San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 2.15.31 PMCBS is delighted to announce that we are co-sponsoring four films in this year's 37th SF Jewish Film Festival!

The oldest Jewish film festival in the world is back! This highly regarded festival runs from July 20 to August 6, and we invite you to check out as many movies as you can.

If you can only catch a few of the screenings, CBS is happy to invite you to four films we are co-presenting - details below!



Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 9.21.19 AMHarmonia
Writer/director Ori Sivan’s elegant and understated backstage musical drama is a modern adaptation of the Book of Genesis. Sarah is a talented harpist performing in the Jerusalem orchestra of her conductor and husband, Abraham (Alon Aboutboul). Into their childless marriage enters the enigmatic Hagar, a Palestinian horn player who offers to provide the Israeli couple with a child. The film’s finale is an unforgettable and emotional call for harmony between Arabs and Jews. (Israel; 2016; 98 minutes)

Screening locations & dates:
Castro Theatre | Friday, July 21, 8:55 p.m.
Cinearts | Saturday, July 22, 8:55 p.m.
Albany Twin | Wednesday, August 5, 2:30 p.m.
Smith Rafael | Thursday, August 6, 12:00 p.m.



Screen Shot 2017-06-29 at 8.51.31 AM Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God
Willy Wolff escaped the Nazis, became a renowned British journalist, and didn’t go to rabbinical school till he was in his 50s. Now in his 80s, he leads two Jewish communities in Germany and still finds time for yoga, learning Russian, and enjoying the racetrack. We go behind the scenes to see the beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking life of a deeply religious man who is rarely seen without a twinkle in his eye. (Germany; 2016; 95 minutes)

Screening locations & dates:
Cinearts | Saturday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.
Castro Theatre | Sunday, July 23, 11:10 1.m.
Roda Theatre | Sunday, July 30, 4:00 p.m.



Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 8.44.24 AMBen Gurion: Epilogue
Featuring never-before-aired footage from a 1968 interview with Israel’s founding Prime Minister, filmmaker Yariv Mozer (Snails in the Rain, SFJFF 2014) pays homage to one of Israel’s first generation of political leaders. The resulting film begs the question, what would Ben-Gurion do given the current political climate in the Middle East? Viewers can hazard a guess when Ben-Gurion discusses trading land for an enduring peace. (Israel, 2016, 61 minutes).

Screening locations & dates:
Cinearts | Sunday, July 23, 12:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre | Saturday, July 29, 1:45 p.m.
Albany Twin | Sunday, July 30, 12:00 p.m.



Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 9.54.21 AM1945
August, 1945. Two Orthodox Jews arrive at a remote Hungarian train station. When the town gets wind of their arrival, rumors and fears spread that they may be heirs of the village’s denounced and deported Jews who will want their stolen property back. Shot in elegant black and white with a minimal evocative score, 1945 is a subtle and nuanced study in collective guilt, paranoia, and anti-Semitism in a postwar Hungary. (Hungary; 2017; 91 minutes)

Screening locations & dates:
Castro Theatre | Wednesday, July 26, 6:20 p.m.
Roda Theatre | Saturday, July 29, 6:20 p.m.
Cinearts | Thursday, July 27, 6:10 p.m.
Smith Rafael | Sunday, August 6, 2:10 p.m.



This summer, join CBS to celebrate community and storytelling at the 37th Jewish Film Festival. For ticket information, contact the box office at 415.621.0523 or visit the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival website to learn more.

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Tai Chi Chuan For Every Day

CBS is pleased to announce that we are offering a new class this fall. Beginning in September 2016, instructor Irving (Irv) Rothstein will offer Tai Chi Chuan For Every Day in Makom Sholom. The classes will meet on select Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Facebook_IrvRothstein_TaiChiPromo4 Chi (also written as qi) literally translates as "breath" or "life force." Like the Hebrew word ruach (meaning "wind" or "spirit"), chi is both the spiritual and physical energy of the body. Tai chi chuan, the meditative exercise form best known as tai chi, is used by an increasing number of people to develop awareness of and strengthen their mind and body. The long-term psychological and health benefits of the practice have been hailed in a great many studies. The quiet, gentle movements of tai chi increase one’s flexibility, develop strength and balance, and contribute to peace of mind.

Facebook_IrvRothstein_TaiChiPromo1 Irv Rothstein, a CBS congregant and tai chi sifu (practitioner or teacher), will instruct students in the Tai Chi Ruler, a simple and easy-to-learn Taoist approach to tai chi. This method will be supplemented by selected exercises from other meditative martial arts and adapted to everyday movements.

Irv Rothstein has been studying tai chi chuan and related chi techniques since 1976, working closely with Sifu Fong Ha, Irv’s si gung (teacher’s teacher), who serves as Director of the Integral Chuan Institute in Berkeley and also conducts workshops in the Bay Area, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Irv has taught Tai Chi Ruler and tai chi chuan to young and old alike, working both as a substitute for Fong and with students of his own. He has led workshops in Arkansas and Massachusetts in addition to many in the Bay Area, and he has published articles about tai chi in both local and international magazines. Irv emphasizes ergonomic elements in his classes, focusing on the development of chi in our everyday movements.

As Irv observes, “To best understand chi, one must experience it.” Please join Irv this year in to do just that!

Fall 2016 dates: September 14 & 21
(No classes in October due to Jewish High Holy Days, Sukkot, & Simchat Torah)

Each class costs $10, with all proceeds supporting CBS. Drop-ins are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and flat, comfortable shoes (or slippers) for the class.

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E.M. Weitz Breakfast Club -- April 3

jimena_LOGORemy and Joe Pessah will share their remarkable story with Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club attendees on Sunday, April 3, at 9 a.m.

In the mid 1960s, Remy met Joe while learning Hebrew in an after school program. They were engaged in 1966 and planned to wed in the summer of 1968, but were forced to postpone their wedding when the Six-Day War broke out on June 5, 1967. Joe and his father, along with all Jewish men from the ages of 18 to 55, were imprisoned. Despite the circumstances, Remy and Joe managed to be married while Joe remained in the Tora Concentration Camp.

This talk is presented in conjunction with JIMENA, an organization dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of the 850,000 Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

The Breakfast Club currently meets four times each year on a Sunday with an informal talk on topics of interest to the Jewish community. Speakers have included many community leaders of the San Francisco Jewish Community, along with members of CBS. Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. and start with a delicious breakfast.

Cost: $80 per couple or $40 per individual for all four meetings; $15 for single session drop-in. You can pay on the day-of or drop off your payment at the CBS Administrative Office during business hours.

Yair Harel visits CBS for Kabbalat Shabbat

BethSholom_JimenaEvent109-1024x589Join Israeli performance artist, musician, and community organizer, Yair Harel, for a special musical Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evening, April 8.

Piyyutim (Hebrew liturgical poems) were chanted for centuries throughout the Diaspora. The poems have been adapted to different melodies, evolving into a form of Jewish "world music" in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East. This singing tradition, a core component of synagogue practice, has also entered secular life in Israel through public performances, workshops, and performing arts festivals.

Yair is active in the revival and contemporary interpretation of this ancient art of liturgical Hebrew poetry, and he will perform and teach a selection of these piyyutim when he visits CBS.

If you'd like to listen to some piyyutim before Yair's visit, click here.

Image details: Meirav & Yair Harel at CBS in October 2014, photo by Christopher Orev Reiger