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