Congregation Emanu-El (San Francisco, California)
|Location||2 Lake Street, San Francisco,
|Architect(s)||Arthur Brown Jr.|
|Architectural style||Byzantine Revival|
|Dome height (outer)||150 feet|
During the Gold Rush in 1849, a small group of Jews held the first High Holy Days services on the west coast of the United States in San Francisco. This group of traders and merchants founded Congregation Emanu-El sometime in 1850, and its charter was issued in April, 1851. The 16 signatories were mostly German Jews from Bavaria.
- Rabbi Julius Eckman (1854–1855)
- Rabbi Elkan Cohn (1860–1889)
- Rabbi Jacob Voorsanger (1889–1908)
- Rabbi Martin Meyer (1910–1923)
- Rabbi Louis Newman (1924–1930)
- Rabbi Irving Reichert (1930–1948)
- Rabbi Alvin Fine (1948–1964)
- Rabbi Joseph Asher (1967–1986)
- Rabbi Stephen Pearce (1992–present)
- Rabbi Lawrence Kushner (Scholar in Residence since 2002)
- Kirschner, Robert; edited by Moses Rischin and Raphael Asher (1991). "A Singular Elegance". The Jewish Legacy & the German Conscience (Berkeley, CA: The Judah L. Magnes Museum): page 47.
Further reading 
- Rosenbaum, Fred, Visions of Reform : Congregation Emanu-El and the Jews of San Francisco 1849-1999, Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2000, ISBN 0-943376-69-6 ISBN 978-0943376691
- Rosenbaum, Fred, Architects of reform: congregational and community leadership Emanu-El of San Francisco, 1849-1980, Western Jewish History Center, Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, 1980
- Voorsanger, Jacob, The Chronicles of Emanu-El, Spaulding Press, 1900.