Haluach: October 21 - 27
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Announcing A New HaLuach Feature

Don't miss the end of this week's HaLuach! We're introducing a new feature that we think you'll enjoy.

Just look for the appetizing olive!

Torah Byte 

Again this week, I turn to the renowned Czech-German writer Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924), who wrote in his Zürau Aphorisms:
The true path is along a rope, not a rope suspended way up in the air, but rather only just over the ground. It seems more like a tripwire than a tightrope.


Sofer Visiting CBS This Week

This Wednesday and Thursday, October 21 and 22, CBS will have a sofer on site to inspect and clean our sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls).

If you are curious about this ancient scribal art, you're invited to watch the sofer work in the Sanctuary. For more information, please email the CBS office.

Thinking Matters: Modern Jewish Philosophy

The CBS Thinking Matters course series continues this fall. Join our impressive line-up of teachers to wrestle with some of the exciting and challenging questions of modern Jewish philosophy!

Can there be such a thing as a Jewish philosophy, or a philosophy of Judaism? How have Jewish traditions participated in the philosophical canon or in philosophical questioning in modern times?

Dates, topics, educators, and course materials (including readings) can be found on our website.

Please note that Dr. Russell Berman's next "German Political Philosophy & Jewish Thinking" class is this coming Thursday evening, October 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m. It will meet in the CBS Board Room.
  • 10.22, 10.29 – German Political Philosophy & Jewish Thinking (4 sessions with Dr. Russell Berman)
  • 11.5, 11.12, 11.19, 12.3 – Shoah & Postmemory (4 sessions with Drs. Murray Baumgarten and Nathaniel Deutsch)

PJ Shabbat this Friday evening!

Got little ones?

Our PJ Shabbat program invites families with young children to join us for a vibrant and interactive Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5:30 p.m. one Friday of each month. Don't miss the upcoming service this Friday, October 23!

PJ Shabbat services allow even our youngest participants to experience the joy of Shabbat in a warm, welcoming setting. Parents and children are led in singing, dancing, and blessings by Katherine, Dale, Rabbi Glazer, and CBS Music Director, Jonathan Bayer. Ages newborn - six years old (as well as their older siblings) are invited! Pajamas aren't required...but are heartily encouraged!

Services will be followed by dinner (pizza) and snacks. "Adult beverages" are also supplied.

If you have any questions, please email Director of Early Childhood Education, Katherine Friedman Barboni.

CBS Shabbat School Parents Book Club

The CBS Shabbat School Parents Book Club will meet this Shabbat, October 24, at 10:45 a.m. in the Boardroom, to discuss Dancing Arabs, by Sayed Kashua, the story of a young boy from a poor Arab village, his haphazard receipt of a scholarship to a Jewish boarding school, and his struggles straddling two different worlds.

We still have a few copies of the book (just a little over 200 pages) available for you to sign out from Michael Lederman's office. 

For more information on the Book Club for Parents, please email Elin Cohen, or visit the Groups page of the CBS website.

Calling Mah Jongg Players!

Your bubbe loved it, and you can, too!

Our Mah Jongg group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. New players are invited to join the fun (and learners are welcome).

Buy your 2016 Mah Jongg card through the CBS office or email Nancy for more information. Small cards are $8 and large cards are $9. If you want to order a card, send a check to CBS marked "Mah Jongg" with your name and address; the card can be sent directly to you. A portion of the proceeds will be donated by the Mah Jongg League back to the synagogue.

If you have any questions, please email Nancy.

Chicken Soupers volunteer needed

Our Chicken Soupers team is in need of a volunteer to do the quarterly (4 times a year) shopping for staple foods. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and a deeply meaningful way for you to be more directly involved with CBS.

What is Chicken Soupers? Our Chicken Souper team prepares and delivers kosher meals to people with AIDS, chronic illness, disabilities, and those who are homebound.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Debra Surkin Perloff.

Federation Grant Opportunity

Recognizing their transformative impact, the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund makes Jewish overnight camp, family camp, and Israel experiences accessible and affordable. 

Please visit the "Camp Scholarships & Grants" section of the JCFEF website for more information, or email Lisa Pavlovsky.

CBS Art Exhibit: Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten aims to tell the story of the lost generation of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews born in the Middle East and North Africa before they became refugees. Israeli artist Erella Teitler was born into a Sephardic family in Israel and has a strong connection with her Jewish identity.

Not Forgotten will run through January. 

Study The Zohar: Pritzker Edition with Rabbi Glazer 

This Fall, we invite you to learn with Rabbi Glazer at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF). In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica, Rabbi Glazer will teach a nine session course centered on The Zohar: Pritzker Edition.

The first class is next Tuesday, October 27, so register now! 

Read more about the course.

Life Line Screening Opportunity

CBS will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD, and lung cancer. A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change. Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment.

Pre-registration is required, to book your appointment, please call: 1.888.653.6441 or visit to schedule your appointment. 


Come get a taste of Camp Ramah in Northern California, meet our Camp Director, and learn more about our amazing specialty programs in ocean exploration, performing arts, and adventure sports.

All prospective families (kids and adults) are welcome. Bring your friends! Light snacks provided. 

Date: Thursday, November 5th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Home of Missy Mastel and Scott Horwitz. (San Francisco, California. Address provided upon RSVP.)

Have questions or want to RSVP?
Contact Daniele Hurwitz, Program Director of Camp Ramah in Northern California, at

Get Your Tickets for Achshav Yisrael's Second Event!

Achshav Yisrael's second event, "From Pioneers to City Slackers: The Evolving Image of Israelis On the Silver Screen," will take place on Sunday, November 15, from 3-5 p.m. in Koret Hall.

We'll learn about the evolution of Israeli cinema with Dr. Eran Kaplan, an expert on Israeli film and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Israel Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. This will be an interactive presentation, including film clips, a conversation with Dr. Kaplan, and a chance to dialogue on the issues.

This event is presented in partnership with the Jewish Film Institute.

Tickets are $10 per person. Popcorn and refreshments will be served, and childcare for kids one year and older will be available on-site for the cost of $5 per child. (The childcare fee can be paid on our ticketing page.)

Click here to purchase your tickets, or visit the CBS Facebook page and click the "Buy Tickets" tab.

CBS Book Club for Kids

Our CBS Book Club for Kids will next meet on Thursday, November 19, at 6 p.m. in the Main Meeting Room, to discuss The Return, by Sonia Levitin, a tour de force about two Ethiopian Jewish teenagers, brother and sister, who make a long and dangerous trip from the Sudan to Israel.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a group conversation facilitated by Howard Freedman, a CBS congregant and Director of the Jewish Community Library. The book's author will also participate.

Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

For more information on the Book Club for Kids, please visit the Groups page of our website.

Rabbi Glazer Participating in Mission to Poland & Germany

Rabbi Glazer will be representing CBS during his upcoming travel with the Northern California Board of Rabbis Mission to Poland & Germany.

The delegation of rabbis will visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Auschwitz, and Krakow's historic Jewish District, among many other significant stops. Additionally, they will meet with various bodies and groups in both Poland and Germany, including a group of young Israeli ex-pats who choose to make Berlin their home despite being the descendants of Holocaust survivors.
Because he is participating in the mission, Rabbi Glazer will be out of the office Wednesday, October 28 - Thursday, November 5.

One Bay One Book -- Primo Levi

One Bay One Book project is Primo Levi’s complex and beautifully rendered book, The Periodic Table. Levi, who was a chemist by profession, uses the elements as a frame for stories of his life in the Jewish community of Turin, his work with the Italian Partisans, and some extraordinary experiences during and after the War.  

We highlight the One Bay One Book project because the next Thinking Matters section (see above), taught by Dr. Murray Baumgarten, will consider Primo Levi in the context of the Shoah.

For more information on the One Bay One Book project, click here.
Beginning this week, the closing section of our weekly HaLuach newsletter will feature a Jewish-interest news item or curiosity. We'll generally prioritize the obscure and offbeat, and we welcome reader suggestions.

So what's with the name? A kezayit (literally meaning "like an olive") is a Talmudic unit of measure. Halachically speaking, it is the minimum amount food or drink one can consume in order for a rabbi to be satisfied that you've actually eaten. (And, no, a kezayit's worth won't satisfy your mother! You're a growing boy!)

In the context of this newsletter feature, we're using kezayit in a more metaphorical way -- it's a morsel, a tidbit, something light, but tasty, and totally worthy of your consumption.


This week, we share a fun and inspiring Jewish meme created by Eitan Chitayat, a Times of Israel contributor and the founder of Natie, a Tel Aviv-based design and communications firm. 

Chitayat posted the above #I'mThatJew video to YouTube this past Friday, October 16, intending it to function “as a message of solidarity [and] hope.” He began working on the project early in the year, when a Jewish friend of Chitayat's living in France said that he was “terrified, fearful to be publicly identified as Jewish." Deeply distressed by his friend's state of mind and the upsurge in global anti-Semitism, Chitayat decided that he had to craft a positive affirmation of Jewish identity that would be readily consumable by a diverse audience.

It looks like the message is getting across -- in the four days since the video was posted, 
it has garnered more than two million views and shares! Check it out.

This Week At CBS

Wednesday, October 21
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Sofer working on-site, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., SANC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Mah Jongg: Drop-in & Play, 6:30 p.m., MMR
Zumba, 6:45 p.m., KH

Thursday, October 22
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Sofer working on-site, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., SANC

Shabbat School Thursday afternoon class, 3:30 p.m., MMR
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

German Political Philosophy & Jewish Thinking w/ Dr. Russell Berman, 7 p.m., BR

Friday, October 23
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Meditation w/ Rabbi Glazer in Makom Shalom, 5:30 p.m., MS

PJ Shabbat, 5:30 p.m., KH
Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:30 p.m., GFC

Saturday, October 24
Shabbat School classes, 8:30 a.m., various locations @ CBS
Shabbat School Family Service, 9 a.m., GFC
Shabbat Services, 9 a.m., SANC
CBS Parents' Book Club, 10:45 a.m., BR
Mincha Services, 6 p.m., GFC

Sunday, October 25
Morning minyan, 8 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Monday, October 26
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Meditation w/ Rabbi Glazer in Makom Shalom, 5:30 p.m., MS
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC
Zumba, 6:45 p.m., KH

Tuesday, October 27
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Life Line Screening, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., KH
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC
Talmud Study, 6:30 p.m., MMR

MMR: Main Meeting Room, KH: Koret Hall, RL: Rabin Library, GFC: Gronowski Family Chapel, SANC: Sanctuary, KIT: Kitchen, MS: Makom Sholom, BR: Board Room
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