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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 and veterans alike. “People who haven’t come before are more than welcome to join in,” invites Rabbi Jessica. “Please come and add your voice to the discussion. It’s a stimulating way to start the day.”

During this first year of working together, our clergy team wants to function as a start-up—albeit a 165-year-old start-up. “We want to be nimble and creative so we can blend the tradition we honor with new ideas like food justice and taking our worship outdoors. A major goal,” she adds, “is to build community. It’s all about relationships.”

One big step in that dream is the new Shabbat Mishpachah for our early childhood families. “We want to experiment with a family Shabbat experience where people can enjoy both the community and the spiritual aspects of Shabbat.”

Saturday, Feb. 25 (during Shabbat Chai)
11 am: Family-friendly worship in Newman Hall
11:45 am: Lunch Newman Hall $18 per family, preregistration required

Mishpachah means family. What better way to celebrate Shabbat than by joining Cantor David Frommer, Rabbi Jessica Graf and other families with children under five for a creative, fun, musical service for kids and adults. Everyone is welcome!

Registration: Online or Natalie Weizman 415.346.1720, x27, or

SHABBAT CHAI—for Everyone
Saturdays, Feb. 25 and May 20
9:15–10:30 am: Class time for youth and adults
10:30 am: Services in the sanctuary for everyone
12:15 pm: Potluck lunch in the chapel  

All are invited—including adults without children—when Religious School moves to Shabbat morning four times a year. This moring of experiential learning weaves together class time for students, classes for adults (including Torah Study, yoga or art) and Shabbat services for all. Our student readers will chant Torah. A special Shabbat guest from KlezCalifornia will introduce everyone to Yiddish language, culture and klezmer music. It’s all followed by a potluck lunch in the chapel.

Thu, May 24 2018 10 Sivan 5778