Join us for Pizza in the Hut!

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The CBS Family Preschool and Shabbat School families will join the rest of the Beth Sholom community and friends as we gather in our sukkah for the annual community Sukkot celebration, Pizza in the Hut. We'll say the sukkah blessings, shake the lulav, smell the etrog, nosh on pizza, and have a grand ol' time!

There will be activities aplenty for the kiddos, and salad, carrots and dip, and dessert will be served in addition to the delicious pizza. It's a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) event, and beverages of all kinds are welcome. We'll sing, learn, laugh, and dine...then dine some more!
The regular price registration deadline is Wednesday, September 26, although day-of walk-ins are welcome.

DATE: Thursday, September 27
TIME: 5:30-8 p.m.
PLACE: CBS community sukkah on Eva Gunther Plaza
COST: $10 for adults; $5 for children, 6–12; Free for children 5 and under


Contact Dale Kleisley for information.

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

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Join us for a meaningful, more traditional Selichot Service, order your High Holy Days Tickets, and participate in the annual JFCS Food Drive.

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Fall Friday Night Offerings

New Friday Night Offerings
Each Friday night, starting in October  


Each Friday night at 6:30 p.m., we gather to welcome Shabbat. Come casual and leave the week behind. Starting this Fall, try these new avenues to prayer at Beth Sholom. 

on the first Friday of each month

For 500 years, Jews have used the Kabbalat Shabbat service to make a transition from busy weekdays to the calm spaciousness of Shabbat.  In the Daven service, we will explore the Hebrew liturgy, using niggun (wordless melody), chant, song, and silence to engage this joyous tradition with our friends and families.

David Malman has been a CBS member since 1998.  He has led Shabbat, daily minyan, and High Holy Days services. He is an active participant in Makor Or, the meditation group started by Rabbi Alan Lew (z'l). David and his wife Ellen Shireman taught a successful Learner's Minyan for several years, and he attended Joey Weisenberg's Building Singing Communities multi-day workshops in 2013 and 2014. He is honored and pleased to be welcoming Shabbat with the CBS community. 

on the second Friday of each month

How can we take the routine liturgy that we know so well and make it new time and time again? One way is by singing out loud!

Join Amanda Russell, CBS rabbinical intern and musical director, and Jonathan Bayer, for a musical Shabbat experience. We will combine old and new tunes from different places around the world. We will use the music as a vehicle to prayer, grounding us where we feel comfortable and allowing us to deepen our prayer with melodies less familiar to us.

Amanda Russell is in her final year of Rabbinical School at The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, and has served as the Rabbinic Intern at CBS for three years. Many of you know her as the Shlikhat Tzibur (prayer leader) on Shabbat and holidays at CBS, where she infuses our prayers with music and song. She and her husband, David Katz, look forward to another year together with the CBS community. 

Jonathan Bayer is a singer, instrumentalist, and Jewish educator. You know him as the Music Specialist at CBS. His contributions enhance our Preschool, Shabbat School program, and Shabbat services. He looks forward to another year with the CBS team and exploring new ways to pray and make music together. 

on the third Friday of each month

What is the role of music in experiencing the sacred? 

Where is the boundary between the pleasure and emotion inspired by music and the joy and spiritual engagement that we encounter in prayer? Is listening a spiritual experience?

Curated by musician and scholar Jeremiah Lockwood, Listen is a liturgical music series that will help us explore these questions in the context of a Friday evening service. Jeremiah will draw on his connections to world-renowned musicians working in diverse genres to present profound and soulful musical experiences. Listen will offer an opportunity to engage in deep listening, hear virtuosic performances, and learn about sacred music traditions - both our own Jewish traditions and those of the people we share homelands with today and in our history. 

October 19 - Book of J

Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg offer a deep dive into the diasporic traditions of Jewish sacred music and American psalmody. According to The New Yorker, Book of J is an affecting duo with an expansive musical landscape encompassing gothic Yiddish songs, Piedmont blues, and queer politics. Both musicians have deep roots in Jewish music: Lockwood grew up singing in the High Holy Days choir of his grandfather, a renowned cantor, while Eisenberg continues to lead the experimental, politically-minded Jewish vocal group, Charming Hostess.

November 16 - Yoel Kohn and Judith Berkson

Great cantors performing services in shul was a beloved form of folk religion for Eastern European-born and first-generation American Jews. This music is experiencing a revival. Yoel Kohn is one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Jewish music. He grew up in Chassidic Williamsburg and is the son of a renowned Satmar bal tefilo. Judith Berkson is a renowned voice in contemporary music and has collaborated with the likes of the Kronos Quartet. Her performance of classic cantorial recitatives draws on her pedigree and her tutelage under her cantor father. 

December 21 - Sugar Pie Desanto

A true legend of American music, Sugar Pie Desanto started her career as a protégé of Etta James and was signed to the iconic Blues label Chess Records. Ms. Desanto scored numerous hit records in the 1950s and 60s, including I Want to Know,a top ten Billboard hit. She is a native of the Bay Area. She will be presenting a concert of spiritual music as part of the Listen series. Series curator Jeremiah Lockwood will accompany her for this unique event. 

on the fourth Friday of each month

Korban Shabbat - A Sabbath of Communal Offerings - is a loose, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling.

Join Rabbi Dan Ain on the fourth Friday of each month for an alternative and communal Friday night experience, as he started in Brooklyn. Adapted, adopting and appropriating styles from multiple communities and perspectives, no two Koban Shabbat evenings are the same. Used colloquially to mean sacrifice, Korban is a Hebrew word whose English translations have obscured its central meaning: an offering that is brought for the purpose of drawing nearer to others and to G-d. 

Meeting in Makom Sholom (the meditative sanctuary at Congregation Beth Sholom, built by Rabbi Alan Lew), each Korban Shabbat is determined by the offerings brought by those present, including but not limited to music, readings, and meditations. If what is offered is self, heart and willing engagement, the gathering will be a holy community, one in which G-d's presence is brought close. 

If you are interested in making an offering at an upcoming Korban Shabbat, we want to hear from you! 

Join the Shekhinah Committee

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CBS is creating a Shekhinah committee to serve and engage our community during times of need. Please consider joining, as this program will bring our Beth Sholom community closer.

Shekhinah means the presence of G-d on earth, or a symbol or manifestation of His presence. When we act as a shakhen (neighbor) in fulfilling good deeds in service to others, we make ourselves and our community worthy of G-d dwelling with us.

The Shekhinah Program will be multi-faceted in order to engage in tikkun olum with members in our community during their time of need, including:
• Chevra Kadisha: support mourners with home visits, food and shiva minyanim
• Friendly visitors (phone and /or in person) to homebound people
• Visits and assistance to those who are ill at home or in rehabilitation facilities
• Provide transportation assistance to synagogue or medical appointments
• Support to new parents

We will provide volunteer training. If the Shekhinah Program activities and mission resonate with you, please contact Marsha Glantz or call 415.564.4801.


A note about Shekhinah from Rabbi Ain

The shekhinah – as the presence of God in this world is a neighbor (shakhen or shechunah – neighborhood), comes from the same root as neighbor – Shin, Caf, Nun. In the midrash it says that “God seeks first of all to dwell on earth together with people.”

Rabbi Hirsch says the following about Shekhinah:
 “It is noteworthy that shachen means “to dwell” and also “to be a neighbor.” This suggests an exalted social concept. In Hebrew language expression, “to dwell” means “to be a neighbor.” When a person chooses a dwelling place, he must also allow his fellow man space for a dwelling place. Without a neighbor (shachen), there can be no true dwelling (Shechon).

"This conception of schikhinah applies also to the dwelling of God’s Presence with people. God draws near to us, but does not encroach upon the human sphere; we are allowed to develop in accordance with our own free will, as people on earth. God becomes the neighbor of man, and man the neighbor of God, but they do not merge.”

“Our task is to make use of the intellect and the freedom God has given us, in the earthly sphere which God has assigned to us; to serve God faithfully, conscientiously, and with a clear mind. Only thus will we attain the highest perfection a person can reach; only thus will our actions be sanctified, and will we be worthy of God’s closeness.”

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Yitzhak’s 100th birthday celebration

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On August 15, 2018, 94 members of our congregation—and a few special guests—came out to honor one of our most beloved members, Yitzhak Khodak, as he celebrated 100 years. The entire Board of Supervisors even signed a certificate honoring him! Yitzhak has long been a vital part of our community and a backbone of our minyan.  Many thanks to Karen Benjamin and Janet Wilson and Judy Einzig for organizing and brainstorming the heartwarming celebration.  It is moments like this that make our congregation a kehillah.

Women's Book Club: September Book Pick

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News of the World

By Paulette Jiles

National Book Award Finalist—Fiction
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. Read more about this book.

DATE: Thursday, September 20
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rabin Library

Jake Rothstein's Bar Mitzvah

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Shalom! My name is Jacob (Jake) Rothstein and I am in 7th grade at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. I have been going to Shabbat services at Beth Shalom regularly for the last two years to prepare for my Bar Mitzvah. It was a great way to learn the prayers and meet the CBS regulars. 

Besides my Bar Mitzvah prep and school, I like to build projects with spare electronic parts, my soldering iron, and my 3D printer. I am also a professionally trained couch potato, specializing in watching YouTube and John Oliver. When I am not on the couch, I play basketball, baseball, volleyball, run cross-country, and recently started rock climbing. I also like to play with my dog Zoe and take her on long walks. 

My parshat, Ki Teitzei, is a collection of laws about how to treat people and the appropriate consequences when rules are broken. My personal favorite was how to punish the disobedient child. The Torah tells us that an extremely rebellious child shall be stoned to death in front of the city gates. Luckily, the Rabbis came to a conclusion that no child was or ever will be that rebellious, so the law was never used. This interpretation has saved my life!

In my D'var torah I will focus on the "stranger". The most common example of a stranger might be a homeless person or a new immigrant, but there are also less obvious examples of being a stranger — like moving to another state and not knowing anyone in the community.  I will talk about how we can help these "strangers."

This day would not have been possible without help from so many people who support me. Thank you to Marilyn Heiss for teaching me how to chant Torah and Haftorah, and Rabbi Dan for helping me with my D'var Torah. Last but not least, I want to thank my parents and sister for always helping and supporting me.

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Henry Hollander is becoming a Rabbi - officially!


Our beloved Henry Hollander, for whom we depend on for so much here at CBS, will be spending a little less time in San Francisco as he enters Rabbinical School at American Jewish University in Los Angeles! Read a few words from Henry as he prepares to make this transition.

Dear CBS family,

Many of you may think that I spend all my time at Beth Sholom, but starting this coming week I will be a little bit scarcer. I will be studying to be a Rabbi. I am starting a five year program of study at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. AJU is the West Coast educational center for the Conservative Movement. Orientation starts this Sunday, so I will wait until after Shabbat and then get in the car and drive south. (This Shabbat is Lev Cohen’s Bar Mitzvah and I’ll be here for that. You should be too.)

I have been selling books as a profession since 1986, my whole adult life. Over the past ten years I have felt like the jump the shark moment had already passed. I have been trying to figure out a second act for quite a while. I considered a library degree or some other graduate degree leading into a teaching career, but these paths didn’t prove to be sufficiently enticing. In the last year of the tenure of Rabbi Hyman I accepted many rabbinic responsibilities. This January and February when I was falling into the same pattern it finally dawned on me that if I was going to act like a rabbi it might be better to have the education that goes with being one. I applied to AJU in February and I was accepted very shortly after my interview in early May.

My life at Beth Sholom has been a singular influence in my life. I joined in the early days of Rabbi Lew’s tenure and I benefited from being part of a cadre of very serious younger people who were at CBS at the time. Back in the 90s there was also a large group of older congregants from whom I learned a tremendous amount about how to live a meaningful life. The list of those people is very long. I still visit with many of them regularly, but sadly, our meetings take place in Colma. As their absence became more pronounced, I felt that it was incumbent upon me to pay it forward.

While I will be in Los Angeles between Monday and Thursday, I will be in San Francisco from Friday through Sunday each week. I will continue to administer the Bnai Mitzvah program. I will be teaching a shiur every Shabbat at 5 p.m. starting in September. My Talmud shiur will be on hiatus until I can find a new time for it. However, I hope to bring that back. I will be around on Shabbat. Hopefully you won’t even have a chance to miss me.

As I make this transition in my life I just want to take this opportunity to thank the community for all of the support that I have received and for helping to build and maintain this place that continues to be a second home to me.

 – Henry