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Community Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael is hosting an event! The Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 – 5:30 p.m., at CBS. On May 14, 1948, the Jewish leadership, headed by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, announced the establishment of the State of Israel as the homeland of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/community-yom-haatzmaut-celebration-2/ Continue Reading...

Membership Survey Results Meeting — Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m

Join us online on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. for a video conference presentation and analysis of the results of the membership survey that was conducted in December, 2017 (nearly 200 of you participated). The findings will be presented via Zoom video conference by David Ginsberg, a CBS congregant and Director of User Experience […] http://bethsholomsf.org/membership-survey-results-meeting-monday-april-23-at-730-p-m/ Continue Reading...

CBS HaLuach, April 19 – 25

Beth Sholom this week. Did you miss the email version of our HaLuach newsletter? Are you not on our mailing list, but you’re interested in learning more about what’s happening at Beth Sholom this week? To read the online version of our April 19-25 HaLuach, please click here. http://bethsholomsf.org/cbs-haluach-april-19-25/ Continue Reading...

Tazria / Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33

Debate still abounds as to how best translate the key terms tumah and taharah — signatures of Leviticus (see, for example, Chapter 12). Purity and impurity? Ritual fitness or exclusion? Death and rebirth? I continue to return to the inspired translation of theologian Rachel Adler, who teaches that tumah and taharah are best rendered as […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tazria-metzora-leviticus-121-1533-2/ Continue Reading...

CBS HaLuach, April 12 – 18

Beth Sholom this week. Did you miss the email version of our HaLuach newsletter? Are you not on our mailing list, but you’re interested in learning more about what’s happening at Beth Sholom this week? To read the online version of our April 12-18 HaLuach, please click here. http://bethsholomsf.org/cbs-haluach-april-12-18/ Continue Reading...

Shemini — Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47

You are what you eat, so they say. But more importantly, as Jews, we eat only in the context of creation. In this week’s reading, Shemini, aside from Aaron’s mysterious silence in the face of his sons’ immolation, we are drawn into the distinctions conveyed through our dietary laws. The laws of kashrut are commanded, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shemini-leviticus-91-1147-3/ Continue Reading...

CBS HaLuach, April 5 – 10

Beth Sholom this week. Did you miss the email version of our HaLuach newsletter? Are you not on our mailing list, but you’re interested in learning more about what’s happening at Beth Sholom this week? To read the online version of our March 15 – 21 HaLuach, please click here. http://bethsholomsf.org/cbs-haluach-april-5-10/ Continue Reading...

Community Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael is hosting an event! The Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 – 5:30 p.m., at CBS. On May 14, 1948, the Jewish leadership, headed by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, announced the establishment of the State of Israel as the homeland of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/community-yom-haatzmaut-celebration/ Continue Reading...

Pesach

“Roots, man — we’re talking about Jewish roots, you want to know more? Check on Elijah the prophet. … yeah — these are my roots, I suppose. Am I looking for them? … I ain’t looking for them in synagogues … I can tell you that much.” — Bob Dylan, 1983 Is the Messiah a […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pesach/ Continue Reading...

Tzav — Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36

The Greek diplomat, Solon (638-558 BCE) once remarked: “Learn to obey before you command.“ What is the relationship between obedience and commandedness [t’zivui] and how does it affect our relationship to sacral duties [mitzvot]? From hearing the calling to obeying the command [tzav], Moses, Aaron, and Aaron’s sons all receive the divine command regarding their […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tzav-leviticus-61-836-3/ Continue Reading...