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Beha’alotecha – Numbers 8:1 – 12:16

How does ritual allow for the building of community practice? Ongoing commitment to communal ritual requires trust. Another key for community building I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) while on the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is mutual trust. It is defined as the “willingness of individuals to join […] http://bethsholomsf.org/behaalotecha-numbers-81-1216-3/ Continue Reading...

Naso – Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

A key community building lesson I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel, is the importance of Belonging – a sense that “this is mine,” a feeling of ownership and full inclusion in a group that allows “a community to become part of the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/naso-numbers-421-789-2/ Continue Reading...

Americana Jam Band

Americana is a cholent – a rich stew – of diverse musical dialects and perspectives, including folk, bluegrass, country, soul, gospel, rock, and more. Like the Jewish experience, though, Americana’s disparate elements work in unison to create an original sound and story that we recognize as specifically American. Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/americana-jam-band/ Continue Reading...

Americana Jam Band Returns!

Americana is a cholent – a rich stew – of diverse musical dialects and perspectives, including folk, bluegrass, country, soul, gospel, rock, and more. Like the Jewish experience, though, Americana’s disparate elements work in unison to create an original sound and story that we recognize as specifically American. Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/americana-jam-band-returns/ Continue Reading...

Announcing Valor Grrrls Kabbalat Shabbat !

Kabbalat Shabbat means “welcoming the Sabbath.” More specifically, the Jewish mystics conceived of the Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat service as a welcoming of “the Sabbath bride,” the Shechinah, or feminine aspect of the Divine. Our new Valor Grrrls Kabbalat Shabbat musical service celebrates this intrinsic feminine nature of Kabbalat Shabbat by spotlighting the music of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/announcing-valor-grrrls-kabbalat-shabbat/ Continue Reading...

VayakhelPekudei — Exodus 35:1 – 40:38

The genius of every design by Steve Jobs (1955-2011) was an ability to understand what his community of users really wanted. Jobs was single-minded, and at times ruthless, in directing his designers to respond to community, to “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Community is founded upon shared values and built upon […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayakhel-exodus-351-3820-3/ Continue Reading...

Member Profile : Willy Waks

Today, we invite you to meet (or reconnect) with congregant Willy Waks. * * * * * How long have you been a member of Beth Sholom? Six years. How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Five-and-a-half years now. Where are you from originally? France, then Israel, then Dallas. That’s the short version, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/member-profile-willy-waks/ Continue Reading...

Leilah Goode’s Bat Mitzvah

Hello. My name is Leilah Goode. I am a seventh grader at Claire Lilienthal Middle School. I love playing soccer, going to pop concerts, watching movies, and hanging out with my friends in addition to exploring all that San Francisco has to offer. In Parashat Bo (“Go!”), God commands Moses to “Go to Pharaoh” to […] http://bethsholomsf.org/leilah-goodes-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Micah Mangot’s Bat Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Micah Mangot. I am a seventh grader at Herbert Hoover Middle School. I enjoy reading, hanging out with my friends, singing, watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my family, and swimming. In Parashat Va’eira, on God’s instruction, Moses asks Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. Pharaoh refuses and God turns […] http://bethsholomsf.org/micah-mangots-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Member Profile : Mark & Jenny Bernstein

Today, we invite you to meet (or reconnect) with congregants Mark & Jenny Bernstein. How long have you been members of Beth Sholom? Mark: Approximately 18 years. Jenny: About 40 years. How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Mark: Since 1989. Jenny: I’m a San Francisco native. Mark, where are you from originally? […] http://bethsholomsf.org/community-member-profile-mark-jenny-bernstein/ Continue Reading...