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Jewish State or State of the Jews? Recap

On Saturday, November 11, the Achshav Yisrael committee of Beth Sholom presented Jewish State or State of the Jews: The Role of the Conservative/Masorti Movement in the Israeli Religious & Cultural Leadership of the State with Yizhar Hess, CEO of the Masorti / Conservative Movement in Israel. The presentation was generously sponsored by the Steve […] http://bethsholomsf.org/jewish-state-or-state-of-the-jews-recap/ Continue Reading...

Jewish State or State of the Jews?

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael program! “Jewish State or State of the Jews: The Role of the Conservative/Masorti Movement in the Israeli Religious & Cultural Leadership of the State” will take place on Saturday, November 11, 1 – 3 p.m., in the Sanctuary. The program will follow a community kiddush lunch (12 […] http://bethsholomsf.org/jewish-state-or-state-of-the-jews/ Continue Reading...

Communities of Inclusion Recap

On Saturday, October 21, the Achshav Yisrael committee of Beth Sholom presented Communities of Inclusion: Middle Eastern Jews in Israel’s Modern Era with Tamar Zaken! Tamar gave an overview of the Middle Eastern countries from where Arabic Jews, many refugees from persecution, emigrated to Israel and the kind of reception they received there. She talked […] http://bethsholomsf.org/recap-communities-of-inclusion/ Continue Reading...

Communities Of Inclusion

Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael program! “Communities Of Inclusion: Middle Eastern Jews In Israel’s Modern Era” will take place on Saturday, October 21, 1 – 3 p.m., in the Sanctuary. The program will follow a community kiddush lunch (12 – 1 p.m.), which all program attendees are invited to. Half of Israel’s […] http://bethsholomsf.org/communities-of-inclusion/ Continue Reading...

Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1 – 6:8

“Living God and Master of the Universe on high and dwelling in eternity, His name holy and He is sublime and created His world out of three words: sefer, sfar, sippur – letter, limit, and tale.“ So begins the ancient treatise, Sefer Yetzirah, which focuses on sound and its magical capacity for “making” and “world […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68-2/ Continue Reading...

Shoftim — Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9

“Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20) What does it take to pursue justice in an unjust world? I think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who commented that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/shoftim-deuteronomy-1618-219-2/ Continue Reading...

Ekev — Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

William Shakespeare once wrote, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” If a beneficent Creator created the world, is it merely a question of thinking that accounts for why bad things happen to good people? We are disturbed by such moral calculus. This week’s reading of Parashat Ekev provides us […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ekev-deuteronomy-712-1125-2/ Continue Reading...

Tisha B’av: A Meaningful Fast

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. On Monday, July 31, please join CBS and Makor Or for a moving evening of […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tisha-bav-a-meaningful-fast/ Continue Reading...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37

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

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...