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Congregation Beth Sholom's HaLuach: December 28 – January 3
Torah Byte :
Parashat Meiketz

Sometimes our hidden gifts reveal themselves to us in expected times and places. Pharaoh unveils this gift to Joseph, saying: "There is none so discerning and wise as you." (Genesis 41:39)

Joseph’s prowess continues to grow, given his gifts as dream interpreter as well as financial advisor to Pharaoh.


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Coverage For Rabbi Glazer

Rabbi Glazer is leading the Intergenerational Communal Family Mission To Israel, and will be out of the CBS office Thursday, December 22 – Wednesday, January 4.

During this time, please contact the CBS office (415.221.8736) or email his assistant Ariel with general inquiries. If you have pressing pastoral needs (e.g., birth, death, serious illness) between December 22 – January 1, please email Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan (or call 415.412.2823). If you have pastoral needs between January 2 – 4, please email Rabbi Susan Leider (or call 415.388.1818).

If you need to schedule an appointment, please email his assistant, Ariel.
THIS WEEK
This Shabbat, December 31, our community kiddush lunch is sponsored by Congregation Beth Sholom.

To learn more about kiddush sponsorship or to inquire about available dates, please email Executive Chef Jane Sykes or call 415-940-7123.
Please note that Rabbi Glazer's regular Shabbat teachings – Zohar meditation at 8:30 a.m. and Psalms: A Shelter In The Word at 4 p.m. – will not occur on December 31, due to the Rabbi's travel. Both will resume on Saturday, January 7, 2016.
Talmud Study On Hiatus Until April

The final 2016 session of Henry Hollander’s Talmud Study class meets tonight, Tuesday, December 27.

The class will be on hiatus January – March 2017, and will likely resume in April. We'll update the CBS calendar and announce the new schedule as soon as it is available.

 

ONGOING
#GivingTuesday Campaign

#GivingTuesday was almost a month ago, but the special dollar for dollar match offered by some very generous congregants will continue through December 31. We hope you will express your appreciation for CBS by making a gift to help your congregation support and nurture our spiritual and religious community.

Thank you for your support of our sacred community.

LEARN MORE & DONATE 

UPCOMING
Zion(ism) Matters

Our next Zion(ism) Matters class meets in early January. Join us for Philosophy Of Zionism In Ahad Ha’am.

Ovid Jacob joined Rabbi Glazer on the Irving Rabin Community Building Mission To Israel last year. Following that trip, he has become interested in exploring novel ways of connecting members of the Bay Area Jewish community to Israel. This single-session class will explore what Zionism meant to Ahad Ha’am, the pre-state Zionist thinker who found himself at loggerheads with Theodor Herzl. Herzl’s priority was political Zionism, whereas Ha’am is credited as the founder of cultural Zionism

DATE: Thursday, January 5
TIME: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Main Meeting Room, CBS
COST: FREE for members; $12 for nonmembers

DETAILS & TICKETS HERE

Achshav Yisrael : Knesset 101

Join Achshav Yisrael and Dr. Eran Kaplan, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Israel Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, to examine the basic mechanisms of the Israeli political system during "Knesset 101." We will explore the way Israelis elect their representatives and how coalitions and governments are formed in Israel. We will look at how, over the years, the Israeli political landscape has changed (mainly the transition from Left to Right) and explore some of the reasons for these changes.

Dr. Kaplan's presentation will be followed by facilitated “break-out” group conversations. An Israeli appetizer buffet and refreshments are included.

DATE: Sunday, January 22
TIME: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Koret Hall, CBS
COST: $10 person

DETAILS & TICKETS HERE


Photo credit: Israel Tourism (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Fusion Friday
Kabbalat Shabbat

DATE: Friday, January 20
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gronowski Family Chapel


DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE
Americana Jam Band
Kabbalat Shabbat

DATE: Friday, January 27
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gronowski Family Chapel


DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE
KEZAYIT (AN OLIVE'S WORTH)
The closing section of each HaLuach newsletter features a Jewish-interest news item or curiosity. We generally prioritize the obscure and offbeat, and we welcome reader suggestions. 

C'mon. Admit it! During long holiday weekends or vakatsye, you love to shlingen epizodn! And one of your favorite series is Transparent, not just because the mayse of the tsvishnminik character is so kampeling, but because the show just oozes Yiddishkeit.

It's unlikely that you understood all of the above paragraph. Yiddish is no longer the lingua franca of most American Jews, but "Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath, a Yiddish editor and poet, and Paul Glasser, a former dean at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research," just released the 826-page Comprehensive English-Yiddish Dictionary. As part of the process, they had to create some new Yiddish words to keep up with the times.

"'Email'? How is 'blitspost' — a combination of the Yiddish words for 'lightning' and 'mail'? 'Transgender'? How’s 'tsvishnminik,' which blends the common Yiddish words for 'between' and 'type.' 'Designated driver'? 'Der nikhterer shofer' does the trick by fusing the Yiddish word for 'sober' with that for 'driver.' And 'binge watch' is 'shlingen epizodn,' literally 'wolf down episodes.' [...] For butt dialing — the accidental call made by a cellphone stuck in a back pocket — the editors came up with 'alpi tokhes' — which literally means 'by way of the backside.'"

How does this impressive new tome deal with the familiar Yiddish loan words that so many English speakers use today?

"Language is so fungible a medium that English has absorbed dozens of Yiddish words, like chutzpah, kvetch, kibitz, megillah, schmooze, nosh, and schlock. The new dictionary includes these and, without blinking, translates them back into Yiddish."

READ THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE
MINYAN MUNCHIES
The CBS morning minyan-aires deliver soulful and delicious eats to your Inbox each Tuesday...and they would like to remind you that they serve breakfast and tasty treats every day.
Come. Pray. Eat.

Brandy, apples, and sugar. Yum.

It's the holiday season. It's virtually a mitzvah to eat some of this French apple cake.


RECIPE HERE
ZOREKH ALIYAH
Zorekh Aliyah ("For the Sake of Ascent") provides members of the CBS community with a space to network. If you want to find or share an opportunity, please email Christopher Orev Reiger with the specifics.

Technology Leader Seeking Job
Hands-on technology leader specialized in successfully leading data- and infrastructure-centric teams in turning data into business products. Passionate about creating value out of technology. Experienced with all aspects of the SDLC, with core competency around data/BI and infrastructure.

A complete profile is available at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dovtech
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE
Wednesday, December 28
HANUKKAH
CBS FAMILY PRESCHOOL CLOSED
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC
Mah Jongg, 6:30 p.m., MMR


Thursday, December 29
HANUKKAH
CBS FAMILY PRESCHOOL CLOSED

Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC


Friday, December 30
HANUKKAH
ROSH HODESH TEVET
CBS FAMILY PRESCHOOL CLOSED

Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Kabbalat Shabbat service, 6:30 p.m., GFC
Saturday, December 31
HANUKKAH
Shabbat services, 9 a.m., SANC
Evening minyan, 5 p.m., GFC


Sunday, January 1
HANUKKAH
Morning minyan, 8 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC


Monday, January 2
CBS OFFICE CLOSED
CBS FAMILY PRESCHOOL CLOSED

Morning minyan, 8 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC


Tuesday, January 3
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC
Location Key:
BR: Board Room   EGP: Eva Gunter Plaza   GFC: Gronowski Family Chapel   KH: Koret Hall
KIT: Kitchen   MMR: Main Meeting Room   MS: Makom Sholom   RC: Rainbow Courtyard
RL: Rabin Library   SANC: Sanctuary   SCH: Beth Sholom School Bldg.
VAR: various CBS campus locations
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