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Sanctuary Congregation

A Note from Craig Etlin, CSI President

Dear Congregants,

I want to share with you the exciting news that the Sherith Israel Board of Trustees voted at our February meeting to declare Sherith Israel a “sanctuary” congregation. If you’ve been following the Tikkun Olam column in our Sherith Israel News , you’ve been reading about the wonderful work our CSI social action committee has been doing as part of the interfaith...Read more...

Introducing Sherith Israel's New Executive Director

Dear Sherith Israel Community,

I am thrilled to announce that the Sherith Israel Board of Trustees has hired Gordon Gladstone to become Sherith Israel’s next executive director.

Gordon will join us on December 11. Gordon brings to Sherith Israel a long and distinguished career within the Bay Area Jewish community, most recently as executive director at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos. He has served as the executive...Read more...

Cantor David Frommer In The News

Cantor David Frommer is featured in the American Conference of Cantors Spotlight. Click here to read the article.


Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf and Mayor Ed Lee speaking at anti-hate rally at S.F. City Hall


CSI featured in The "J" Column

The J Weekly's column "Jew In The Pew": Under the dome with Carlebach and Craig, in a great temple of Reform

"Combine one part soulful Carlebach service with one part large Reform synagogue. Add one dash U.S. Army chaplain and one pinch singer-songwriter Craig Taubman. Shake thoroughly. Serve in San Francisco’s most beautiful synagogue sanctuary." Read the full article.


CSI Member featured in the "J"

Frances Bertetta was in her late 20s when she attended a bar mitzvah and fell in love with Judaism. Seventy years later, she is converting from Catholicism and becoming a member at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. Read full article in the "J" here.

The website/blog, Fast Forward: Quick reads through a Jewish lens, also picked up on this story. You can see it here.


Rabbi Jessica Graf writes for

Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf wrote a commentary for Reform Voices of Torah. Click here to read


Announcement about Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller's depature

From Evan Kletter, President, CSI Board of Trustees

Dear Fellow Congregants: 

I am writing to let you know that after thirteen years at Sherith Israel, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller will be leaving us at the end of her contract in June. Rabbi Saxe-Taller leaves a wonderful legacy, grounded in social justice, spirituality and community building. 

Rabbi Saxe-Taller, who has been here for her entire rabbinate,...Read more...

Sat, June 6 2020 14 Sivan 5780