This Week's HaLuach: August 9-15

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Did you miss the email version of our HaLuach newsletter? Are you not on our mailing list, but you're interested in learning more about what's happening at Beth Sholom this week?

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To read the online version of our August 9-15 HaLuach, please click here.

This Week's HaLuach: August 2-8

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This Week's HaLuach: August 2-8

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To read the online version of our July 26-August 1 HaLuach, please click here.

This Week's HaLuach: July 19-25

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Did you miss the email version of our HaLuach newsletter? Are you not on our mailing list, but you're interested in learning more about what's happening at Beth Sholom this week?

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This Week's HaLuach: July 12-18

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Purim Spiel Recap - Shushana Maidel Goes West!

Did You Miss the 2019 Purim Shpiel?

Even though we just celebrated Shavuot, it's not too late to see the 2019 Purim Shpiel, "Shushana Maidel Goes West," written by Stephen Miller, directed by Tracy Swedlow, with musical direction by Jeremiah Lockwood. Thanks to our talented group of CBS Players, musicians and crew we were able to perform the show twice to a packed Koret Hall. If you missed it, please click on the link below for some better late than never Purim Shpiel fun!

Alex Billick's Bar Mitzvah

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Alex Billick becomes Bar Mitzvah

Hello. My name is Alex Billick, and I am a sixth grader at Live Oak School. I’m excited to be having my Bar Mitzvah at Beth Sholom, and it's been fun preparing for it with my parents, my brother Max, Noa Bar and Rabbi Ain.

Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah has been an enlightening journey. I especially enjoyed writing my Dvar Torah with the help of Rabbi Dan Ain. It was also fun learning something new in the form of trop.

My parsha is Emor. In it, Moses lays out the laws for the Cohanim and the details of the sacred times and festivals of G-d, the Mo’adei Adonai. It also sets out the laws about profaning God's name, maiming and murder, the famous ‘an eye for an eye’.

Becoming a Bar Mitzvah has been a long, and sometimes stressful road. It was challenging to balance my Bar Mitzvah preparation with my other activities. I like to play baseball, basketball, and go on adventures with the Boy Scouts. I also like to play guitar, practice archery, and game. My favorite subjects at school are science and social studies.

I would like to thank Rabbi Ain for being very thoughtful and insightful with his questions and helping me prepare my drash, and Noa Bar for teaching me to chant Torah. I would also like to thank Dora, Lewis and Ben for helping me articulate my ideas in my drash. Lastly, I would like to thank my mom, my dad, my brother, and the CBS community for helping me get to this day.

Nate Teitelbaum's Bar Mitzvah

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Nate Teitelbaum becomes Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Nate Teitelbaum, and I am a 7th grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. On May 11, 2019, I have the honor of being called to the Torah to become a Bar Mitzvah!

At school, I really enjoy math, writing, and being with my friends. Outside, of school, I like to play sports and hang out with my friends. I have an adorable dog named Tucker, and two amazing, loving parents.

My bar mitzvah is Shabbat Kedoshim. Parshat Kedoshim is interesting because it has the “holiness code” and the golden rule. In my drash, I will be talking about the meaning of holiness, and how different people approach it today. I will also be talking about some of the weird rules in Kedoshim, and how they can be interpreted in today’s age.

Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah has been a challenging process, and I couldn’t have done it alone. I would like to thank my parents for always pushing me to get in some practice time, Rabbi Ain for helping me through the process of writing my Drash, and my wonderful tutor, Marilyn Heiss for being amazing and making learning fun. I would also like to thank all my wonderful friends for supporting me every single day, and for the many laughs we have shared together. I look forward to seeing all of you at my Bar Mitzvah!

Security Update -- Peace and Prayer for Poway

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Dear CBS Community,

We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in Poway, San Diego, and unite against senseless hatred and violence. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the healing of those injured and shaken, attacked in their sacred place of worship.  

At this sad and confusing time, we also gather our focus at home - where we continue our efforts to ensure the protection, safety and security of Congregation Beth Sholom and our congregants who gather in prayer, learning and community. 

Over the past several months we have been working with law enforcement, Jewish organizations, and security professionals and, with their help, will continue to evaluate and improve our safety policies and procedures. 

Our House Committee is currently leading the planning of upgrades to our facility, in coordination with applications for federal security funding, to ensure that our synagogue building continues to be a safe space for all who enter in peace. We also rely on the vigilance of our congregants. If you see something, say something to a staff member or security guard.

Rabbi Ain will be making additional time available in the coming weeks for personal counseling. In the meantime, in the face of ugly and brutal hatred, we are grateful to the members of our community who demonstrate every day the strongest love of our tradition, our community and each other. 


Rabbi Dan Ain 
Ben Chinn, President of the Board