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Chesed Committee

Under the direction of Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and a team of dedicated congregants, the Caring Committee has blossomed into the Chesed Committee. “The idea is to act like an extended spiritual family, reaching out to and coordinating support for members in both times of need and celebration,” explains Janet Parker. The core group has expanded to about a dozen people, including Kathryn Amenta, Ardis Breslauer, Nancy Brunn, Helen Luey, Ron...Read more...

Rabbi Martin Weiner's shares his opinion in the J. Weekly

Sherith Israel's Rabbi Emeritus, Martin Weiner wrote an op-ed piece for the J. Weekly entitled: History will show it’s wrong to vilify Obama on Israel. Please click here to read. 

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Youth Group is back

Student leadership spurs many activities

When an inspiring teacher and excited students work together, fun times happen. Religious School assistant principal Natalie Weizman loved her synagogue youth group in Santa Cruz. William Geist, a 12th grader and other high school and middle school students enjoy getting together. They’ve now established a formal youth group at Sherith Israel.

Principal and interim executive director Nancy...Read more...

Outdoor Judaism with Hachutzah!

What do Tashlich, Sukkot, Tu B’Shvat, and Lag B’Omer have in common? They are frequently overlooked Jewish observances, but this year we are going to celebrate them by taking them outside to reconnect them with their roots in nature. 

Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller has put together a cycle of outdoor Jewish experiences under the name Hachutzah, which means heading out. “Each gathering will incorporate the chance to enjoy the...Read more...

Michael Krasny digs into Jewish humor

What does Jewish humor tell us about Jews now and in generations past? If you’re Michael Krasny, host of KQED-FM Radio’s “Forum,” author, professor of literature at SF State University and Sherith Israel congregant, a lot!

Michael will speak at Sherith Israel on Saturday, March 4 at 7 pm. He’ll regale us with wit and wisdom from his new book, Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All...Read more...

Saturday mornings at CSI

Like most American Reform congregations, Sherith Israel’s worship centers on Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat services. “We’d like to create a more dynamic Shabbat morning experience,” comments Rabbi Jessica Graf. “I’d like to see more opportunities for people to engage with study and engage with each other.”

Currently, Saturday-morning Torah Study, led by our rabbis and cantor, draws about 25 students weekly—newcomers...Read more...

Sermon by Rabbi Jonah Pesner: After the Flood

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner delivered a sermon to the National American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and the congregation at Sherith Israel. Click here to read

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Yom Kippur, 5776 Sermon by Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller

In a famous Talmudic passage, the Rabbis tackle a case of disputed ownership.  Two [people appear before a Court, both] holding onto the same garment. One of them says, Ani m’tzatiha – “I found it,” and the other says, Ani m’tzatiha –  “I found it.” One says: Kula sheli – “It is all mine,” and the other says: Kula sheli –  “It is all mine.” In such a case, the Rabbis conclude that each party must...Read more...

Sun, 26 March 2017 28 Adar 5777