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Thoughts on the Iran treaty

Dear congregants, 

The proposed treaty between Iran and the P5+1 nations has caused a lot of angst in our community. As rabbis who care deeply about supporting Israel, we are concerned about several aspects of the agreement. However, what we most want is peace and the de-escalation of tension. Therefore we have chosen to reiterate the statement of the SF Jewish Community Relations Council (JRCR) and the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (JCF). Please review their joint statement. 

Please read our entire statement, including reference to AIPAC's Forum on the Iran treaty at the SFJCC on August 4. 

Rabbis Beth and Jonathan Singer

sit togetherLet's Sit Together

Let's Sit Together is a new experience of One Shabbat. One Shabbat involves not only the service itself but also the interactions of people gathered together in the sanctuary. For those who are new to Emanu-El or would like to meet more fellow congregants, grab a sticker when you arrive and look for the specially marked area in the Martin Meyer Sanctuary  if you wish to sit with others.


Temple Chronicle

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Barakfarewell partyCome celebrate our farewell to Cantor Roslyn Barak!

Sunday, October 18 
Congregation Emanu-El invites you to honor Cantor Roslyn Barak for her years of dedicated service to our community.
Learn more on how to attend!


President's Corner

Read our membership renewal letter for 2015. Review the diagrams we added that provide a snapshot of our past year's operating revenue and expenses.

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Clergy condemnation of attacks in Israel

Our community condemns all extremism and violence. We join the entire Jewish community in being both saddened and outraged by violent acts perpetrated by Jewish extremists, in particular, the recent West Bank arson attack that led to the death of an 18 month-old baby and a knife attack at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. 

These acts reflect an abandonment of Jewish values and Halacha by those "in the garb of tradition." We pray for peace and renew ourselves to the work of sharing vibrant, reform, pluralistic Judaism, both here in America and in the land of Israel we love.

Clergy of Emanu-El

selma marchRabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich to participate in the launch of the NAACP's America's Journey for Justice march!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Rabbi Beth Singer and Rabbi Jason Rodich will travel to Selma, Alabama this weekend to participate in a portion of the NAACP's 860 mile march that will culminate in Washington, D.C.  

Please read Rabbi Beth's statement. 

farewell partyThe Farewell Party  
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Martin Meyer Sanctuary

The Israel Action Committee invites you to a viewing of The Farewell Party. Winner of a number of international Film Festival awards, The Farewell Party is a unique, compassionate and unlikely funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma. The film has adult themes but is suitable for age 12 and older. 

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Judy MillerValues Through Life Storytelling - Hosted by Congregant Julie Miller and Rabbi Beth Singer

Tuesday, August 18, 7:00 pm, Chapel

Jews are a storytelling people. The very survival of our tiny tribe has depended on the passing on of our story to the next generation, L'dor V'dor. This workshop, hosted by congregant Julie Miller, and Rabbi Beth Singer, offers a non-judgmental venue for reflective and even transformative life storytelling. Participants will define the most meaningful stories in their own eyes, recalling and interpreting positive and negative, joyous and sad memories. 

Read an article that quotes Julie Miller and discusses the importance of lifestorytelling here.

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Marcia FalkReturn Again: Poetry writing workshop on Teshuvah with esteemed poet Marcia Falk

Saturday, September 5, 7:00 pm

Marcia Falk, noted poet, painter and Judaic scholar will be speaking about her book The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, and discussing new ways of looking at Selichot.

7:00 pm Dessert
7:30 pm Havdalah
7:45 pm Teshuvah poetry writing workshop
9:00 pm Selichot service

This event is cosponsored by Chochmat HaLev.


Join Congregation Emanu-El's 2016 Trip to Israel!
The 2016 trip Itinerary is up!

June 22 - July 4
Highlights include guided tour of Neot Kedumim, the Bilbical Nature Reserve, hiking up Masada in time for sunrise, floating in the Dead Sea, traveling along the Jordan River Valley to the Upper Galilee, optional wine tasting at the Bahat winery, swimming in the Kinneret at the "Luna Park," exploring the mystical city of Zefat, including ancient synagues and Jewish Quarter, and so much more!

See photos from the 2013 Emanu-El Israel trip!



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Friday 7/31

6:00 pm : ONE SHABBAT - Martin Meyer Sanctuary

Saturday 8/01

10:30 am : Shabbat Morning Service - Main Sanctuary

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