5776 Shavuot Shul Crawl

CBS is delighted to again participate in the annual

Wheat4_Website Join fellow members of our Bay Area Jewish community for an illuminating night (and dawn!) of learning, rejoicing, and good eats on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12.

As in years prior, participants will start the evening at Sherith Israel, then move on to the Jewish Community Center, and Congregation Emanu-El, before settling in at CBS to participate in a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night Torah study session established by Jewish mystics. This year, in addition to those traditional stops, Richmond District staple Toy Boat Dessert Cafe is also an important way station!

Check out the full schedule below and join us for some or all of what promises to be an edifying and magical night!

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8:30 p.m. – BODY: Body and Spice, havdalah with Cantor Marsha Attie and Rabbi Julie Saxe Taller (Congregation Sherith Israel)
9:30 p.m. – depart from Sherith Israel

10 p.m. – SAVORY: Cheese tasting with the Limburger Rebbe, with Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, supported by David Green and Rabbi Batshir Torchio (JCCSF)
11:00 p.m. — depart from JCCSF

11:30 p.m. – VISUAL: Beholding Torah, with Rabbi Carla Fenves and Rabbi Jason Rodich (Congregation Emanu-El)
12:15 a.m. — depart from Emanu-El

12:30 a.m. — SWEET: On the Kabbalah of Ice Cream, with Rabbi Shlomo Zarchi & Rabbi Aubrey Glazer (Toy Boat Dessert Cafe)
1:45 a.m. — depart Toy Boat

2 a.m. — MIND: Tikkun Leil Shavuot, all-night study session with Henry Hollander, Michael Loebs, Rabbi Aubrey Glazer (Congregation Beth Sholom)
First session: Healing Secret Faces So Divine in Zohar’s Idrah Rabbah for Shavuot, Rabbi Glazer (full description here)
Second session: Night Illuminations: Light and Darkness in the Bahir, Michael Loebs (full description here)
Third session: Prayers, Personal & Prescribed, Henry Hollander (full description here)
Fourth session: Dialogue on Dawn, Henry Hollander & Rabbi Glazer (full description here)

5:45 a.m. — Shacharit davening, Gronowski Family Chapel (Congregation Beth Sholom)


Please also join the CBS community for Shavuot services on Sunday, June 12, and Monday, June 13.

Sunday, June 12
9 a.m. — Shavuot, 1st Day service
12 p.m. — Shavuot Lunch & Learn Kiddush, Book of Ruth
1:45 p.m. — Mincha Gedolah Shavuot*


Monday, June 13
9 a.m. — Shavuot, 2nd Day service
12 p.m. — Shavuot Lunch & Learn Kiddush, Book of Ruth
1:45 p.m. — Mincha Gedolah Shavuot*

Our normal, evening minyan service (6 p.m.) is replaced by this 1:45 p.m. service.

Shul School: Tikkun Middot Intensive @ CBS

periodic-table-character"By this time I had already come to see myself as a soul. That's one of the first things any student of Mussar needs to understand and acknowledge, deeply and clearly. Each of us is a soul. Mostly we have been told that we 'have' a soul, but that's not the same thing. The first step on the path of Mussar is to unlearn that linguistic misconception and to realize that our essence is the soul… At its core, the soul is pure, but habits, tendencies, and imbalances often obscure some of that inner light.

— excerpt from Climbing Jacob's Ladder, by Alan Morinis

Rabbi Batshir Torchio will be leading a Tikkun Middot Intensive at CBS beginning tomorrow evening, Wednesday, January 6, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Rabbi Torchio's Tikkun Middot integrates techniques of mindfulness with Mussar, a Jewish movement focused on ethical behavior and character development. Tikkun Middot translates from the Hebrew as “repair of a measure,” but we understand middot to mean "traits," so the Tikkun Middot practice is one through which we cultivate and refine fundamental character traits such as forgiveness, generosity, and humility. By cultivating our attention to these core traits, we are better able to acknowledge and reduce negative behavioral patterns, and to respond with deeper wisdom and greater compassion to ourselves and others.

Rabbi Torchio's class will meet 10 times over the course of 2016: January 6; February 10; March 9; April 20; May 11; June 8; July 6; August 17; September 7; and October 5. During each session, participants will sit in silence, learn text, and reflect together on our experiences of the middot in their lives.

To register or for answers to any questions you may have, please email Rabbi Batshir Torchio.

Image credit: Periodic Table of Character Strengths is from Tiffany Shlain’s 2014 film, The Science of Character.