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

Light It Up! Recap

facebook_lightitupThis past Thursday evening, December 14, over 200 members of the CBS community gathered in Koret Hall for Light It Up! : A Hanukkah Celebration. Together, we marked the third night of Hanukkah with a rollicking party. Our Beth Sholom margaritas and burrito bar were hits with the adults, and the many activity stations – face painting, cookie decorating, multiple craft tables, and more – were busy all night!

Light It Up's centerpiece, as always, was our communal candle lighting. Many families and individuals brought their favorite hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) from home and, led by Rabbi Glazer and Jewish songster Jonathan Bayer, recited the Hanukkah blessings as we brightened the evening.

Following the candle lighting, our Troupe de Beth Sholom players performed a Hanukkah play, Miss Menorah & The Maccabees. With a beautiful set (created by Pam Seaman, one of our amazing CBS Family Preschool teachers), a terrific cast of Beth Sholom staff and parents from the community, and a show-stopping, electric sweater, Miss Menorah was a smash. All the children in attendance were riveted, and the parents chuckled and guffawed. After the play, Adam Lowy, a father in our CBS Family Preschool community, hopped on stage with Jonathan Bayer for an energetic, old school rap fest. When Adam encouraged the kids to show him how well they could jump, Light It Up! became a floor-shaking rager.

Todah rabbah (a hearty thank you) to: Rabbi Glazer and Jonathan Bayer for emceeing the evening; all of the Troupe de Beth Sholom players (Katherine Barboni, Ben Chinn, Rabbi Glazer, Kim Hegg, Beth Jones, Dale Kleisley, Vered Levinson, and Dan Rubinsky); Adam Lowy for raising the roof; Jason Jungreis, Adi Barak Marino, Rajeev Chopra, and Veronica Holman for volunteering to bartend; Ashley Polselli, Joan Gelfand, Liza Monge, and Ariel Bronstein for staffing the food tables; Anne Mccomas, Pam Seaman, and Janet Carignani for helping at the dreidel making and the cookie decorating tables; preschool teacher Pam Seaman for creating the impressive Miss Menorah set; Natalia Baba and Veda Gujiral who did all the face painting; and all of the CBS staff and leadership for creating such an amazing party! On the staff front, special thanks is due Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing so much delicious food, Operations & Event Manager Kim Hegg for dramatically transforming Koret Hall into a magical, purple-and-blue-bathed space, and CBS Family Preschool Director and Assistant Director Katherine Barboni and Dale Kleisley for doing so much of the heavy-lifting and orchestrating the two main attractions, the play and musical performance. Thank you all so much!

Below, we've posted a selection of photos taken during the celebration. If you missed it, we hope you'll join us next year.

Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged

Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged
Sing in the "Season of Awe"!

Congregation Beth Sholom,
The Kitchen, Kehillah San Francisco, and Congregation Anshey Sfard
co-present a rollicking musical exploration of the traditional Selichot liturgy.


September 16, 2017
9 – 10 p.m.,
Special "Heart Opening" Havdalah
   w/ Moshav (for young adults)
10 – 11:30 p.m.,
Broken Prayer & Its Repair: A Communal Selichot
   Beit Midrash
On The Prayerful Songbook of
   Leonard Cohen
11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.,
Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged

At 9 p.m., we invite young Jewish singles, couples, and friends to join us for scotch and a rousing musical Havdalah with Yehuda Solomon (frontman of the popular Isareli-American band, Moshav), Nahman Solomon, and our community leaders.

At 10 p.m., all ages are invited to join us for Broken Prayer & Its Repair, a deep dive into the songwriting of the late, great Leonard Cohen (z"l) and its Selichot significance.

Then, at 11:30 p.m., we’ll open our hearts, dance, and prepare for the work of redeeming our world in 5778! After the incredible success of last year's Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged, we're super psyched to again raise our voices together. Yehuda, Nahman, Hazzan Avyatar Alfassi, Rabbi Glazer, and other friends will lead us in the joyous communal sing-along experience, one that features appearances by many special guests – musicians, singers, and rabbis – it’s a neo-Carlebach kumzitz meets The Last Waltz mash-up! Singing and moving together with communal leaders and singers from CBS, Kehillah San Francisco, The Kitchen, and Congregation Anshey Sfard, we’ll rediscover the power of the Selichot, our tradition’s beautiful and meaningful penitential piyyut (Jewish liturgical poems).

All parts of this special evening are free, but pre-registration is required. Please register below!

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

Light It Up! Recap

facebook_lightitupgitta-joelle_lightituphanukkah_december2016Last Thursday evening, members of the CBS community came together in Koret Hall for Light It Up! : A Hanukkah Celebration. Because so many in our community will be traveling during Hanukkah this year (which runs December 24 – January 1), we threw a pre-holiday party. We didn't want to miss the chance to celebrate together!

While the many kids in attendance came for the face painting, cookie decorating, games, music, and dancing, the adults seemed most excited about the latkes, Krispy Kreme sufganiyot, and "adult" beverages. The warmth and energy of Light It Up! was impossible to resist, though, and the evening's entertainment was as much of a treat as the seasonal comfort foods and good drinks.

Following our daily evening minyan service, which took place alongside the happy chaos of the party, Rabbi Glazer introduced the group hanukkiot lighting. Shortly thereafter, up-and-coming Jewish rock stars Talya and the Latkes played two songs for an enthusiastic crowd. Just a few licks into their cover of The Maccabeats' hit "Candlelight," and the dance floor filled. Fans of all ages smiled broadly. Even babies crawled toward the music, pumping their little fists. (Don't believe us? Check out the photographs below!)

Following Talya and the Latkes were father-son DJ duo, Don and Saul Marks, who provided tunes that kept the dance floor hopping for the rest of the party.

Todah rabbah (a hearty thank you) to: Rabbi Glazer for emceeing the evening; Kaleil and Ilan Jacob and Talya Glazer (Talya and the Latkes), and Don and Saul Marks for providing good tunes; Adi Barak, Dov Schnaider, and Lael Sturm for volunteering to bartend; CBS Family Preschool teachers Anne McComas, Bat-el Saad, and Devin Patrick for helping at the dreidel making and the cookie decorating tables; preschool teacher Pam Seaman for making the amazing hanukkiah for our Pin The Flame On The Menorah game; Lowell High School students who did all the face painting; and all of the CBS staff and leadership for creating such a good party! On the staff front, special thanks is due Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing from-scratch sweet potato latkes and other delicious eats, Operations & Event Manager Kim Hegg for creatively lighting Koret Hall to transform it into a Hanukkah spectacular, and CBS Family Preschool Assistant Director Dale Kleisley for helping set up so much of the space. Thank you all so much!

Below, we've posted a selection of photos taken during the celebration. If you missed it, we hope you'll join us next year.
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Simona Lewis' Bat Mitzvah

SimonaLewisHello. My name is Simona Lewis. I’m an eighth grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. My interests include hanging out with my friends, dancing, playing and creating computer games, and spending time with my family. This coming Shabbat, September 10, I will become a bat mitzvah.

My parsha is Shoftim, which means judges. In this parsha, Moses tells the Israelites about different rules about appointing judges and how to have a just society. He explains the requirements to be a judge, the rules about the cities of refuge, as well as the requirements a king must have if the Israelites choose to appoint one. Parashat Shoftim also includes the famous commandment, "Tzedek tzedek tirdof," or, "Justice, justice you shall pursue."

I would like to thank my parents for always being there for me and helping me prepare for this big day in my life. I would also like to thank Rabbi Jill Cozen-Harel for her support and for helping me learn how to read and chant Torah and haftarah, as well as helping me write my drash. I would also like to thank my brother and sister for encouraging me and listening to me practice countless times. Lastly, I would like to thank The Brandeis School of San Francisco and the Congregation Beth Sholom community for celebrating this milestone in my life with me and my family.

Please note that Simona's bat mitzvah will take place at Camp Newman on Saturday, September 10, but that she will observe a tefillin bat mitzvah at CBS this Thursday, September 8, during morning minyan (7 a.m.).

Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged

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A Communal Soul-singing Experience

Congregation Beth Sholom, the Mission Minyan, and the Kitchen co-present a communal Selichot experience like none other.

September 24, 2016
9 – 11 p.m.,
Fire on the Water short film screening & forum
11 – 11:30 p.m.,
Coffee, dessert, & schmooze
11:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.,
Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged

At 9 p.m., following a musical Havdalah with Yehuda Solomon and Duvid Swirsky of the Israeli-American folk-rock band, Moshav, we will stretch our spiritual and intellectual muscles with a screening of Rabbi Aubrey Glazer's short film, Fire on the Water. The 30-minute film uses a father-son fly fishing trip to grapple with divergent notions of sibling rivalry, parental love, trust, reconciliation, and sacrifice. This special screening will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the themes of the film as they relate to the spiritual journey of the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe – featuring many of our CBS High Holy Days spiritual leaders, including cantorial soloist Aviva Chernick, filmmaker Jonathan Crosby, and Rabbis Aubrey Glazer, Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Dorothy Richman.

Then, at 11:30 p.m., we’ll put those limber muscles to work as we usher in “the season of awe” with Hardly Strictly Selichot Unplugged. Yehuda and Duvid will lead us in a joyous communal sing-along experience that features appearances by many special guests – musicians, singers, and rabbis – it’s a neo-Carlebach kumzitz meets The Last Waltz mash-up! Singing and moving together with communal leaders and singers from CBS, the Mission Minyan, and the Kitchen, we’ll rediscover the power of the Selichot, our tradition’s beautiful and meaningful penitential piyyut (Jewish liturgical poems).

Both parts of this special evening are free, but pre-registration is required.
Please click through to register.

Lola Schnaider's Bat Mitzvah

LolaShalom! My name is Lola Schnaider, and I am a 7th grader at the Brandeis School of San Francisco! I enjoy dancing, playing sports, photography, and listening to lots of music. I love to travel and be out in nature with my friends and family. In a few short days, I will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. To me, becoming a bat mitzvah means accepting my responsibilities as the newest member of the Jewish community, and figuring out my Jewish identity.

I will be reading from Parashat Naso, which is found in the fourth book of the Torah, Bamidbar. Several topics come up in my parsha including rules pertaining to contact with lepers, adultery, the nazarite vow, and the sacred, threefold Priestly blessing.

The topic that interests me the most is that of the sotah, which translates as "gone astray." Sotah is a ritual test that occurs when a husband suspects his wife of adultery. The wife must drink a mixture of clay and dirt from the floor of the Tabernacle, to prove her innocence or guilt. In my drash, I will offer a feminist perspective on the topic of sotah, as it relates and compares to our lives today. I am honored to be having my bat mitzvah at Congregation Beth Sholom, and I am thrilled to have my family and friends by my side.

I hope to see you all there!