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Vayakhel — Exodus 35:1 – 38:20

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Vayakhel While participating on the Rabin Community Building Mission to Israel, I came to realize just how much community is founded upon shared values and built upon shared practice. On this mission, I learned from Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman from Oranim College in Eretz Yisrael, who taught that there are five lenses for measuring community building: (a) […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayakhel-exodus-351-3820-2/ Continue Reading...

From Tiberias With Love

Thumbnail_Roberts We’re pleased to announce From Tiberias With Love: Letters of Spiritual Direction from 1777 Community in Eretz Yisrael, a four-session mini-course that will meet at 8 a.m. on Thursdays in March (2, 9, 16, 23), immediately following morning minyan. Scroll down to register now! Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? What would you […] http://bethsholomsf.org/from-tiberias-with-love/ Continue Reading...

Yitro — Exodus 18:1–20:23

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Yitro Revelation marks a unique aspect of Judaism, and the modern German-Jewish philosopher Franz Rosenzweig astutely noted that it exists in symbiotic relationship with Creation and Redemption. But what are the degrees and nuances of Revelation? Sinai may be Revelation’s apogee, but can we develop a deeper appreciation for its subtler nuances? Jewish liturgy suggests that […] http://bethsholomsf.org/yitro-exodus-181-2023-2/ Continue Reading...

Va’eira — Exodus 6:2-9:35

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Vaeira In her renowned book, Memory and Oblivion: The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2009), Israeli scholar Rachel Elior posits that history cannot be separated from the one who tells it. The winners write their version of the story empowered by their power and authority over the present; whereas the oppressed write their forgotten history […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaeira-exodus-62-935-2/ Continue Reading...

The Financial Four — January 17, 2017

Thumb_Donation_CBSYellow Today, the latest edition of The Financial Four, an update from our Interim Director of Finance, Missy Sue Mastel. ***** Happy Secular New Year! I think we’re especially fortunate to have two New Year celebrations; I use one for my spiritual health and the other for my (and incidentally, the synagogue’s) financial well-being. Some people […] http://bethsholomsf.org/the-financial-four-january-17-2017/ Continue Reading...

Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound

Thumbnail_AvivaChernick Shaliach tzibbur (prayer leader), musician, and teacher Aviva Chernick returns to CBS to lead Renew Our Days: The High Holy Days Unbound, a special, two-part prayer lab occurring on the mornings of Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur. Renew Our Days is not halachic (e.g., there is no Torah service or sermon) – the service is based on traditional liturgy, but […] http://bethsholomsf.org/renew-our-days-the-high-holy-days-unbound/ Continue Reading...

VaYelekh — Deuteronomy 31:1 – 30

thumbnail_coverdesign_vayelekh A remarkable conversation between two Jewish luminaries took place a few years ago, when neuroscientist Eric Kandel (b. 1929) and survivor-activist Elie Wiesel (1928- 2016) – both Nobel Laureates – reflected on memory and forgetting. Wiesel reminded us that we must never forget, while Kandel taught that the best way to do this is by remaining active, social, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vayelekh-deuteronomy-311-30/ Continue Reading...

Makor Or High Holidays Intensive

Thumb_MakorOr It’s time to register for the Makor Or High Holidays Intensive at CBS! The High Holy Days (or High Holidays) mark the most intense period of the Jewish sacred year. Beginning with the month of Elul, we spend six weeks in preparation, prayer, meditation, reflection, and repentance (teshuvah, return) as we re-tune ourselves to our spiritual lives, pausing […] http://bethsholomsf.org/makor-or-high-holidays-intensive/ Continue Reading...

Ekev — Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Ekev Why do bad things happen to good people if a beneficent Creator created the world? This problematic question perennially troubles us, and so too did it trouble philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. In his book Théodicée (Theodicy) (1709), written seven years before his death, Leibniz strives to develop a strategy that will clear God of the charge […] http://bethsholomsf.org/ekev-deuteronomy-712-1125/ Continue Reading...

Va’et’hanan — Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11

Thumb_CoverDesign_VaEtHanan What is empathy to you? German philosopher Theodor Lipps (1851–1914) often reflected on the quality of empathy, or Einfühlung, seeing it as a key to understanding our aesthetic experiences as well as the primary basis for recognizing each other as thinking, acting creatures. Lipps contends that empathy explains the felt immediacy of our aesthetic appreciation […] http://bethsholomsf.org/vaethanan-deuteronomy-323-711/ Continue Reading...