It's Americana Jam Band Time!

AmericanaJamBandAmericana is a cholent – a rich stew – of diverse musical dialects and perspectives, including folk, bluegrass, country, soul, gospel, rock, and more. Like the Jewish experience, though, Americana’s disparate elements work in unison to create an original sound and story that we recognize as specifically American. Woody Guthrie, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Derailers, The Lone Bellow, and Son Volt – all of these artists and performers are on the same familiar road, searching for a way back home. We are their fellow travelers.

Congregation Beth Sholom (CBS) invites you to experience the Americana Jam Band Kabbalat Shabbat! It’s a folk-rock jam session with a Jewish soul, a casual prayer service with country swagger. If you like to sing and/or play an instrument (think piano, guitar, double bass, melodica, harmonica, or vibraphone), pull up a chair and join the jam on select Friday nights in 2016-17. Maybe you won't always play "in the pocket", but that’s not the point – it’s about our journey. Together, we’ll make music in a sacred space and create something new and meaningful as we mark the week’s end and the arrival of Shabbat.

Let's jam on Friday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m.! The Americana Jam Band Kabbalat Shabbat service is free, but pre-registration is required – please take a quick minute to sign up below.

Mark your calendar for all of the Americana Jam Band Kabbalat Shabbat dates:
October 28, November 25, January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25

Announcing Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat!

Facebook_FusionFridayKabbalatShabbatBeginning in 2014, the CBS community has gathered on the third Friday of each month to welcome Shabbat with uplifting song. This spirited 3rd Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service has grown in popularity over the past two years, providing its many participants with a transformative experience that is as moving as it is joyful.

This year, CBS is proud to announce Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat, an exciting new iteration of our 3rd Friday series!

Led by Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, the Shir Hashirim EnsembleHazzan Richard Kaplan, violinist Lila Sklar, and Sheldon Brown (on clarinet, flute, saxophone, and bass clarinet) – will provide participants with an exquisite Friday night service featuring Jewish sacred music from around the world and drawn from Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and Mizrahi traditions. Each Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat will incorporate contemplative prayer, a Jewish/Turkish/Sufi zikr, klezmer and jazz accents, and beautiful Zoharic teachings and meditations by our own Rabbi Glazer. The prayer leaders, music, spirit, and ideas of the Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat series make the vital passage between the rest of the week and Shabbat the extraordinary experience that it should be! Shabbat is a gift. We hope you will celebrate it with us!

Let's sing together on Friday, May 19! The Fusion Friday service is free, but pre-registration is required – please take a quick minute to sign up below.

Let’s (Continue) Our Spiritual Musical Journey!

cfde8820-d953-48d6-8915-d48578b87f8eOn the heels of Rabbi Aubrey Glazer’s jubilant installation as the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom (CBS) in September 2014, the CBS community has gathered on the third Friday of each month to raise our voices together, welcoming the Sabbath. The spirited 3rd Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service is as profound as it is joyful, providing participants with a powerful transformative experience, one that nourishes and empowers. There is no other musical service like it in the Bay Area!

If you haven't participated in the service, we invite you to get a sense of it by pressing play (just below) before you read on!

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Shabbat is a gift. At CBS, the vital passage between the rest of the week and Shabbat is accentuated by a truly talented line-up of musicians and prayer leaders that make the 3rd Friday services come alive. Led by our own Rabbi Glazer, Hazzan Richard Kaplan (piano and percussion), Lila Sklar (violin), and John Erlich (guitar and oud) awaken our neshamot, appealing to the joy that each of us can experience.

3rdFriday53rdFriday4The music and singing of the 3rd Friday series welcome Shabbat in singular fashion. When we raise our voices in song and dance, we are celebrating our community and life itself. Moving together through this musical journey, on the wings of Jewish song from around the globe, we find (and expand) our Sabbath souls!

The 3rd Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat series was subsidized as a pilot program that recently concluded. An anonymous donor has graciously covered the cost of 3rd Friday services through March 2016, and CBS recently launched a CrowdRise fundraiser to maintain the innovative and inspiring series through the 2016-17 season (June 2017)!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Your generosity will ensure that the music continues!

This Week, Welcome Shabbat In Song

01 Installation Ceremony - 0144The words of our liturgy may be recited silently, chanted, or sung. Our 3rd Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat series emphasizes the latter, louder approach!

When we raise our voices together as a community to welcome Shabbat, we create a powerful transformative experience, one that sustains and empowers us not just in the moment, but also during the rest of the week.

Let's sing together this Friday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m.!

Scotch, sushi, and kid-friendly snacks will be served.