This Week's HaLuach: October 11-17

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This Week's HaLuach: October 4-10

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This Week's HaLuach: September 27-October 3

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This Week's HaLuach: September 20-26

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This Week's HaLuach: September 13-19

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Zachary Weinberg's Bar Mitzvah

Zachary Weinberg becomes Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Zachary Weinberg, and I am a 7th grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. On September 14, 2019, I have the honor of being called to the Torah to become a Bar Mitzvah. It’s also an honor to be the first in my class to become a Bar Mitzvah at Beth Sholom, I can’t wait to support and cheer on my classmates.

At school, I really enjoy math, writing, and being with my friends. Outside of school, I enjoy gaming, running, swimming, reading and drawing.

I have a younger brother named Jacob, and loving parents, Sharon and Josh. My bar mitzvah is Shabbat Ki Teitzei. Parshat Ki Teitzei is interesting because we learn 67 mitzvot (I have chosen to talk about a moral issue raised in my parsha and what the process of writing a d’var torah taught me.)

I have learned two Haftorahs as we will read a second Haftorah that we missed during Rosh Chodesh. My interest in tech has led me to start volunteering at The Jewish Home helping residents with their tech needs.

Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah coincided with starting Middle School, both have required a lot of work and time management on my part. I’ve learned so much and even enjoyed myself along the way. I couldn’t have done it alone. I would like to thank my parents for giving me a Jewish home everyday, making me feel at home at Beth Sholom all these years, taking me to Israel for Passover, driving me to my lessons and always pushing me to get in some practice time. My amazing teachers at Brandeis who taught me Hebrew, all about Judaism, and gave me my first experiences with grade led tefillot, writing a d’var torah and reading from the Torah. Thank you Rabbi Ain and Rabbi Russell for helping me through the process of writing my Drash. My tutor Noa Bar, the religious school classes (and the pizza) were also key to for helping me learn everything I need to know on the day of my Bar Mitzvah. I would also like to thank my wonderful grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers and friends from near and far for supporting me and being here today to make this a very special simcha for me and my family.

Vivian Miller's Bat Mitzvah

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Vivian Miller becomes Bat Mitzvah

Shalom.

My name is Vivian Miller, my family has been at Beth Sholom for three generations. I’m looking forward to becoming a bat mitzvah this coming Saturday, September 7th, and carrying on an important family tradition. I’ve been a part of the San Francisco Youth Circus for three years now, and if I’m not swinging on a trapeze, I enjoy spending time with family, friends, creating art, surfing, completing school assignments, exploring SF, traveling, trying new food, and as of recently, preparing for this milestone. I have been attending San Francisco Friends School since kindergarten, and am excited for 7th grade this year.

This week, I’ll be reading from Parshat Shoftim, which covers the basic laws of establishing a just society. Shoftim means “judges,” and this portion teaches us a lot about appointing judges who are unbiased and will govern the people with integrity. I was particularly intrigued by what this reading had to say about the significance of trees and how to treat them thoughtfully during times of war (and always). Given the state of our environment, I think it’s important to remember what G-d has told us about being mindful of our world, which relates to my study of, and dedication to, Tikkun Olam.

I want to thank my parents, Nonni and Opa, my brother, my close friends and everyone else who has supported me through this process. I also want to thank Rabbi Dan Ain and Rabbi Russell, my bat mitzvah tutor Noa Bar, my Hebrew teacher Sima Krames and lastly, everyone at Congregation Beth Sholom for all they have done throughout my Jewish education.

This Week's HaLuach: September 6-12

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This Week's HaLuach: August 30-September 5

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Ari Cohen's Bar Mitzvah

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Ari Cohen becomes Bar Mitzvah

Shalom!

My name is Ari Cohen, and I’m a third gen. San Franciscan. I enjoy soccer, fishing, gardening, badminton, tennis, ping pong, basketball, friends, family, Magic the Gathering, art, reading comics and exploring the world including my neighborhood. I really enjoy bonding with my family doing the things I love, such as playing a “friendly” basketball game, or trying (and failing), to teach others how to play magic. This year, when I am having my Bar Mitzvah, I’ll be an eighth grader at Gateway Middle School and next year, I will enter high school!

My Bar Mitzvah is August 31st, and I have family and friends coming from Sweden, England, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. No matter how near or far you came, I am thankful you are here to share this important milestone with me.

This week's Torah portion is called Re’eh which means “see.” The Israelites have been wandering in the desert, for almost 40 years, and just before they enter Israel, G-d tells Moses to give a speech to the Israelites. Moses’s first sentence in his big speech sets the tone: “See (Re’eh), I present before you today a blessing and a curse.” Either follow G-d’s commands and be blessed, or be cursed for failing to respect G-d. The people need to make choices and take action by themselves, because Moses will not always be there to lead them. 

I want to thank my mamma and pappa, my sister Shana, my cousin Naomi, all my grandparents and the rest of my family and friends. I also want to thank the Rabbi Dan Ain, my tutor Noa Bar, my Hebrew teacher Sima Krames and Congregation Beth Sholom for supporting my Jewish education and friendships with others!

This Week's HaLuach: August 23-29

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This Week's HaLuach: August 16-23

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This Week's HaLuach: August 9-15

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This Week's HaLuach: August 2-8

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This Week's HaLuach: August 2-8

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This Week's HaLuach: July 19-25

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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!