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Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS 5:00 pm
Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Celebration Featuring: THE MACCABEATS
  Monday, May 1, 2017 5:00 pm Registration, activities for children, food available for purchase 6:00 pm Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration & musical performance by THE MACCABEATS We’ve reached capacity for this event. If you’re interested … Continued
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Brown Bag May 12:00 pm
Brown Bag May
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join Congregation Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. 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 pm. This … Continued
Limonata and Learning, May 3, 2017 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning, May 3, 2017
May 3 @ 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
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Cooking for Congregants – May 4 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 4 2017
May 4 @ 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)
May 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Service (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Service (Main)
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 05-05-2017 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 05-05-2017
May 5 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children.First Friday of the month,6:15 p.m in Guild Hall. Mediterranean Food will be provided.Adult Member-$ 18.00, Child ages 3-10-$ 7.50, Non-member Adult-$ 22.00.Event Signup
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 7:30 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 
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50/50 Day for Women – May 2017 7:00 pm
50/50 Day for Women – May 2017
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
50/50 Day for Women - May 2017 @ Congregation Emanu-El
Join Congregation Emanu-El’s Women’s Group and the Tzedek Council’s Human Rights Working Group for 50/50 Day: Rethinking the Past, Present, & Future of Women + Power. Together, at the same time as thousands of others across … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 11 2017 9:02 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 11 2017
May 11 @ 9:02 am – 9:02 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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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 13 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Adam Hinman (Chapel) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bat Mitzvah of Emma Pell (MMS) 10:30 am
TEEP Art Auction & Gala 2017 7:00 pm
TEEP Art Auction & Gala 2017
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thank you for supporting TEEP!  We look forward to seeing you under the stars on the Temple Emanu-El courtyard on May 13th from 7-10 pm for great music, delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and enticing … Continued
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At the Rabbi’s Table – May 2017 12:00 pm
At the Rabbi’s Table – May 2017
May 17 @ 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
THE Book Club – May 2017 7:00 pm
THE Book Club – May 2017
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Congregant Home, San Francisco$10 members; $18.00 general admission: Dinner will be providedFeaturing Rabbi Sydney Mintz: Unpacking our Sacred Texts: everything you ever wanted to know about The Tanach, the Talmud, the Midrash, Codes and Commentaries … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS)
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
One Shabbat Service Confirmation Class (MMS)
Join our community in recognizing our outstanding teens. This service will be led by 12th gradeHavurah Judah students. We will also honor teens who participated in the Jewish Teen Foundations,The San Francisco Diller Teen Fellowship … Continued
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 20 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Asher Thompson (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service Bar Mitzvah of Jakob Esterkyn (Main) 10:30 am
Park Playdates! + PJ Havdalah Party – May 2017 4:00 pm
Park Playdates! + PJ Havdalah Party – May 2017
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
YOUNG FAMILIESEmanu-El’s monthly Park Playdates is joining forces with Got Shabbat? and the Jewish Baby Network SF for a Havdalah PJ Party at Congregation Emanu-El!The Jewish Baby Network SF is providing goodie bags with items … Continued
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Men’s Group – May 2017 9:30 am
Men’s Group – May 2017
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Men's Group - May 2017
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
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day – May 2017 11:00 am
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day – May 2017
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Tribe for Men & Women Family Fun Day - May 2017
The Tribe for Men & The Tribe for Women Family Fun Day at the Vineyard ClubJoin Rabbi Fenves and Cantor Luck along with familiar and new Tribe families for a special fun-filled day at the … Continued
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2017 TEEP Pre-K End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Pre-K End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Jaffa & Jerusalem)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
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2017 TEEP Preschool & TK End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Preschool & TK End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Tel Aviv, Ein Gedi, and Adventure TK)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
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Cooking for Congregants – May 25 2017 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 25 2017
May 25 @ 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
2017 TEEP Two’s End of Year Teacher Presentations 6:00 pm
2017 TEEP Two’s End of Year Teacher Presentations
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join TEEP for our second annual teacher presentations (Haifa, Sfat, and Tiberias)!Event takes place in Guild Hall at 6 pm.Childcare is available upon request by emailing TEEPoffice@emanuelsf.org.Event Signup
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens 6:30 pm
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens
May 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens
Emanu-El Special Guest Speaker: Bret Stephens New York Times Columnist & Jerusalem Post Pulitzer Prize Journalist Thursday, May 25, 2017 Check-in: 6:30 pm Program: 7:00 pm Subject: Opportunities and Challenges for America  and Israel in … Continued
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Office closed 8:30 am
Office closed
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
 
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Shavuot Festival Dinner – May 2017 5:45 pm
Shavuot Festival Dinner – May 2017
May 30 @ 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Shavuot Festival Dinner - May 2017
This dinner, immediately preceding our Shavuot Festival Service, will consist of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup as it is customary to have dairy foods on this holiday. The Shavuot service will begin at 6:15pm … Continued
Shavuot Festival Service (Chapel) 6:15 pm
Shavuot Festival Service (Chapel)
May 30 @ 6:15 pm – 6:50 pm
Please join us for the Shavuot Festival Service led by our clergy. 
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration 7:00 pm
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
JewAsian Fireside Conversation & Shavuot Celebration
On the evening of May 30th we will observe the festival of Shavuot, which celebrates matan Torah, the giving of Torah at Mt. Sinai and the spring harvest in the land of Israel. It is … Continued
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Office closed 8:30 am
Office closed
May 31 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 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)

Tal Yeshanov

Co-Chair
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Tal Yeshanov

Co-Chair

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.

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!

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.

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.

Anna Weinstein

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Anna Weinstein

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.