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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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Accent on Brooklyn


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




Boomers (Marin)


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 (San Francisco)


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




Families (Marina/Cow Hollow)


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 (Noe/Mission/Bernal)


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 (West Portal)


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




Interfaith Couples (Young Adults)


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




Interfaith Families (Elementary/Middle School)


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




LGBTQ+ (Young Adults)


Create community with fellow LGBTQ+ identified 20s & 30s. Hosts: Ben Halbig




LGTBQ+


Create community with fellow LGBTQ+ identifying congregations through small socially distanced in-person gatherings. Open to all adults. Hosts: Tim Stuebbe and Motty Pavlovsky




Mothers and Daughters Havdalah


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




New Parents


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 (Under 35)


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




Explorers Group


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





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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Bicycling (Young Adults)


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




Challah Baking (Intergenerational)


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




Challah Baking (Women)


Create community with a group of women over the timeless Jewish tradition of challah baking. Hosts: Jackie Shelton-Miller




JCL Tutors


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




Jewish and Israeli Movies


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




Knitting Circle


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




Wellness (Young Adults)


Join fellow 20s & 30s in observing wellness practices through monthly gatherings led by passionate self-care observer, Lila Cantor.
Hosts: Lila Cantor




Outdoor Art Camp


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




Surfing


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. Hosted by Scott Snow, Andrew Bell, and Glen Egrie.





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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Bicycling (Young Adults)


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




Challah Baking (Intergenerational)


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




Challah Baking (Women)


Create community with a group of women over the timeless Jewish tradition of challah baking. Hosts: Jackie Shelton-Miller




JCL Tutors


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




Jewish and Israeli Movies


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




Knitting Circle


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




Wellness (Young Adults)


Join fellow 20s & 30s in observing wellness practices through monthly gatherings led by passionate self-care observer, Lila Cantor.
Hosts: Lila Cantor




Outdoor Art Camp


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




Surfing


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. Hosted by Scott Snow, Andrew Bell, and Glen Egrie.





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