Congregation Sherith Israel

Congregation Sherith Israel


ABC's "Kids Say the Darndest Things" is coming to SAN FRANCISCO! Our celebrity host, Tiffany Haddish, can't wait to meet the funniest kids (age 6-11) that SF has to offer! Our casting staff would love to get the word out to your amazing kids and offer them the opportunity to appear on the show! Parents with kids who are interested should apply ASAP. Please share!
We are so excited to be bringing to Congregation Sherith Israel this Saturday at 7:30pm with this fantastic cast! Tickets available here!
WinterFaith Shelter Walk to benefit the Interfaith Winter Shelter This Sunday April 7th at 1:30 pm at Lake Merced! Please register and/or donate today! Thank you for your support!
WinterFaith Shelter Walk Supporting Interfaith Winter Shelter - Sunday May 6 at 1:30 pm around Lake Merced. Register and/or donate today!
Back in 1988, I was our Associate Rabbi and hitting my 30th birthday, Rabbi Weiner was turning 50, and Cantor Feldman celebrating his 60th. The sum total of our birthdays corresponded to the 140th year of CSI. It was an occasion for a major celebration, and a night never to be forgotten - a 30/50/60 event! Years later now, in another few days, I'll be turning 60 (which means that R. Weiner will be 80, and Cantor Feldman will be 90). We continue to be blessed, and cherish our years working together back in "the day". May Cong. Sherith Israel continue to grow from strength to strength!
What a fun baseball fundraising event this evening! Thank you. ⚾💞⚾💞⚾

At CSI you'll find a contemporary Reform approach to our timeless traditions. We welcome Jews and their families from many backgrounds.

Operating as usual

Join us tonight at 5 pm for an update on COVID-19 vaccines with doctors from our community, Dr. Jeremy Rassen and our host, Dr. Jonathan Graf. More info at link in comments.

Hello Out There! Week 34

Read this week's missive from Rabbi Graf. Zoom link to tonight's 6 pm Shabbat service is included as well. Weekly Missive November 13, 2020 Hello out there! A new era in American history is dawning. A woman of color-- and her Jewish husband-- are moving into the vice president’s residence! (WOOHOO!!) VP-el

Hello Out There! Week 33

The latest missive from Rabbi Graf. Weekly Missive November 6, 2020 Hello out there! We’re waiting, we’re waiting, we’re waiting... I was sure that by the time this missive went out—my note of good cheer/check-in/irreverent wandering of

Hello Out There! Week 32

Is it really Friday already?! Enjoy this week's missive from Rabbi Graf. Weekly Missive October 30, 2020 Hello out there! These words from our Talmud remind us of the importance of a community’s investment in leadership: “Rabbi Yitzhak taught that ‘A ruler is not to be app

Hello Out There! Week 31

Rabbi Graf reflects upon the recent presidential debates in her latest missive. Weekly Missive October 23, 2020 Hello out there! The upcoming election looms large. It’s all everyone can talk about. In these weeks leading up to the most contested and consequential election in deca

Hello Out There! Week 30

Weekly missive #30 from the desk of Rabbi Graf. Weekly Missive October 16, 2020 Hello out there! The vice-presidential debate kicked off the new year with lots of drama. Though many critical issues were on the agenda for the two candidates, an unex

Yom Kippur Evening Service

Yom Kippur Morning Service

Kol Nidre Service 2020

Kol Nidre Service 2020

Rosh Hashana Morning Service

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service 2020

Rosh Hashanah 2020 Evening Service

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service 2020

Rosh Hashanah 2020 Evening Service

Jewish Baby Network SF

Celebrate the Jewish New Year and Birthday of the World with JBN SF and our partners. Singing! Dancing! Puppet Friends!

Join Carol Booth, Alyssa Zagorie, Cantor Toby Glaser of Congregation Sherith Israel, Zehava Dahan of Or Shalom Jewish Community and Joel Abramovitz of The Kitchen for lots of Getting Ready for Rosh Hashanah fun! Bring your favorite stuffy or puppet and celebrate with us.

Please register here:
#roshhashana #roshhashanah #applesandhoney #shofar #jewishnewyear #jewishfamily #toddlers #babies #letscelebratetogether #connectingfamilies #buildingcommunity

Sinai Memorial Chapel

"Hang in there! Out of darkness, will come light. Out of the ten plagues—which included darkness—came freedom and a whole new world." - Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf of Congregation Sherith Israel

Prerecorded services, backyard worship, a drive-in: High Holidays during a pandemic

Our new Cantor Toby Glaser in production of our High Holiday Services this week on the cover of the J. The most sacred Jewish holidays are approaching, bringing with them the longest and most well-attended services of the year. Even in the best of times, a congregation’s intensive preparations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur take months. But this year, there is no road map for those preparations, ...

High Holy Day Services Preview

Get updated on the latest coronavirus medical developments tonight at 5 pm on Zoom (link in comments).

A Conversation from the Front Line with Mayor London Breed

San Francisco and Reform Judaism - two entities whose tradition is change. Mayor Breed and Rabbi Graf discuss COVID-19, the movement for racial justice, and other challenges of this time.

Watch at the link below and check out our YouTube channel for more!

Mayor London Breed and Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf will discuss COVID-19, the movement for racial justice, and other challenges of this time.

Rosh Hashanah is coming. Our Ba'al Tekiah practicing social distancing with a properly worn mask. Please wear your MASK so we will all be together for years to come.

Social Action Shabbat

Learn how our Social Action Committee makes a difference with stories of the SAC’s work woven into an inspirational Shabbat service. Watch the video from last Friday's Social Action Shabbat.

June 26 Kabbalat Shabbat

Events to salute Jewish role in U.N.’s birth in San Francisco 75 years ago

In 1945, a Shabbat service was held at Sherith Israel to celebrate the founding of the UN and mourn victims of the holocaust. The AJC commemorates the 75th anniversary of this pivotal moment in history with a series of upcoming events this week and next. The U.N. headquarters along Manhattan’s East River is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. But the United Nations wasn’t founded in New York. It was chartered in the City by the Bay. To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the U.N. in San Francisco, the local chapter of the Americ...

Heeding the Call to Antiracism - Wanda M. Holland Greene and Robert Greene

Watch a recording of the discussion 'Heeding the Call to Antiracism' here on our YouTube channel.

Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf interviews two nationally renowned leaders in education working hard to combat racism: Wanda M. Holland Greene, the Head of Scho...

S.F. synagogue’s online series on Covid-19 offers expert insights – J.

The J. spotlights our series COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line in this article. With so much yet to learn about the Covid-19 virus, Dr. Jonathan Graf does not have all the answers. But he does have a lot of them. And these days, he’s sharing what he knows on YouTube, courtesy of Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. A rheumatologist and professor of medicine at UCSF, ...

A few more of the dynamic duo.

Best wishes and a long and successful life.

Jessica and David

Cantor Frommer Farewell Tribute

The congregation's farewell tribute to Cantor David Frommer on Zoom is now available to watch on YouTube.

On Saturday, May 30th, we honored Cantor David Frommer and wished him and his family well as they prepare to head to West Point. This is not goodbye...instea...

Jessica and David

A team and a blessing for 4 years

Chag sameach! What a beautiful challah of seven heavens made by @nellygoing for Shavuot! How are you celebrating?

[05/21/20]   NEW: Talmud 101 With Rabbi Phelps
Thursday, May 21, 5 pm
What is the Talmud, and why does Rabbi Phelps think it can be more resonant for Reform Jews than the Torah? Come to this session to find out. (We will read some Talmud texts in English translation; no prior knowledge of Talmud will be needed.)
Join us on Zoom at 5 pm:

COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line - Event - Congregation Sherith Israel

Join us this Wednesday for our second online discussion on COVID-19 with Dr. Jonathan Graf and Dr. Jeremy Faust, featuring questions submitted by members of the community. We all have questions about what is really happening on the front lines of medicine right now. Sherith Israel is lucky to have some experts who will talk about what they are seeing, working on, and planning for in their fields in this community forum on COVID-19. Interviewed by our host, Dr. Jonatha...

COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line - April 29

Sherith Israel is lucky to have a few experts who will spend some time answering questions sent to us from our members. Interviewed by our host, Dr. Jonathan Graf, this is an informative opportunity to hear from doctors from our community: Dr. Meghan Marmor and Dr. Erin Gordon.

COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line Dr. Jonathan Graf, Dr. Meghan Marmor and Dr. Erin Gordon Wednesday, April 29, 5 pm Topics for this Discussion: ·...

COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line - April 29

COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line Dr. Jonathan Graf, Dr. Meghan Marmor and Dr. Erin Gordon Wednesday, April 29, 5 pm Topics for this Discussion: ·...

COVID-19: A Conversation from the Front Line

Join us for online discussions with doctors from our community at 5 pm on Weds. 4/29 and 5/6.

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Videos (show all)

Yom Kippur Evening Service
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Kol Nidre Service 2020
Rosh Hashana Morning Service
Rosh Hashanah Evening Service 2020
Jessica and David
Shabbat Services
March 13, 2020 - Kabbalat Shabbat at Sherith Israel
SF Imigration Rally, Sept 15
SF Imigration Rally, Sept 15




2266 California St
San Francisco, CA

General information

Welcome to Congregation Sherith Israel. For thousands of years, the synagogue has endured as the strongest institution in Judaism. At its heart is the commitment to strengthen and replenish the Jewish spirit and to perpetuate its people as one. It is the home of sacred words and values given to us by God, who compels us to teach those values to our children and to live them every day. Congregation Sherith Israel has served this role for our congregational family and community since 1850 and today, we continue the idealistic and strong -willed spirit of our founding pioneer fathers and mothers by providing extensive educational programs, each designed to strengthen our ties to the past and our commitment to the future. At Congregation Sherith Israel we pride ourselves on welcoming people of diverse age, gender, interests, backgrounds and other faith traditions. Our members are committed to being part of and contributing to a community where all members' spiritual, religious needs are met, where lasting and meaningful Jewish memories are made, where our rich heritage is passed from generation to generation, and where social justice is upheld. We encourage you to get to know our rabbis, cantor, executive director, religious school principal, early childhood educator and other staff by actively participating in volunteer and learning programs and attending Shabbat Services. We will be happy to make an appointment for you to meet with Rabbi Raphael or Cantor Glassman at any time. We believe that our members should make an annual Fair Share commitment of support and we will work with you to assure your comfort in making a decision about your contribution. All Jews or those with Jewish partners are welcome to become members. We invite you to learn more about us by reading through our web site, signing up to receive email updates, calling us and — best of all — visiting us. Join us for Shabbat services or visit us during business hours. We'll be delighted to give you a tour of our historic sanctuary building and our modern classroom and event facilities. Individuals and families who have questions about our commitment program or membership in general, are welcome to call Gordon Gladstone, Executive Director at 415-346-1720 ext 25.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday 09:00 - 13:00
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