The second annual San Francisco Omer Project will get underway next week, starting on the second night of Passover. The first of 16 gatherings will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, in front of Congregation Emanu-El.
During the 49-day period between the first day of Pesach and Shavuot, participants will meet sporadically to perform the Torah commandment of the counting of the Omer. Each gathering in the Richmond and Sunset districts will occur on a numbered avenue — of which there are 49 in San Francisco, a convenient match with the Omer.
For example, the gathering on the 16th day of the Omer will occur on the corner of 16th Avenue and Clement Street. The first gathering will be at Emanu-El, which is located on Arguello Street, which essentially is First Avenue.
Participants will learn more about the commandment as well as recite psalms and sing. One quick lesson: An omer is an ancient unit of measure, one used in biblical days to measure grain.
For more information and to view the schedule, visit www.omerproject.com