Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition

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Join us at Beth Sholom for a four-part class taught by Lehrhaus Board President and CBS congregant, Howard Simon, and Rabbi Dan Ain. 

This class is a study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history.
1st session (February 5): study the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic interpretations of those violent events.
2nd session (February 19): delve into an episode of Jewish struggle against Rome in first-century Jerusalem, as a possible early example of the method of non-violent resistance Gandhi later would call satyagraha.
3rd session (March 5): consider the turning inward of Jewish violence during the First Crusade in the form of kiddush ha’shem.
4th session (March 19): explore correspondence exchanged in 1938 between Gandhi, Martin Buber and other Jewish leaders regarding potential Jewish responses to Nazi oppression and, specifically, to Kristallnacht.

DATE: Tuesday evenings – March 5, 19
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Board Room
FEES: As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please contact Lehrhaus Judaica directly or REGISTER NOW.

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Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition -Last Class
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition -Last Class

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Join us at Beth Sholom for a four-part class taught by Lehrhaus Board President and CBS congregant, Howard Simon, and Rabbi Dan Ain. 

This class is a study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history.
1st session (February 5): study the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic interpretations of those violent events.
2nd session (February 19): delve into an episode of Jewish struggle against Rome in first-century Jerusalem, as a possible early example of the method of non-violent resistance Gandhi later would call satyagraha.
3rd session (March 5): consider the turning inward of Jewish violence during the First Crusade in the form of kiddush ha’shem.
4th session (March 19): explore correspondence exchanged in 1938 between Gandhi, Martin Buber and other Jewish leaders regarding potential Jewish responses to Nazi oppression and, specifically, to Kristallnacht.

DATE: Tuesday evening – March 19
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Board Room
FEES: As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please contact Lehrhaus Judaica directly or REGISTER NOW.

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Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition

Lehrhaus.jpg

Join us at Beth Sholom for a four-part class taught by Lehrhaus Board President and CBS congregant, Howard Simon, and Rabbi Dan Ain. 

This class is a study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history.
1st session (February 5): study the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic interpretations of those violent events.
2nd session (February 19): delve into an episode of Jewish struggle against Rome in first-century Jerusalem, as a possible early example of the method of non-violent resistance Gandhi later would call satyagraha.
3rd session (March 5): consider the turning inward of Jewish violence during the First Crusade in the form of kiddush ha’shem.
4th session (March 19): explore correspondence exchanged in 1938 between Gandhi, Martin Buber and other Jewish leaders regarding potential Jewish responses to Nazi oppression and, specifically, to Kristallnacht.

DATE: Tuesday evenings – February 19, March 5, 19
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Board Room
FEES: As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please contact Lehrhaus Judaica directly or REGISTER NOW.

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LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat service with special guest, Ziek McCarter with members of Con Brio!
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat service with special guest, Ziek McCarter with members of Con Brio!

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LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat service with special guest, Ziek McCarter with members of Con Brio!

Ziek McCarter is one of the freshest and most charismatic voices in contemporary rhythm and blues. His band Con Brio is a Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. 

With Ziek McCarter bringing “the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown” (KQED) and a tight, veteran band that “comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert audiences around the globe with their electric live show. 

DATE: Friday, February 15
TIME: Nosh, 6 p.m.; Service, 6:30 p.m.; Dessert to follow
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
COST: Free! All are welcome. Bring a friend!

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Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Achshav Yisrael screens film by executive producer Nancy Spielberg

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Please join us to view this incredible documentary film by Executive Producer, Nancy Spielberg (Steven Spielbergí’s younger sister.)

Above and Beyond is a feature-length documentary, created from a mix of archival footage and special effects from Industrial Light and Magic. It tells the story of WWII volunteer pilots, Jews and non-Jews alike, who risked everything to defend Israel in its War of Independence in 1948. 

Winner of Best Documentary at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and the Berkshire International Film Festival. See the movie trailer.

DATE: Sunday, February 10
TIME: 3-5 p.m.
PLACE: Koret Hall, Congregation Beth Sholom
301 - 14th Avenue (@ Clement Street), San Francisco, 94118
COST: FREE! Refreshments will be served.
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS NOW Pre-registration is required

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Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition — classes begin this week
Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Violence and Non-Violent Resistance in Jewish Tradition — classes begin this week

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Join us at Beth Sholom for a four-part class taught by Lehrhaus Board President and CBS congregant, Howard Simon, and Rabbi Dan Ain. 

This class is a study of violence and non-violent resistance by Jews in different periods of Jewish history.
1st session: study the uses of violence in the Torah and rabbinic interpretations of those violent events.
2nd session: delve into an episode of Jewish struggle against Rome in first-century Jerusalem, as a possible early example of the method of non-violent resistance Gandhi later would call satyagraha.
3rd session: consider the turning inward of Jewish violence during the First Crusade in the form of kiddush ha’shem.
4th session: explore correspondence exchanged in 1938 between Gandhi, Martin Buber and other Jewish leaders regarding potential Jewish responses to Nazi oppression and, specifically, to Kristallnacht.

DATE: Tuesday evenings – February 5, 19, March 5, 19
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Board Room
FEES: As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please contact Lehrhaus Judaica directly or REGISTER NOW.

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Tot Shabbat
Feb
2
11:15 AM11:15

Tot Shabbat

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Bring your little ones to Tot Shabbat!

We're inviting children, birth to age 5, and their families, to celebrate Shabbat morning this week!

Our music specialist, Toby Pechner, will facilitate this short and sweet, preschool-friendly, interactive service that allows even our youngest community members to experience the joy of Shabbat in a warm and welcoming setting.

Tot Shabbat begins at 11:15 a.m. and concludes at noon in the chapel. Stay for Kiddush lunch afterwords!

DATE: Saturday, February 2
TIME: 11:15 a.m.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
Contact Dale Kleisley for more information.

Mark your calendars now for upcoming Tot Shabbat dates: February 23, March 2 & 16, April 6, May 4 & 18

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The CBS Parents Book Group Meets in February
Feb
2
9:45 AM09:45

The CBS Parents Book Group Meets in February

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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.

WHEN: Quarterly
WHERE: Boardroom
NEXT MEETING: Saturday, February 2
TIME: 9:45 - 11 a.m.
NEXT BOOK: Homesick by Eshkol Nevo.
CONTACT: Elin Cohen

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DAVEN Kabbalat Shabbat
Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

DAVEN Kabbalat Shabbat

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Join us for DAVEN Kabbalat Shabat service this Friday night
 
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.

David Malman has been a CBS member since 1998.  He has led Shabbat, daily minyan, and High Holy Days services. He is an active participant in Makor Or, the meditation group started by Rabbi Alan Lew (z"l ). David and his wife, Ellen Shireman, taught a successful Learner's Minyan for several years, and he attended Joey Weisenberg's Building Singing Communities multi-day workshops in 2013 and 2014. He is honored and pleased to be welcoming Shabbat with the CBS community. 

DATE: Friday, February 1
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
COST: Free

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OFFER Shabbat Service This Friday! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

OFFER Shabbat Service This Friday! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Join us for Korban Shabbat - A Sabbath of Communal Offerings

This is an alternative, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling.
Each Korban Shabbat is determined by the offerings brought by those present, including but not limited to music, readings, movement and meditations. Through our offerings and willing engagement, we create a holy community, one in which G-d's presence is brought close. ALL ARE WELCOME! You don’t need an offering to attend. LEARN MORE.

What to Expect:
• Beginners in all areas are welcomed and encouraged.

• Sitting on floor cushions and benches. Wear comfortable clothing.

• Geared towards grown-ups and mature teens – for ages 16 and older.

• A safe space that is open, respectful and conducive to sharing.

DATE: Fourth Fridays, each month.
The OFFER service on November 23 was moved to November 30, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Makom Sholom
Please join us directly following the service for a casual meal & cocktails in the Rainbow Courtyard & Main Meeting Room. PLEASE RSVP

If you are interested in making an offering at an upcoming Korban Shabbat, we want to hear from you! While there is a spontaneity to the evening, the offerings are scheduled in advance, rather than on the spot. Let Alana Ain or Karen Benjamin know if you're interested in giving a Korban offering at our next service. CONTACT ORGANIZERS

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Tu B’Shevat: The New Year's of the Trees
Jan
20
4:00 PM16:00

Tu B’Shevat: The New Year's of the Trees

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Join us as we celebrate Tu B'Shevat, the New Year's of the Trees, with a seder created by the 18th century mystic Rabbi Yitzchak Luria and led by Marilyn Heiss.

We'll travel through the four Kabbalist worlds of Assiyah (Action), Yetzirah(Formation), Briyah (Creation) and Atzilut(Emanation), connecting to each of the four seasons with 15 fruits, four rounds of wine, and tasty snacks.

DATE: Sunday, January 20
TIME: 4-6 p.m.
PLACE: Main Meeting Room 

PLEASE RSVP 

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MAKOR OR: A Center for Jewish Meditation
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

MAKOR OR: A Center for Jewish Meditation

MAKOR OR: A Center for Jewish Meditation

Join us for meditation in honor of Rabbi Lew (z”l)
It has been ten years since the passing of our friend and teacher Rabbi Alan Lew. We will mark the occasion by doing the practices he loved most, and that were foundational for his spirit, silent sitting and walking meditation, and prayer. Rabbi Dorothy Richman, Rabbi’s Lew’s disciple, and Norman Fischer, his lifelong friend and colleague, will offer brief teachings and appreciations. 

Rabbi Lew(z”l) and Norman Fischer founded Makor Or at Beth Sholom in January 2000, to bring the clarity and depth of meditation practice into our Jewish lives and observance, providing a path to the spiritual and personal transformation that Judaism can effect in our lives.

All are welcome, no previous experience with meditation, Hebrew, or prayer is necessary.

Please respect our members with asthma and do not wear scented products, even natural scents, to Makor Or programs.

DATE: Sunday, January 6
TIME: 3:00–6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Makom Sholom
COST: $30 cash or check at the door (sorry no credit cards)
RSVP: Please register in advance 

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Terrie Odabi to perform at LISTEN on December 21
Dec
21
6:30 PM18:30

Terrie Odabi to perform at LISTEN on December 21

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LISTEN Kabbala Shabbat Service - UPDATE ON SUGAR PIE DESANTO’S PERFORMANCE

We were very excited to be hosting rhythm and blues legend Sugar Pie DeSanto as the third guest in LISTEN, the monthly Friday night series at Congregation Beth Sholom, curated by musician and scholar Jeremiah Lockwood.

Sadly, Sugar Pie has been experiencing some health issues. She is back home after a hospital stay, but is not ready to perform yet. We truly hope to be able to host her at Beth Sholom sometime in the near future.

Fortunately, a young local artist who follows in Sugar Pie's footsteps has agreed to fill in. Terrie Odabi is a powerhouse blues and soul vocalist, and a stalwart of the Bay Area blues scene. Her 2016 album "My Blue Soul" ranked as one of Living Blues magazine's top albums of the year. We are grateful to have Terrie Odabi at this event, especially on such short notice! Ms. Odabi will be accompanied by series curator Jeremiah Lockwood for this unique event that celebrates the spiritual qualities of music, blurring the line between concert and ritual.

DATE: Friday, December 21, 2018
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
COST: Free! All are welcome.

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Maccabee Mitzvah Day & Hanukkah Party: Rededicate & Revive!
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

Maccabee Mitzvah Day & Hanukkah Party: Rededicate & Revive!

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Maccabee Mitzvah Day & Hanukkah Party: Rededicate & Revive!

Join us on Sunday, December 9 in a communal volunteer effort to rededicate and beautify our sacred temple. We'll have the opportunity for hands-on beautification and restoration followed by a festive Hannukah celebration.

Let's be the light and shine the light on our spiritual home...together we can perform the mitzvah of elevating our incredible space.

LINE UP

1 - 4 p.m. – Mitzvah Teams

There are a range of projects to undertake that day. You can choose the project that you prefer and you'll work in a small team with a house committee member. Please read more about the projects below and then register for the team in which you would like to contribute.

4 - 6 p.m. – Party Time!
A festive celebration including: Candle Lighting, Food & Drink, Games, Dramatic & Musical Performances & More!

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

Team 1: Landscaping.  Captain: Allen Levy
We’ll work on the Zweifach Meditation Garden, the Eva Gunther Plaza deck and wall planters, and a few other small projects. In the long term, we’d like to form a gardening committee to manage these spaces on a regular basis, so please contact Allen if you are interested in that.

Team 2: Interior Decor.   Co-captains: Rosemary Rothstein/Mark Gunther
We have a collection of art and memorabilia that needs to be hung on various walls. We have chosen the locations. We'll be hanging a temporary exhibition in the Chapel Gallery, and permanent installation, on drywall or concrete, of other art items.

Team 3: Hanging the Tribes  Captain: David Madfes
Those of you who are long term congregants will remember the metal sculptures depicting the 12 tribes that used to hang above the bimah in the old sanctuary. These are going to be mounted on the concrete wall above the reception desk in the lobby. As each tribe is in at least three pieces, need to be mounted directly to the wall, and need to align precisely with each other when hung, persons with carpentry experience would be welcome for this task.

Team 4: Moving the Tree of Life. Captain: David Madfes
The Tree of Life memorial wall is being moved from the Library to Koret Hall. We need some strong folks to help with the moving and installation.

Team 5: Storage Space Management/cleaning. Captain: Mark Gunther
Working with Beth, this team will be inventorying items we have in our various storage spaces, moving stuff around to better locations, and discarding things that have passed their sell-by date. We also may power-wash the EG Plaza deck and walls, exterior stairwells, and other places as needed. 

Team 6: Renewing the Pews. Captain: Harry Meyer
This team will wash, vacuum, assess, refinish and move as necessary the pews in the Gronowski Chapel and Makom Shalom. There may be additional light carpentry tasks for this team as well.

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OFFER Shabbat Service This Friday! ALL ARE WELCOME!
Nov
30
6:30 PM18:30

OFFER Shabbat Service This Friday! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Join us for Korban Shabbat - A Sabbath of Communal Offerings

This is an alternative, free-form, Friday night experience that is Jewish in content and feeling.
Each Korban Shabbat is determined by the offerings brought by those present, including but not limited to music, readings, movement and meditations. Through our offerings and willing engagement, we create a holy community, one in which G-d's presence is brought close. ALL ARE WELCOME! You don’t need an offering to attend. LEARN MORE.

What to Expect:
• Beginners in all areas are welcomed and encouraged.

• Sitting on floor cushions and benches. Wear comfortable clothing.

• Geared towards grown-ups and mature teens – for ages 16 and older.

• A safe space that is open, respectful and conducive to sharing.

DATE: Fourth Fridays, each month.
The OFFER service on November 23 was moved to November 30, in light of the Thanksgiving holiday
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Makom Sholom
Please join us directly following the service for a casual meal & cocktails in the Rainbow Courtyard & Main Meeting Room. PLEASE RSVP

If you are interested in making an offering at an upcoming Korban Shabbat, we want to hear from you! While there is a spontaneity to the evening, the offerings are scheduled in advance, rather than on the spot. Let Alana Ain or Karen Benjamin know if you're interested in giving a Korban offering at our next service. CONTACT ORGANIZERS

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LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

LISTEN Kabbalat Shabbat

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Join Rabbi Ain and Yoel Kohn and Judith Berkson for LISTEN Friday Night at Congregation Beth Sholom.

Yoel Kohn is a virtuoso singer and an expert on "Golden Age" cantorial music of the early 20th century. He is the son of a renowned Satmar Chassidic prayer leader, and brings this cultural perspective to his pursuit of artistry while pursuing a path outside of his birth community. See Yoel perform for a crowd of Chassidic fans, from whom he still receives invitations to perform.

Judith Berkson is a brilliant singer, a wonderful interpreter of lider, and an avant-garde composer who has collaborated with artists including Kronos Quartet and Anthony Coleman. Unlike contemporary cantors trained in the liberal movement seminary schools, Berkson’s interest in cantorial music is primarily driven by a revivalist interest in classic Jewish records from the early 20th century, putting her in the company of cantorial revivalists who are predominantly ultra-Orthodox men. See Judith perform at the Center for Jewish History in New York.

These two very different voices addressing the same classic cantorial music canon offer a striking view into contemporary approaches to Jewish liturgical sound. 

DATE: Friday, November 16
TIME: 6:30 p.m. Kiddush to follow.
PLACE: Gronowski Family Chapel
COST: Free! All are welcome.

PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING

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