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Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/1/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/1/2022)
Oct 1 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Ethan Pearlmutter (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Ethan Pearlmutter (Main)
Oct 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Emanu-El Tribe for Men at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 11:00 am
Emanu-El Tribe for Men at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Tribe is meeting up for an afternoon of music at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass! Join your fellow Emanu-El Tribesman on Saturday October 1st at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival at Hellman Hallow in Golden … Continued
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Kol Nidre 12:00 pm
Kol Nidre
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Office closed at 1:00 pm.
HHD 2022 – Sounds of the Shofar: Children’s KN Svc (10/4) 5:00 pm
HHD 2022 – Sounds of the Shofar: Children’s KN Svc (10/4)
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Sounds of the Shofar: Children’s Kol Nidre ServiceLed by Rabbis Ryan Bauer, Sydney Mintz and Sarah Joselow Parris. Jonathan Bayer on music.*This service will be in person for members; no livestream. To best ensure we … Continued
HHD 2022 – Kol Nidre Early Service with Cantor Luck(10/4/22) 5:30 pm
HHD 2022 – Kol Nidre Early Service with Cantor Luck(10/4/22)
Oct 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Kol Nidre Early Service from 5:30pm – 7:15pm!Service led by Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer. Sermon by Rabbi Ryan Bauer. Music by Cantor Arik Luck. *This service will … Continued
HHD 2022 – Kol Nidre Late Service with Cantor Attie(10/4/22) 8:00 pm
HHD 2022 – Kol Nidre Late Service with Cantor Attie(10/4/22)
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Join us in-person for Opening The Gates: Kol Nidre Late Service from 8:00pm – 9:45pm!Service led by Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Sarah Joselow Parris. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Music by Cantor Marsha Attie. *This … Continued
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Yom Kippur 12:00 am
Yom Kippur
Oct 5 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Office closed.
HHD 2022 – Apples & Honey: Yom Kippur Service (Children) 10:00 am
HHD 2022 – Apples & Honey: Yom Kippur Service (Children)
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Join Rabbis Sarah Joselow Parris and Jonathan Singer, and Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs, along with Jonathan Bayer for outdoor children's services and activities from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at Presidio Wall Playground! Stop by … Continued
HHD 2022 – Yom Kippur Service w/ Cantors Luck & Attie (10/5) 10:00 am
HHD 2022 – Yom Kippur Service w/ Cantors Luck & Attie (10/5)
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Join us in-person for Yom Kippur Morning Service: Under One Dome – A combined service of majesty and warmth, contemplation and exaltation, of reflection and renewal – from 10:00am – 12:15pm! Service led by Rabbis Ryan … Continued
HHD 2022 – Healing and Reflection in the Redwoods 12:30 pm
HHD 2022 – Healing and Reflection in the Redwoods
Oct 5 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Walk towards Healing and Reflection in the Redwoods Meet at the front gate of the Temple to walk to the Redwoods together. Join Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Rabbi Beth Singer and our musicians as we journey … Continued
HHD 2022 – Learning Session with Rabbi Stephen Pearce 12:30 pm
HHD 2022 – Learning Session with Rabbi Stephen Pearce
Oct 5 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Learning Session with Taube Scholar and Senior Rabbi Emeritus Stephen Pearce, Ph.D The Architectural and Decorative Secrets of Temple Emanu-El  With the Temple campus about to undergo the most major renovation and expansion in its 100-year … Continued
HHD 2022 – Grit & Endurance: How to Keep Hope Alive 1:45 pm
HHD 2022 – Grit & Endurance: How to Keep Hope Alive
Oct 5 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Grit & Endurance: How to Keep Hope AliveWorking to stop gun violence, preserve our climate, restore reproductive rights, and maintain fundamental democratic principles has become increasingly challenging. How do we hang in there and stay … Continued
HHD 2022 – Learning Session with Rabbinic Intern, Leo Fuchs 3:00 pm
HHD 2022 – Learning Session with Rabbinic Intern, Leo Fuchs
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learning Session with Rabbinic Intern, Leo FuchsYom Kippur DayTOPIC: Jonah: Why do we read the book of Jonah on Yom Kippur?*This virtual event will be held on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to … Continued
HHD 2022 – Return Again: Teen Led Yom Kippur Service 3:00 pm
HHD 2022 – Return Again: Teen Led Yom Kippur Service
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A one-hour community Service led by our teens who will lead us in song, worship, poetry and prose. Led by Cantor Attie and musical accompanists. *This service is open to members and the entire community, as … Continued
HHD 2022 – Meditational Azkarah Service (10/5/2022) 4:15 pm
HHD 2022 – Meditational Azkarah Service (10/5/2022)
Oct 5 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
We take a meditative, musical journey through the Jewish past as we seek inspiration to push open the gates of a new year of meaning. Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer. Music by Cantor Arik Luck. … Continued
HHD 2022 – Yom Kippur Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer 4:15 pm
HHD 2022 – Yom Kippur Meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer
Oct 5 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Join a guided meditation with Rabbi Ryan Bauer as we center ourselves and reflect on this Day of Atonement. *This service will be in person for members.To best ensure we can provide a safe and … Continued
HHD 2022 – YIZKOR NEILAH HAVDALLAH (10/5/2022) 5:30 pm
HHD 2022 – YIZKOR NEILAH HAVDALLAH (10/5/2022)
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us in-person for YIZKOR NEILAH HAVDALLAH on October 5, 2022 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm! Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Beth Singer. Sermon by Rabbi Jason Rodich. Music by Cantors Marsha … Continued
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Day after Yom Kippur 12:00 am
Day after Yom Kippur
Oct 6 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Office closed.
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Tot Shabbat – (10/7/2022) 5:00 pm
Tot Shabbat – (10/7/2022)
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
ALL kids 6 and under, their adults and older siblings are welcome, free of charge. We’ll start with a simple kid’s dinner & teen-led activities at 5:00 pm in our beautiful courtyard. Then, join us in … Continued
Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, October 7th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Ryan Bauer with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/8/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/8/2022)
Oct 8 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Nina Assang (Main) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Nina Assang (Main)
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – S. Levin and E. Atwood (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – S. Levin and E. Atwood (Meyer)
Oct 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
Queer Drag Brunch w/ YALC 12:00 pm
Queer Drag Brunch w/ YALC
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
YALC is headed to Lips and Lashes Drag Brunch and we'd love for you to join! We're going to Lookout on Saturday, October 8th for the 12:00 noon show to brunch and bond in Queer … Continued
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Fall Men’s Group 9:30 am
Fall Men’s Group
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for our first Fall Men’s Group at 9:30am on Sunday, October 9th. We will meet in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary Reception Area. Enjoy Coffee and bagles and a chance to study together as we get … Continued
Erev Sukkot Service 6:00 pm
Erev Sukkot Service
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Celebrate the joy of Sukkot with an Erev Sukkot service led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck. All ages are welcome as we come together as a community to shake the etrog … Continued
Social in the Sukkah for Members 50+ 6:30 pm
Social in the Sukkah for Members 50+
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Members ages 50+ are invited to join clergy for a joyful evening of wine, cider, snacks, games, and live music in the sukkah. Be sure to dress warmly! Event Signup
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Sukkot Morning Service 8:30 am
Sukkot Morning Service
Oct 10 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Join us on the first morning of Sukkot for a festival service in our courtyard sukkah. Led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer, the service will be followed by a short breakfast.  Event Signup
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Sage Brigade: Emanu-Elders Sukkot Lunch 55+ 12:30 pm
Sage Brigade: Emanu-Elders Sukkot Lunch 55+
Oct 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Please join your fellow Sage Brigade members for a Mediterranean lunch in the sukkah to kick off our new Sage Brigade Seniors Programming! This is an opportunity to socialize with other community members of our … Continued
Tribe for Men BBQ Potluck 6:30 pm
Tribe for Men BBQ Potluck
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer and Cantor Arik Luck for a Sukkot Tribe Event! All male-identifying parents aged 30s-50s are invited to join Rabbi Ryan Bauer, Cantor Arik Luck and your fellow Emanu-El Tribesmen for a night of grilling … Continued
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Ladies’ Lilah in the Sukkah 6:00 pm
Ladies’ Lilah in the Sukkah
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join your fellow Emanu-El sisters and clergy for a special evening in the Sukkah –A night of Schmoozing, Teaching, Singing and Sharing food!! Bring your favorite Sukkot or yummy harvest dish to share ~ savory or … Continued
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Social Justice Gathering in the Sukkah 6:00 pm
Social Justice Gathering in the Sukkah
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
As we end the High Holy Days, and reflect on opportunities for repairing our world, you may ask yourself, “What's next?” Join us on Sukkot to learn about the social justice and learn about our … Continued
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Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, October 14th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Jason Rodich with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
October Late Shabbat Sukkot Party 8:00 pm
October Late Shabbat Sukkot Party
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday, October 14th at Congregation Emanu-El Join the Young Adult community of Congregation Emanu-El for a special Sukkot edition of Late Shabbat! We'll be partying under the sukkah with cider from Ethic Ciders, Mediterranean food, Israeli music, … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/15/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/15/2022)
Oct 15 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Zoe Sosna-Jacobson (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Zoe Sosna-Jacobson (Meyer)
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
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Yizkor Service 3:00 pm
Yizkor Service
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join Cantor Attie in the courtyard from 3:00-3:30 pm for a Yizkor (Remembrance) memorial service, which is recited on the eighth day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret). It is said by every person who has lost … Continued
Simchat Torah Parade and Celebration 4:00 pm
Simchat Torah Parade and Celebration
Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rejoice with us as we mark the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle! We will meet at the staircase at 8th Avenue and Lake Street … Continued
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Simchat Torah 12:00 am
Simchat Torah
Oct 17 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Office closed.
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Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, October 21st at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Beth Singer with Cantor Arik Luck. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the … Continued
Dara Horn – Friday Night Dinner and Discussion 7:30 pm
Dara Horn – Friday Night Dinner and Discussion
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Charles Michael Scholar-in-Residence WeekendDeep Dive into Dara Horn's latest book, People Love Dead Jews.Dinner and DiscussionFriday, October 21, 2022 – 7:30 – 9:00pmJoin us for a private dinner and discussion with author, Dara Horn. She … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/22/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/22/2022)
Oct 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Saturday Morning Dara Horn – Maimonides and More 9:15 am
Saturday Morning Dara Horn – Maimonides and More
Oct 22 @ 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Charles Michael Scholar-in-Residence WeekendDara Horn will use her book, Guide for the Perplexed, to teach about Maimonides and more. Saturday, October 22, 2022 – 9:15 – 10:00amDara Horn is the award-winning author of six books, including … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Juliet Sugar (Main) 9:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Juliet Sugar (Main)
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
Shabbat Morning Service – Zoe Kaul (Main) 11:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Zoe Kaul (Main)
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Main Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will be … Continued
In Conversation with Dara Horn. YA event 3:00 pm
In Conversation with Dara Horn. YA event
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
YALC is honored to host esteemed scholar and author Dara Horn in conversation of her recent, award-winning book People Love Dead Jews. Published in 2021, People Love Dead Jews is a series of essays in … Continued
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Contemporary Jewish Ethics 7:00 pm
Contemporary Jewish Ethics
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Contemporary Jewish Ethics: Examining Our World’s Issues from a Jewish PerspectiveCome and explore all of the latest headline topics, such as going to war, reproductive rights, addiction, and even perjury, under a Jew lens. What do … Continued
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2022 7:00 pm
Intro to Judaism – Fall 2022
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join 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 a … Continued
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Shabbat Service 6:00 pm
Shabbat Service
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Services this Friday, October 28th at 6:00 pm!Led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris with Cantor Marsha Attie. To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note … Continued
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Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/29/2022) 9:15 am
Clergy-Led Torah Study (10/29/2022)
Oct 29 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with a member of our Clergy, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Shabbat Morning Service – Shai Colvin (Meyer) 10:30 am
Shabbat Morning Service – Shai Colvin (Meyer)
Oct 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for In-Person Shabbat Morning Services in our Martin Meyer Sanctuary along with one of our b'nei mitzvah celebrants! To best ensure we can provide a safe and sacred experience, please note the following: Service will … Continued
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Women of Emanu-El Presidio Hike 10:00 am
Women of Emanu-El Presidio Hike
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Women’s Group Presidio HikeSunday, October 30, 10:00 am to 11:30 am Join Temple Emanu-El women for a hike in The Presidio. We’ll meet outside the Temple Emanu-El Arguello Street entrance at 10:00 am with a … Continued
From Fauda to Shtisel: The Holy Land Goes to Hollywood 3:30 pm
From Fauda to Shtisel: The Holy Land Goes to Hollywood
Oct 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
From Fauda to Shtisel – The Holy Land Goes to Hollywood The Global Appeal of Israeli CinemaSunday, October 303:30-5:00 pmCongregation Emanu-ElMartin Meyer SanctuaryWhy have Israeli shows like “Fauda” and “Shtitsel” captivated audiences around the world? And, … Continued
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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 Altabet

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Aaron Altabet

Aaron (also answers to A-A-Ron) was born and raised in the bay area. After college at the University of Puget Sound, he spent four years in both Maine and California teaching middle school science and leading wilderness trips. He got back in touch with his Jewish identity during his Ed.M. program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he had a great time at Hillel events. For the past three years, Aaron has been working in biotech as a science recruiter, which has been an unexpectedly fun evolution of his career on the people side of science.
Michelle Brody

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Michelle Brody

Michelle (she/her) was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in philosophy and public affairs, she moved to San Francisco in 2019 by way of Washington DC and Seattle. At work, Michelle manages customer onboardings for a tech company. In her free time, she can mostly be found on one of her many bikes or attempting an elaborate baking project. 

Michelle realized upon moving to San Francisco that while she had close-knit friendships, she didn’t have the Jewish community she desired. Attending Late Shabbats and participating in Emanu-El’s Do Good, Feel Good tikkun olam series, Michelle found the connection she was looking for. Her goal in YALC is to continue to build her Jewish  community here and help create similar opportunities for others.

Vince Celli

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Vince Celli

Vince (he/him) grew up in a small town in West Sonoma County. He was an Environmental Studies major at UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!). After several years of pursuing personal passions in the solar and fitness industries, he settled down in San Francisco and joined the tech sales world.

He was raised in a secular household but, like so many other young Jews, his Birthright trip ignited a passion for Judaism, Israel, and Jewish culture that would mark the beginning of his Jewish journey. Several years later, he attended his first Late Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El and fell in love with this community so much that he hasn’t missed a single one in over a year! His goal with YALC is to give back to the Bay Area Jewish community that has been such a positive impact on his life and provide others the same opportunity it gave him to explore and strengthen his Jewish identity.

When he’s not engaging in the Emanu-El community, you can find Vince working out, playing sports, traveling, spending time outdoors, and enjoying time with friends and family. 

Julia Cinnamon

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Julia Cinnamon

Julia (she/her) is a professional fun-raiser.  At Repair the World, a Jewish service movement, she connects young adults to Judaism through service and learning as the West Development Director.  Julia is passionate about young adults having a seat at the table, and is a board member of Jewish Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley JCRC. 

While a founding resident of Moishe House Silicon Valley, Julia hosted 200+ in-person and 200+ virtual events.  After a year recovering, Julia’s excited to get back to programming with the YALC team.  Julia spends her free time in a white-water raft or kayak, exploring the California wild.  You can find Julia talking about her Jersey roots and performing improvisational comedy every other Friday at Endgames in the Mission!  Julia is originally from New Jersey and grew up in Saratoga, Ca.  She received her BA in Political Science and Psychology from Rutgers University. 

Jenna Feldman

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Jenna Feldman

Jenna (she/her) is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she earned her B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs and Spanish Studies. Following graduation, she spent 2 years living in Washington, D.C. working in pro-Israel politics. Jenna considers Washington to be the catalyst for her passion for Judaism and engaging with the young adult Jewish community. During the pandemic, Jenna decided to head back to her roots in the Bay Area and transitioned into working in customer advocacy at a software company.
 
Jenna is so excited to join YALC! After moving into San Francisco in Summer 2021, she has had a blast getting involved in the young adult Jewish community here. Temple Emmanuel Late Shabbats are the highlight of every month and have brought the most wonderful and kind people into her life. Outside of socializing with the Jewish community, you can find Jenna on a gorgeous Bay Area hike, crushing a workout on the Peloton, exploring new areas of the city, or spending time with her friends and family.
Brandon Kaufman

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Brandon Kaufman

Brandon Kaufman (he/him) was born in Irvine, CA and moved to San Francisco in the Fall of 2021. Brandon graduated in 2021 from the University of Southern California where he received a B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in Communication Design. 

Brandon has been an active member in the Jewish community wherever he lives, most recently being one of the USC Hillel 2019-2020 co-presidents. Being in the Jewish community to Brandon is about connecting like-minded people with similar values together in a fun space. He especially loves to host events and connect people to new friends as well as make his own new friends!

Outside of the Jewish community, Brandon is listening to an audiobook or watching TV and he loves to explore the various pizza places that SF has to offer as well as attempting to get better at golf. Brandon currently works at Deloitte Digital as an Associate Account Executive.

Misha Kestler

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Misha Kestler

Misha (he/him) is a Washington, DC area native who attended a Jewish day school K-12 before earning his BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland and MPS in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. After an 8+ year career in sports marketing, Misha transitioned into tech recruiting last year and is loving the change…He’s passionate about travel (especially Europe and recently National Parks), serving as social chair for friends, and Bay Area adventures. In his free time, Misha can be found on a trail or tee box, a bakery with an espresso and chocolate chip cookie, or visiting family in the East Bay…Misha’s attended multiple late shabbats since moving to SF in 2016 and loves the end of week relaxation it brings. He was inspired to join YALC after attending Camp Nai Nai Nai and spending more time with the Rabbis and community. 

Aaron Malki

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Aaron Malki

A-A-Ron Malki was born in Redlands, CA (not to be confused with Redding, CA) and moved to San Francisco in the summer of 2020. He holds a degree in political science with a minor in conflict resolution from the University of Oregon (Sco Ducks!) and he is an active contributor to organizations such as Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Habitat for Humanity, and Keshet Chicago. 

Aaron currently works in residential asset management but he has also previously owned a retail start up called Heart Hats. When Aaron isn’t at the office, he enjoys hiking, Shabbat dinners with friends and family, fashion, watching the Ducks beat those pesky Huskies, yoga, camping and eating a delicious croissant from Vive la Tarte bakery. Aaron is a new member of Yalc and he is ecstatic to plan some fun events!
Claire Perelman

Chairperson
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Claire Perelman

Chairperson

Claire (she/her) spent most of her life in Southern California, growing up in LA and attending college and graduate school in San Diego. After graduating, Claire moved to the Bay in July 2018 and hasn’t looked back! 

Claire was brought to Late Shabbat by a close friend in January 2019, and instantly knew that she had found the Jewish home in the Bay Area she had been seeking. She is thrilled to serve as YALC’s Chairperson and have the opportunity to continue to build an engaging, inviting, and sustainable community for her fellow Bay Areas 20s and 30s. 

Outside of YALC, Claire works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at two SFUSD high schools, lifts weights, and tries to laugh as much as humanly possible. 

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Natalie Rochman

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Natalie Rochman

Natalie (she/her) was born and raised in Northern California. Originally from Sacramento, Natalie moved to the great state of Michigan for college, where she graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science, and a minor in Judaic Studies. At school, Natalie was involved with Michigan Hillel, where she worked as the Major Events Officer as well as her sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon.

For work, Natalie works in Crisis Communications, where she works helping others overcome challenges and issues. In her free time, Natalie can be found reading a new book, watching Netflix with her roommates, or baking in her tiny San Francisco kitchen.

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Cara Walden

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Cara Walden

While Cara (she/her) 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!