Baby & Me at CBS

Do you know about Baby & Me at CBS?

Beth Sholom has great program for our youngest congregants and the folks that love them! Baby & Me takes place in our Main Meeting Room every Wednesday from 9:30 – 11 a.m. Led by beloved Early Childhood and Family educator Mimi Greisman, there will be puppets, music, instruments, bubbles, and parachute play in a warm and inviting Jewish space.

Everyone is welcome! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and nannies! Join us with your babies aged birth – 2.5 years old and drop in anytime. Beth Sholom will always provide bagels and coffee.

For Beth Sholom members, these classes are ALWAYS FREE! If you're a non-member, the drop-in cost is just $10, but your first class is free. Contact Katherine Barboni with any questions.

Purimpalooza 5778 Recap

The CBS campus was packed this past Thursday afternoon and evening, as Beth Sholom community members of all ages donned costumes and imbibed good spirits during our annual Purimpalooza: Community Purim Carnival & Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs. It’s a mitzvah to act the fool on Purim, so we tipped back our cups, ate dessert before dinner, grogged as we bounced, and generally went happy-wild together in costumed bliss.

Beloved Bay Area Jewish educator and entertainer Mimi Greisman put on a Purim puppet show that was a huge hit with our youngest community members, and the live entertainment by youth band Planet 17 (Elai Levinson, Alana Moore, Noa Resnikoff, and Hannah Urisman), the hip hop dance troupe Presidio Panther Dance Team (featuring Talya Glazer), and DJ Don Marks were hits with our all-ages audience. As one long-time congregant remarked, "It’s such a delight to see so many kids and young families reveling in this holiday." Indeed, it was!

The main attraction of this year’s Purim celebration was Flashback 5728, the original CBS Purim spiel musical featuring a script, cast, and crew of community members (a full list of participants is included at the end of this post) as well as a lot of classic 60s songs. This year, as last, the spiel was produced and directed by our talented all-star volunteer, Tracy Swedlow. Queen Vashti (aka, Caitlin Ahrens, pictured at the top of this post) blew the crowd away with a powerful, Janis Joplin-like rendition of "Piece of My Heart," but that was just one of many spiel highlights!

Special thanks to the many volunteers — from our Beth Sholom Madrichim to the United Synagogue Youth (USY) teens to CBS elder statesmen (and women!) — who staffed carnival games, ran the food counter, bartended, and helped Executive Chef Jane Sykes in the kitchen! Thanks, also, to Camp Ramah Norcal and Grand Bakery for participating in and contributing to our Purim fun. Thanks to the CBS Family Preschool and Shabbat School parents who did heavy lifting on behalf of CBS education, successfully soliciting so many great prizes for this year’s Purimpalooza raffle and silent auction, and also to those who helped the Beth Sholom staff plan the event. (See the full list of community volunteers at the end of this post.)

Another round of Persian fist pounds to the five volunteer bakers – Allen Levy, Betty Newman, Debra Surkin Perloff, Rosemary Rothstein, and Maralyn Tabatsky – who made hundreds of hamantaschen using Eva-Lynne Leibman's delicious recipe for the festivities. We all enjoyed the fruit pastries of their labors!

Finally, Purimpalooza wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire Beth Sholom staff, including all of our CBS Family Preschool teachers and everyone in the main office! Thanks for taking the organizational lead and working tirelessly to make the special day possible.

Todah rabbah (thank you very much)!

Check out some photos from the festivities below.

Community volunteers: Laura Albers, Osher Almog & Kira Gaber, Astrid Altschul, Thomas Bettles, Chelseaa & Dan Bush, Ben Chinn, Elin Cohen, Shana Cohen, David Coupar & Ashley Polselli, Wendy Cown, Ari Dalfen, Jesse Fink, Ellen Ginsberg, Amanda & Andrew Gold, Denise Goldstein, Steven Goode, Andrea Gough, Melissa Hansen, Henry Hollander, Veronica Holman, Sara Horwitz, Jason Jungreis, Nathalie Kaplan, Leo Kessler, Michali Kolnick, Andrea Korsunsky, Viki Lam, Carla Lieberman, Robyn Lipsky, Don & Gabi Marks, Mellissa Miller, Arlo Novicoff, Dawne Bear Novicoff, Liz Noteware, Pam Polselli, Crissy Ponciano, Carolyn & Pankaj Prasad, Kristen Rice, Dan & Anna Rubinsky, Josh Seeherman & Rebecca Brown, CJ & Maya Suchovsky, Nate Teitelbaum

Donors to raffle and silent auction: Maura & Ari Feingold, MacKenzie & Tam Huynh, Stacy & Steve Jenson, Kenyette Jones, Derek & Melissa Miller, Ashley Polselli, Dan & Anna Rubinsky, and Lu & Norman Zilber

Flashback 5728 Cast & Crew: Caitlin Ahrens, Linda Bernstein, Max Billick, Asher Chinn, Ben Chinn, Ernie Ernstrom, Talya Glazer, Scott Horwitz, Steve Miller, Debra Surkin Perloff, Max Schleicher, Aaron Seeman, Tracy Swedlow, Elyssa Wortzman, Daniel Zilberman, and Josh Zilberman

It's PURIMPALOOZA Time!

Join us for a groovy, far out Purim!

PURIMPALOOZA:
Community Purim Carnival & Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs

Thursday, March 1
4 – 8:30 p.m.
Koret Hall, CBS campus


Carnival: 4 – 7 p.m.
Mimi Greisman Purim Puppet Show: 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Flashback 5728 (spiel): 7 p.m.

People of all backgrounds are taking to the streets en masse. Women are standing up for equality and respect. Immigrant communities are being vilified. Are we describing the Purim story, the late 1960s, or today's headlines? In a world gone ape once again, Purim takes on special resonance.

Join the CBS community on March 1 to celebrate a world turned upside down! There will be carnival games, a bounce house, a delicious dinner prepared by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes, a raffle with amazing prizes, a silent auction, live music by youth band Planet 17 and an exciting hip hop performance by the Presidio Panther Dance Team (featuring Talya Glazer), and booze aplenty! Your kids will enjoy the Purim puppet show and singalong by beloved Bay Area Jewish educator and entertainer, Mimi Greisman, and you'll enjoy the fact that the puppet show is staffed by our teachers, allowing all the "big kids" time to schmooze. This year, we're also producing an entirely original CBS Purim spiel musical featuring a cast and crew of members, a script by Beth Sholom community member, Ben Chinn, and a lot of classic 60s songs. Flashback 5728 will be performed in the Beth Sholom Sanctuary.

It's going to be an absolute blast...and it's for a great cause! All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support and enhance CBS youth education programming: the CBS Family Preschool, Shabbat School, and USY teen activities.

We look forward to seeing you (or Esther or Hodor or Daniel Tiger) there!


General admission is $36 for adults and $18 for children (2–13 years of age). Tickets include dinner, unlimited games/activities, and two drink tickets (for adults) and one drink ticket (for children).

We are also offering a family package rate: $100 for two adults and up to four children (pre-purchase); $136, if purchased on day-of.

Admission and raffle tickets are available for pre-sale -- scroll down to buy. Pre-bidding for the silent auction items begins Thursday, February 22; bidding forms are located in the Rainbow Courtyard. They will also be for sale during Purimpalooza!

We're also looking for day-of volunteers to help out at the many different game stations, bartending, food service, raffle ticket sales, etc. Please click here to sign up for a spot or spots. Thank you!

ACTIVITIES & GAMES::
Carnival games – Hamantaschen Toss, Tip the Clown, Bounce House, Five Pin Bowling, Roller Bowler, Miniature Golf
Carnival stations – Craft Tables, Face Painting, Hamantaschen Making, Henna Tattoo, Photo Booth, Spin Art

FOOD & DRINK:
Drinks – Peace punch, wine, whiskey, beer, Pellegrino, coffee/tea, and other specialty drinks (adult & children’s options)
Food – Falafel, homemade hamentaschen, and ice cream

RAFFLE TICKETS & PRIZES:
Raffle tickets are $5 each.
Prizes available: 1 month Family Membership to the YMCA ($200 value); GoCar Tour 4-hour tour for 2 people ($200 value); 2 lower box seats to a SF Giants agreed-upon game ($150 value); 2 SF Symphony tickets to March 22 performance of Mahler’s Fifth ($150 value); Geary Dance Center 50% off certificate for a semester of dance ($150 value); 2 Tickets to Oregon Shakespeare Festival ($150 value); 4 tickets to California Academy of Sciences ($145 value); 2 tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon ($140 value); 1 year complimentary membership to Contemporary Jewish Museum ($115 value); March–July supply of frozen Grand Bakery challah dough (to be picked up weekly at the preschool – $100 value); March–July supply of baked Grand Bakery challah (to be picked up weekly at the preschool – $100 value); 4 general admission tickets to The Walt Disney Family Museum ($100 value); Oakland Museum of California membership ($95 value); Tour and wine tasting for 4 guests at St. George Spirits ($80 value); 3 Zanshin Dojo gift certificates (one month of Karate classes – $75 value each); 5 general admission tickets to Bay Area Discovery Museum ($75 value); Gift certificate to Burma Superstar ($75 value); 4 general passes Chabot Space and Science Center ($72 value); 2 general admission tickets to the Exploratorium ($60 value); 4 passes to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo ($60 value); 4 General Admission passes to the Legion of Honor ($60 value); 2 gift cards to Straw Restaurant ($50 value each); Small gold Sparkalicious backpack & lunchbox ($50 value); Trader Joes Italian dinner basket ($50 value); 2 Blue and Gold Cruise Tickets ($40 value each); 2 San Francisco Carousel tickets at Pier 39 ($40 value); 2 7D Experience Tickets at Pier 39 ($40 value); 2 Rock a Boat tickets at Pier 39 ($40 value); 4 meal vouchers to Proposition Chicken ($30 value each); 2 games of miniature golf at Urban Putt ($24 value); Easy Breezy gift card ($20 value)

SILENT AUCTION PRIZE PACKAGES:
Wine Lovers Package: Trefethen Family Vineyards Tasting for 4 people in the historic winery; a bottle of Trefethen Family Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay; a bottle of Trefethen Family Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon; Platypus Wine Tour in Napa for 6 guests; Sapphire Hill wine and food pairing in barrel room for 10 guests (valued at well over $1,000!)
Ballet Package: Pass to admit 2 to San Francisco Ballet March 6 dress rehearsal of Frankenstein (includes reception); Pass to admit 2 to San Francisco Ballet March 20 dress rehearsal of special Jerome Robbins program
Escape The Fog Package: Family Day passes to Oakland Zoo; One day admission for 2 to Gilroy Gardens; 4 general admission tickets to Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

SILENT AUCTION INDIVIDUAL PRIZES:
Prizes available: Soda Springs (child friendly) vacation home – up to 8 guests for one weekend; Challah baking lessons with Eva-Lynne Leibman; 49ers tickets to any home game; Summer pool party and BBQ with Katherine and Dale for one family (priceless); May 6th Day trip to Goatlandia Ranch in Sonoma for 20 children and their parents ($150 each); Step Stool decorated by Kitah Alef (priceless); Wagon created and decorated by Kitah Bet (priceless); Collaborative Canvas Art by Pre-K Hey (priceless); Collaborative Hanukkiah by Kitah Dalet (priceless); wine boxes; Play date in Sausalito with teachers Devin and Ariel – up to 4 children (priceless); Umbrellas decorated by Kitah Gimmel (priceless); Liza and Anne trip to SF Zoo (priceless); Outdoor Adventure Day for 15 children with Pre-K Hey teachers – up to 15 children aged 3 and up; Jewel Kade Crystal Charm Necklace; New Jogging stroller (details coming); Bonsai tree; Basket of Teacher Pam’s favorite early childhood books

Light It Up! Recap

facebook_lightitupThis past Thursday evening, December 14, over 200 members of the CBS community gathered in Koret Hall for Light It Up! : A Hanukkah Celebration. Together, we marked the third night of Hanukkah with a rollicking party. Our Beth Sholom margaritas and burrito bar were hits with the adults, and the many activity stations – face painting, cookie decorating, multiple craft tables, and more – were busy all night!

Light It Up's centerpiece, as always, was our communal candle lighting. Many families and individuals brought their favorite hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) from home and, led by Rabbi Glazer and Jewish songster Jonathan Bayer, recited the Hanukkah blessings as we brightened the evening.

Following the candle lighting, our Troupe de Beth Sholom players performed a Hanukkah play, Miss Menorah & The Maccabees. With a beautiful set (created by Pam Seaman, one of our amazing CBS Family Preschool teachers), a terrific cast of Beth Sholom staff and parents from the community, and a show-stopping, electric sweater, Miss Menorah was a smash. All the children in attendance were riveted, and the parents chuckled and guffawed. After the play, Adam Lowy, a father in our CBS Family Preschool community, hopped on stage with Jonathan Bayer for an energetic, old school rap fest. When Adam encouraged the kids to show him how well they could jump, Light It Up! became a floor-shaking rager.

Todah rabbah (a hearty thank you) to: Rabbi Glazer and Jonathan Bayer for emceeing the evening; all of the Troupe de Beth Sholom players (Katherine Barboni, Ben Chinn, Rabbi Glazer, Kim Hegg, Beth Jones, Dale Kleisley, Vered Levinson, and Dan Rubinsky); Adam Lowy for raising the roof; Jason Jungreis, Adi Barak Marino, Rajeev Chopra, and Veronica Holman for volunteering to bartend; Ashley Polselli, Joan Gelfand, Liza Monge, and Ariel Bronstein for staffing the food tables; Anne Mccomas, Pam Seaman, and Janet Carignani for helping at the dreidel making and the cookie decorating tables; preschool teacher Pam Seaman for creating the impressive Miss Menorah set; Natalia Baba and Veda Gujiral who did all the face painting; and all of the CBS staff and leadership for creating such an amazing party! On the staff front, special thanks is due Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing so much delicious food, Operations & Event Manager Kim Hegg for dramatically transforming Koret Hall into a magical, purple-and-blue-bathed space, and CBS Family Preschool Director and Assistant Director Katherine Barboni and Dale Kleisley for doing so much of the heavy-lifting and orchestrating the two main attractions, the play and musical performance. Thank you all so much!

Below, we've posted a selection of photos taken during the celebration. If you missed it, we hope you'll join us next year.

Pizza In The Hut Recap

Last Tuesday evening, CBS Family Preschool and Shabbat School families joined the rest of the Beth Sholom community in Koret Hall and the CBS sukkah on Eva Gunther Plaza for our annual Pizza in The Hut Sukkot community dinner.

Guests of all ages recited the Sukkot blessings and practiced shaking the lulav with Rabbi Glazer, and the many smaller attendees decorated harvest gourds, created bead and pipecleaner artworks, and had their faces painted and their limbs adorned with henna art. Wine, whiskey, water, and other beverages (not beginning with "w") complimented the various pizzas served, one of which was a fabulous Yukon gold potato pizza from the ever-popular Arizmendi Bakery. It was a wonderful family affair, with great energy and so many smiles. Thanks to all who came out to celebrate Sukkot under the s'chach!

Here, we've posted a selection of photographs taken during the festivities. You can also view more on our Facebook page.

Pizza In The Hut (Sukkot Community Dinner)

Sukkot starts this Wednesday evening and the Beth Sholom sukkah is currently being constructed on Eva Gunther Plaza. Time spent in the sukkah is an important aspect of Sukkot – it helps us appreciate the outdoors and annual agricultural cycles, and it gives us an opportunity to come together in community – family, friends, and strangers.

On Tuesday, October 10, at 5:30 p.m., 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 dinner, 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!

Register below! The regular price registration deadline is Monday, October 9. (Day-of walk-ins are welcome, but the prices for adults and children 6–12 increase by $5 each.)

Zoe & Hana Jaeger Skigen's B'not Mitzvah

Facebook_HanaZoeSkigenShalom. Our names are Zoe and Hana Jaeger Skigen. We are twelve-year-old twins and we just finished Grade 7 at the Synergy School in San Francisco's Mission District, where we also live.

This Shabbat, June 17, we will become b’not mitzvah. We have spent our entire lives doing meaningful things together and the process of preparing to become b’not mitzvah has been one of the highlights. We have been members of Beth Sholom since we were born; we attended "Mommy and Me" and Tot Shabbat programs in addition to the CBS Family Preschool and Shabbat School (religious school). Beth Sholom is literally a "house of peace" for us and our second Jewish home. We are still best friends with the children we met at Beth Sholom from our infancy.

In this week’s parsha, Parashat Shelach Lecha, we learn that Moses sends twelve spies to the land of Canaan as authorized by God. When they return, they bring back incredible things, like enormous grapes, as well as seemingly bad news. Ten of the spies report that the people of the land are unconquerable – that Canaan is filled with giants. Many of the Israelite people panic and want to return to Egypt. As a havruta (learning in pairs), we had lengthy conversations about how and why such conflicting perspectives could emerge about the same land. The process has been both intellectually and spiritually moving for both of us.

I (Zoe) enjoy playing trumpet in a city-wide orchestra and school band. I like all things musical and especially like to teach myself to play new instruments. I am active member of the Gay/Straight Alliance at school and I play on the school basketball team. In my free time, I make videos, arrange music, and I am passionate about tikkun olam and activism. In the summers, I enjoy going to Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa. For my mitzvah project, I taught formerly-imprisoned, mentally ill adults cooking classes.

I (Hana) am on the student council at school, in the school choir, and play on the school futsal, basketball, and cross country teams. I am a proud feminist and activist and I am also a member of the Gay/Straight Alliance. I also have a deep affinity for animals and am an avid reader. I play ukulele and in my free time I enjoy writing songs. For my mitzvah project, I performed a concert at the Jewish Home for the Aged. This is particularly meaningful to me because this is where my great grandmother, Bea, lived and died. Camp Gilboa is a special place in the summer for me as well.

We want to thank our mother and father for supporting us and gently pushing us through the process of becoming b’not mitzvah. We also want to thank our Baba and Savta and our Bubbie, Susan Jaeger, for helping us to develop our Jewish identity. A special thank you to Noa Bar, our tutor, and to Rabbi Glazer for teaching us how to stick with such a large task and the importance of Torah. Most importantly, we would like to thank each other. Having a twin sister always makes life a little easier and we always feel a little safer in the world knowing we have each other.

We are so elated to together share this life cycle event along with our friends and family who are traveling from near and far to witness this simcha!

Purimpalooza Recap

Facebook_Purimpalooza23_March2017The CBS community filled our campus on Sunday, donning costumes and good spirits for Purimpalooza: Community Purim Carnival & Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs. We gamed, gambled, bounced, danced, ate, drank, grogged, and spieled together, toasting a temporarily inverted world.

Unquestionably, the highlight of this year's Purim celebration was Long Live The Spiel, the Purim spiel produced and directed by congregant and all-star volunteer, Tracy Swedlow. Featuring an all-congregant crew and cast (a full list of participants is included at the end of this post), the spiel adapted music and lyrics from the hit musical Les Misérables to tell the story of Esther, Mordecai, and the loathsome Haman.

Special thanks to the many volunteers — from United Synagogue Youth (USY) teens to CBS elder statesmen (and women!) — who staffed carnival games, ran the food counter, bartended, and helped Executive Chef Jane Sykes in the kitchen! Thanks, too, to the CBS Family Preschool parents and Shabbat School parents who hustled on behalf of CBS education by successfully soliciting so many great prizes for the Purimpalooza raffles and silent auction, and also to those who helped the CBS staff plan the event. (See the full list of community volunteers at the end of this post.)

Upside down Purim high-fives to all of the megillah readers – Pat Ackerman, Adam Hertz, Scott Horwitz, David Malman, Marshall Schwartz, and Rabbi Glazer – and their benevolent vizier, Owen Leibman, who organized and read, as well.

Persian fist pounds to the seven volunteer bakers – Karen Benjamin, Marsha Glantz, Ruth Jaffe, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Allen Levy, Sharyn Loeb, and Debra Surkin Perloff – who made 400 hamantaschen for the weekend festivities. We enjoyed the fruit pastries of their labors!

Finally, Purimpalooza wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire CBS staff, but Katherine Friedman Barboni, Dale Kleisley, Kim Hegg, and Jane Sykes deserve a special shout-out for taking the organizational lead and working tirelessly to make the special day possible.

Todah rabbah (thank you very much)!

Check out some photos from the day below and see even more on our CBS Facebook page.

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Donors to raffle and silent auction: Kathryn Bair, Katherine Friedman Barboni, Rebecca Brown, Rhoda Draws, Ari Feingold, Maura Feingold, Stacy Jenson, Steve Jenson, Dale Kleisley, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Anne McComas, Debbie Patrick, Devin Patrick, Jim Patrick, Bat-El Saad, Pam Seaman, Josh Seeherman, Tracy Swedlow, Jane Sykes, Robyn Sribhen White, Lucille Zilber, and Norm Zilber

Long Live The Spiel Cast & Crew: Caitlin Ahrens, Emilia Alroy, Iris Alroy, Babalou, Linda Bernstein, Marion Bernstein, Max Billick, Asher Chinn, Ben Chinn, Sonia Daccarett, Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Dick Gentschel, Rabbi Glazer, Talya Glazer, Katherine Hollander, Scott Horwitz, Ilan Jacob, Ovid Jacob, Sidney Keith, Steve Miller, Irv Rothstein, Rosey Rothstein, Marcia Sohn, Norman Sohn, Tracy Swedlow, Elyssa Wortzman, Daniel Zilberman, Mark Zilberman

PURIMPALOOZA!

Mark your calendars for a doozy of a party!

Facebook_Purimpalooza2 PURIMPALOOZA:
Community Purim Carnival
& Spiel To Support CBS Educational Programs


Sunday, March 12
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Koret Hall, CBS campus


Carnival: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Long Live The Spiel!: 2 - 3 p.m.
Megillah reading: 3 – 4 p.m.

Political intrigue, unrestrained vanity and ego, misogyny, revenge fantasies – are we talking about the Purim story or today's headlines? During this topsy-turvy time, Purim takes on special resonance.

Join the CBS community on March 12 to celebrate a world turned upside down!

There will be carnival games, a bounce house, a dance-off, delicious food prepared by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes, two raffles with amazing prizes, a silent auction, a performance by youth band, Planet 17, an interactive megillah reading, and booze aplenty! This year, however, we're also producing an original CBS Purim spiel musical featuring a cast and crew of members and adapted lyrics and music from the famous musical, Les Miserables. Long Live The Spiel! : The Exciting Story of Esther to the Music of "Les Misérables" will be performed in the CBS Sanctuary.

We will also have a Music & Movement Room designed for children three years of age and younger. This special activity is sponsored by the San Francisco Jewish Baby Network and PJ Library. Popular Bay Area songster Jonathan Bayer will be playing music in the room and we will have lots of books from PJ Library on hand for your kiddos to enjoy. (A one-time entry fee of $3 includes "in and out" privileges for the rest of the day!)

It's going to be an absolute blast...and it's for a great cause! All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support and enhance CBS youth education programming: the CBS Family Preschool, Shabbat School, and USY teen activities. We look forward to seeing you (or Esther or Hodor or Simone Biles) there!

General admission is free, but you will need to purchase $1 "activity tickets" to exchange for games, food, and drinks. Activity tickets will be available for sale the day of the event only. Raffle tickets are available for pre-sale -- scroll down to buy -- as well as during PURIMPALOOZA.

We're also looking for day-of volunteers to help out at the many different game stations, bartending, food service, raffle ticket sales, etc. Please click here to sign up for a spot or spots. Thank you!

ACTIVITY/FOOD/DRINK TICKET "FEES":
Carnival games (Sport Hockey, Hamantaschen Toss, Tip the Clown, Mini Golf, Five Pin Bowling, Flip the Frog) = 1 ticket per play
Carnival stations (Crown Decorating, Face Painting, Henna Tattoo, Photo Booth, Spin Art) = 3 tickets
Caricature station (with professional artist Rhoda Draws = 10 tickets
Bounce House = 2 tickets
Bloody Mary = 8 tickets
Mimosa = 8 tickets
Beer & Wine = 6 tickets
Pellegrino soda (Orangiata or Limonata) = 2 ticket
Coffee/Tea = 1 ticket
Ice cream = 3 tickets
Chili = 5 tickets
Quesadilla Triangles = 2 tickets
Fig Bars = 2 tickets
Cheese Sticks = 1 ticket each
Bananas & Clementines = 1 ticket each
Homemade Hamantaschen = 3 tickets for 2; 2 tickets for 1

RAFFLE TICKETS & PRIZES:
General raffle tickets are $54/4.
Prizes available: A pair of San Francisco Giants AT&T Park box seats (for mutually agreed-upon game, $300 value); a pair of San Francisco Opera tickets ($214 value); a pair of San Francisco Ballet tickets ($200 value); Geary Dance Center 50% discount for semester tuition ($200 value); Primp Salon hair care gift box ($200 value); wine tasting for 4 at Judd's Hill Winery ($160 value); Skin Remedy organic skin care package ($120 value); a pair of Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park passes ($110 value); 2 tickets to a performance of Beach Blanket Babylon ($110 value); a pair of tickets to Legion of Honor & a copy of Monet: The Early Years ($105 value); Cleanerific from Jewish Family & Children's Services – 2 people for 2 hours of "green" home cleaning services ($100 value); one month subscription to Tutu School (4 classes, $100 value); a $100 Straw gift certificate; a pair of tickets to attend Harvest Wine Celebration in Livermore Valley; a 4-person emergency supply kit ($85 value) and meeting with an emergency planner to develop a family emergency plan; a manicure/pedicure gift certificate to Polish ($80 value); a membership to the Contemporary Jewish Museum ($75 value); 4 Chabot Space & Science Center tickets ($70 value); a pair of California Academy of Sciences tickets ($70 value); a pair of de Young Museum or Legion of Honor tickets ($60 value); a Bixbee light-up butterfly packback w/ matching lunchbox ($60 value); an Italian dinner for 4, courtesy of Trader Joe's ($50 value); a $50 Proposition Chicken gift certificate; complimentary wine tasting for 4 people at Gloria Ferrer Winery; 2 $25 gift certificates to Giorgio's Pizza; a $25 gift card to Y & I Clothing Botique; 1 caricature (head and shoulders) created from a photo by professional caricature artist Rhoda Draws; 2 $25 Bazaar Café gift certificates; a gift care for 10 Zumba Fitness classes w/ Taina Lipinski (classes occur at CBS)

Jackpot raffle tickets are $100/1 and $250/3.
Prizes available: 1-week, all-inclusive (except airfare) vacation in Cabo San Jose, Mexico ($3,000 value); a weekend retreat at a lovely home in Sonoma County ($1,000 value); a pair of San Francisco 49ers tickets (for mutually agreed-upon game, $700 value); wine and cheese pairing for a group of 10 people in a private barrel room at Sapphire Hill Winery ($360 value)

SILENT AUCTION PRIZES:
Prizes available: 14,000 points toward RCI Resort vacation at the RCI location of your choice (up to $2,000 value, depending on location selected); group challah class for up to 10 people with Eva-Lynne Leibman, in her kitchen or yours ($500 value); individual challah class with Eva-Lynne Leibman, in her kitchen or yours ($100 value); dinner with CBS Family Preschool directors Katherine and Dale (catered by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes); Beauty Counter Baby Basket w/ baby wash, baby oil, and baby balm ($54 value); a personalized makeover with Lesley Merritt plus a $25 gift card for purchases of $75+; 1 box of red wines; 1 box of white wines; 1 box of mixed red/white wines; 1 basket of Belgium beer and delicacies; a sleepover party led by Anne McComas & Katie Bair, CBS Family Preschool teachers; 2 4-hour babysitting packages for 2 children (with Batel Saad, CBS Family Preschool teacher); a special project created by each CBS Family Preschool classroom

Light It Up! Recap

facebook_lightitupgitta-joelle_lightituphanukkah_december2016Last Thursday evening, members of the CBS community came together in Koret Hall for Light It Up! : A Hanukkah Celebration. Because so many in our community will be traveling during Hanukkah this year (which runs December 24 – January 1), we threw a pre-holiday party. We didn't want to miss the chance to celebrate together!

While the many kids in attendance came for the face painting, cookie decorating, games, music, and dancing, the adults seemed most excited about the latkes, Krispy Kreme sufganiyot, and "adult" beverages. The warmth and energy of Light It Up! was impossible to resist, though, and the evening's entertainment was as much of a treat as the seasonal comfort foods and good drinks.

Following our daily evening minyan service, which took place alongside the happy chaos of the party, Rabbi Glazer introduced the group hanukkiot lighting. Shortly thereafter, up-and-coming Jewish rock stars Talya and the Latkes played two songs for an enthusiastic crowd. Just a few licks into their cover of The Maccabeats' hit "Candlelight," and the dance floor filled. Fans of all ages smiled broadly. Even babies crawled toward the music, pumping their little fists. (Don't believe us? Check out the photographs below!)

Following Talya and the Latkes were father-son DJ duo, Don and Saul Marks, who provided tunes that kept the dance floor hopping for the rest of the party.

Todah rabbah (a hearty thank you) to: Rabbi Glazer for emceeing the evening; Kaleil and Ilan Jacob and Talya Glazer (Talya and the Latkes), and Don and Saul Marks for providing good tunes; Adi Barak, Dov Schnaider, and Lael Sturm for volunteering to bartend; CBS Family Preschool teachers Anne McComas, Bat-el Saad, and Devin Patrick for helping at the dreidel making and the cookie decorating tables; preschool teacher Pam Seaman for making the amazing hanukkiah for our Pin The Flame On The Menorah game; Lowell High School students who did all the face painting; and all of the CBS staff and leadership for creating such a good party! On the staff front, special thanks is due Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing from-scratch sweet potato latkes and other delicious eats, Operations & Event Manager Kim Hegg for creatively lighting Koret Hall to transform it into a Hanukkah spectacular, and CBS Family Preschool Assistant Director Dale Kleisley for helping set up so much of the space. Thank you all so much!

Below, we've posted a selection of photos taken during the celebration. If you missed it, we hope you'll join us next year.
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The Financial Four -- October 11, 2016

Today, the latest edition of The Financial Four, an update from our Interim Director of Finance, Missy Sue Mastel.

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Donation_CBSYellowsorcerorsapprentice Dear Friends,

It would be hard for me to believe that we are where we are today but for the fact that I spent the last six weeks bearing witness to the Herculean efforts of your Board, your President, and your synagogue staff. They've created magic. Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, they have breathed new life into the unexpected, masterfully coordinated a concerted effort to achieve the improbable, and, of course, prepared themselves for the requisite clean-up to come (a heads up that your statements may NOT be perfect for another month or so!). You should be proud of what we have accomplished together.

It would be selfish not to share the good news, so (in order of personally-perceived awesomeness):

1. 23 new members. – Folks, what else is there to say? In a time when every synagogue is losing members, our community has responded to our year-long campaign with a resounding," Yes! We love the programming and the feeling of belonging at Beth Sholom — it meets a spiritual need for us." There are so many people to thank for this — the CBS Family Preschool directors, our Achshav Yisrael Committee, all the Thinking Matters volunteer teachers, Christopher Reiger, and of course, our beloved Rabbi — who greets every idea with "I have a friend/contact who..." Kol Hakavod to all.

2. $748,000 in membership dues (and counting). – You may have received your call from the Board in the last four weeks. Or you may have renewed your membership in March, without so much as a whispered reminder. No matter how or when you renewed, THANK YOU for allowing us to make 102% of our financial membership goals! As Sally Field and more recently, my husband have said, "They like [it]...they really like [it]!" It is an honor to be a part of this synagogue with you. (Special thanks to Steven Dinkelspiel and Beth Jones – nothing works unless there is some plan to the practice.)

3. 10% over projected building contributions. – When we built this incredible place, we knew it was going to take some serious dough to keep it running. And our membership has stepped up to make sure it does. For those of you who question or wonder about the efficacy of the building in today’s virtual world, all you need to do is come this month to see an Americana Jam Band Kabbalat Shabbat or listen to attendees of our Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged services kvell about (be proud of) how we were able to co-create programming with and host the Mission Minyan and The Kitchen. In order to congregate, a congregation needs space.

4. Speaking of...how about a grant to open a Kosher/Halal Food Truck? – Okay, I get it, it's not quite what you were expecting, but CBS is one of four finalists for an Earned Income grant from the Jewish Federation to use our already fabulous kitchen and chef to make Jewish food and culture more portable. Not since the exodus from Spain 500 years ago has there been this much excitement about Jews on the move! Thanks to Kim Hegg, Jane Sykes, Eric Silverman, and the coolest Federation ever for going on this vision quest with us. We’ll keep you posted.

The Financial Four -- June 28, 2016

Today, the latest edition of The Financial Four, an update from our volunteer Acting Director of Finance, Missy Sue Mastel.

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Donation_CBSYellow Hi, there. I hope your summer is off to a great start. If not, I think the good news I have to share with you will help. I’m also excited about the summer blockbusters, so you might notice a theme.

1. Independence Day: Resurgence — As we enter the summer season, the shul's financial focus shifts significantly from managing monthly operations to budgeting for the upcoming year. Many of you know that we basically collect 75% of revenue in the months between June and September. This year, thanks to the generosity of our donors (not aliens), we have already collected more than $180,000 of dues, and another $20,000 in preschool summer payments. We are deferring this money to use in the new year, and have, thanks to other great donors (also not aliens), not had a need to touch any of these deferred revenues to complete the financial year. Go CBS humans!

2. The Jungle Book - The CBS Family Preschool faced some challenges in the first half of the year, but due to amazing oversight and restructuring helmed by Katherine Friedman Barboni and Dale Kleisley, the projected losses were cut by half. We are all set for a record-breaking year to come with only three spots left to full capacity for 2016-2017. Couldn’t happen to a nicer panther and bear.

3. Ben-Hur — It is no real secret that we had maybe more staff than we needed, and so we have spent a lot of this last month coming up with some deft reorganization plans. I would like to welcome Tim Fong, who is stepping into Billy Kwong's position, and Kim Hegg, who is now our CBS Operations and Events Manager. Kim will be our new go-to person to help monetize and maintain the building asset — keeping it rented and functioning. Can’t wait to see how this chariot race turns out!

4. The BFG — I have to offer a "big friendly giant" thank you to Joe Ratner and John Wekselblatt — who have been working with me to renegotiate our insurance policies to the tune of $25,000 in savings for the upcoming year, without any drop in coverage.

Keep your (X-ray) eyes peeled in upcoming HaLuach newsletters for more updates. I look forward to keeping you informed and answering any questions you may have.

The Financial Four -- May 31, 2016

Today, the latest edition of The Financial Four, an update from our volunteer Acting Director of Finance, Missy Sue Mastel.

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Donation_CBSYellowDear Fellow Congregants,

I don’t want to steal any thunder from this Sunday's Annual Meeting (June 5, 10 a.m., in Koret Hall), but there is plenty of financial news to share with you and not enough time to get through it all on Sunday morning (no matter how much coffee we brew)! With that in mind, I'd like to provide readers with a few highlights from the last two weeks.

1. Our very own Incredibles. Many people said we shouldn’t raise dues, but I'm humbled to say that in addition to quite a few families committing to higher-than-expected giving levels (and paying in full already!), we have our first family supporting CBS as Rosh Pina (Cornerstone) level Parnas members, an incredibly generous $36,000/year commitment! Like Dale Carnegie says, you can’t get what you don’t ask for. Lesson learned!

2. Our tiniest, freshest members are coming in droves. Although the current school year isn’t yet at a close, we have more than 60 of 71 possible slots filled for next year’s CBS Family Preschool. To say that we signed up 3 families last week and have 3 more tours scheduled for this week is a good indicator of just how well we are serving our community’s need for cost-effective, Jewish preschool. Someone should make honey cookies for the preschoolers -- surely their learning life is off to a sweet start!

3. Making our money count. Now that we have a better handle on our shul finances, our next step is to make them effective. New insurance quotes may result in $18,000 of savings, and we have already reduced facilities costs by more than $2,000/month through better maintenance and employee scheduling.

4. Who doesn’t love a good Kiddush? May marked our first month of financial profit in the kitchen. Maybe it was the brisket, but people have really stepped up to sponsor food and drink (I think I see hard liquor at our buffet tables, no?). The generosity involved in these sponsorships, for b’nai mitzvot and any other reason you can think of, is a gorgeous tribute to all the things we stand for in Conservative Judaism -- feeding the homeless, gathering as a community, and making the profane (like the aforementioned alcohol) sacred.

Keep your eyes peeled in upcoming HaLuach newsletters for more updates. I look forward to keeping you informed and answering any questions you may have.

Kezayit: Wall To Wall

Facebook_PlacingNoteInWallClose_YomHaAtzmautCelebration_May2016What's this Kezayit thing? Read here.

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When we reported on the delightfully fun Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration that took place at CBS on Sunday, May 15, we highlighted the handiwork of our talented CBS Family Preschool students:

"Outside, in Eva Gunther Plaza, congregants of all ages added personal aspirations and prayers to an amazing replica of the Western Wall made by the CBS Family Preschool Pre-K class. The students were inspired by photos of the Western Wall as well as memories and stories shared by children in the class who have visited the actual wall in Jerusalem. (The notes added to the replica wall yesterday will soon be carried to the actual Western Wall and placed there!)"

Indeed, this winter, during the Bay Area Conservative/Masorti Mission To Israel (December 22, 2016 – January 2, 2017), Rabbi Glazer will deliver all of the notes placed in the replica wall by members of the CBS community to the Kotel. (Todah rabbah, Rabbi!)

So why do we Jews have a tradition of inserting notes into the Kotel? Because the Western Wall is the last remaining remnant of the Second Temple, it is itself venerated as a sacred icon by many Jews -- some even believe it is a direct conduit to G-d -- and the handwritten notes placed in the wall's cracks are prayers or requests made to or of HaShem. Even non-Jews place personal entreaties in the wall, and it's become something of a requisite stop for foreign visitors to Israel, especially political figures.

Facebook_PlacingNoteInWall2_YomHaAtzmautCelebration_May2016According to the Jewish Virtual Library, "the Wall has been a popular place for prayer since the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E., [and] the earliest example of placing notes at the Western Wall occurred in the mid-16th century. Rabbi Gedaliah of Semitzi visited Jerusalem and the Western Wall in 1699 and wrote the first recorded evidence of prayers being written down and left in the cracks of the Wall. The Wall became a popular destination during the 19th century as technology afforded more people the ability to travel the globe."

Fortunately, even if you're not a world traveler, you can place a note in the Western Wall. You can take advantage of services like that offered by Orthodox outreach organization Aish HaTorah, which allow people who can not visit Jerusalem in person to type in messages that are then printed and placed in the Western Wall by an Aish representative. Alternatively, you can add a note to the replica created by our preschoolers -- the wall is currently installed in the hallway between the synagogue and the preschool -- and know that it will find a home in the actual Western Wall later this year. Our preschoolers recommend this latter option!

Finally, we leave you with a joke: Every year, Shlomo visits the Kotel to place his special appeal in one of the wall's cracks. His petition reads, "HaShem, please help me win the lottery this year." Year after year, however, Shlomo fails to win any lottery prizes. Finally, after many years of this, as Shlomo departs from the Kotel, he is addressed by G-d. Startled and trembling on his knees, Shlomo looks toward the source of the incorporeal voice and asks, "HaShem, what do you ask of your humble servant?" G-d replies, "Nudnik, will you go and buy a lottery ticket?"

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration

Facebook_RabbiGlazerLiorBenHurSolTevel_YomHaAtzmautCelebration_May2016Yesterday afternoon, the Achshav Yisrael committee of CBS, in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, presented its sixth program, a celebration marking Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).

After kicking Israel's 68th birthday party off in Koret Hall with some of Rabbi Glazer's always-thoughtful remarks and a first-rate rendition of Hatikvah by Congregation Anshey Sfard's hazzan, Avyatar Alfassi, the crowd danced, noshed, and schmoozed as the popular singer-songwriter Lior Ben-Hur and his band Sol Tevel performed. The music was both soulful and fun; it was a hit with all assembled.

Outside, in Eva Gunther Plaza, congregants of all ages added personal aspirations and prayers to an amazing replica of the Western Wall made by the CBS Family Preschool Pre-K class. The students were inspired by photos of the Western Wall as well as memories and stories shared by children in the class who have visited the actual wall in Jerusalem. (The notes added to the replica wall yesterday will soon be carried to the actual Western Wall and placed there!) Nearby, families enjoyed cookie decorating, making Israeli flags, and face and hand painting activities.

Other attendees headed into the SF Schoolhouse space to watch Dancing In Jaffa, a documentary about Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his dance program, to his city of birth, Jaffa. From the film's press release: "For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy."

CBS heartily thanks the Achshav Yisrael committee for its work on this program, and the Jewish Community Federation for it's generous support! Check out some photos from the program below, and visit the CBS Facebook page for more.

ABOUT ACHSHAV YISRAEL: Achshav Yisrael’s mission is to provide quality programming about Israel to Congregation Beth Sholom and the broader community. Achshav Yisrael programs are open to all age groups and will occur on a regular basis. We intend to create a safe space at CBS for community exploration of Israel.
Achshav Yisrael Steering Committee Members: Eileen Auerbach, Becky Buckwald, Sandra Cohen, Betsy Eckstein, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Ephraim Margolin, Lucia Sommers


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Megillah Gras In Pictures

The CBS community filled our campus yesterday afternoon and evening, turning out en masse for Megillah Gras: Community Purim Fundraiser To Benefit CBS Education. We played, danced, ate, drank, and grogged together into the night, toasting a temporarily inverted world. The shared enthusiasm and warmth of the event was palpable; our hearts are full.

Special thanks to the many volunteers -- from United Synagogue Youth (USY) teens to CBS elder statesmen (and women!) -- who staffed carnival games, ran the food counter, bartended, and helped Executive Chef Jane Sykes in the kitchen! Thanks, too, to the CBS Family Preschool parents and Shabbat School parents who hustled on behalf of CBS education by successfully soliciting so many great prizes for the Megillah Gras raffles and silent auction, and also to those who helped the CBS staff plan the event. Todah rabbah (thank you very much)!

Megillah Gras wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire CBS staff, of course, but Dale Kleisley, Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education, deserves a special shout-out for leading the Purim charge! Kol HaKavod, Dale!

Check out some photos from the program below.

Megillah Gras!

Mark your calendars for the one Purim party you don't want to miss!
AND BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS NOW!

MegillahGras_Poster Megillah Gras:
Community Purim Fundraiser
To Benefit CBS Education


Wednesday, March 23
4:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Koret Hall, CBS campus


It's time to celebrate a world turned upside down, people! It's Megillah Gras time!

Join the CBS community on March 23 to revel in the joy and craziness of Purim. There will be carnival games, a bounce house, a dance-off, delicious food prepared by CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes, two raffles with amazing prizes, a silent auction, an interactive megillah reading, lots of alcohol (of course), and more!

It's going to be an absolute blast...and it's for a great cause! All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support and enhance CBS youth education programming: the CBS Family Preschool, Shabbat School, and USY teen activities.

We look forward to seeing you (or Esther or Donald Trump or Chewbacca) there! The megillah reading will begin shortly after 7 p.m.

General admission is free, but you will need to purchase $1 "activity tickets" to exchange for games, food, and drinks. Activity tickets will be available for sale the day of the event only. Raffle tickets are available for pre-sale via Universe -- click through to purchase them now! -- as well as during Megillah Gras.

ACTIVITY/FOOD/DRINK TICKET "FEES":
Carnival games (Skee Ball, Slap Shot Hockey, Hamantaschen Toss, Tip the Clown, Mini Golf, Bounce House, Jug Tumble, Fishing Hole) = 1 ticket per play
Mixed drinks = 9 tickets
Beer/wine = 6 tickets
Non-alcoholic beverages = 2 tickets
Ice cream = 4 tickets
Falafel w/ the works = 6 tickets
Potato Knish = 3 tickets
Boureka = 2 tickets
Bag of popcorn = 3 tickets
Homemade Hamantaschen = 3 tickets for 2; 2 tickets for 1

RAFFLE TICKETS & PRIZES:
General raffle tickets are $18/1 or $54/4.
Prizes available: A pair of San Francisco Opera tickets ($214 value); a pair of San Francisco Giants AT&T Park box seats (for mutually agreed-upon game); 4 passes to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) guest passes ($48 value); a 1-year membership to the CJM ($75 value); a pair of San Francisco Ballet Repertory Season tickets ($200 value); house cleaning voucher - 2 cleaners for 2 hours (courtesy of Jewish Family & Children's Services); $250 Sports Basement gift certificate; all the fixings for an Italian dinner for 4 courtesy of Trader Joe's ($50 value); California Academy of Sciences tickets ($35 value each); 2 Good Shab-Box! Shabbat dinners to go; a $25 Shubert's Bakery gift certificate; a $25 Cole Hardware gift certificate; 2 passes (for up to 5 guests) to the Bay Area Discovery Museums; an original artwork by CBS community member Helen Leibman; 2 tickets to the San Francisco Zoo ($38 value); Salvestrin Winery complimentary legacy tasting (for up to 4 guests; $100 value)

Jackpot raffle tickets are $100/1 and $250/3.
Prizes available: 2 1-week, all-inclusive (except airfare) vacations in Cabo San Jose, Mexico; a five course small plate food and wine pairing at Sapphire Hill in Healdsburg for up to 10 guests in private room ($450 value)

BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS NOW!

SILENT AUCTION PRIZES:
Prizes available: a 1-week, all-inclusive (except airfare) vacation in Cabo San Jose, Mexico; one made-to-order Eva-Lynne Liebman challah design ($100 value); a ceramic nature platter made by our Preschool PreK students; 8-10 hours of babysitting (up to 2 nights) by one of our USY leaders (a $150 value); a collaborative artwork on canvas, also created by our Preschool PreK students; a $150 gift certificate to Miss Tilly's Ballet & Theater Arts; a 2-hour Creative Canopy sewing birthday party package for 4 children ($185 value)

CBS Family Preschool Hanukkah Party

CandleLighting4_CBSFamilyPreschoolHanukkahLunch_December2015The CBS Family Preschool Hanukkah Party took place yesterday morning in Koret Hall, and we snapped a handful of photos of the event to share with you.

Before the meal, several preschool classes presented short performances, the first of which involved a parade of heroic-looking Mini Maccabees brandishing shields. This zealous lot marched around Koret Hall, flexing their muscles and (quietly!) singing “The Maccabees." Apparently, these little revolutionaries — actually the PreK Hey class — sung louder and more vigorously during their rehearsal, but their spirit was still on amble display. The Dalet class also performed Hanukkah songs before preschoolers, parents, teachers, and CBS staff all enjoyed a delicious lunch of latkes, chili, salad, fruit, and oh-so-many desserts! The Alef-Bet and Gimmel classes baked some tasty Hanukkah cookies, as well.

Following the meal, several hannukiot were lit as all present recited the blessings. Around that time, someone produced inflatable dreidels…and the party really ramped up!

Special thanks to CBS Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing so much tasty food (and Chef’s Assistant Helen Leibman for cooking all the latkes), CBS Kashrut Supervisor Debra Surkin Perloff for obtaining the sufganiyot, Facilities Manager Jason Zimmerman and his team for managing the music and microphones and setting up all the tables, and, last but anything but least, Katherine Friedman Barboni and Dale Kleisley, Director and Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education, respectively, for making all of this possible!

Just below, we've posted a selection of photographs taken during the lunch, and we invite YOU to join us for future community events at Beth Sholom!
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