Congregation Beth Sholom's HaLuach: November 16 – 22
Sabina Lyon-Freedman's
Bat Mitzvah

   My name is Sabina Lyon-Freedman, and I’m in the 7th grade at Roosevelt Middle School. I enjoy playing violin, baking, acting, reading, watching movies, writing novels and poems, spending time with friends (including some of my best friends at Beth Sholom), and petting my cat, Buster.

For my bat mitzvah this coming Shabbat, I will be chanting part of Parashat Vayeira. It is a very busy and important parsha


Torah Byte:
Parashat Vayeira

How many trials must we overcome in life? Abraham is said to have overcome ten trials. Notice the way language links them: "Go…to the land I shall show" (Genesis 12:1) to "Sacrifice your son on one of the mountains I shall show you" (Genesis 22:2). Clearly then, Lech Lecha last week is linked with Vayeira this week, picking up just three days after Abraham’s circumcision, when his steadfast conviction affords him the ability to see the divine that is revealed in the mundane – a "showing."


This Friday – Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat

We're excited to host our second Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat! Led by Rabbi Glazer, the Shir Hashirim EnsembleHazzan Richard Kaplan, violinist Lila Sklar, and Sheldon Brown (on clarinet, flute, saxophone, and bass clarinet) – will provide participants with an exquisite Friday night service featuring Jewish sacred music from around the world and drawn from Sephardic, Ashkenazic, and Mizrachi traditions. Each Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat service will incorporate contemplative prayer, a Jewish/Turkish/Sufi zikr, klezmer and jazz accents, and beautiful Zoharic teachings and meditations by our own Rabbi Glazer.

The prayer leaders, music, spirit, and ideas of the series make the vital passage between the rest of the week and Shabbat the extraordinary experience that it should be! Shabbat is a gift. We hope you will celebrate it with us!

The Fusion Friday service is free, but pre-registration is required – please take a quick minute to sign up by clicking here.

DATE: Friday, November 18
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gronowski Family Chapel


High Holy Days
Sermons & Teachings

  Many congregants have requested copies of Rabbi Glazer‘s High Holy Days sermons and teachings. Sermons are meant to be heard (not read), so we’re delighted to report that Rabbi Glazer has recorded each and every one of his Yamim Noraim service contributions for your listening edification. 

Thanksgiving Office & Preschool Closures

Please note that the CBS Administrative Office will be closed next Thursday, November 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. The CBS Family Preschool will be closed Wednesday – Friday, November 23 – 25.
This Shabbat, November 19, our community kiddush lunch is sponsored by Howard Freedman, Sue Lyon, Nancy Freedman, and Melvin Lyon in honor of Sabina Lyon-Freedman’s bat mitzvah. Mazel tov, Sabina!

To learn more about kiddush sponsorship or to inquire about available dates, please email Executive Chef Jane Sykes or call 415-940-7123.
Thinking Matters

This Thursday, please join Rabbi Doug Kahn for his one-session class, Ethics In Sacrificing One Life For Another, part of our award-winning Thinking Matters series.

This one-session class wrestles with the ultimate ethical issue – saving one life at the expense of another. Rabbi Kahn will examine how Jewish law was applied to agonizing life-for-life situations during the Holocaust and continues to be relevant in today’s world.

DATE: Thursday, November 17
TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Main Meeting Room
COST: FREE for members; $12 for nonmembers



CBS Women's Book Club

Our Women's Book Club will meet in the Rabin Family Library to discuss A Backpack, A Bear, And Eight Crates Of Vodka, by Lev Golinkin.

This moving memoir traces Golinkin's immigration from Soviet Ukraine to make a new life in the United States.

DATE: Thursday, November 17
TIME: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Rabin Family Library

Chicken Soupers

Our Chicken Soupers volunteers will meet this Sunday to prepare and deliver kosher meals to people with AIDS, chronic illness, disabilities, and those who are homebound.

The group offers congregants an excellent opportunity to perform gemilut hasadim (loving kindness), and a deeply meaningful way for you to get more involved with CBS! If you are interested in joining the Chicken Soupers team, please email Debra Surkin Perloff.

DATE: Sunday, November 20
TIME: 9 a.m.
WHERE: CBS Kitchen

CBS Book Club

Our CBS Book Club will meet in the Rabin Family Library to discuss American Pastoral, by Philip Roth.

This story of a successful Jewish American businessman and former high school star athlete whose happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s is considered one of the greatest works of American fiction of the last 20th century.

DATE: Sunday, November 20
TIME: 9 – 11 a.m.
WHERE: Rabin Family Library

Nominate Teens for
Tikkun Olam Award

The 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards will recognize up to five Jewish teens from California and ten from across the United States for exceptional community service and leadership. Help the Helen Diller Family Foundation identify and celebrate great Jewish teens in our community!

Nominations are currently open. We encourage members of the CBS community to participate.

Please note that you can not nominate family members – no matter how sure you are that your son or daughter is the most deserving! 😉


Call For Rabin-Zimmerman Archive Contributions

The Rabin-Zimmerman Archive has been established at Congregation Beth Sholom to collect and preserve records, documents, and artifacts associated with the history of CBS and the San Francisco Jewish community. All of these materials will also be made available for research.

For many months now, CBS congregant volunteers Pat Ackerman and Rosemary Rothstein have been gathering, organizing, and identifying synagogue records, documents, objects, and photographs. They accept archive contributions from members, and they invite more member participation.

Why participate? The Rabin-Zimmerman Archive offers congregants an opportunity to be part of our synagogue's "family tree," a record that maps the relationships and affiliations of generations of San Francisco Jews and provides an invaluable record for future generations.

Contributions labeled with all relevant (and known) names and dates may be dropped off at the Congregation Beth Sholom offices. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Rosemary Rothstein.

Americana Jam Band
Kabbalat Shabbat

DATE: Friday, November 25
TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Gronowski Family Chapel

Golden State Warriors
Jewish Heritage Night

DATE: Thursday, December 15
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Oracle Arena

Light It Up!
Community Hanukkah Party

DATE: Thursday, December 15
TIME: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Koret Hall

Achshav Yisrael:
Israel’s Environmental Challenges and the
Relevance of Jewish Teachings

DATE: Sunday, December 18
TIME: 3 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Koret Hall

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. 

This week, Forward contributor Jenna Weissman Joselit considers the evolving role of the tallit among Jewish Americans...and others. Curious about Donald Trump's donning of a tallit at an African American church in September, Joselit "took to the Internet to learn more." The resulting article,  "Why the Tallit Is Making a Comeback," tells us a lot about contemporary approaches to tallitot, but also provides some historical tidbits. Did you know, for example, that the tallit wasn't considered a religious garment until the Middle Ages?

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.

What's better than a mushroom entrée prepared using the freshest farm-to-table ingredients? Why, mushrooms drowned in wine, of course!

This week, the minyan-aires share a recipe for mushroom bourguignon that calls for a full bottle of pinot noir. Delicious decadence!

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.

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Wednesday, November 16
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Mah Jongg, 6:30 p.m., MMR
Zumba, 7 p.m., KH

Thursday, November 17
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
The Pillar of Prayer, 8 a.m., MMR
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Thinking Matters, 6:30 p.m., MMR

Women's Book Club, 7:30 p.m., RL

Friday, November 18
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Fusion Friday Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:30 p.m., GFC

Saturday, November 19
Zohar meditation, 8:30 a.m., MS
Sabina Lyon-Freedman's Bat Mitzvah &
     Shabbat services, 9 a.m., SANC
Psalms: A Shelter In The Word, 4 p.m., BR
Evening minyan, 5 p.m., GFC
Sunday, November 20
Morning minyan, 8 a.m., GFC
Chicken Soupers, 9 a.m., KIT
CBS Book Club, 9 a.m., RL
Intro to Judaism, 10 a.m., BR
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Monday, November 21
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Zumba, 7 p.m., KH

Tuesday, November 22
Morning minyan, 7 a.m., GFC
Evening minyan, 6 p.m., GFC

Talmud study, 6:30 p.m., MMR

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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