Maccabee Mitzvah Day & Hanukkah Party: Rededicate & Revive!

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Join us on Sunday, December 9 in a communal volunteer effort to rededicate and beautify our sacred temple. We'll have the opportunity for hands-on beautification and restoration followed by a festive Hanukkah celebration.

Let's be the light and shine the light on our spiritual home...together we can perform the mitzvah of elevating our incredible space. This event is FREE & Open to All.


1-4 p.m. Mitzvah Teams

There are a range of projects to undertake that day. You can choose the project that you prefer and you'll work in a small team with a house committee member. Please read more about the projects below and then register for the team in which you would like to contribute.

4-6 p.m. Party Time!
A festive celebration including: Candle Lighting, Food & Drink, Games, Dramatic & Musical Performances & More!


Team 1: Landscaping  | Captain: Allen Levy
We’ll work on the Zweifach Meditation Garden, the Eva Gunther Plaza deck and wall planters, and a few other small projects. In the long term, we’d like to form a gardening committee to manage these spaces on a regular basis, so please contact Allen if you are interested in that.

Team 2: Interior Decor | Co-captains: Rosemary Rothstein/Mark Gunther
We have a collection of art and memorabilia that needs to be hung on various walls. We have chosen the locations. We'll be hanging a temporary exhibition in the Chapel Gallery, and permanent installation, on drywall or concrete, of other art items.

Team 3: Hanging the Tribes | Captain: David Madfes
Those of you who are long term congregants will remember the metal sculptures depicting the 12 tribes that used to hang above the bimah in the old sanctuary. These are going to be mounted on the concrete wall above the reception desk in the lobby. As each tribe is in at least three pieces, need to be mounted directly to the wall, and need to align precisely with each other when hung, persons with carpentry experience would be welcome for this task.

Team 4: Moving the Tree of Life | Captain: David Madfes
The Tree of Life memorial wall is being moved from the Library to Koret Hall. We need some strong folks to help with the moving and installation.

Team 5: Storage Space Management/cleaning | Captain: Mark Gunther
Working with Beth, this team will be inventorying items we have in our various storage spaces, moving stuff around to better locations, and discarding things that have passed their sell-by date. We also may power-wash the EG Plaza deck and walls, exterior stairwells, and other places as needed. 

Team 6: Renewing the Pews | Captain: Harry Meyer
This team will wash, vacuum, assess, refinish and move as necessary the pews in the Gronowski Chapel and Makom Shalom. There may be additional light carpentry tasks for this team as well.

Additional work: There is always something to do around the shul! We have some electrical work to do, replacing ballasts and fixtures. There is some repair work to do, such as replacing door handles. There may also be some other technical work related to building systems such as phones, computers, HVAC, A/V, security and so forth. If you have expertise in these areas and would like to join our team of handypersons, please contact Mark Gunther or David Madfes

And, of course, there is always the much appreciated ongoing option to donate gelt towards these efforts.

Jerry Neuhaus featured in local newspaper


Long-time CBS congregant, Jerry Neuhaus, was featured in a great article in The New Fillmore, a local paper that covers one of San Francisco’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The article, written by Howard Freedman, covers Jerry's life story: from his birth in Spangenberg, Germany, to his immigration to the U.S. in 1937 (bringing along a sacred Torah scroll), and the establishment of the Neuhaus Brothers clothing store, which played such an important role in the development of San Francisco's Fillmore District.


Donate Warm Winter Coats To Help Those In Need


As the weather gets colder and you return to your closet to get out your winter coat, you may find it no longer fits. Shabbat School has organized a warm coat drive with the “One Warm Coat” organization. Please bring your gently used coats and help warm those in need. Jackets, coats, warm sweaters, etc. we will take them!

Did you know that nearly 15% of Americans are living in poverty and struggling to provide warm coats for themselves and their families? This year we’re teaming up with One Warm Coat to hold a coat drive and we need your help! 

  1. Donate coats to our drive! From now until December 17 stop by the CBS office to drop off gently worn coats. All coats collected will be donated locally to our neighbors in need. Our goal is to collect 200 coats! Get all of the details here.

  2. Donate dollars! Donations to One Warm Coat support their coat drive program and outreach efforts. Every $5 donated warms 10 people - what an incredible impact!  You can donate directly to our coat drive and help us reach our goal by clicking here.  You can also donate by cash or check during our coat drive. Cash and check can be dropped in the small box on Rebecca's desk in the main office.

We hope you will support our coat drive and help us warm our neighbors in need. You can learn more about One Warm Coat by visiting their website: Thank you for your consideration!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Rebecca.

Welcome Isabella Grace Barboni!

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Siman Tav! Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov to Katherine and Gerard Barboni on the birth of their second daughter!

Isabella Grace Barboni was born on Friday, November 2, 2018 (24 Cheshvan, 5779). She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Katherine, Gerard, Claire and Isabella are doing well, and Katherine is looking forward to visiting everyone at CBS.

The CBS community welcomes Isabella with love and open hearts!

OFFER Shabbat (Korban Shabbat)

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Join us for Korban Shabbat - A Sabbath of Communal Offerings

This is an alternative, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling.
Each Korban Shabbat is determined by the offerings brought by those present, including but not limited to music, readings, movement and meditations. Through our offerings and willing engagement, we create a holy community, one in which G-d's presence is brought close. ALL ARE WELCOME! You don’t need an offering to attend. LEARN MORE.

What to Expect:
• Beginners in all areas are welcomed and encouraged.

• Sitting on floor cushions and benches. Wear comfortable clothing.

• Geared towards grown-ups and mature teens – for ages 16 and older.

• A safe space that is open, respectful and conducive to sharing.

DATE: Fourth Fridays, each month.
The OFFER service on November 23 has been moved to November 30, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Makom Sholom
Please join us directly following the service for a casual meal & cocktails in the Rainbow Courtyard & Main Meeting Room. PLEASE RSVP

If you are interested in making an offering at an upcoming Korban Shabbat, we want to hear from you! While there is a spontaneity to the evening, the offerings are scheduled in advance, rather than on the spot. Let Alana Ain or Karen Benjamin know if you're interested in giving a Korban offering at our next service. CONTACT ORGANIZERS

Community Meeting - see the photo gallery!

Thank you to all who attended our community meeting on Sunday, October 28. It was wonderful for us to be together in the wake of the tragedgy in Pittsburgh and to talk about how we can build an even stronger Beth Sholom. We hope to provide a brief report from the meeting before Thanksgiving. We will announce the date of our next community meeting soon.

Click through the images below to see the friendly faces of a few of those in attendance, as well as two flowers that were left on the CBS front door on Sunday evening by a supportive community member.

Book of J performed at our first LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat!

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On Friday we welcomed Book of J featuring Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewliah Eisenberg to kick off our first LISTEN third Friday Kabbalat Shabbat service. LISTEN is a liturgical music series that will help us explore the role of music in experiencing the sacred. Book of J were the perfect duo to begin this series as they are beautifully grounded in Jewish tradition but with relevance and accessibility to 2018.  See Book of J and listen to their unique sound.

The service was followed by dinner and conversation with Jeremiah and Jewliah who both have deep roots in Jewish music as well fascinating backgrounds. We had a wonderful turnout with attendees enjoying the event and excited to be together. 

LISTEN will showcase different musicians the third Friday of each month. It will be curated by musician and scholar Jeremiah Lockwood who 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. 

The next LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat service is on November 16, when we will host Yoel Kohn and Judith Berkson.

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 an eminent voice in contemporary music who 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. This will be an evening of folk religious music, which is currently experiencing a revival. Great cantors performing services in shul was a beloved form of folk religion for Eastern European-born and first-generation American Jews.

Please join us for this Kabbalat Shabbat service and the opportunity to draw closer to G-d through music.

Acshav Yisrael: Read about Professor Eran Kaplan's presentation

This summer, the Knesset passed a new Basic Law. Because Israel has no constitution, its Basic Laws define the role of state institutions and provide the country’s civil rights protections. The new law, titled “Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People,” and known simply as the Nation-State Law, defines Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people and the right to self-determination in Israel as unique to the Jewish people. It also encourages Jewish settlement and makes Hebrew the official language of the state (giving Arabic “special status”).

So what is so controversial? What does this law mean for Israel’s non-Jewish minority?

On Sunday, October 21, Professor Eran Kaplan, was able to break down the components of the new law and help us understand its significance to Israel’s democratic character, as well as to its Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Professor Kaplan, an Israeli-American, holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair of Israel Studies at San Francisco State University.

See the photo gallery from this informative event below.
Thanks to the members of Acshav Yisrael for putting this event together!

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!