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.
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: May 21 Contact: Judy Leash or Debra Surkin Perloff
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: May 18
Next Book: American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
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: June 11
Next Speaker: TBD
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 from April through July. 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: Spring season to start April 23
Where: Diamonds in Marin & SF (details shared w/ players)
Contact: Steven Baruch
Fees: No charge aside from $25 club shirt.
CBS BOOK CLUB FOR KIDSThis year, we have two different book clubs for kids! One is designed for children in Grades 4 and 5, and focuses on Jewish historical fiction. The other is for kids in Grades 6 – 8 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 leaders and the author of the book they have read. Dinner is served.
Where: Various locations
Grades 4 & 5, Thursday, May 4
Grades 6 – 8, TBD
Grades 4 & 5, Black Radishes, by Susan Lynn Meyer
Grades 6 – 8, 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
Where: Boardroom, CBS
Next Meeting: May 6, 9:30 a.m.
Next Book: Between Friends, by Amos Oz
Contact: Elin Cohen
Fees: No fee
ACHSHAV YISRAELAchshav Yisrael’s mission is to provide quality programming about Israel to CBS and the broader community. Achshav Yisrael programs are open to all age groups and will occur on a regular basis. We intend to create a safe space at CBS for community exploration of Israel.
When: Periodically, approx. 5 times/year
Where: Various locations, CBS
Next Program: May 7, 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Eileen Auerbach
Fees: Each program is ticketed
CBS YOUTH & TEEN GROUPSCBS youth and teen groups offer young community members a great way to explore Judaism and Jewish identity in a fun and social environment with their peers.
Kadima (Grades 5 – 8) is the international youth organization for Jewish pre-teens, sponsored by United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Activities include games, sports, social action, and learning about Jewish culture.
USY (Grades 9 – 12), which is also affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, inspires Jewish teens across North America to explore, celebrate, and practice Jewish ethics and values, while instilling in them a deep bond to the State of Israel and a sense of community responsibility. In the process, the teens also learn more about life, friendship, religion, and leadership.
Madrichim (Grades 9 – 12) Our very successful Madrichim program gives teens the opportunity to learn as they assist younger students with their own learning. Teens are eligible for compensation for their work.
Contact: David Agam
Fees: No fee for Kadima, Madrichim, and Hot Topics for Teens; USY has an annual cost of $50/teen for CBS members and $100/teen for non-members — these fees cover the cost of both Regional and International dues
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