B’nai Emunah Wins THREE J. Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards

The August 22 issue of J. Weekly contained the results of the community voting for the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards.  In the “Synagogue Life” category, Congregation B’nai Emunah took home kudos in three categories:

  • Innovative Programming
  • Adult Education
  • Social Action

Here are some relevant quotes from the article:

“Congregation B’nai Emunah, a Conservative synagogue in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood, was established in 1949, welcoming survivors and refugees. Continuing in that spirit, the synagogue launched the “Sunrise, Sunset Café,” a Shabbat group “where we build community, one cup at a time,” writes Jeffrey Dielle, the synagogue president. In a synagogue blog, Rabbi Mark Melamut calls it a “culturally Jewish startup,” a response to newcomers who often say, “ ‘Rabbi, nice to meet you, but I’m not religious. I like Jewish culture but the rest of it doesn’t work for me.’ ” Café programs include live music, talks and discussions accompanied by coffee and home-baked goodies. B’nai Emunah offers individualized b’nai mitzvah instruction for special learners, annual retreats and a variety of interest groups, including a technology havurah and a Havdallah happy hour.”

“Congregation B’nai Emunah offers “Judaism University” in collaboration with Congregation Beth Israel Judea, Congregation Ner Tamid and Or Shalom Jewish Community. Taught by several rabbis, classes have included lessons from the Talmud and the sages. Rabbi Mark Melamut also holds a monthly Musar group, where participants examine ethical issues, individualized spiritual direction and a “Holy Rollers” group, teaching Torah maintenance.”

“Congregation B’nai Emunah not only collects food year-round for the SF-Marin Food Bank, but a group of volunteers assists each month at the food bank’s warehouse as part of a communitywide Apple Corps Program. The Shalom Bayit Adopt-a-Family program pairs congregants with a family in need recovering from domestic violence. Through Project Homeless Connect, a communitywide project, volunteers donate food, goods and services.”

Please join us in extending congratulations to the B’nai Emunah clergy and leadership team on this impressive accomplishment.

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