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Lifelong Learning

Congregation Beth Sholom offers classes, casual learning opportunities, and social gatherings for adults designed to bring Jewish values, culture, rituals, and texts into our everyday lives. We expand our social and cultural horizons with visiting Jewish scholars, professors, Judaic art and photography exhibits, Jewish authors, political pundits, artists, journalists, rabbis, and more.

In addition, Beth Sholom plays a proactive role in the Bay Area Jewish community, partnering with other Jewish and community-based organizations to co-sponsor special lecture events, cultural and political presentations, and more.



On Thursday mornings in March 2017, Rabbi Glazer offered the four-session From Tiberias With Love: Letters of Spiritual Direction from 1777 Community in Eretz Yisrael. No knowledge of Hebrew was required. Click here to learn more about this popular mini-course, which may resume later in the year.

When: Future classes TBD
Where: Boardroom
Cost: Free  


Our impressive line-up of teachers wrestles with some of the exciting and challenging questions of modern Jewish philosophy! Can there be such a thing as a Jewish philosophy, or a philosophy of Judaism? How have Jewish traditions participated in the philosophical canon or in philosophical questioning in modern times? How do Judaism and philosophy relate to the broader question of the modern relationship of ethics, religion, and theology to philosophy? Different sections taught by various leaders. Details about recent semesters of this award-winning series can be found here and here.

When: Future classes TBD
Where: Boardroom
Cost: Free for CBS members; otherwise variable

INTRO TO JUDAISM: Learning for the Mind, Heart, & Soul

Jew-Curious? Interested in converting to Judaism? Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code? Calling all potential conversion students and interfaith couples!

Our engaging, university-accredited Intro To Judaism course is interactive and encourages questions, discussion, and hands-on learning. No knowledge of Hebrew is required, but you will learn to read the language as part of the class. Resumes in Fall 2018.

Final information on our Introduction to Judaism course is being updated and is coming soon. Please check back in a few weeks for updated information.

When: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Boardroom
Dates: Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 11, May 9
Cost: TBD
Some financial aid and payment options are available — CBS is committed to never turning people away. For more information, contact email Amanda Russell or call us at 415-221-8736.  


Thematic halachic teachings from Maimonides to Rav Kook. No knowledge of Hebrew is required. Taught by Rabbi Glazer.

When: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, after morning minyan
Where: Boardroom
Cost: Free  


Join our pilgrimage through the 150 psalms, from the heart and through the mind. Each week a different psalm is studied. The text is easily accessible, but the issues are full of complexity. No knowledge of Hebrew is required and refreshments are served. Taught by Rabbi Glazer.

When: Every Shabbat afternoon, 5 p.m.
Where: Boardroom
Cost: Free  


Our Talmud study students learn as a group and at times in havruta (with partners). Participants meet weekly for dinner and study. No knowledge of Hebrew is required, but a willingness to learn some vocabulary helps. Led by Henry Hollander.

When: Every Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Main Meeting Room
Cost: Free  

For more information on our adult education offerings, please email the synagogue office.

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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.


Donate Online

Make a donation to Beth Sholom online. If you have any questions or require assistance, please email Beth Jones.


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

Facility Rental

Celebrate your most important life events at Beth Sholom!

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

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