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November 2018

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Wednesday, November 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

This year marks the 38th year we have a shared interfaith service on Thanksgiving Eve with First United Methodist Church (2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108). The service will be held at Beth Israel this year. One of the Methodists will speak and our combined choirs will sing. A reception will follow the service. FOOD DRIVE FOR MAMA’S KITCHEN Together with the First United Methodist Church, we will collect food at the Thanksgiving Eve worship to benefit Mama’s…

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Light Up Your Chanukah

Thursday, November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Join us to create your own memorable Chanukah celebration, one of the most joyful holidays of Judaism! Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein will teach you how to do it yourself (DIY) in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop. No fee, but please RSVP below at least one week in advance. For more information contact Program Director Ilene Tatro; itatro@cbisd.org or call 858 535-1111, ext.2516

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December 2018

Soul Sunday – MEDITATE ON THE SH’MA with Rabbi Solomon

Sunday, December 2 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

MEDITATE ON THE SH’MA 9:15 – 11:15 AM Foster Family Chapel Join Rabbi Solomon as we dive into the six central words of Jewish prayer, theology and practice. We’ll learn, sing and sit together, coming into our breath and into our hearts. No prior meditation experience necessary; all levels/styles of mediation welcome.. Feel free to bring a cushion if you’d like. Hosted by Lori Shearer & Cindy Schairer. Please RSVP online by November 29.

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Chanukah Celebration

Friday, December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States

Chanukah at Beth Israel is going to be one big celebration this year! We hope you can join us. We will have something for everyone! 5:30 pm         Shabbat Dinner for Young Families (RSVP HERE) 6:00 pm          Chanukiah lighting 6:15 pm          Celebratory Shabbat service 7:15/7:30 pm  Special oneg with latke bar 7:15-7:30 pm  Israeli dancing with Yoni Carr  

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Consecration

Sunday, December 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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  First Grade Religious School classes celebrate the formal beginning of their lifelong Jewish study. First Graders and their families arrive at 9:00 AM for pictures and to prepare. The service will begin at 10:30 AM in the Glickman-Galinson Sanctuary. A casual luncheon follows - please RSVP below for all members of your family who will be attending.  

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Mitzvah Mall

Sunday, December 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Shabbat and Havdalah at Home

Thursday, December 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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This workshop, led by Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein, will highlight the blessings, rituals, food, music and creative ideas for a joyous Shabbat and Havdalah in your home. No fee, but please RSVP below at least one week in advance. For more information contact Program Director Ilene Tatro; itatro@cbisd.org or call 858 535-1111, ext.2516

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College Gear Shabbat

Friday, December 21 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Please join us at Erev Shabbat Services as we welcome our Beth Israel College Kids ‘home’. Please wear your favorite College Gear (T-shirt, Sweatshirt and/or Kipah).

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January 2019

Synagogue Geography

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Beth Israel’s campus brings Jerusalem to San Diego.  The theme of the buildings can be summed up as community, connectedness, and holiness through its connection with Jerusalem.  The architect and his team felt it was very important to preserve the past while building the future.  They spent time in Jerusalem, studying how to bring the feel of our holy city to San Diego. Rabbi Michael Berk takes you on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour that reveals little-known facts about Beth Israel campus…

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Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed

Friday, January 11, 2019 - Saturday, January 12, 2019
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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We invite you to listen, learn, and explore together at our upcoming Scholar in Residence weekend with world renowned theologian and pioneer of Jewish mystical studies, Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed. Melila Hellner-Eshed, Ph.D., is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is a professor of Jewish mysticism and Zohar in the department of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She received her degree from Hebrew University under the tutelage of Professor Yehuda Liebes. For the past two…

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Interactive Tu Bishvat Seder Experience

Sunday, January 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Tu Bishvat or the "New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the 15th (tu) of the Hebrew month of Shvat. Scholars believe that originally Tu Bishvat was an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu Bishvat  that is similar to a Passover seder. Today, many Jews hold a modern version of the Tu Bishvat seder each year. The holiday also has become a tree-planting…

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11th Annual MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service

Monday, January 21, 2019 @ 8:15 am - 11:30 am

11th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Interfaith Service Come join people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds for a wonderful morning of community service, fun and fellowship. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary of Interfaith service by cleaning up Balboa Park. Families are encouraged to participate in this intergenerational hands-on community service day. Registration begins at 8:15 AM with the Opening Ceremony at 9:15 AM. JOIN DIVERSE SAN DIEGO FAITH COMMUNITIES IN HANDS-ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE IN BALBOA PARK.…

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Soul Sunday – Hike with Rabbi Solomon

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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TU B’SHVAT TREE POWER 9:15 - 11:15 AM Meet @ the front steps at Beth Israel Let’s get dusty! We will depart at 9:20 am sharp via carpool to our hike & return in time for religious school pick up at 11:15 am. Hosted by Sarah & Devon Callahan & Tammy Vener. Photo: Tu b’Shvat in Rosh Ayin, Israel in the late 1940s or early ’50s. RSVP online by January 24.  

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February 2019

New Member Shabbat

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Join us for a special evening as Beth Israel welcomes new members who have joined in the past year. Everyone is invited! Come for the Erev Shabbat service and stay for the joyful oneg event following. There will be hearty appetizers and plentiful treats, and fun for everyone. This special oneg is sponsored by the Beth Israel Membership Committee. For more information contact Bethany Eisenberg, beisenberg@cbisd.org.

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March 2019

Shabbat Tzedek: Broken Myths, Brokered Lives – A New Activist Learning

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - Saturday, March 9, 2019
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Shabbat Tzedek : March 7-9, 2019 Broken Myths, Brokered Lives – A New Activist Learning Focus: Human Trafficking in Israel With Rabbi Levi Lauer, Founding Executive Director of ATZUM in Israel ATZUM – Justice Works : Addressing Urgent Need in Israel, One Person at a Time •Thursday, March 7th, 2019: Evening Community Learning Session •Friday, March 8th, 2019: Erev Shabbat Sermon & Dinner Presentation •Saturday, March 9th, 2019: Leading Torah Study, Parshat Pekudei Rabbi Levi Lauer is Founding Executive Director…

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Passover Step-by-Step

Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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Experience the rituals, traditions, foods and music of Passover in this hands-on workshop led by Rabbi Cantor Arlene Bernstein. Learn how to lead a Seder and take home a booklet complete with recipes and songs to use at home. No fee, but please RSVP below at least one week in advance. For more information contact Program Director Ilene Tatro; itatro@cbisd.org or call 858 535-1111, ext.2516

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Soul Sunday – Bake with Rabbi Solomon

Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am
Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122 United States
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IT’S PASSOVER TIME 9:15 - 11:15 AM Garfield Social Hall and Kitchen Join us to learn how to make Passover food taste good! We will prepare some of the classics, with a new twist, and show you how to be the master of Passover desserts: matzo granola, chocolate covered matzo, macaroons, Passover brownies, pineapple macadamia charoset, oh my! Hosts Heather McCracken Cohen & April Fink. $5 pre-registration required to save your spot & help cover costs of ingredients. RSVP online…

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May 2019

Consultation on Conscience 2019, May 19 – 21 in Washington, DC

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019
CA United States

Registration for the 2019 Consultation on Conscience will open in November 2018. BETH ISRAEL MEMBERS RECEIVE A $100 SCHOLARSHIP! CONTACT ILENE FOR DETAILS, ITATRO@CBISD.ORG Beth Israel has a delegation for the 2019 Consultation on Conscience! Registration Prices November 1 - 23: $249 November 24 - January 30: $349 February 1 - April 8: $499 April 8 - May 1: $599 There has never been a better time to repair the world.  In May 2019, as we continue to face legislative…

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