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Are you looking to find your people at Emanu-El?

Want to build deeper relationships with others who share your interests, passions, and life experiences?

Join a B'Bayit group by August 26th!  ​

Fall B'Bayit registration has closed

stay tuned for our winter registration!

Please email Leah Shapiro at lshapiro@emanuesf.org if you are

interested in finding out more about our small groups.

Chavurot

Organized by geography and/or demographics, these small groups of 5-10 households will come together monthly to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays. 

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Schmooze with Brooklynites from all generations. Want to reminisce about your Brooklyn days? Interested in moving to Brooklyn? This group is for you!

Hosts: Joel & Amy Kassiola

Accent on Brooklyn

An already existing group of 9 Boomers in Marin meets monthly to discuss a variety of Jewish related topics and is open to expand the group by another 4-6 interested people.

Hosts: Paula Freedman

Boomers (Marin)

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Join Terry Kraus in creating community with fellow Boomers in San Francisco to celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Hosts: Terry Kraus

Boomers
(San Francisco)

Boomers(SanFrancisco)  >

Join our monthly Saturday evenings focused on learning, building connections and fun. Gatherings might include improv, speakers, food, music, storytelling, games, and more, all curated and selected by you.

Hosts: Shelley Abramson

Explorers Group

Join Leora Goren and Eric Shapiro and their children in creating community with other families in Marina and Cow Hollow to celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Hosts: Leora Goren

Families (Marina/Cow Hollow)

Families
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Join Silvia Cheskes and Brian Poger and their children in creating community with other families in Noe Valley/Mission/Bernal Heights to celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Hosts: Silvia Cheskes and Brian Poger

Families (Noe/Mission/Bernal)

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Join Vanessa and Alison Jacoby and their children in creating community with other families in West Portal to celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Hosts: Vanessa and Alison Jacoby

Families (West Portal)

Join together in creating community with fellow 20s & 30s interfaith couples to celebrate Jewish holidays as a group.

Hosts: Vince Celli

Interfaith Couples (Young Adults)

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Join Julia and Adam Bergman and their children in creating community with fellow interfaith families with elementary/ middle school-aged kids to celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Hosts: Julia and Adam Bergman

Interfaith Families (Elementary/Middle School)

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Create community with fellow LGBTQ+ identified 20s & 30s.

Hosts: Ben Halbig

LGBTQ+
(Young Adults)

Create community with fellow LGBTQ+ identifying congregations through small socially distanced in-person gatherings. Open to all adults.

Hosts: Tim Stuebbe and Motty Pavlovsky

LGTBQ+

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Join Diane Winer and her daughter Elissa in creating community among mothers and daughters of all ages. Havdalah celebrations will feature discussions of generational changes and expectations.

Hosts: Diane and Elissa Winer

Mothers and Daughters Havdalah

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Join new parents David and Oren in creating community with other new families (parents of any age) to celebrate Jewish holidays together.

Hosts: David Rak and Oren Henry

New Parents

Join new parents David and Brooke in creating community with other new families (parents under 35) to celebrate Jewish holidays together.
 

Hosts: David Kielsmeier and Brooke Thornberry

New Parents
(Under 35)

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Chuggim

Whether you love challah baking, knitting, or anything in between, there’s a chug for you!  Chuggim will come together monthly for their activities of choice.

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Join fellow 20s & 30s for short monthly bicycling adventures around San Francisco, finishing with socially distant outdoor hangouts. Bike routes will not be challenging!

Hosts: Gabe Greschler

Bicycling
(Young Adults)

Create intergenerational community with congregants over the timeless Jewish tradition of challah baking with Flora Kupferman.
 

Hosts: Flora Kupferman

Challah Baking (Intergenerational)

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Create community with a group of women over the timeless Jewish tradition of challah baking.

Hosts: Jackie Shelton-Miller

Challah Baking (Women)

Challah Baking (Women)  >

Bring more purpose and meaning to your life by tutoring a struggling reader through Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Spend one hour each week tutoring and gather monthly to share experiences with other tutors. Both new and current JCL tutors welcome!

Hosts: Meta Pasternak

JCL Tutors

Come together to schmooze and discuss recent Jewish movies with fellow film enthusiasts! We will view a new movie each month and debrief together.

Hosts: Lynne Thier

Jewish and Israeli Movies

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A monthly gathering of a diverse group of Emanu-El congregants who seek to deepen their connection to Emanu-El and each other through the joy of surfing. Monthly sessions will be held at a nearby beach. Each session will begin with some sort of positive, spiritual activity on the beach. All skill levels welcome.
 

Hosts: Scott Snow, Andrew Bell, and Glen Egrie. 

Surfing

Join long-time fellow knitter Laura Scher for a knitting circle. Pending enrollment numbers and interest, new knitters also welcome.
 

Hosts: Laura Scher

Knitting Circle

Join fellow congregants in observing wellness practices through monthly gatherings led by passionate self-care observer, Lila Cantor. All ages welcome!

Hosts: Lila Cantor

Wellness

Wellness

Join Daria Saraf for real-life outdoor camp activities in GGP. Bring a blanket so we can make a big circle keeping 10 feet apart. One session of storytelling, one session sharing guitar songs, one session drawing from life. All ages are welcome. Bring your guitar and art supplies if you have.

Hosts: Daria Saraf

Outdoor Art Camp

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Elul Groups

Interested in deepening your personal spiritual practice and connecting with fellow congregants in the lead up to the High Holy Days? Elul groups will embark on this reflective journey together via weekly gatherings until Rosh Hashanah.

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Join fellow 30 and 40s on an Elul reflective journey through weekly gatherings until Rosh Hashanah.
 

Hosts: Rachel Melman

30/40s

Join father and son Andy and Michael Colvin on an Elul reflective journey through weekly gatherings until Rosh Hashanah. Participants are requested to join this group with one (or more) family member(s) or close friends with whom they anticipate sharing High Holy Day services.

Hosts: Michael and Andy Colvin

Elul Group
(Family Members)

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Join fellow members on an Elul reflective journey through weekly gatherings until Rosh Hashanah.

 

Hosts: Anita Barzman

Elul Group (Individuals)

Elul Group (Individuals)  >

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