We will have supervised childcare for 2-5 year olds this Shabbat 10/30 in the PreSchool room provided by Miriam Priven. Due to staff un-availability we will not have supervised play for 1-5th graders upstairs or in the Berkeley School playground this Shabbat. Children in this age group may play in the Rimmonim-Edah Room with a parent checking in on them on a regular basis and ensuring that the room is left clean; children are not to play on the Berkeley School playground unless they are supervised the entire time by an adult.
Parashat Chayei Sarah (Gen. 23:1-24:9)
Psukei D'Zimra -Gerri Levitas
Shacharit- Jane Rubin
Torah Service -Milt Greenstein
Calling Gabbai - Debby Graudenz
Pointing Gabbai - Rena Dorph
Torah Leiners -Barbara Bibel, Cantor Pamela Sawyer, Moshe Artz, Shifra Pride Raffel
Haftorah - Glenn Massarano
Drash - Rabbi Mimi Weisel
Musaf - Alice Webber
Board Representative - Gerri Levitas
Kiddush is sponsored Jean Bradman
After Kiddush Program:
"Debby Graudenz takes us on a tour of the Songs of
Zion: Pre and Post Statehood." Come sing along.
Healing Service announcement in the bulletin for Sunday 11/7 from 11-12 in the sanctuary?
Living a Mythic Life: An Interactive Creative Experience with Rabbi Creditor
Nathan Landau, Susan Cakars, Sheila Freedman, Hilda Kessler, Else Kieffe, Selma Klett, Cristofer Lix, Joyce Mack, Marti Rosenzweig, Brad Rudolph, Lois Silverstein, Susan Stanfield, Bernarda Strauss, Emma Tankel, William Steinbaugh, Yehudah ben Rachel, Rena bat Sadie, Daniel ben Shoshanna and Chaim Yaakov ben Malka
Yahrzeits this week include:
Adam Daniel Cooper, Joanne Gordon, Thomas Graff, Irving Hanover, Max Israel, Chaim Pripstein,
Sally Louise Raimi Brose, Jack Rosenthal, Arthur Rotenberg, Harry Safran, George Scammell, Sarah Scheinok, Benjamin Wright, and
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Claire Breitman, z"l, mother of Sheila Braufman, and mother-in-law of Art Braufman.May God comfort Sheila, Art and their family and friends along with all others who mourn Zion and Jerusalem.
Rabbi Creditor's Blog
Rabbi Bochner: This Week's Torah Commentary
CNS TEENS! Saturday, Nov. 6th @ 8pm: Teen Trivia Night and Ice Cream Social!! Prizes & Surprises. The event is Trivia and Ice Cream Social and will be a great way for teens to meet old and new friends as well as give their input and ideas for teen programming this year. We are also giving away prizes to the winning teams! This will be a really fun event and is not to be missed. We are also launching a teen board for a USY group by the end of this year and your teen can be a part of it. The event is free and will run from about 8pm until 10pm upstairs in the Art Room. It is open to teens in grades 9-12 only. Everyone is encouraged to RSVP on our facebook page and invite friends! Check out these links for the teen page and event:
If you would like more information or have a teen or tween in grades 6-8, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and stay tuned for upcoming events for junior high schoolers. Shalom Rosenberg, Edah and Youth Director
CNS's Orah VeSimchah Youth Services & Torah Study (geared towards 3rd-5th grades) 11:00 - 12:00 in the Library on:
November 6 Parshat Toldot - Shabbat M'vorchim
December 11 Parshat Vayigash
January 8 Parshat Bo
February 5 Parshat Terumah - Rosh Chodesh
March 5 Parshat P'kudei - Shabbat Shekalim
April 16 Parshat Acharei Mot - Shabbat HaGadol
May 7 - Parshat Emor
Rabbi Bochner leads these Services which include:songs and teffilot , age-apprpriate Torah study, and a special snack. (Parents are welcome to join us, but not required; helping your child get settled is very much appreciated.)
SAVE THE DATES!!!
Sunday, November 14th, the CNS Annual Meeting!
The Annual Meeting is Sunday, 11/14th: The Annual Meeting begins at 10:00 am and there will be a minyan beforehand beginning at 9:30 am. Please come and participate!
Sunday, Nov. 21, 11-1:00, for our CNS "Pre-Chanukah" concert and fair.
Annual Netivot Shalom pre-Chanukah concert/fair, Sunday, Nov. 21, 11-2:30. FREE admission this year. Fun for all ages! PErformances by Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Rabbi Shalom Bochner and his band Ruach U'Nishama! and Maggidah Liora Brosbe; PLUS crafts and Judaica by local and Chinese and Ghanian (!)artists; food; candles, chanukiot, dreidels; children's books; a jumpy house! Pls. contact Cathy Shadd Rosenfeld (rimmonim@netivotshalom) if you can help with this important fundraiser, if you are a craftsperson wishing to sell, or if you have Chanukah related items you would like to donate to the fair. Co-sponsored by Be'Chol Lashon and by Camps Kee Tov, URJ Newman, Tawonga, and Ramah of California.
Sunday, February 27th, join us for the Netivot Shalom Winter Gala! More details to come....
A HUGE Thank You and Yasher Koach to Michael Liftik!!
Michael has stepped forward as our Shabat B'Yachad Coordinator while Liora Brosbe is on a maternity break through December. Please join us in thanking him and appreciating this significant effort to keep SBY going strong. Please contact Michael at SBY@netivotshalom.org if you would like to offer to lead teffikot, tell a story, or sponsor a SBY Kiddush. SBY meets on the 2nd and 4th Shabbat of the month at 11:00 - 12:15 in the Pre-School Room. Thank you, Michael, so much for keeping this wonderful program going with such enthusiasm, skill, attention to detail, and warmth!
Shabbat Learning Opportunity
CNS "Davening Lab" led by Hannah Dressner
Four 90 minute sessions, every other Shabbat
Oct. 30, Nov. 13, 10:30 - 12:00
This "davening lab" is meant to hold a container for experimentation with the Shabbat morning davening, for the purpose of further vitalizing our personal experiences of prayer. We hope that skills and insights gained in this smaller context will, ultimately, enhance the larger Netivot shabbat morning service. To keep us in sync with the main service, the Slim Shalom siddur (and a transliterated siddur) will be used as a basis for this investigation, augmented by other sources. Modes and enhancements of prayer to be explored will include: becoming comfortable with traditional nusach and its riffs, the usefulness of chant, the place for silence, davening in translation, and creation of privacy within one's tallit, and, of course, some new melodies.
Each session will take the form of an abbreviated service, with study of at least one prayer or psalm within that context. Please come with a tallit (even if taken for the Netivot supply) and an open heart. Please leave all writing and recording instruments behind, as we are learning while doing, and Shabbat does not traditionally include these activities. And be prepared to re-integrate with the full community by staying for kiddush! If you especially enjoyed Hannah's service leadership style during Yamim Nora'im, you will really enjoy this new window to prayer. Please join her on Saturday Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 at 10:30 upstairs for an alternative service.
Can you help?
Miztvah Call! David and I are helping to resettle a congregant who lacks the means to move into a much needed wheelchair-accessible apartment. Please direct any financial assistance to Rabbi Creditor's Discretionary Fund to participate in this important fulfillment of a mitzvah. Once he has moved he will welcome visitors and games of chess. If you have moving boxes please call.
For more information call me at 237-2583. Martha R. Birnbaum
A Call To Action!Please visit Keshet (keshetonline.org) to read the National Jewish response to homophobic bullying and harassment. If you can personally take on any of the "Ten Things You Can Do Today to Strengthen Our Community" on the Keshet website. One life saved is worth this effort.
Coming in November
Order now! You can buy KOL Foods 100% grassfed, pastured, humanely raised and slaughtered, fair wage, organic, sustainable glatt kosher meat-and turkey in time for Thanksgiving! Whew! I feel so Berkeley! You are doing a mitzvah by supporting a company that is working to create a new food system that supports sustainable animal production, treats farmers and workers fairly, and improves the health of families and communities. And not only that--it tastes incredible, an amazing treat for the tastebuds. The deadline to order is November 10th at noon Eastern to receive reduced shipping rates ($45 for unlimited number of boxes). KOL foods is constantly updating their website with newly available meat so keep checking back for new opportunities-it can all be part of the same order, which will be delivered Monday November 22 to the Gerwein house (2238 Curtis St. in Berkeley), pickup from 5-9pm. For more details see: http://www.kolfoods.com, for more info about the buying club delivery, see https://www.kolfoods.com/shopcontent.asp?type=buyingclub_berkeley . For more info about the meat, email Devora at email@example.com.
Join the CNS Table at the AIPAC East Bay Annual Dinner!
Reserve your tickets today
Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Shelley Berkley
Monday, December 13, 2010 at the Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland. Reception 6:00 pm Dinner & Program 7:00 pm. Only 2 seats remain! $85/seat (limited scholarship available) Please register with Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Global Day of Jewish Learning 10:00-1:00pm, FREEJoin us at the JCC of the East Bay for snacks, schmoozing and studying as the East Bay Jewish community celebrates the Global Day of Jewish Learning, a world-wide celebration in honor of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, who is completing his landmark 45-volume translation and commentary of the Talmud. This free event will include classes taught by local Rabbis and Academics on Jewish topics ranging from Talmud and texts to modern literature and philosophy. Co-Sponsors include: Aquarian Minyan Berkeley Hillel Beth Jacob Congregation Chochmat HaLev The Center for Jewish Living & Learning Center for Jewish Studies - Graduate Theological Union Congregation Beth El Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Netivot Shalom Jewish Community Center of the East Bay Kehilla Community Synagogue Library for the Judaica Collection at the Doe-Moffitt Libraries, University of California Temple Beth Hillel Location: Jewish Community Center of the East Bay 1414 Walnut StreetBerkeley, CA 94709 For more information and detailed schedule see: www.jcceastbay.org/jewish_life or http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138667109514541
Volunteers are needed to help set up the food before the event at 9am . If you can help, please contact Marcia Brooks at 536 643 or Marcia@lmi.net.
Tuesday, November 9th Netivot Shalom's V'zot Yisrael presents
The History of Zionism and Israeli Politics Today
Part I. Roots and branches of Zionism: A journey through pre-Zionism and Zionism to 1948
Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch will teach Part I in a five session course on Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7 at 7:30-9:00pm
Learn what feeds passions and divisions within Israel today by understanding Zionism's roots and the journey it took from its beginning to today. In this series we will explore a spectrum of views on the role of the land of Israel for the Jewish people and the Jewish state, ranging from those of religious thinkers such as Rashi, Nahmanides and Rosenzweig to the Zionist voices of Herzl, Achad Ha'am, David Ben Gurion, Rav Kook, Zhabotinski and others. We will consider the relationship between Zionism and European ideologies, Zionism in Islamic countries, and key historical events that took place between 1897 and 1948.
To register, please contact Rachel at the Netivot Shalom Office by email at email@example.com Fee for members is $45-65 for five sessions [sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds] Fee for non-members is $75
Friday, November 12th
Come enjoy a special evening at Congregation Netivot Shalom with Dr. David Breakstone, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and member of The Jewish Agency Executive, where he represents the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement. (He also happens to be the brother of CNS member Judy Breakstone!)
This Masorti Erev Shabbat will begin with Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:30pm, followed by a catered Shabbat dinner at 6:15 pm. During dinner Dr. Breakstone, the highest-ranked Masorti officer in the Jewish Agency, will speak on the topic: "Masorti Making a Difference: A Call for a Joint Endeavor." The cost of Shabbat dinner is 15$/adult, 8$/child, children 0-3 free (50$ maximum per family). No one turned away for lack of funds. Please RSVP to Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Childcare will be made available if requested. Please also consider using this opportunity to donate an extra $15 to the Masorti Movement as part of the new Chai Masorti campaign. This event is cosponsored by the CNS Young Adults Chevreh and Bay Area Masorti. Dr. David Breakstone is the Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and a member of The Jewish Agency Executive, where he represents the worldwide Conservative/Masorti Movement. He is also a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, where his inisghtful and provocative observations on Israel and the Jewish world appear bi-weekly in its weekend magazine under the title "Keep Dreaming."
Tuesday, November 16th
Join American Jewish World Service to celebrate 25 years of pursuing global justice! Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 5:30 p.m., Julia Morgan Ballroom/Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street, San Francisco. Featuring AJWS President Ruth Messinger, project grantees, and a special songtalk presentation by Dr. Bernice Reagon Johnson. Tickets: $300, Special Youth Price (under 35 crowd): $75. To reserve your place, please contact Matt Balaban at 415.593.3280 or email@example.com or visit www.ajws.org/25years.
November 21 - 9:30am in the CNS Library
The Elephant in the Room: Death, Dying and Cemetery Options
With Rabbi Stuart Kelman and David Stein
A workshop about the elephant that we often try to ignore but will have to deal with eventually:
· Why now is the time to prepare for that eventuality, and
· Our Jewish traditional guides and the practical steps we can take to prepare ourselves, our family, and our community
We will touch on:
· Options you have if you become fatally sick
· Legal matters you need to take care of now
· Jewish traditions surrounding death and dying
· What support you expect from the synagogue community? Chevra Kadisha, Gemilut Hasadim, and Bikur Cholim. What do these volunteer groups do?
· Cemetery options? General and green cemeteries. What are the costs? What do mortuaries provide and their costs? What about cr
· How your wishes can be honored and respected by your synagogue community.
November 21 - 9:30am in the CNS Library
And in December...
December 23-26, 2010 at Walker Creek Ranch, Sonoma County
The Fifth Annual Hazon Food Conferenceis the only place where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish traditions, and contemporary life. Don't miss four days of lectures, discussions, do-it-yourself food workshops, joyful Shabbat celebrations, and delicious, consciously-prepared food. For more information and to register, please visit www.hazon.org/foodconference or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 8th starting at 8AM - The 2010 Jewish Volunteer Day allows for optional reflection and is a Jewish service learning opportunity. Registration for general participation will begin at 8.30AM and the day will finish at 4PM. To be part of this great collaborative and moving experience, please register online by clicking here or by contacting me at (415) 977 7444 or email@example.com. PHC also needs to collect hygiene kits and 2.500 blankets by December 6th.
Project Homeless Connect has been declared a "national best practice" that originated in San Francisco and is now replicated in more than 160 cities in the United States, Canada and Australia. PHC connects approximately 2,000 people with services they need, services like medical care or substance abuse treatment, eyeglasses, financial benefits, legal assistance, haircuts and more... PHC is making a real difference, and you make a real difference by supporting PHC! For more details: www.projecthomelessconnect.com or www.jcrc.org
Adult Learning Opportunities
Discover Judaism! Jewish Theologies with Rabbi Menachem Creditor What does Judaism think about "God?" How do the visions of God in the Torah, Prophets, Writings, and Rabbinic periods compare? Is it the same God? How do modern Israeli poets and post-Holocaust theologians grapple with the eternal questions of meaning and purpose in the world? Text-study and discussion will be the basis for these conversations with no expectation of solutions in the end. No Hebrew is required for this class. Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2 Time: 7:30 to 9pm Location: Congregation Netivot Shalom. fee: $40-$60 - (sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds) Please email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Exploring the Path of the Just with Gregory Newmark Co-sponsored by Congregation Netivot Shalom and Lehrhaus Judaica
This class has been cancelled
Everyday Holiness: A Traditional Jewish Approach to Character Refinement with Laura Goldman and Jeffrey Kessler - Are you looking for a way to bring the spiritual depth of the High Holidays into your life beyond Sukkot? Have you observed that a daily spiritual practice can anchor and grow your sense of connection to Self , Others, and God? The centuries-old Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar, previously known almost exclusively within the Orthodox world, offers us a body of thought and text, as well as practical techniques for bringing Holiness into our everyday lives. Join us for a 6-week immersion in the wisdom and transformative power of Mussar. Using Everyday Holiness, by Alan Morinis, as our text, and employing chant, chevrutah study, journaling, and experiential exercises, we will cultivate and refine character traits such as Humility, Gratitude, Equanimity, and Trust. On Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Nov. 3, 17 To register for the two remaining classes of the 6-week series and for information, please call (510) 339-1701.
Weekly Intermediate Talmud Class Thursdays 5:45 - 6:45 with R' Shalom Bochner We are studying Masechet Berachot (Tractate of Blessings) about the origins of the Siddur. Please join us for a lively and relevant discussion of this ancient and eye-opening texts.
La'asok Ketuvim Class: This class will continue every Wednesday at 1-2pm in the Library with Rabbi Creditor and Rabbi Bochner. Join us as we explore Psalms and other sections from the book of Writings (Ketuvim).
New Lehrhaus Classes!
New Rambam Class taught by Nitzhia Shaked
"MiMoshe leMoshe, lo kam k'Moshe,"* says the famous quote about Rambam. In this course we will start with a short introduction of Rambam's life and philosophy followed by a study of selections of halakhot from "Mishneh Torah." We will discuss Rambam's ideas about interesting topics such as worshiping God, improving human behavior, gossip, tzdaka, superstitions and more. A reader will be provided to the students. *From Cosponsor Congregation Netivot Shalom. Moses to Moses, no one has arisen like Moses.
CLASS CANCELLATION!!!! Spirit of the Vine: Ancient, Modern and Spiritual Perspectives on Jewish Winemaking
The wine series that was set to start this Thursday only has 2 students enrolled. We gave it through the weekend, but we'll have to cancel now. Lehrhaus will refund the two registrations.
CONGREGATION NETIVOT SHALOM ISRAEL TRIP led by Rabbi Menachem Creditor with Josh Kornbluth (July 13 - 24, 2011) For a sample itinerary, pricing, and to register, please email Rachel in the CNS office at email@example.com
Shalhevet ("flame" in Hebrew) is a transformational experience for Jewish 11th and 12th graders from across the SF Bay Area. Travel to Poland & Israel: April 3-17, 2011. Pre-Trip Educational Seminar - local location is on Sun. Dec. 5 at 10:30am: Berkeley Midrasha at Congregation Beth El. For more information contact Roni Alperin:firstname.lastname@example.org x228.
Netivot Shalom's V'zot Yisrael presents The History of Zionism and Israeli Politics Rabbi Novis-Deutsch will teach Part I in a five session course on Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7 at 7:30-9:00pm To register, please contact Rachel at the Netivot Shalom Office by email at email@example.com Fee for members is $45-65 for five sessions [sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds] Fee for non-members is $75
Committee Activities and Events
From the Rosh Chodesh Group:
The next meeting of the Rosh Chodesh group will be held on Sunday, 11/7 at 7pm. Gerri Levitas, a certified hypnotherapist, will lead us in an evening of Mind Body Healing...Accessing the Wisdom Inside. Gerri will talk about the connection between mind and body in facilitating healing, about hypnotherapy in healing, and will lead the group in a relaxation meditation for healing.For further information please contact Marcia Brooks, 510-526-6462.
The Refuah Hevreh
will meet on Sunday October 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 in the synagogue library. The Refuah Hevreh is for people dealing with emotional and mental issues as a result of stress, loss, and just plain difficulties living. Please attend our meeting so we can decide what we want to do in the coming year. What each of us has to offer to this group will direct our thinking about who we are and what we can hope to do. If you believe the synagogue should offer a refuge for each member struggling with significant problems, you should seriously consider attending and contributing.
From the Greeting Coordinator:
Whether you're a founding member of Netivot Shalom or a recent addition to the community, please consider signing up to greet congregants at upcoming shabbat services. The Greeting Committee is looking for volunteers to greet new-comers and old-timers alike. This is a great way to meet fellow congregants and stay connected with the Netivot community. Responsibilities and requirements are minimal--simply a smiling face and a willingness to help out. If you are interested in greeting at an upcoming shabbat morning, please email Justin Garland, Greeting Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org .
From Community Building:
Attention Musical Performers! The Netivot Shalom Music Festival will be on Saturday evening, January 8. If interested in being considered for the performance lineup, contact Stephen Pride Raffel and Dan Siegel at email@example.com
Menschen Movie Night + Munchies: Tuesday, November 2 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Come see LATE MARRIAGE, an Israeli film about a man's late journey of self-discovery, finding the woman of his dreams. Movie Night is at Michael Meltzer's in Oakland. Please RSVP to 510-339-6492 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support of the Mitzvah Milers at the Waves to Wine MS Ride. The Milers reached their goal and raised $50,639 to fight Multiple Sclerosis! Their 7 year total is $292,000.
From Social Action:
Voices of Faith Against Hunger and Homelessness
Berkeley Food and Housing Project, in collaboration with Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action (BOCA), will hold an interfaith rally to celebrate people of all faiths coming together to break the cycle of homelessness. The community will come together for a night of celebration and action to share resources and locate a permanent home for a badly needed men's housing and services center. All are welcome at this free event. There will be live musical performances, blessings from local clergy members including our own Rabbi Creditor, testimonies from homeless men, as well as a presentation to public officials, followed by Herb K. Schultz, appointed by President Obama as Western Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human
7th Annual Netivot Shalom Holiday Dinner Drive
Please join us again to collaborate with 9 other synagogues to support the efforts of the Alameda County Community Food Bank as the winter holidays approach. The Food Bank is currently serving 1 out of 6 Alameda County residents - 49,000 individuals every week including 21,000 children and 9,000 seniors. Please look for your letter in the mail this week and consider making any donation you can to help the food bank reach its goal of providing 15,000 holiday food bags to families this year. Many thanks to Shalom Bochner and the amitim class members who took time to learn about the food bank and work with me to prepare the mailing the entire congregation will receive this week!
Services, who will respond and speak about partnerships. November 7, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church at 2024 Ashby Street, Berkeley.
12th Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Gathering and Service
BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) invites us to join the clergy & choirs of our community as we celebrate and give thanks. Readings, scripture, music and teaching celebrating gifts, community and Thanksgiving. Tuesday, November 23rd, 7pm @Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street · Berkeley, CA 94709
Support the Keller/Geliebter Famiy with their bicycling fundraiser until Nov.: Robin Keller, Mark and Talia Geliebter have signed up for a bicycling fundraiser, benefiting participants in BORP. On October 16, Talia, Robin, and Mark biked in Sonoma County along with BORP's other hand cyclists, and visually impaired riders. We have agreed to raise money in support of BORP. Talia, is a long time participant, especially in power soccer. BORP also offers: Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball (visually impaired), Sled Hockey and Fitness Classes. BORP is a non-profit organization that improves the lives of youth and adults with physical disabilities through challenging sport, fitness and recreation programs . We hope you will support our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. To make a secure online donation, please select Robin, or Talia's name on the Revolution fundraising page at: http://www.regathon.com/revolution/sponsor-participant.htm. You can also send checks (with one of our names in the "Note" line) toBORP,2332 5th Street, Berkeley , CA 94710 . If you want to learn more about BORP, go to their website: www.borp.orgor contact us at: email@example.com.
From Job Networking:
The Berkeley Synagogues Employment Support Group meetings have re-started and will meet as before on Thursdays from 10-11:30am in the library. Please join and follow the Berkeley Synagogues group on LinkedIn for any updates.