Shabbat School End-Of-The-Year Gift

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As the CBS Shabbat School year approaches its end, the Shabbat School Room Parents invite you to join them in honoring our amazing faculty during the Shabbat kiddush lunch on our last day of school, Saturday, May 19, at approximately 12 p.m., in Koret Hall.

In order to provide the teachers and Director with a token of our appreciation for their dedication and hard work, the Room Parents have launched a gift fund via PayPal. Please click on the "Donate" button below to contribute using either your PayPal account or a credit card.

End-Of-Year Teacher Gift Fund

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

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!

Shabbat School End-Of-The-Year Gift

Facebook_1ShabbatSchoolTuBishevat_Feb2017As the CBS Shabbat School year approaches its end, the Shabbat School Room Parents invite you to join them in honoring our amazing faculty during the Shabbat kiddush lunch on our last day of school, Saturday, May 20, at approximately 12 p.m., in Koret Hall.

In order to provide the teachers and Director with a token of our appreciation for their dedication and hard work, the Room Parents have launched a gift fund via PayPal. Please click on the "Donate" button below to contribute using either your PayPal account or a credit card.




End-Of-Year Teacher Gift Fund

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

Introducing David Agam, CBS Youth Advisor

FacebookDavidAgamCBS is pleased to introduce our new Youth Advisor, David Agam.

David recently wrote an open letter to our USY, Kadima, and Shabbat School families. We’re sharing it here so that the CBS community at large can have an opportunity to learn a bit more about David.

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Shalom, CBS community!

I am honored and privileged to begin working with your children as the Youth Group Advisor for USY and Kadima. I have been working at CBS as a teacher for years. I’ve always felt a sense of community and belonging here, and I am committed to seeing this congregation thrive. I look forward to meeting you, your children, and family, or getting to know you even better than I already do in the coming months. I am excited by the potential and opportunity our young members have to grow and learn from one another.

In this globally tumultuous time, it is especially important to remember that, particularly in the U.S., our Jewish identity persists through the generations particularly when our youth derive a sense of meaning and purpose from their Jewish experiences, when they develop a strong connection with Jewish roots, values, and ideals. I passionately urge your children to join Kadima or USY, to help see that the future of not just our congregation and the Bay Area Jewish community remains vital, but so that our Jewish practice and peoplehood remain solid and steady in the coming decades and beyond.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or ideas at cbsyouth@bethsholomsf.org.

See you soon!
David

Meet Rebecca Goodman

CBS is pleased to introduce our new Director of Youth Education, Rebecca Goodman. Rebecca has been involved as a Jewish educator and administrator in the Bay Area for many years, most recently serving as the Director of Education overseeing the joint religious school program of Congregations Beth Israel Judea and B’nai Emunah. Her passion for Jewish learning and experience in forging connections with the communities she has served make her supremely qualified to lead our Shabbat School program – we are thrilled to welcome her to our sacred community of learning.

Today, we’re sharing an introductory note from Rebecca.

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Goodman_PlaceHolder The Director of Youth Education may be a new position at Congregation Beth Sholom, but I have dedicated the past two decades to educating Jewish youth. After falling in love with Judaism as a child at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City, I attended Jewish summer camps, traveled to Israel, was a madricha and President of my United Synagogue Youth chapter. Although I took a detour from my Jewish path to study engineering in college, I remained connected to the Jewish community by teaching religious school. After a couple years, I realized that my passion was much stronger for helping Jewish youth connect to their Jewish heritage than it was to ensuring that the next bridge or building would remain standing regardless of the pressure put upon it.

I graduated from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion with a master’s degree in Jewish Education and a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service. I earned the title “Reform Jewish Educator” in 2007. This title is granted to those who fulfill “extremely stringent academic requirements in the areas of education, educational administration, and Judaic studies plus a supervised educational internship.” I have worked for the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles, served as Director of Contra Costa Midrasha, and as Director of Education at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo and Congregation Beth Israel Judea in San Francisco.

I am excited to become a part of the CBS community and to meet you. My hope is that everyone has a good time in Shabbat School – and that they develop a strong Jewish identity and a love of Jewish learning that they will feed throughout their lives, starting here at CBS.

I look forward to sharing with you my vision for the Shabbat School and Hebrew programs in the coming weeks and months. In my first few days, we've finalized the registration forms, the calendar, and the fees for the coming year. Next, I will reach out to last year's faculty and madrichim so that I can meet them and finalize our staff for the fall. The most important thing I need from you is your completed registration form so that we can plan accordingly and make sure we have the right number of teachers, madrichim, and supplies for our students.

I already know that the faculty is fantastic, the members that I've had the opportunity to meet are wonderful, and the staff is dedicated, warm, and helpful. I am very excited to join the team and meet you. If you find yourself near CBS on a Tuesday or Thursday, please take a moment and stop by my office to introduce yourself.

Jacob Goode's Bar Mitzvah

JacobGoodeI’m Jacob Goode, a seventh grader at Claire Lilienthal in San Francisco. I enjoy learning, playing baseball and golf, watching the Giants and Warriors, hanging out with my friends and playing video games, and traveling the world with my family. In fact, my family and I have recently returned from a trip to Israel, which has helped put my bar mitzvah in perspective. I have a greater appreciation for our long history.

I am very excited that this Shabbat is my bar mitzvah. This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Emor. The text outlines the Jewish festivals, holy days, and some of the Jewish laws and rituals. Parashat Emor concludes by describing an incident in which a man is accused of blasphemy. The text then provides the principle of lex talionis, "ayin tachat ayin, shein tachat shein" (literally, an "eye for an eye; tooth for a tooth"). I’m looking forward to sharing this day with friends, family, and members of the community, whom I hope shall end Shabbat with good sight and fully dentured.

I’d like to thank my amazing tutor, Noa, who helped me learn this week’s haftarah, the maftir for this week’s Torah portion, the blessings before and after the readings, and the Torah service in such a short time. I’d also like to thank our B'nai Mitzvah Chavurah for their support and friendship. I’d like to thank Rabbis Glazer and Hyman, and my CBS Shabbat School teacher, Elizabeth Andrews. And a very special thanks to my family (the Chikhanis and the Goodes), for being there every step of the way, for always supporting me, encouraging me, and schlepping me to where I wanted to be.

Shabbat School End-Of-The-Year Gift

GideonHausner2As the CBS Shabbat School year draws to a close, the Shabbat School Room Parents are preparing to honor our wonderful Shabbat School faculty and the CBS Director of Congregational Learning, Michael Lederman. Please join the Shabbat School community on the last day of school, Saturday, May 21, during the Shabbat morning family service (9 a.m., in the Gronowski Family Chapel)!

In order to provide the teachers and Director with a token of our appreciation for their dedication and hard work, the Room Parents have launched a gift fund via PayPal. Please click through below to contribute using either your PayPal account or a credit card.

If you'd like to designate a portion of your gift for Michael Lederman to honor his time at CBS, please note this in the PayPal donation message field.

End-Of-Year Teacher & Director Gift Fund



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.

Shabbat Art Experience

RandThis Shabbat, CBS will launch the Shabbat Art Experience, a new activity for families with children in grades 2 – 6 that will occur on select Shabbats when our Shabbat School is not taking place! The program is free of charge, however participation in each session is limited to the first ten families that RSVP. Please RSVP to Michael Lederman.

Led by
Elyssa Wortzman, a visual artist with experience teaching and creating community programming for children and adults in the New York, Toronto, and San Francisco Jewish communities, these sessions are open to all.

The first Shabbat Art Experience takes place this Saturday, February 6, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Participants will look at artist Archie Rand's satirical painting of the 501st mitzvah ("Do not insult or harm anybody with words!") and Reb Nachman of Breslov's teaching about seeing the good in everyone. Kids will have the opportunity to create collages interpreting these teachings, and their artworks may be hung in your homes as a reminder to use their ayin tov (eyes of seeing the good).

twister The second Shabbat Art Experience will take place the following Saturday morning, February 13, also from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Participants will play Mishkan Twister! Using the game of Twister as inspiration, we will explore the shapes and forms of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle or portable sanctuary, a spiritual center in the desert). Like Bezalel, builder of the Mishkan and one of the first Jewish artists, participants will then build their own portable sanctuaries out of candy. Yummy fun!

We invite CBS Shabbat School families to join us, but also encourage families from the greater Jewish community (e.g., the Brandeis School) to participate in these free activities!