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Raquel Sweet’s Bat Mitzvah

My name is Raquel Sweet. I am 13 years old and attend The Brandeis School of San Francisco, where I am in seventh grade. I enjoy swimming, dancing, and playing with my dog, Teddy. I have belonged to Beth Sholom for my entire life. I have so many memories from the synagogue, from attending PJ […] http://bethsholomsf.org/raquel-sweets-bat-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Noah — Genesis 6:9-11:32

“Who is like you Who could reach you Who has seen Who has been …When you ride a cherub And glide on the wind And wander through thunder And move within storms Making your way through the waters…“ The liturgical poet Yannai here imagines the divine as controlling the universe, “from the sky to the […] http://bethsholomsf.org/noah-genesis-69-1132-3/ 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...

Noah — Genesis 6:9-11:32

Living in a world where hate-mongering, half-truths, and outright lies are so prevalent in our national media, on local college campuses, and even on social networks with our “friends,” we might justifiably wonder — do we again find ourselves in a state where speech is exiled? This “exile of speech” is referred to by Jewish […] http://bethsholomsf.org/noah-genesis-69-1132-2/ Continue Reading...

Myles Sloan’s Bar Mitzvah

Shalom! My name is Myles and I am in 7th grade at the Brandeis School of San Francisco. I like to read, hang out with my friends, play video games, rock climb (both indoors and outdoors), and ski. I am excited and a little nervous to share my bar mitzvah with my family, friends, and […] http://bethsholomsf.org/myles-sloans-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Ilan Salomon-Jacob’s Bar Mitzvah

Shalom, my name is Ilan and I’m in the 8th grade at the San Francisco School. I enjoy playing sports, making videos, composing music digitally, and playing drums on my own or in my band. I also like talking, laughing, and hanging out with friends. My bar mitzvah is this coming Shabbat and, to be […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ilan-salomon-jacobs-bar-mitzvah/ Continue Reading...

Beraysheet — Genesis 1:1-6:8

New Beginnings: How do I want to begin again this year? Whenever a new chapter in life is about to begin, it is wise to take a step back and ask: How do I want to begin? What are my hopes, aspirations, and dreams? The Jewish New Year is a time to ask ourselves similar […] http://bethsholomsf.org/beraysheet-genesis-11-68/ Continue Reading...

Stories A Poem From The Minyan

The beating heart of CBS is our minyan. We are the only synagogue in the Bay Area with a twice-daily, egalitarian minyan, one in which women and men play equal roles. Morning and evening, we join as one in the intimate Gronowski Family Chapel and carry on our rich tradition of communal worship. We come […] http://bethsholomsf.org/stories-a-poem-from-the-minyan/ Continue Reading...

Kezayit (An Olive’s Worth): What’s In A Name? (Or What’s With Orev?)

Now and again, someone asks me why I sign my CBS emails with a two-part first name: Christopher Orev. Fair question. In day-to-day life, I prioritize my given, secular name, Christopher. In this respect, I’m like most Jewish Americans. My patronymic Hebrew name, Orev ben Avraham Avinu v’ Sarah Imanu, is known by very few […] http://bethsholomsf.org/whats-in-a-name-or-whats-with-orev/ Continue Reading...

Noah — Genesis 6:9-11:32

For ten generations, the descendants of Noah remained bound as a single people with a unifying language. Following the construction of the Tower of Babel, however, these seventy united nations are scattered, dispersed across the face of the Earth. Today, amidst so many interconnected but unique cultures and ethnicities, we continue our journey toward making […] http://bethsholomsf.org/noah-genesis-69-1132/ Continue Reading...