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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...

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...

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