Temple Emanu-El San Francisco is a California temple for the resident Jewish community. They allow Jews and non Jews to be members or non members. They offer a variety of programs based on cycles and events of life to help individuals deal with issues and be whole. Beneath the dome of the temple visitors can find friendship and community. The Temple holds inspirational talks and world class concerts.
In 1848, Jews made their way around Cape Horn and migrated to San Francisco, California. When they arrived they began working on the temple seen today. It was and is the most important landmark temple in the state due to age and its congregation. They have 2,400 households in their membership and it is the oldest western congregation west of Mississippi. Temple Emanu-El was dedicated in 1926, though the congregation formed in 1850. The building is on Lake Street and Arguella Boulevard. It is the third building and site for the congregation with a design by Arthur Brown.
The dome is at 150 feet. Inside is a four manual Skinner organ with a nine foot jewel box for an Ark. They offer services throughout the week for worshippers, including Shabbat services every Friday night at 5:30.