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Meiketz — Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

What happens when you are beyond eye-view? To be beyond eye-view is to fall into oblivion and be forgotten. Recall how Joseph was cast away by his brothers earlier in the narrative, thrown into that “empty pit [bor]; there was no water in it!” (Genesis 37:34). In prison, Joseph is also trapped in the emptiness […] http://bethsholomsf.org/meiketz-genesis-411-4417-3/ Continue Reading...

Member Profile : Mark & Jenny Bernstein

Today, we invite you to meet (or reconnect) with congregants Mark & Jenny Bernstein. How long have you been members of Beth Sholom? Mark: Approximately 18 years. Jenny: About 40 years. How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Mark: Since 1989. Jenny: I’m a San Francisco native. Mark, where are you from originally? […] http://bethsholomsf.org/community-member-profile-mark-jenny-bernstein/ Continue Reading...

Social Divisions & Politics In Israel

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael program! “Social Divisions & Politics In Israel” will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3 – 5 p.m., in Koret hall. Achshav Yisrael presents Professor Michael Shalev, a visiting professor and political scientist at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. He is also […] http://bethsholomsf.org/social-divisions-politics-in-israel/ Continue Reading...

Light It Up!

Join the CBS community in Koret Hall on Thursday, December 14, 2017,from 5:30 – 8 p.m. to mark The Festival of Lights! The candles will be burning bright at Beth Sholom as we celebrate the third night of Hanukkah together! Our annual Hanukkah celebration is always a joyous party, but this year we’re turning it […] http://bethsholomsf.org/light-it-up-2/ Continue Reading...

Announcing Valor Grrrls Kabbalat Shabbat !

Kabbalat Shabbat means “welcoming the Sabbath.” More specifically, the Jewish mystics conceived of the Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat service as a welcoming of “the Sabbath bride,” the Shechinah, or feminine aspect of the Divine. Our new Valor Grrrls Kabbalat Shabbat musical service celebrates this intrinsic feminine nature of Kabbalat Shabbat by spotlighting the music of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/announcing-valor-grrrls-kabbalat-shabbat/ Continue Reading...

Americana Jam Band Returns!

Americana is a cholent – a rich stew – of diverse musical dialects and perspectives, including folk, bluegrass, country, soul, gospel, rock, and more. Like the Jewish experience, though, Americana’s disparate elements work in unison to create an original sound and story that we recognize as specifically American. Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/americana-jam-band-returns/ Continue Reading...

Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat Is Back!

CBS is proud to announce the return of Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat, a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service that provides its many participants with a transformative experience that is as moving as it is joyful. Led by Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, the Shir Hashirim Ensemble – Hazzan Richard Kaplan, violinist Lila Sklar, and Sheldon Brown (on clarinet, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/fusion-friday-kabbalat-shabbat-is-back/ Continue Reading...

Vayeishev — Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

While quantum cosmologists claim there is no causation within the universe, we do not necessarily need a Hubble telescope to see how often life seems to overflow with an irreducible disorder and chaos. In our own family dynamic, for example, there is no shortage of jealousy, sibling rivalry, preferential treatment – all so integral to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayeishev-genesis-371-4023-3/ Continue Reading...

Yermiyahu Ramos’ Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Yermiyahu Ramos, but you can call me Yehry. I am a seventh grader at James Lick Middle School and my favorite subject is Spanish. I love to play all kinds of sports, but I most enjoy playing soccer with my friends after school. This Saturday, December 9, I will be called […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yermiyahu-ramos/ Continue Reading...

Vayishlach — Genesis 32:4–36:43

In our ongoing quest for wholeness in life, sometimes we feel instead as though we’ve become more broken than we were at the outset. Laban sees this in his analysis of Jacob when he suggests, in last week’s parsha, “you were longing for your father’s house.” (Genesis 31:30). If Jacob was indeed that ambiguous about […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayishlach-genesis-324-3643-2/ Continue Reading...