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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.


Preparing 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: July 16
Contact: Judy Leash or Debra Surkin Perloff
Fees: No fee



A book club for all readers: men, women, students, and teenagers.

When: One Sunday a month –
9:30 a.m. (after morning minyan)
Where: Rabin Library
Next Meeting: TBD
Next Book: TBD
Contacts: Stuart Blecher & Howard Gordon
Fees: No fee



A 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: July 20
Next Book: In The Darkroom, by Susan Faludi
Contact: Jean Tepper Segal
Fees: No fee



The 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: TBD (summer hiatus)
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 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: Fall season coming up
Where: Diamonds in Marin & SF (details shared w/ players)
Contact:  Steven Baruch
Fees: No charge aside from $25 club shirt.


This 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.

When: Variable
Where: Various locations
Next Meeting:
Grades 4 & 5, TBD (summer hiatus)
Grades 6 – 8, TBD (summer hiatus)
Next Book:
Grades 4 & 5, TBD
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)


A 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: TBD (summer hiatus)
Next Book: TBD
Contact:  Elin Cohen
Fees: No fee


Achshav 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: TBD (summer hiatus)
Contact:  Eileen Auerbach
Fees: Variable


CBS youth and teen groups offer young community members a great way to explore Judaism and Jewish identity in a fun, 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. For more, click here.

SFUSY (Grades 9 – 12) is part of the New Frontier Region of USY, the teen youth group of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. USY 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. For more, click here.

Madrichim (Grades 9 – 12) Our very successful Madrichim program gives teens the opportunity to continue their own learning as they assist with the instruction of younger students. Teens are eligible for compensation for their work.

Contact: David Agam
Fees: Dues structure detailed here.



Kevah 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

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Sponsor a Kiddush

It has become a tradition to sponsor a Kiddush luncheon in honor of a simcha or special celebration.

For more information, email Jane Sykes.



If you need assistance in making a contribution to CBS, please contact Beth Jones, Director of Membership & Development, at 415.940.7092.

For online donors who wish to designate a particular CBS fund or make their gift in memory/honor of a particular individual, please complete the "Add special instructions for donation" field on the online donation form.


Service times

Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Shabbat Morning Service

Saturday, 9 a.m.


Morning Minyan

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m.


Evening Minyan

Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m.

Saturday, 5 p.m., November - March (PST)
Saturday, 6 p.m., March - October (DST)



Shabbat School Schedule

Thursdays (2nd-7th grade),

4 - 6 p.m.

Saturdays (K-6th grade),

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


For general inquiries or life cycle events, please email our main office or call 415.221.8736.

301 14th Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94118

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We accommodate both large and intimate gatherings, ranging from 50 - 400 attendees.

For more information or to schedule a tour, email Beth Jones.