Our Jewish ethos — the powerful trilogy of Torah study, tzedakah (giving), and tefillah (prayer) — motivates us to practice tikkun ha’olam (healing the world) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness). It’s not about what we say or believe, but what we do. Some of Congregation Beth Sholom’s community groups are impelled by this Jewish imperative of social action, whereas other groups bring members together to learn, expand their perspectives, have fun, or just relax.
Achshav Yisrael provides quality programming about Israel to CBS and the broader community. Achshav Yisrael programs are open to all age groups and occur approximately five times each year. The programming committee intends to create a safe space at CBS for thoughtful community exploration of Israel.
WHEN: Periodically, approx. 5 times/year
WHERE: Various locations, CBS campus
NEXT PROGRAM: November 18, 3:30 p.m. - The Story of Social Change in Israel with Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg
CONTACT: Eileen Auerbach
FEES: Adults $15, 17 & under - free.
Preparing and delivering kosher meals to people with AIDS, chronic illness, disabilities, and those who are homebound. This is an excellent opportunity to perform gemilut hasadim (“the giving of loving-kindness”), and a deeply meaningful way for you to get involved!
WHEN: One Sunday a month –
9 a.m., cooking; 3:30 p.m., delivery
WHERE: CBS Kitchen
NEXT MEETING: December 16
CONTACT: Judy Leash or Debra Surkin Perloff
FEES: No fee
CBS BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
We have two age-specific book clubs for kids! One is designed for children in Grades 5–6, and focuses on Jewish historical fiction. The other is for kids in Grades 7–9 who enjoy reading and discussing adolescent literature that explores the Jewish experience in different times and places. Participants engage in a facilitated discussion with Book Club leader Howard Freedman (Director of the Jewish Community Library) and, often, they connect with the author of the book they have read via Skype.
WHERE: Various locations
NEXT MEETING DATES: TBD
NEXT BOOKS: TBD
CONTACT: Elin Cohen
FEES: $10 for the program/dinner OR 15$ for the program/dinner and a copy of the book (available for pickup at CBS)
CBS PARENTS BOOK CLUB
A book club for parents in the CBS community, the group comes together on school class days to discuss books of interest to the participants. The club reads books from the Jewish Community Library’s Book Club In A Box program, and all books are available to borrow from Rebecca Goodman‘s office in the CBS administrative area.
NEXT MEETING: Saturday, November 3, 9:45 - 11 a.m.
NEXT BOOK: Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
CONTACT: Elin Cohen
WOMEN'S BOOK CLUB
A place to meet and discuss books of Jewish and general interest. Books are generally written by Jewish authors, or are popular novels or works of nonfiction. Readings are selected based on group interest, book availability, author, and topic.
WHEN: Third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rabin Family Library
CONTACT: Jean Tepper Segal
FEES: No fee
UPCOMING BOOKS AND MEETING DATES:
January 17 - We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter
DR. ERNEST M. WEITZ BREAKFAST CLUB
The Dr. Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club is a quarterly breakfast gathering featuring a thought-provoking guest speaker. The Club is dedicated to increasing knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and ideas. Many of the speakers are leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community.
WHEN: Three breakfasts each year, Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Koret Hall
NEXT MEETING: TBD
NEXT SPEAKER: TBD
CONTACT: Beth Jones
FEES: $40 per year for an individual, $80 for a couple, or $15 per meeting
CHECKS PAYABLE TO: Congregation Beth Sholom
(please write “Dr. Ernest M. Breakfast Club Dues” in the note section)
CBS SOFTBALL TEAM
CBS is an active participant in BATS, a Jewish softball league consisting of teams from six synagogues. Games are played in south Marin or San Francisco every other Sunday during the softball seasons. Teams are coed and players must be 18 or older. This league is more about fun and camaraderie than competitiveness.
WHEN: 8 game seasons in spring and fall, playing every other Sunday afternoon
WHERE: Diamonds in Marin & SF (details shared w/ players)
UPCOMING GAMES: Spring season starting soon
CONTACT: Steven Baruch
FEES: No charge aside from $25 club shirt.
KEVAH LEARNING GROUPS
Kevah enables individuals to get together with friends and new friends in private homes to create an intimate Jewish learning community described as “more a conversation than a class.” Each Kevah group is led by an outstanding Jewish educator from the region. CBS currently has five active Kevah groups, each representing a different demographic or topical focus. If you are interested in joining an existing CBS Kevah group or learning more about creating a Kevah group of your own, please reach out to us!
WHEN: Various times; depends on group
WHERE: Congregant host homes
NEXT MEETING: Various times; depends on group
CONTACT: Sonia Daccarett
FEES: Variable, depending on group
CBS YOUTH & TEEN GROUPS
CBS youth and teen groups offer young community members a great way to explore Judaism and Jewish identity in a fun, social environment with their peers. Learn more about all of our youth group and youth learning options by clicking here.