Jewish Songlines

Congregation Beth Sholom is pleased to sponsor Jewish Songlines: An Exploration of Music & Heritage, presented by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale as part of PBO’s Jews & Music Initiative.

On Thursday, February 8, at 8 p.m., at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, join Nicholas McGegan, renowned cellist Steven Isserlis, and members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for a 90-minute program featuring music from the 18th to the 20th centuries, including a Bach Prelude arranged by Ignaz (Isaac) Moscheles and Isserlis’s own arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Deux mélodies hébraïques and Felix Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from the Octet for Strings, Op. 20.

Steven Isserlis and Nicholas McGegan will also engage in deep discussion about the impact of Jewish composers, illuminated by a multimedia presentation as well as Steven’s own Jewish heritage. This exciting program will be moderated by Francesco Spagnolo, scholar and curator of the Magnes Collection at UC Berkeley. After the concert, enjoy complimentary wine and a chance to meet the musicians.

Just 40 tickets have been reserved for Beth Sholom community members, so buy your tickets today!

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

Meet Claire Ambruster, JVS Summer Intern

CBS is pleased to introduce our Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Kohn Summer Intern, Claire Ambruster. Claire is supporting multiple departments at CBS during her internship (June 21 - August 12), including communications. Wearing her communications hat, Claire will learn about thoughtful development and management of social media strategy and also gain blogging experience. Today, we're sharing her first blog contribution.

We've been very impressed with Claire so far, and are fortunate to have her on our team, even if only for the summer!

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My Journey to Working in the Jewish World

Facebook_ClaireAmbrusterLast week, I began my summer internship through the Kohn Summer Intern Program – a project of Jewish Vocational Service. My fellow interns and I met for the first time at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. We enjoyed a tour of the museum, schmoozed, and discussed our goals for the summer. As Kohn interns, we each work separately at different Bay Area Jewish nonprofits. On Fridays, we come together for interesting seminars, during which we discuss everything from Jewish life to job skills. I will be working with Congregation Beth Sholom (CBS) this summer, and am very excited for the opportunity to explore the inner workings of this synagogue – from drafting CBS Facebook posts to managing membership databases. I am also enjoying getting to know the Beth Sholom community. Simultaneously, I look forward to getting to know the other Kohn interns and learning about the different types of work they are doing to invest in the Jewish world.

Although I now am committed to Jewish practice, I did not always envision that for myself. I grew up in a secular home in San Francisco. Although we lit Hanukkah candles each year, we also strung colored lights around our Christmas tree. As I grew older, I wanted to learn more about my tradition, and I asked my parents to enroll me in Hebrew school. Once enrolled, I quickly became inspired by Jewish teachings. When the time came to pick a high school, I decided to further my Jewish education and enrolled in a pluralistic Jewish high school. I soon fell in love with Jewish studies – from Talmud to contemporary Jewish thought. As I grew, I developed confidence in my faith. I began to contemplate taking larger concrete steps towards Judaism, and I pondered the idea of having a bat mitzvah ceremony and eventually going through conversion, as I am not yet considered halachically Jewish.

Last summer, I was given the opportunity to have my long-anticipated bat mitzvah ceremony. I was participating in the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI) summer program in Los Angeles, and had spent several weeks engaging in a whirlwind of profound learning with my peers. On the final Shabbat of the program, I stood before a crowded room, eagerly anticipating the ceremony. I read from the Torah, singing notes I had learned only weeks beforehand. Afterward, I reflected on the biblical passage, in which the daughters of Tzelafchad demanded to receive their father’s inheritance, which traditionally went to sons. In the same spirit of the daughters of Tzelafchad, I stood in front of the community to inherit and reaffirm my Jewish identity. After years of questioning my Jewish identity, it was incredibly redemptive and exhilarating to read from the Torah and feel the joy surrounding me.

It is moments like this one – where communities come together in joy and in loss – which remind me how important Judaism is in my life. I look forward to helping build the Jewish world here at Beth Sholom for the remainder of the summer!

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)