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Services

CBS offers inspiring traditional religious services as well as new and affecting alternatives. All of our services are welcoming and conducted with joy, deep feeling, and humor.


THE SERVICES

Daily Minyan
Twice daily, we join as one in the intimate Gronowski Family Chapel and carry on our rich tradition of communal worship.

Beth Sholom is the only congregation in San Francisco and Marin that gathers twice daily, every day! We do so because we want to be there for every

We Aspire to Create something special together as a community, to be there for one another along the way.

person who wants to pray or mourn, recite Kaddish, or recall the anniversary of a loved one’s passing with communal support.

Our morning minyan takes place at 7 a.m., Monday – Friday, and at 8 a.m. on Sundays. The morning minyan also gathers at 8 a.m. on the following national holidays: January 1; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Presidents’ Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; and December 25.

Our evening minyan is at 6 p.m., Sunday – Thursday. On Saturday evenings, Shabbat Mincha or Ma’ariv services occur at 5 p.m. from November – March (PST), and Shabbat Mincha services occur at 6 p.m. from March – October (DST).
 
Kabbalat Shabbat
Shabbat is a gift, an opportunity to transition from the realm of the mundane to the sacred, to set aside weekday pressures – our overfull email Inboxes, our “to do” lists – and to rejuvenate our spirits, reconnect with family and friends, and reflect upon what is most meaningful in life.

Each Friday, at 6:30 p.m., we gather to welcome Shabbat.

Kabbalat Shabbat services at Beth Sholom are generally casual; sneakers and jeans are more common than suits and starched shirts. The warmth of Beth Sholom’s Gronowski Family Chapel enhances the mood, and the experience is as haimish (Yiddish for unpretentious and friendly) as it is affecting.
 
Shabbat Morning
Shabbat morning services are held every Saturday at 9 a.m., and take place in the heart of the CBS community, our Sanctuary. The dramatic space was designed with the layout of early synagogues in mind, which encouraged worshippers to daven (pray) in a more communal way. The seating area of the Sanctuary sweeps up in an arc to the north and south of the bimah so that congregants face one another as well as the service leaders, thereby bringing the entire community together in song and prayer.

Every Shabbat service is followed by a community Kiddush in Koret Hall.
 

TORAH READINGS

Our congregation reads from the Torah every Shabbat. We pride ourselves on being one of the few non-Orthodox congregations that retains the integrity of the traditional Torah service by conducting a full reading (K’riat HaTorah). We also read the haftarah on Shabbat morning. In addition, the Torah is read during morning minyan on Mondays and Thursdays.

Contact: To sign up for Torah or haftarah reading, please email Owen Leibman.
 

YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES

PJ Shabbat
On select Friday evenings at 5:30 p.m., we invite families with young children to join us for a vibrant Kabbalat Shabbat service. Newborns through six years old will be most engaged, but older siblings are encouraged to join in the fun…and everyone can wear their pajamas (even parents)!

Families participate in singing, music, dancing, and blessings led by Rabbi Glazer and popular Bay Area performer, Jonathan Bayer. The interactive service allows even our youngest participants to experience the joy of Shabbat in a warm, welcoming setting. Families will also learn some of the basic rituals they can use to enhance their own Shabbat and other holiday observances at home. All PJ Shabbat services are followed by a community dinner hosted by one of the CBS Family Preschool classes and catered by a local restaurant.
 
Family Shabbat
We invite you and your family to kick off Shabbat morning with our joyful Family Shabbat!

Join renowned Bay Area songsters Isaac Zones and Jonathan Bayer for a musical, interactive, and educational Shabbat service. This high-energy, 30-minute prayer service builds a solid foundation for learning the weekly Shabbat morning service. Jonathan and Isaac use instruments, rhythm, and new melodies to engage the congregation and Rabbi Glazer provides a developmentally appropriate d’var on the week’s Torah portion. The Family Shabbat service complements our traditional Shabbat service; together, they create an especially rewarding Shabbat experience.

Services are held at 9 a.m. in the Gronowski Family Chapel, and take place every Shabbat morning that our Shabbat School is in session. Please refer to our Shabbat School calendar for specific dates.
 

PARTICIPATION

We strive to be welcoming and accessible to all members of our community. We value active and full participation regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or age.
 

PARKING

Street parking is available for all services.
 

SHABBAT MORNING CHILDCARE

Free childcare is available on Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Please note that this service is unavailable during some holiday weekends; contact the CBS office to confirm.)
 

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

The core teachings and wisdom of Judaism are found in the Jewish holidays – slavery and freedom, sin and restitution, assimilation and survival, work and rest, and, above all, the celebration of life. By participating in holiday observations, we feel, live, and experience Jewish history, learn fundamental Jewish values, and gain insight from classic Jewish texts and their modern interpretations.

Major or minor, all of the Jewish holidays are observed at Congregation Beth Sholom. From Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot to Pesach, Shavuot, and everything in between, we invite you to revel in our beautiful and powerful tradition. At CBS, we highlight each holiday’s unique feeling, music, and spiritual influence, and connect the meaning of the holiday to our contemporary lives.
 

TEACHINGS

At Beth Sholom, we are dedicated to teaching and learning, and are committed to making the richness of Torah relevant to our modern lives. Our leaders engage deeply with the Torah, and provide teaching for every age group. We help our members interact with Torah through a traditional lens, but also seek new perspectives.

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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.

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Donate

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.


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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)

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Shabbat
School

Shabbat School Schedule

Thursdays (2nd-7th grade),

4 - 6 p.m.

Saturdays (K-6th grade),

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Contact

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

Address:
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.

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