CBS offers inspiring traditional religious services as well as new and affecting alternatives. All of our services are welcoming and conducted with joy, deep feeling, and humor.
Each Friday, at 6:30 p.m., we gather to welcome Shabbat.
Shabbat is a gift, an opportunity to transition from the realm of the mundane to the sacred, to set aside weekday pressures – our overfull email Inboxes, our “to do” lists – and to rejuvenate our spirits, reconnect with family and friends, and reflect upon what is most meaningful in life.
Kabbalat Shabbat services at Beth Sholom are casual; come as you are! The warmth of the Gronowski Family Chapel enhances the mood, and the experience is as haimish (Yiddish for unpretentious and friendly) as it is affecting.
DAVEN on the First Friday of each month
In the Daven service, we will explore the Hebrew liturgy, using niggun (wordless melody), chant, song, and silence to engage this joyous tradition with our friends and families.
SING on the second Friday of each month
How can we take the routine liturgy that we know so well and make it new time and time again? One way by singing out loud! Join Amanda Russell, CBS rabbinic intern and musical director, Jonathan Bayer, for a musical Shabbat experience, which will combine old and new tunes from different places around the world. We will use the music as a vehicle to prayer.
LISTEN on the third Friday of each month
What is the role of music in experiencing the sacred? Listen will offer an opportunity to engage in deep listening, hear virtuoso performances, and learn about sacred music traditions–both our own Jewish traditions and those of the people we share homelands with today and in other periods in our history.
OFFER on the fourth Friday of each month
Korban Shabbat: A Sabbath of Communal Offerings - is a loose, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling. No two Korban Shabbat evenings are the same. Used colloquially to mean sacrifice, Korban is a Hebrew word whose English translations have obscured its central meaning: an offering that is brought for the purpose of drawing nearer to others and to God.
Each Korban Shabbat is determined by the offerings brought by those present, including but not limited to music, readings, and meditations. If what is offered is self, heart and willing engagement, the gathering will be a holy community, one in which G-dís presence is brought close.
CBS is the only egalitarian congregation in San Francisco and Marin that gathers twice daily, every day! We join as one in the intimate Gronowski Family Chapel because we want to be there for every person who wants to pray or mourn, recite Kaddish, or recall the anniversary of a loved one’s passing with communal support.
Our morning minyan takes place at 7 a.m., Monday – Friday, and at 8 a.m. on Sundays. The morning minyan also gathers at 8 a.m. on the following national holidays: January 1; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents’ Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; and December 25.
Sunday – Thursday, our evening minyan occurs at 6 p.m. On Saturday evenings during Pacific Standard Time (PST), Shabbat Mincha / Ma’ariv services occur at 5 p.m. When Daylight Savings Time (DST) is in effect, Shabbat Mincha services occur at 6 p.m.
Shabbat morning services are held every Saturday at 9 a.m., and take place in the heart of the CBS community our Sanctuary. 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.
Every Shabbat service is followed by a community Kiddush in Koret Hall.
Our congregation reads from the Torah every Shabbat. We pride ourselves on being one of the few non-Orthodox congregations that retains the integrity of the traditional Torah service by conducting a full reading (K’riat HaTorah). We also read the haftarah on Shabbat morning. In addition, the Torah is read during morning minyan on Mondays and Thursdays.
Contact: To sign up for Torah or haftarah reading, please email Owen Leibman.
YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
On select Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m., we invite families with young children to join us for a vibrant and fun Kabbalat Shabbat service and community dinner. Together, we celebrate Shabbat through song, music, dance, and blessings. Each service is co-led by our Senior Rabbi and popular Bay Area performer Jonathan Bayer. This interactive service allows even our youngest community members to experience the joy of Shabbat in a warm and welcoming setting. Families will also learn some of the basic rituals they can use to enhance their own Shabbat and other holiday observances at home. After the brief PJ Shabbat service, we share a delicious, vegetarian community dinner hosted by one of the CBS Family Preschool classes and catered by a local restaurant.
Children six and younger will be most engaged, but older siblings are encouraged to participate too. The one rule? Every kiddo should be wearing their favorite or most comfortable pajamas!
We invite you and your family to kick off Shabbat morning with our joyful Family Shabbat service! Join us as we explore prayer experiences through music, meditation, dance, drama, storytelling, and more! Rabbinic Intern Amanda Russell, Jonathan Bayer, Rebecca Goodman, and others help facilitate many of these high-spirited services. In addition to gleaning new insights into Torah, parents, children, and families alike engage in rhythm and chanting enhanced by Jonathan’s exciting use of instruments and original melodies. The exuberant, 30-minute prayer service builds a solid foundation for later learning of the full Shabbat morning service. The Family Shabbat service complements our traditional Shabbat service; together, they create an especially rewarding Shabbat experience.
Services are held at 9 a.m. in the Gronowski Family Chapel, and occur on every Shabbat morning that our Shabbat School is in session. (Occasionally, the service takes place in the Makom Sholom Meditation Room or outdoors.) Please refer to our Shabbat School calendar for specific dates.
We strive to be welcoming and accessible to all members of our community. We value active and full participation regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or age.
Street parking is available for all services.
SHABBAT MORNING CHILDCARE
Free childcare is available every Saturday morning, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
The core teachings and wisdom of Judaism are found in the Jewish holidays – slavery and freedom, sin and restitution, assimilation and survival, work and rest, and, above all, the celebration of life. By participating in holiday observations, we feel, live, and experience Jewish history, learn fundamental Jewish values, and gain insight from classic Jewish texts and their modern interpretations.
Major or minor, all of the Jewish holidays are observed at Congregation Beth Sholom. From Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot to Pesach, Shavuot, and everything in between, we invite you to revel in our beautiful and powerful traditions. At Beth Sholom, we highlight each holiday’s unique feeling, music, and spiritual influence, and connect the meaning of the holiday to our contemporary lives.
We are dedicated to teaching and learning, and are committed to making the richness of Torah relevant to our modern lives. Our leaders engage deeply with the Torah, and provide teaching for every age group. We help our members interact with Torah through a traditional lens, but also seek new perspectives.