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Esther Lopez’s Bat Mitzvah

Shalom!  My name is Esther Lopez and I am a rising 8th grader at The Brandeis School.  My favorite things to do are sing, dance, spend time with my friends, and binge watch Netflix shows. I am so excited to share my special day with you!  Becoming a bat mitzvah raised a lot of confusing […] http://bethsholomsf.org/esther-lopezs-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Chukat — Numbers 19:1 – 22:1

“The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.” I am often struck by the prescience of 19th-century German sociologist Max Weber, author of the influential The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (1904-05). Notwithstanding the “disenchantment” that ensues in modernity with the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/chukat-numbers-191-221-3/ Continue Reading...

CBS HaLuach, June 14 – 20

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 get on the mailing list, just email communications@bethsholomsf.org. To read the online version of our June 14-20 HaLuach, please […] http://bethsholomsf.org/cbs-haluach-june-14-20/ Continue Reading...

Korah — Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

During a brief visit to Dublin, the birthplace of Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854), I was struck by the author, playwright, and poet’s quick wit and keen observations about human nature. Wilde once quipped that, “Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.” Torah, on the other hand, teaches […] http://bethsholomsf.org/korah-numbers-161-1832-3/ Continue Reading...

Dr. Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club

Please join us for the upcoming Dr. Ernst M. Weitz Breakfast Club event! The speaker will be Alon Shalev, Western Regional Manager of AJWS (American Jewish World Service). Alon will be speaking on Statelessness, Refugees & the Rohingya. This presentation is a call to action. Massive crimes against humanity are occurring against the Rohingya people […] http://bethsholomsf.org/dr-ernest-m-weitz-breakfast-club/ Continue Reading...

CBS HaLuach, June 7 – 13

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 get on the mailing list, just email communications@bethsholomsf.org. To read the online version of our June 7-13 HaLuach, please […] http://bethsholomsf.org/cbs-haluach-june-7-13/ Continue Reading...

Wexner Heritage Program participants

Two of our congregants, Angie Dalfen and Joan Laguatan, were just selected to participate in the Wexner Heritage Program! The mission of the Wexner Heritage Program is to expand the vision of Jewish volunteer leaders, deepen their Jewish knowledge and confidence and inspire them to exercise transformative leadership in the Jewish community. The program fulfills this […] http://bethsholomsf.org/wexner-heritage-program-participants/ Continue Reading...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

“Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded.” This remark by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities, is indeed curious – and it has theological implications. In a wired, connected world in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shelach-lecha-numbers-131-1541-2/ Continue Reading...

Talya Sahara Glazer’s Bat Mitzvah

DATE: Monday, June 4 TIME: 7-8 a.m., followed by a Kiddush breakfast sponsored by CBS. We would love to have you join us at this family simcha. Please RSVP. Shalom. My name is Talya Glazer and I love to dance. I take jazz funk and hip hop at Geary Dance Center. I love living in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/talya-glazers-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Zinnia Estes’ Bat Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Zinnia Estes. I am just finishing 7th grade at Presidio Middle School. My Bat Mitzvah has been a stressful, crazy, exciting process. I can’t believe I was three when I first entered the Congregation Beth Shalom community as a preschooler. After preschool, I started going to Hebrew school every week and […] http://bethsholomsf.org/zinnia-estes-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...