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Emanu-El Next September Community Meetings

After almost 100 years at 2 Lake Street, the congregation of Emanu-El are moving forward with Emanu-El Next, which will transform Emanu-El’s physical infrastructure to meet necessary seismic and security needs and grow their capacity to serve the community. They will host two neighborhood meetings, one on September 13 and one on September 21, both at 6:00 PM on Zoom. The project team will present updates on Emanu-El Next’s design and timeline since the last community meeting on May 2020.

Congregation Emanu-El at 2 Lake Street.

One of San Francisco’s two oldest synagogues, Emanu-El was founded in 1851 alongside Sherith Israel, primarily by Bavarian Jews but also several Sephardim.

Temple Emanu-El, 1867, Mission Bay and Long Bridge in distance. (fire ravaged the inside in 1906, but the temple was repaired and opened again in 1907. The congregation moved to Lake and Arguello in the mid- 1920s). Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Despite moving locations, Emanu-El has occupied this site on Lake Street since 1926, in a building designed by the gentile Arthur Brown, Jr., who also designed many other San Francisco landmarks: City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House, and the previous Transbay Terminal, among others. Emanu-El has, historically, served many of San Francisco’s Jewish elite, including the Haas family, the Goldman family, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Levi Strauss, Warren Hellman (of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fame),and Florence and Julius Kahn (two prominent Jewish congress people). The stained glass windows, designed by Mark Adams, are an architectural highlight, especially at sunset.

Rendering from the Emanu-El Next project.

Find the join details for the two community meetings below:

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