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Brown Bag May 2019 12:00 pm
Brown Bag May 2019
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for this monthly drop-in learning session with a member of our clergy. Bring your lunch, build community, enjoy some Torah!This program occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:00 … Continued
Limonata and Learning May 2019 4:00 pm
Limonata and Learning May 2019
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for a no-host study session at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Take a break from your day with a little Torah, a little nosh, and a little discussion. Grab a snack or a … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 2, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 2, 2019
May 2 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
Iran Talks – Now What? 6:30 pm
Iran Talks – Now What?
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Iran Talks: Next Steps After the Collapse of the Deal and Iran’s Role in the Region with Professor Abe Sofaer and National Security Advisor Michael Ledeen.Join Abe Sofaer and Michael Ledeen — world-class experts on … Continued
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS) 5:30 pm
First Friday Under Five Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main) 6:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main)
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Classic Shabbat Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Main)
Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner – 50 Years in the Rabbinate!Please join us for this special Classic Shabbat Service where we will honor Rabbi Lawrence Kushner. He will give the sermon on the subject: "My Half-century … Continued
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03
May 3 @ 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. Thai food will be provided.Adult Members – $20.00, Children ages 3-10 – $10.00, Non-member Adults – $24.00.Event Signup
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03 6:15 pm
Simchat Shabbat Dinner 2019-05-03
May 3 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly festive community Shabbat Dinner with children. Contemporary American food will be provided. First Friday of the month, 6:15 p.m in Guild Hall.Adult Members- $20.00, Children ages 3-10- $10.00, Non-member Adults- $24.00.Event Signup
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services 5:00 pm
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services
May 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Recruiting for BRCA Study before Shabbat services
UCSF Center for BRCA Research will hold two recruitment events this Friday in advance of our One Shabbat and Young Adult Late Shabbat services. UCSF staff will have tables set up in the Martin Meyer … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration One Shabbat Service (MMS)
Join us this One Shabbat Service as we celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut! It will feature Israeli music, Israeli food at the oneg, and during the service Rabbis Mintz, Jonathan Singer and Rabbi Rodich will have a … Continued
YA Late Shabbat (MMS) 8:30 pm
YA Late Shabbat (MMS)
May 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
 
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH) 9:45 pm
YA Late Shabbat Oneg (GH)
May 10 @ 9:45 pm – 11:00 pm
 
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Helpy Hour May 14, 2019 5:30 pm
Helpy Hour May 14, 2019
May 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Come join Congregation Emanu-El prepare the quarterly clothing drive at St. Anthony's.  We will be making sure all clothes are organized and in good condition for homeless people.Event Signup
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Bagels and Babies (MMR) 9:30 am
Bagels and Babies (MMR)
May 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019 5:30 pm
Guided Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer, May 2019
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Torah-based teachings and practices of Meditation (Avodah) and loving-kindness (gimilut chasadim) are at the heart of our meditation at Emanu-El. Practicing our יְהֹוָה Meditation develops mindfulness, and the capacity to become more conscious and find Shalom in the … Continued
Pre-Oneg (MMR) 5:30 pm
Pre-Oneg (MMR)
May 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
 
One Shabbat Service (MMS) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (MMS)
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 
May 17, 2019 Confirmation Dinner 7:00 pm
May 17, 2019 Confirmation Dinner
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Torah Study (Library) 9:15 am
Torah Study (Library)
May 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55) 9:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Kushner (R55)
May 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Alexa Prosnitz (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Alexa Prosnitz (Main)
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Tessa Fastiff (MMS) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Minyan – BM Tessa Fastiff (MMS)
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
 
CEEP Art Auction 2019 7:00 pm
CEEP Art Auction 2019
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thank you for supporting Congregation Emanu-El Preschool!  We look forward to seeing you in the courtyard of Congregation Emanu-El on May 18h at 7 pm for a fun night out with delicious food, drinks, and a live … Continued
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Mazel Tots (MMR) 9:30 am
Mazel Tots (MMR)
May 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
 
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Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer at Terrapin Crossroads! 5:30 pm
Celebrate Lag Ba’Omer at Terrapin Crossroads!
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer at Terrapin Crossroads!
Join Rabbis Ryan Bauer, Jonathan and Beth Singer, and Cantor Marsha Attie to celebrate Lag Ba'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, with a no-host gathering on Wednesday, May 22 at 5:30 PM for an … Continued
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads! 5:30 pm
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads!
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrate Lag BaOmer at Terrapin Crossroads!
Join Rabbis Bauer, Jonathan and Beth Singer, and Cantor Attie to celebrate Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer, with a no-host gathering on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 PM for an evening of … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 23, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 23, 2019
May 23 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … Continued
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Cooking for Congregants – May 30, 2019 9:00 am
Cooking for Congregants – May 30, 2019
May 30 @ 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 four volunteers make meals for congregants in need. All … 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)

Neal Behrend

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Neal Behrend

Neal has, until recently, been a diehard East Coaster.  He was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut (featured in the Office!) and spent five years in NYC, working in finance and consulting.  After earning an MBA, he was seduced by the siren song of startup life and the absence of miserable winters that San Francisco offers.  He moved to SF three years ago and has been happily jumping around the fintech startup scene ever since.  In the winter, you’ll find Neal skiing up in Tahoe, and in the summer he’ll most likely be hiking or scuba diving.  In between, you can find him running logistics and planning parties for his Burning Man camp, Bubbles and Bass.  He is really excited to be getting more involved with the Emanu-El community, especially through Late Shabbat.  Beware: he’s terrible at names, and if he’s loud, it’s just because he’s excited to meet you.

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 in Jerusalem at the age of 13, and has attended 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. Once back, Aaron discovered the various YAC programs that Emanu-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 he 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 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 has taught in Emanu-El’s Youth and Family Education program. 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 of the University of Rochester, but decided to move back to the Bay area 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, the Young Adult Summer Camp Committee for two years, and attending events put on by YALC in the community service, social, and fitness realm. The first program Lila planned was boxing fitness, and in joining YALC in April 2018, she is excited to create more fun and memorable experiences!
Michelle Gooel

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Michelle Gooel

Michelle hails from the one and only Detroit (Go Blue!) and attended the University of Michigan where she studied IT. After putting her skills to use in the IT world, she quickly decided that she missed human interaction and decided to go into tech sales. She then moved to San Francisco in hopes of getting that true “city life” experience. Despite the occasional stepping in smelly substances on the street, she has enjoyed every moment spent in this beautiful city. 

In her free time, Michelle likes to play piano, hike, dance, eat ice cream, and be goofy with her friends. Michelle has always been involved in the Jewish community and found immediate comfort iat  Emanu-El after attending her first Late Shabbat. She is extremely passionate about community service and hopes to impact some lives in a meaningful way with fellow Emanu-El members by her side :).

Aaron Hattenbach

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Aaron Hattenbach

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 dchool.  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 Shabbats, 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, traveling the world and learning new songs on his Ibanez AC-240 acoustic guitar.

David Kielsmeier

Danielle Klebanov

Co-chair
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Danielle Klebanov

Co-chair

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 was 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.

Gahl Levy

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Gahl Levy

Gahl grew up in the Bay Area and has been involved in various Jewish organizations since childhood. He loves to host parties for Jewish holidays and explore new restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in San Francisco. Fluent in Hebrew, he has traveled across Israel many times and has visited Jewish communities in different parts of the world. During college, Gahl worked as a DJ, performing for crowds of over 2,000 people on a weekly basis while studying Computer Science at UCSC. Since college, Gahl worked in various engineering leadership roles from database software to self-driving-cars and artificial intelligence. Gahl now works as a Product Manager at a database software company.

 

Compelled by the prospect of re-establishing deeper connections with the local Jewish community in San Francisco, Gahl began to attend Late Shabbat at Emanu-El. He instantly felt connected to the community and became excited about opportunities to contribute. He’s thrilled to be a part of YALC and help our extremely diverse young adult Jewish community grow stronger.

Jack Policar

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Jack Policar

Jack grew up in the Bay Area and enjoyed a wonderful childhood exploring the hillsides of Marin County. He lived in Israel in 2010 where he found a passion for social activism. He returned to the Bay Area where he produced hip-hop and studied Political Science until he moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2014. In Boulder, Jack shifted his focus from politics to startups where he worked at multiple small startups before starting his own. 

 

Jack has returned to the Bay Area and now runs two startups in San Francisco. When he is not working on his startups he spends his time with friends and family as well working on community projects. Jack is very connected to his Jewish roots and has joined the young Jewish community at Emanu-El to help grow the Late Shabbat program and connect young Jewish people all over the Bay Area.  

Sarah Rothenberg

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.  With her 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 fallen 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 of 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.