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Tisha B’av: A Meaningful Fast

Thumb_Rand1Av By the numbers, fewer and fewer non-Orthodox Jews are fasting for Tisha B’Av. Some even argue that we shouldn’t fast! We hope to provide you with an opportunity to reconnect with the meaning and power of the Ninth of Av. Please join CBS and Makor Or for a moving evening of meditation, reflection, and what […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tisha-bav-a-meaningful-fast/ Continue Reading...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37

Thumb CBS is delighted to announce that we are co-sponsoring four films in this year’s 37th SF Jewish Film Festival! The oldest Jewish film festival in the world is back! This highly regarded festival runs from July 20 to August 6, and we invite you to check out as many movies as you can. If you […] http://bethsholomsf.org/san-francisco-jewish-film-festival-37/ Continue Reading...

Matot / Massei — Numbers 30:2 – 36:13

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Massei Parashat Matot The final of the four tangible ways of measuring the intangibles of intentional community that I learned with Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman (Oranim College of Education) during the Rabin Bay Area Leadership Mission to Israel is Meaningfulness: “My uniqueness is an important resource and influence for the group.” As we read this week in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/matot-massei-numbers-302-3613/ Continue Reading...

Pinhas — Numbers 25:10 – 30:1

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Pinhas “No matter how small a religion is, there will always be people within it who find some reason to break away and make it even smaller, a process that, of necessity, ultimately means conflict.“ This comment was offered by Reza Aslan, controversial sociologist of religion and host of Believer. So do we accept that belief […] http://bethsholomsf.org/pinhas-numbers-2510-301-2/ Continue Reading...

Balak — Numbers 22:2 – 25:9

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Balak “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.“ Eleanor Roosevelt (b.1884) was one of the most outspoken women on human rights and women’s issues in the White House during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, her husband. This week, in Parashat Balak from the prophet Balaam, who was commissioned to curse the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/balak-numbers-222-259-2/ Continue Reading...

A Conversation With Ephraim Margolin

Ephraim-Margolin-768x576 On Saturday afternoon, June 10, following a delicious community kiddush lunch, the Achshav Yisrael committee of CBS presented “Witness To The Birth Of Israel: An Interview With Ephraim Margolin.” Although the special Shabbat afternoon program could not be photographed, we want to share some of the highlights. Achshav Yisrael committee member Eileen Auerbach reports that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/a-conversation-with-ephraim-margolin/ Continue Reading...

Report From Dublin

Thumb_Ireland2 Rabbi Glazer recently participated in Philosophizing Monotheism, a conference at the National University of Ireland, Dublin. On his return to the States, he shared the inspiring report below. The wonderful conference was the culmination of an ongoing relationship I have been cultivating with a group of Israeli academics. I’ve done so with a few intentions […] http://bethsholomsf.org/report-from-dublin/ Continue Reading...

Shelach Lecha — Numbers 13:1 – 15:41

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_ShelachLecha “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded.” This remark by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) subcontractor who made headlines in 2013 when he leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities, is indeed curious – and it has theological implications. In a wired, connected world in […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shelach-lecha-numbers-131-1541/ Continue Reading...

Witness To The Birth Of Israel

Thumb_Ephraim “Witness To The Birth Of Israel: An Interview With Ephraim Margolin” will take place on Saturday, June 10, 1 – 3 p.m. Becky Buckwald will interview Ephraim Margolin in the CBS Sanctuary. Ephraim Margolin is well known to many of his fellow Beth Sholom congregants as an extraordinary scholar, raconteur, and successful attorney. We have […] http://bethsholomsf.org/witness-to-the-birth-of-israel/ Continue Reading...

Naso — Numbers 4:21 – 7:89

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Naso Another 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/ Continue Reading...