Book of J performs at Congregation Beth Sholom!

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Join us on Monday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. for our Simchat Torah Jamboree and hear Bay Area famous Book of J! This duo is truly singular in their music and message. The evening of celebration will feature live music from Book of J with special guest drummer Darian Grey, a lot of dancing (with our beloved Torah scrolls). There is also plenty of Israeli food, drinks, plenty of schmoozing, and, yes, more dancing! All ages are welcome!

Hear a sample of Book of J’s music and read the recent JWeekly article about them.

DATE: October 1

TIME: 7:30 P.M.

PLACE: Koret Hall

COST: Free - bring your friends!

Challah Bread Fundraiser

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Get your Challah at Beth Sholom!

Fulfill the Mitzvahof Shabbat with a delicious kosher challah every Friday and benefit CBS Family Preschool at the same time! 

You have the choice to bake a challah at home or take home a pre-baked challah.  The frozen dough and the fresh challah are delivered each week from Grand Bakery in Oakland.  

Challahs will be delivered weekly to your child's cubby.  We will not deliver Challah on days that the preschool is closed.  

1 lb frozen challah dough: $325.00
1 lb fresh baked challah:  $375.00

DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM and send to Katherine Friedman Barboni.

Sukkot Service

Shake the Lulav With Us and Connect to Your Community

After the awe-inspiring days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it’s time to celebrate! The Torah teaches us only to be happy on this holiday — what an incredible mitzvah to be given!

Join us for Sukkot Services led by Rabbi Ain. There will be a delicious kiddush lunch served afterwards. Chag Sukkot samayach (a very happy Sukkot for us all)!

DATE: September 24 & 25 
TIME: 9 a.m.
PLACE: Sanctuary

Sukkah building at CBS on Thursday, September 20.
Interested in helping? Contact David Madfes.


CBS Teens - Help Build Our Sukkah!

Bring your hammers and your nails – It’s Sukkah Time!!

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It’s a new year. We have a new rabbi. And you can do a mitzvah! Join teens from CBS to build the Rabbi’s brand new sukkah at his brand new home! This event is just for teens so bring your friends to meet the rabbi and tell him what you’d like to see for you at CBS this year.

Note: You don’t actually need to bring a hammer or nails. This is Sukkah is magical and no tools are required.


When: Thursday, September 20

Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

RSVP: Rebecca Goodman

Sukkot Paper Cuts Workshop


Sukkot Paper Cuts Workshop with artist Lisa Rauchwerger

Join us for the first of three Hiddur Mitzvah (beautifying the mitzvah) programs at CBS this year! This first workshop will give you a taste of the ancient yet modern art of Jewish Papercutting. Lisa Rauchwerger, a local Judaic artist, will discuss the history and basic techniques of this increasingly popular art form, and will share samples of her work.

Each attendee will have the opportunity to create a papercut to decorate our congregation’s sukkah (and then keep their artwork following the holiday). Participants need only to be able to handle a sharp X-Acto knife. All materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 13 and up; no experience necessary.

DATE: Sunday, September 23
TIME: 4-6 p.m.
PLACE: Main Meeting Room
COST: $18 per person. Registration required.


Zohar Schnaider's Bat Mitzvah

L’Shana Tovah,

Shalom! I am Zohar Schnaider, an 8th grader at the Brandeis School of San Francisco.  My Bat Mitzvah, Parashat Haazinu, is on this Shabbat, September 22. I enjoy Basketball, Tennis, exploring San Francisco and hanging out with friends.  My family has been a Beth Sholom member family for the last 13 years and I attended pre-school here, at Beth Sholom.

My parasha is Haazinu (Listen).  This parasha talks about the transition of leadership when the Israelites are about to enter the promised land.  In my drash I will show you the importance of getting new leaders/teachers to lead you through a change. I will also show you how the kind of teacher/leader we choose will determine how we emerge from the change.

I am excited to join the Beth Sholom congregation, this time as a responsible young Jewish woman.  I am thankful for the opportunity to celebrate my Bat Mitzvah with the congregation, my friends and my family members, traveling from near and afar.  See you on Saturday!

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High Holy Days Tickets


The “Days of Awe” are almost upon us – again!
As another year draws to a close, we look forward to the next.
We also look forward to sharing the High Holy Days with you this September!

Click through for a comprehensive overview of our service times and children's service times, as well as special programs for the 5779 High Holy Days. 


or click below to download these forms

CBS Member High Holy Days Ticket Request Form

Nonmember High Holy Days Ticket Request Form

Renew Our Days Ticket Request Form

Days of Awesomeness

Kadima Klub

Etrog & Lulav Order Form

Welcome Kiddush for the Ains

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Join us for in formally welcoming Rabbi Dan Ain, his wife Alana, and their children, Autumn and Samson, to San Francisco and Congregation Beth Sholom.

Though many of you have already had the opportunity to meet, learn, and daven with the Ains, we want to take a moment to welcome them to the wider community, as many congregants return from summer vacations. 

DATE: Saturday, September 8
TIME: Noon
WHERE: Koret Hall

We will also be celebrating Rabbi Ain at his installation in early 2019.
If you are interested in being part of the installation planning committee, please
contact Ellen Ginsberg.

Selichot Service

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This year, join us for a traditional observance of this service.

Selichot is an essential element in traditional Jewish preparation for the Yamim Noraim. The service is comprised of some familiar elements from the daily service and some familiar elements from the liturgy of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah as well as some piyyutim (liturgical poems) special to the occasion. At Selichot we take up the special melodies of the Yamim Noraim.

In the days of Rabbi Lew (z'l) the observance of Selichot was a hallmark. This year we are returning to a more traditional observance led by Henry Hollander and Rabbi Ain, who will be joined by Cantor Avyatar Alfassi from Congregation Anshey Sfrad, and by musician Jeremiah Lockwood. We will attempt to recover a more direct dialogue with G-d in our prayers, in community.

DATE: September 1
TIME: 11 p.m.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel

High Holy Days Food Drive

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Thousands of people often must make a choice between eating and paying for other basic needs, such as housing, utilities, or medications. The JFCS Food Bank helps to bridge that gap.

Each fall CBS participates in the annual food drive held by JFCS by serving as a drop-off location. Fill a bag or two (or three!) and return the items to our collection barrel by the front entrance. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to diminish hunger in our community. You are performing a mitzvah! Here's a list of what is most needed:

•    Canned meat and fish
•    Hearty soups
•    Bottled spaghetti sauce
•    Canned vegetables
     (peas and beets are favorites)
•    Cooking oils
•    Mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard
•    Jams
•    Shampoo and deodorant
•    Household paper products
     (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
•    Toothpaste
•    Laundry detergent
•    Grocery store gift cards

We will be collecting until October 4