Congregation Beth Sholom’s Community Interest Groups
Our Jewish ethos — the powerful trilogy of Torah study, tzedakah (giving), and tefillah (prayer) — motivates us to practice tikkun ha’olam (healing the world) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness). It’s not about what we say or believe, but what we do.
Some of Congregation Beth Sholom’s community groups are impelled by this Jewish imperative of social action, whereas other groups bring members together to learn, expand their perspectives, have fun, or just relax.
ACHSHAV YISRAELAchshav Yisrael provides quality programming about Israel to CBS and the broader community. Achshav Yisrael programs are open to all age groups and occur approximately five times each year. The programming committee intends to create a safe space at CBS for thoughtful community exploration of Israel.
When: Periodically, approx. 5 times/year
Where: Various locations, CBS
Next Program: January 28, 3 p.m.
Social Divisions & Politics In Israel
Contact: Eileen Auerbach
CHICKEN SOUPERSPreparing and delivering kosher meals to people with AIDS, chronic illness, disabilities, and those who are homebound. This is an excellent opportunity to perform gemilut hasadim (“the giving of loving-kindness”), and a deeply meaningful way for you to get involved!
When: One Sunday a month –
9 a.m., cooking; 3:30 p.m., delivery
Where: CBS Kitchen
Next Date: January 21 Contact: Judy Leash or Debra Surkin Perloff
Fees: No fee
CBS BOOK CLUB FOR KIDSWe have two age-specific book clubs for kids! One is designed for children in Grades 5–6, and focuses on Jewish historical fiction. The other is for kids in Grades 7–9 who enjoy reading and discussing adolescent literature that explores the Jewish experience in different times and places. Participants engage in a facilitated discussion with Book Club leader Howard Freedman (Director of the Jewish Community Library) and, often, they connect with the author of the book they have read via Skype.
Where: Various locations
Grades 5 – 6, TBD (summer hiatus)
Grades 7 – 9, TBD (summer hiatus)
Grades 5 – 6, TBD
Grades 7 – 9, TBD
Contact: Elin Cohen
Fees: $10 for the program/dinner OR 15$ for the
program/dinner and a copy of the book (available
for pickup at CBS)
CBS PARENTS BOOK CLUBA 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, Saturday mornings 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: Boardroom, CBS
Next Meeting: January 27
Next Book: A Trumpet in the Wadi, by Sami Michael
Contact: Elin Cohen
Fees: No fee
WOMEN’S BOOK CLUBA place to meet and discuss books of Jewish and general interest. Books are generally written by Jewish authors, or are popular novels or works of nonfiction. Readings are selected based on group interest, book availability, author, and topic.
When: Third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Rabin Library
Next Meeting: January 18
The Septembers of Shiraz,
by Dalia Sofer
Contact: Jean Tepper Segal
Fees: No fee
DR. ERNEST M. WEITZ BREAKFAST CLUBThe Dr. Ernest M. Weitz Breakfast Club is a quarterly breakfast gathering featuring a thought-provoking guest speaker. The Club is dedicated to increasing knowledge of contemporary Jewish issues and ideas. Many of the speakers are leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community.
When: Three breakfasts each year, Sunday mornings
at 9 a.m.
Where: Koret Hall
Next Meeting: January 28
Next Speaker: Dan Pine
Contact: Beth Jones
Fees: $40 per year for an individual, $80 for a couple,
or $15 per meeting. Checks payable to: Congregation
Beth Sholom (please write “Dr. Ernest M. Breakfast Club
Dues” in the note section)
CBS SOFTBALL TEAMCBS is an active participant in BATS, a Jewish softball league consisting of teams from six synagogues. Games are played in south Marin or San Francisco every other Sunday during the softball seasons. Teams are coed and players must be 18 or older. This league is more about fun and camaraderie than competitiveness.
When: 8 game seasons in spring and fall, playing every
other Sunday afternoon
Upcoming Games: Fall season underway
Where: Diamonds in Marin & SF (details shared w/ players)
Contact: Steven Baruch
Fees: No charge aside from $25 club shirt.
CBS KEVAH LEARNING GROUPSKevah enables individuals to get together with friends and new friends in private homes to create an intimate Jewish learning community described as “more a conversation than a class.” Each Kevah group is led by an outstanding Jewish educator from the region. CBS currently has five active Kevah groups, each representing a different demographic or topical focus. If you are interested in joining an existing CBS Kevah group or learning more about creating a Kevah group of your own, please reach out to us!
When: Various times; depends on group
Where: Various congregant homes
Next Meeting Time: Various times; depends on group
Contact: Sonia Daccarett
Fees: Variable, depending on group