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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...

S.F. Federation CEO, J Street U have a meeting of minds

For the first time in the Bay Area, the head of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation was a featured speaker at an event put on by the left-leaning student group J Street U. Read the full article in the J.


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. 


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...

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...

Sat, 29 April 2017 3 Iyyar 5777