Congregation Netivot Shalom is an egalitarian, participatory Sacred Community that encourages and engages in Tefilah(Prayer), Torah (Learning), Tzedeka (Social Justice), and Kehillah (Community) within our congregation and the broader community.Our mission is to inspire Jewish practices among individuals and families who are considering Judaism, are intermarried, or Jewish. We share a commitment to Masorti (Conservative) Judaism and furthering individual and communal spiritual growth, while recognizing a range of personal philosophies, practices and needs.
Save the Date! Feb 11th, 7:30pm
An Evening with Anat Hoffman, Chair of Women of the Wall @ Netivot Shalom
"Women of the Wall, Social Justice and Human Rights in Israel"
Anat Hoffman is a pioneer of civil rights in Israel. She has promoted Jewish Pluralism, tolerance, and equality in Israeli society and is a leader in the struggle for the right of women to wear a pray shawl and read from the Torah scroll at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Anat Hoffman is a dynamic and passionate speaker. Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear this trail blazing advocate and to honor her work.
Sponsored by: Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley, Temple Sinai of Oakland, Women of Temple Sinai, The Israel Center of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, Congregation Beth El of Berkeley, Oakland Ruach Hadassah, Congregation Ner Tamid of San Francisco, Congregation Beth Israel Judea of San Francisco, JCC of San Francisco, The New Israel Fund, Rabbis for Women of the Wall
Channukah is awesome! The central ritual of our upcoming holiday is found in striking a light, igniting a flame, in banishing darkness. This is all the more palpable in the shorter days of winter, but it is also a spiritual act of defiance that you can experience with closed eyes. Jewish history is rife with challenge, but this holiday is one of rededication and bravery, where we reclaimed our holy home in Jerusalem to light our lights once more.
I invite you to tee the days ahead as preparation to dispel darkness. Here are a few links with Channukah resources, including how-to's, calls to action, and reflections.
Lighting the Hanukkah Candles: Blessings & Songs: This 2-page blessings and song-sheet, prepared by Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg, contains the text and translation of the blessings and popular songs to accompany the lighting of the chanukkiah. (RA)
Channukah is a powerful time, where we seek to heed the teaching of the modern sage Rabbi Ed Feinstein, that the greatest Jewish sin is despair. We are the lamplighters, each one of us a shamash capable of spreading healing and warmth.
May we be blessed to rededicate our Jewish homes, banish darkness with our light, and illuminate the world with blessing!
Why did religious Zionists attack an army base in Israel? What do religious Zionist thinkers have to say about power and the military? This week we will meet at Congregation Netivot Shalom on Thursday, Dec 15at 7:30 pm to discuss power, war and violence in religious Zionism with Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch. Feel free to join just for this class! All are welcome!
The first gentleman in line for dinner greeted us with a hearty "shalom." And "shalom to you, too" we each responded as his dinner plate was filled with the food, hot, and freshly cooked by an especially energetic crew.
We know why we gather the first Sunday of every month: it is all about the guys. On Sunday evening, December 4, we began to gather at 4:30 PM. First came Ednah Beth Friedman with the staples stored in her garage, quickly followed by NS Board Member Joan Bradus who had shopped for and delivered the fresh food needed for this month's dinner. Joan began to clean the lettuces. Next came Jerry Derblich and Zephira Milea-Derblich. Jerry pitched right in on the salad, cutting the peppers and cucumbers into bite sized pieces. Zephira cut up the fresh fruit for desert. Susan Lawrence-Cohen our menu planner arrived. Susi spends a significant amount of quiet time each month deciding upon the menu, figuring out the quantity of ingredients needed to feed approximately 60 men, preparing the shopping list and instructions for the crew. Deborah Enelow came with her own apron and
began to help Susi prepare the vegetarian lasagna. NS President Mel Sibony arrived just in time to begin to wash some of the pans and utensils. Michael Shapira began to assemble the dessert plates and organize the serving table. Later in the evening he scrubbed a prodigious number of pots and pans. Meredith Trauner helped assemble the lasagna, prepare the garlic bread, andmade the juice-drink. Lastly, Mika & Illai Simhi-Aloni and their friend, Tal Garner, joined in. Mika and Illai had made ten dozen cookies for dessert and Tal brought corn bread she had made at home just for this occasion. When the lasagna was in the oven cooking, the green beans on the stove simmering, and the green salad nearing the finishing touches Mel left his post at the kitchen sink and shared with us a fascinating account of the Moroccan-Jewish tradition of Jewish saints. We had a lively discussion. Promptly at 7 PM dinner was served!