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Spiritual Practice

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.

Daily Minyan
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

We Aspire to Create something special together as a community, to be there for one another along the way.

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.
Kabbalat 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.

Each Friday, at 6:30 p.m., we gather to welcome Shabbat.

Kabbalat Shabbat services at Beth Sholom are casual; come as you are! The warmth of Beth Sholom’s Gronowski Family Chapel enhances the mood, and the experience is as haimish (Yiddish for unpretentious and friendly) as it is affecting.
Shabbat Morning
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.


PJ Shabbat
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 Rabbi Ain 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!
Family Shabbat
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, and Rabbi Ain help facilitate many of these high-spirited services. In addition to gleaning new insights into Torah from Rabbi Ain and Amanda, 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 Shalom 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.


Free childcare is available on Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Please note that this service is unavailable during some holiday weekends; contact the CBS office to confirm.)


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 tradition. At CBS, we highlight each holiday’s unique feeling, music, and spiritual influence, and connect the meaning of the holiday to our contemporary lives.


At Beth Sholom, 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.

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Sponsor a Kiddush

It has become a tradition to sponsor a Kiddush luncheon in honor of a simcha or special celebration.

For more information, email Jane Sykes.


Donate Online

Make a donation to Beth Sholom online. If you have any questions or require assistance, please email Beth Jones.


Service times

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, 9 a.m.

Morning Minyan

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m.

Minyan Holiday Schedule:

The morning minyan meets at 8 a.m. on the following national holidays:

January 1; MLK Day; Presidents’ Day; Memorial Day; July 4; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; December 25

Evening Minyan

Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 5 p.m., November - March (PST)
Saturday, 6 p.m., March - October (DST)



Shabbat School Schedule

Thursdays (2nd-7th grade),

4 - 6 p.m.

Saturdays (K-6th grade),

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


For general inquiries or life cycle events, please email our main office or call 415.221.8736.

301 14th Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94118

Facility Rental

Celebrate your most important life events at Beth Sholom!

We accommodate both large and intimate gatherings, ranging from 50 - 400 attendees.

For more information or to schedule a tour, email Beth Jones.