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Baby Groups with Mimi – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi – (M,W,F)
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 2 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Exploring Rabbi Arthur Green’s “Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas.” 12:00 pm
Exploring Rabbi Arthur Green’s “Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas.”
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Exploring Rabbi Arthur Green’s “Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas.”This book by renowned Rabbi and Jewish thinker, Arthur Green, posits the question, “In an age of fluid identity, many people are honestly asking the question “Why be … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music, with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/2/2020) 12:00 pm
Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/2/2020)
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Join Cantor Marsha Attie to discuss prayer, Hebrew, and music. Registration is required.Event Signup
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Temple office closed – Independence Day
Baby Groups with Mimi – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Baby Groups with Mimi – (M,W,F)
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 2 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (7/3/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (7/3/20)
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jonathan Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate. For alternative access via livestream, click here. … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs – 7/4/20) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs – 7/4/20)
Jul 4 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Havdalah with Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs (7/4/20) 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs (7/4/20)
Jul 4 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs on Facebook Live, click here.
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Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery! 5:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
  For over two years, every Sunday night Emanu-El congregants have provided dinner for the youth living at G-House (a transitional home for youth experiencing homelessness run by Larkin Street Youth Services), by bringing food … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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How Prepared Are You For The High Holy Days? 7:00 pm
How Prepared Are You For The High Holy Days?
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
How Prepared Are YOU For The High Holy Days?With rabbinic intern, educator, and Emanu-El member, Leo FuchsThree consecutive Tuesday evenings, July 7 – 21 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm via Zoom. This is a free program.​The … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music
Jul 8 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music, with Cantor Arik Luck. Facebook Live.
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Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/9/2020) 12:00 pm
Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/9/2020)
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Join Cantor Arik Luck to discuss prayer, Hebrew, and music. Registration is required.Event Signup
Men’s Group Virtual Happy Hour – July 9 2020 5:00 pm
Men’s Group Virtual Happy Hour – July 9 2020
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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. Our … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (7/10/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (7/10/20)
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate. For alternative access via livestream, click here. … Continued
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service (7/10/20) 7:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service (7/10/20)
Jul 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Young Adult Late Shabbat Service with Rabbi Sydney Mintz, and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate.
July Late Shabbat Oneg 8:30 pm
July Late Shabbat Oneg
Jul 10 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Late Shabbat Oneg is back (!!) and we're partnering with Moishe House Nob Hill to bring you a fun evening of FRIENDLY speed dating. Whether you’re in search of romantic or platonic connections, this will … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/11/20) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/11/20)
Jul 11 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
Havdalah with Cantor Marsha Attie (7/11/20) 8:00 pm
Havdalah with Cantor Marsha Attie (7/11/20)
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Havdalah with Cantor Marsha Attie on Facebook Live, click here.
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Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery! 5:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
  For over two years, every Sunday night Emanu-El congregants have provided dinner for the youth living at G-House (a transitional home for youth experiencing homelessness run by Larkin Street Youth Services), by bringing food … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 13 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Teens and Tweens 4:00 pm
Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Teens and Tweens
Jul 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join fellow teen and tween members of multi-racial and multi-ethnic families at Emanu-El in a Zoom gathering on Tuesday July 14th from 4-5pm to meet one another, share stories, and build a community to support … Continued
Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Families Gathering (July 2020) 7:00 pm
Multi-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Families Gathering (July 2020)
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join fellow members of Emanu-El from multi-racial and multi-ethnic families in a Zoom gathering to meet one another, share stories, and build a community to support each other  through the complexities of the world around … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Mixology (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Mixology (Young Adult Program)
Jul 15 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join YALCer and experienced cocktail maker, Misha Kestler, in this new 30-minute series: Mixology! Each time we gather, we’ll learn how to make a new drink. Our first drink will be the classic margarita. Please … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music, with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/16/2020) 12:00 pm
Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/16/2020)
Jul 16 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Join Cantor Arik Luck to discuss prayer, Hebrew, and music. Registration is required.Event Signup
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (7/17/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (7/17/20)
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate. For alternative access via livestream, click … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/18/20) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Jonathan Singer – 7/18/20)
Jul 18 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery! 5:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
  For over two years, every Sunday night Emanu-El congregants have provided dinner for the youth living at G-House (a transitional home for youth experiencing homelessness run by Larkin Street Youth Services), by bringing food … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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Namashalom w Reb Syd (Young Adult Program) 6:00 pm
Namashalom w Reb Syd (Young Adult Program)
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Bring a yoga mat and an open mind for a fabulous and restorative 45 minutes of yoga, connection and Jewish mindfulness practice. Rabbi Mintz (your very own Reb Syd) shares her love and her challenge … Continued
Jews of Color Virtual Gathering (July 2020) 7:00 pm
Jews of Color Virtual Gathering (July 2020)
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Led by congregants who identify as Jews of Color, we are convening regular gatherings of Emanu-El members who identify as Jews of Color of any race or ethnicity, to meet each other, share stories, and explore … Continued
How to be an Antiracist Book Club (With Rabbi Ryan Bauer) 8:00 pm
How to be an Antiracist Book Club (With Rabbi Ryan Bauer)
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Rabbi Ryan Bauer to discuss the book, How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Reading a book will not end racism, but the idea that learning leads to action is a foundational … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 24 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (7/24/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (7/24/20)
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbinic Intern Leo Fuchs and Cantor Marsha Attie. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate. For alternative access via livestream, click … Continued
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Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 7/25/20) 9:15 am
Torah Study (with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris – 7/25/20)
Jul 25 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Torah Study with Rabbi Sarah Joselow Parris followed by Mourner's Kaddish and Healing Prayer. To participate, click here.
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Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery! 5:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Support youth experiencing homelessness with a Sunday night dinner delivery!
  For over two years, every Sunday night Emanu-El congregants have provided dinner for the youth living at G-House (a transitional home for youth experiencing homelessness run by Larkin Street Youth Services), by bringing food … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
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How to be an Antiracist Book Club (Young Adults) 6:00 pm
How to be an Antiracist Book Club (Young Adults)
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Rabbi Jason Rodich to discuss the book, How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Reading a book will not end racism, but the idea that learning leads to action is a foundational … Continued
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music 7:30 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music
Jul 29 @ 7:30 pm – 7:40 pm
Soothe Your Soul: A Moment of Music, with Cantor Marsha Attie. Facebook Live.
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Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/30/2020) 12:00 pm
Hebrew, Music and Prayer (7/30/2020)
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Join Cantor Arik Luck to discuss prayer, Hebrew, and music. Registration is required.Event Signup
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Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F) 11:00 am
Mimi’s Music and Fun Group – (M,W,F)
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Show up with your little ones (birth to 4 years) and spend time with other parents. Join us to celebrate Havdalah on Mondays and as we prepare to welcome Shabbat on Fridays. Enjoy music, stories, puppets, … Continued
One Shabbat Service (7/31/20) 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service (7/31/20)
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jason Rodich and Cantor Arik Luck. Click here to participate via Facebook Live, our preferred platform – you don't have to join Facebook to participate. For alternative access via livestream, click here. … 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 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.

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!
Vince Celli

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Vince Celli

Vince 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. 

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.

Misha Kestler

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Misha Kestler

Misha 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. 

David Kielsmeier

Danielle Klebanov

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Danielle Klebanov

Danielle is a native of LA and moved to San Francisco after graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2014. She came to a Late Shabbat while she was still in college but 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!

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.

Claire Perelman

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Claire Perelman

Claire 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 Oakland in July 2018 and hasn’t looked back! She works as a school-based child therapist, gaining her hours towards her LCSW. Her free time is spent perfecting her handstand, brainstorming Jewish community events, and researching play therapy techniques. 

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 be joining YALC and have the opportunity to give back to her community! 

Jack Policar

Grant Purcell

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Grant Purcell

Grant grew up in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and moved to San Francisco after graduating in 2017. Currently he is working in the financial services industry.

He is passionate about conservation and being outdoors. When he isn’t backpacking or skiing you can find him rooting for UNC basketball and going to see live music in the city.

He has been involved with planning young adult Jewish activities since high school and is looking forward to continuing those efforts and giving back to the SF community. 

Sarah Raitzin

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Sarah Raitzin

Sarah grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon finishing high school, she went on a soul searching journey that led her to travel and live in Israel, the United Kingdom and Argentina. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in International Studies in 2017 and is now continuing her education with a M.S. in Environmental Management. Sarah has volunteered around the Bay Area in different organizations including Glide, SF-Marin Food Bank, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, and Garden for the Environment. When she is not reading, researching or writing papers, she enjoys greeting the ocean and finding her flow in a vinyasa class. She discovered Congregation Emanuel on a Late Shabbat and she is proud to call it her community.

Leah Shapiro (Senior Engagement Associate)

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Leah Shapiro (Senior Engagement Associate)

Leah, possibly the only Santa Cruzian in existence not to surf, is thrilled to be joining YALC! After graduating in Child & Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University, Leah has devoted her career to working with young Jews of all ages- volunteering with grade school children in Israel, teaching preschool in San Francisco, working with college students at Santa Cruz Hillel, and currently empowering teens through service learning and internships at Jewish Family and Children’s Services. She has a passion for helping Jews connect with their Jewish roots, and looks forward to meeting you all!

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

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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.