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Announcing Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat!

Thumbbnail_FusionFridayKabbalatShabbat Beginning in 2014, the CBS community has gathered on the third Friday of each month to welcome Shabbat with uplifting song. This spirited 3rd Friday Musical Kabbalat Shabbat service has grown in popularity over the past two years, providing its many participants with a transformative experience that is as moving as it is joyful. This […] http://bethsholomsf.org/announcing-fusion-friday-kabbalat-shabbat/ Continue Reading...

Tazria / Metzora – Leviticus 12:1-15:33

Thumbnail_CoverDesign_Tazria-Metzora Debate still abounds as to how best translate the key terms tumah and taharah — signatures of Leviticus (see, for example, Chapter 12). Purity and impurity? Ritual fitness or exclusion? Death and rebirth? I continue to return to the inspired translation of theologian Rachel Adler, who teaches that tumah and taharah are best rendered as […] http://bethsholomsf.org/tazria-metzora-leviticus-121-1533/ 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...

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...

Stories A Poem From The Minyan

thumb_theark_poemillustration 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...

The High Holy Days At CBS

Thumbnail_JWeekly_HHDAvertisement The “Days of Awe” are almost upon us – again! As another year draws to a close, we look forward to the next. We also look forward to sharing the High Holy Days with you this October! No matter how “late” they may seem this year, the High Holy Days are always a good time […] http://bethsholomsf.org/the-high-holy-days-at-cbs/ 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...

A Personal Reflection on Halacha

Thumb_ClaireAmbruster_Artwork1 In early July, we introduced our Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Kohn Summer Intern, Claire Ambruster, to the community with a thoughtful article she wrote for the CBS blog. Today, we’re pleased to share Claire’s second blog contribution, “A Personal Reflection on Halacha,” which is accompanied by her lovely artwork. Yes, indeed, Claire is one talented […] http://bethsholomsf.org/a-personal-reflection-on-halacha/ Continue Reading...

Matot/Massei — Numbers 30:2 – 36:13

Thumb_CoverDesign_MatotMassei Parashat Matot Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), a German-born Swiss author, once remarked: “Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.“ Hesse’s universal vision of human enlightenment requires us to transcend our worldly boundaries. Ironically, religion […] http://bethsholomsf.org/matotmassei-numbers-302-3613/ Continue Reading...

Camp Ramah Galim

Thumb_JoshHorwitz---AaronMiller---------RabbiGlazer_CampRamahNorcal_July2016 Riding Your Wave In the Sea of Judaism: The Start-up Camp Ramah Galim There is nothing quite like the oceanic rhythm of Camp Ramah campers and staff surrounding you from dawn till dusk. In those eternal moments, you begin to feel the pulse of this camp’s namesake — Galim. Singing, dancing, exploring, studying, rock climbing, […] http://bethsholomsf.org/camp-ramah-galim/ Continue Reading...