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Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one is a central moment in the life of every individual or family. If you or someone you love is suffering from a terminal illness, CBS clergy are available for counseling and guidance. Our clergy are also committed to assisting and guiding families through the process of death and bereavement as much as a family wishes.


Our Jewish bereavement process is time-tested (over millenia!). Shemira (caring for and watching over the deceased until burial), the funeral, sitting shiva (the week-long mourning period following the death of a close relative), the year of mourning, yahrzeits (the annual remembrance of your loved one’s death) — these Jewish rituals of death and bereavement help guide us toward healing and through terrible moments of loss. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism has prepared this comprehensive guide to Jewish funeral practice which serves as a helpful reference.


When a loved one dies, please email the CBS office. We will discuss what kind of bereavement rituals you wish to observe, and put you in touch with the wonderful staff at Sinai Memorial Chapel. Additionally, offers a selection of tools and resources to help you honor and commemorate your departed loved ones. If you would like to have the name of a deceased loved one inscribed on our Sanctuary’s beautiful yahrzeit wall, please complete this form and return it to the CBS office via email or in person.

Blessing the Terminally Ill
Many people are unaware of the Jewish ritual of vidui, a prayer said by someone who is likely approaching the moment of death. Our clergy are available to help someone recite the vidui, or to recite it over a person in the presence of family. While the ability to face the onset of death openly varies among individuals, please know that you can call on us to discuss this and other matters

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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.

Minyan Holiday Schedule:

The morning minyan meets at 8 a.m. on the following national holidays:

January 1; MLK Day; Presidents’ Day; Memorial Day; July 4; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; December 25

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.