OUR BUILDING & CAMPUS
In 2001, the renowned San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz was selected to create a vision for Congregation Beth Sholom’s new spiritual home. Even before the project broke ground, Saitowitz’s design won Unbuilt Design honors from the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Beth Sholom moved into our new home in May 2008. The CBS building is energy efficient and technologically sophisticated, with functional spaces designed specifically for our needs as well as those of the greater community.
The heart of Beth Sholom is our Sanctuary, which is where congregants worship every Shabbat morning and on holidays. The dramatic space was designed with the layout of early synagogues in mind, which encouraged worshippers to daven (pray) in a more communal way. The seating area of the Sanctuary sweeps up in an arc to the north and south of the bimah so that congregants face one another as well as the service leaders, thereby bringing the entire community together in song and prayer. The Sanctuary has a seating capacity of 586 people.
Koret Hall is the synagogue’s main facility for Shabbat kiddush, b’nai mitzvah, and wedding celebrations, as well as for other congregational and community events. The space comfortably seats 240 people for a sit-down luncheon or dinner (or 200 with dancing), and will accommodate over 410 people for films, lectures, and other events. Koret Hall is serviced by a state-of-the-art, strictly kosher kitchen.
HORWITZ FAMILY EDUCATION CENTER
The two-story, twelve-classroom building is the site of Beth Sholom’s religious school and the CBS Family Preschool. During the school year, Shabbat School religious classes are held from one to three days a week (depending upon the student’s grade). The Shabbat School curriculum incorporates Hebrew and Judaic studies for students from pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade. The preschool is open five days a week, serving families with young children.
GRONOWSKI FAMILY CHAPEL
Congregation Beth Sholom has the distinction of being the only Conservative synagogue in the Bay Area with a twice-daily minyan, held morning and evening in this chapel. The Gronowski Family Chapel incorporates many of our old sanctuary’s stained-glass windows, which depict the story of the Jewish people while also incorporating universal icons of emancipation.
The CBS Rabin Library features comfortable seating, study areas, and a gathering space for storytelling and other children’s programming. Our lending library is well-stocked with books on Jewish life, ritual, and thought.
The Fields-Rayant Administrative Lobby welcomes congregants and visitors to our Administrative Center, where the rabbi’s study, the Executive Director’s office, membership services, and our fiscal operations are housed.
This is a room for meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices. Makom Sholom can also be used for worship services.