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Congregation Sherith Israel

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Welcome to Sherith Israel

We don't just observe Judaism, we celebrate it

Embraced by our breathtaking historic sanctuary, Sherith Israel is a place to make Jewish friends and create Jewish memories.

We are a community that comes together to sing and celebrate our sacred holidays and festivals, mark the milestones in our lives and rededicate ourselves to social justice.

We are an innovative and open congregation that welcomes spiritual and secular Jews, Jews by choice and interfaith couples—whatever your religious background, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Whether you’re looking for a Jewish education for your children or yourself, or looking for a warm Jewish community, visit us. Look around. We look forward to welcoming you.

Here's what's new

Congregation Approves Rabbi Jessica Graf
As Sherith Israel’s 10th Senior Rabbi

On February 29, over 100 congregants attending a special meeting required by Sherith Israel’s bylaws unanimously approved Rabbi Jessica Graf as the synagogue’s next senior rabbi. Rabbi Graf will begin her new position on July 1. Continue

Seismic Retrofit and Cemetery Endowment Receive $9.25 Million
The sale of a commercial property on Geary Boulevard will enable Sherith Israel to begin the second phase of construction on the seismic retrofit in 2016. It will also ensures the viability of the Hills of Eternity cemetery’s endowment for generations to come. Continue

Magalim Minyan brings young Jews together 
Jews in the 20s–40s age range often feel disconnected from Judaism. Sherith Israel’s Magalim Minyan, under the direction of Rabbi Jessica Graf and Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, has been changing that and gaining momentum with new events upcoming. Continue

Phase II of Sherith Israel’s Seismic Retrofit Underway
Work on Phase II of Sherith Israel’s seismic retrofit  is right on schedule. Our design team of ELS Architecture and Urban Design and engineers Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., in partnership with Plant Construction Company, is back in full force. Construction is taking place on the roof, in the attic, in the basement, on the north wall and behind the organ, all in locations tucked into the building interiors, leaving our beautiful and historic sanctuary intact and without disruption. Have a look at our construction blog to see some amazing photos of the project. Continue

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Sat, 25 June 2016 19 Sivan 5776