Congregation Sherith Israel

Congregation Sherith Israel

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ABC's "Kids Say the Darndest Things" is coming to SAN FRANCISCO!

Our celebrity host, Tiffany Haddish, can't wait to meet the funniest kids (age 6-11) that SF has to offer!

Our casting staff would love to get the word out to your amazing kids and offer them the opportunity to appear on the show!

Parents with kids who are interested should apply ASAP.

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We are so excited to be bringing to Congregation Sherith Israel this Saturday at 7:30pm with this fantastic cast! Tickets available here! http://bit.ly/8Nights_SherithIsrael
WinterFaith Shelter Walk to benefit the Interfaith Winter Shelter This Sunday April 7th at 1:30 pm at Lake Merced! Please register and/or donate today! Thank you for your support! https://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com/
WinterFaith Shelter Walk Supporting Interfaith Winter Shelter - Sunday May 6 at 1:30 pm around Lake Merced. Register and/or donate today! http://winterfaithshelterwalk.dojiggy.com
Back in 1988, I was our Associate Rabbi and hitting my 30th birthday, Rabbi Weiner was turning 50, and Cantor Feldman celebrating his 60th. The sum total of our birthdays corresponded to the 140th year of CSI. It was an occasion for a major celebration, and a night never to be forgotten - a 30/50/60 event! Years later now, in another few days, I'll be turning 60 (which means that R. Weiner will be 80, and Cantor Feldman will be 90). We continue to be blessed, and cherish our years working together back in "the day". May Cong. Sherith Israel continue to grow from strength to strength!
What a fun baseball fundraising event this evening! Thank you. ⚾💞⚾💞⚾

At CSI you'll find a contemporary Reform approach to our timeless traditions. We welcome Jews and their families from many backgrounds.

Operating as usual

Inside view from Afghan employee at JFCS — and how you can help – J. 08/17/2021

Inside view from Afghan employee at JFCS — and how you can help – J.

Inside view from Afghan employee at JFCS — and how you can help – J. Afghan refugees are coming to the Bay Area and you can help, says Yasamin Taher, a case manager with Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay. Originally founded as Daughters of Israel Relief Society, JFCS has been resettling refugees in the Bay Area since the 1930s, including hundreds of Afgha...

What's Up with Delta? - Event - Congregation Sherith Israel 08/02/2021

What's Up with Delta? - Event - Congregation Sherith Israel

San Francisco has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country and cases are still increasing. What does it mean and what can we do? Join us for an informative conversation about the Delta variant and its impact on our lives on Wednesday, August 4, 5 pm for What's Up with Delta?: A Conversation with Dr. Jeremy Faust and Dr. Jonathan Graf. Join us on Zoom at link on our website. Submit questions for the discussion to [email protected]

https://www.sherithisrael.org/event/whats-up-with-delta.html#

What's Up with Delta? - Event - Congregation Sherith Israel

Rise of Delta variant pushes Bay Area Jewish groups to change course – J. 07/27/2021

Rise of Delta variant pushes Bay Area Jewish groups to change course – J.

Rise of Delta variant pushes Bay Area Jewish groups to change course – J. On Monday morning, Rabbi Raleigh Resnick received some bad news. A child at his Chabad’s summer camp in Pleasanton had tested positive for Covid. Then, a few hours later in the afternoon, another tested positive. Within two days, another three children at the Chabad of the Tri Valley day camp woul...

06/27/2021

Happy Pride!

Happy Pride!

Synagogues reopen their doors after long, arduous year – J. 06/24/2021

Synagogues reopen their doors after long, arduous year – J.

Read an article from this week's J. on SF Bay synagogues reopening around the bay with a featured photo from our sanctuary!

https://jweekly.com/2021/06/24/synagogues-reopen-their-doors-after-long-arduous-year/

Synagogues reopen their doors after long, arduous year – J. For 469 long days, Congregation Sherith Israel’s domed sanctuary in San Francisco remained mostly quiet. No b’nai mitzvahs, no weddings, no services, no songs or prayers. Then, on June 18, the doors swung open. It was an occasion for celebration at the synagogue’s first in-person Shabbat servi...

Under the Dome: Join Us In-Person for Shabbat this Friday! 06/16/2021

Under the Dome: Join Us In-Person for Shabbat this Friday!

Shehecheyanu- our reopening is under way!

Under the Dome: Join Us In-Person for Shabbat this Friday! June 15, 2021 | 5 Tamuz 5781 SHABBAT Kabbalat Shabbat (Now In-Person) Friday, June 18, 6 pm Shabbat service led by Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf, Rabbi Abby Phelps and Cantor Toby Glaser with musical d

33rd Annual Tikkun: A Day of Learning in Honor of Shavuot 05/14/2021

33rd Annual Tikkun: A Day of Learning in Honor of Shavuot

Register now for Sunday's online Shavuot celebration with JCC of the East Bay.

33rd Annual Tikkun: A Day of Learning in Honor of Shavuot The JCC East Bay invites you to join us once again - or for the first time - at this beloved community event to celebrate Shavuot!

Hello Out There! Week 59 05/01/2021

Hello Out There! Week 59

Rabbi Jessica's missive for the week coincidentally includes a quote from a Washington Post article on social anxiety written by Lisa Bonos, sister of Sherith Israel program manager Peter Bonos.

Hello Out There! Week 59 Weekly Missive April 30, 2021 Hello out there! Those of you who joined us for services last Friday, saw me and Cantor Glaser together in the sanctuary for the first time in 59 weeks! Jonathan was with

Hello Out There! Week 58 04/23/2021

Hello Out There! Week 58

Rabbi Graf anticipates the return to a post-pandemic sense of normalcy and muses on smoked fish in this week's missive.

Hello Out There! Week 58 Weekly Missive April 23, 2021 Hello out there! Well—we finally went out to dinner with some friends. The first dinner date in 13 months. The whole way to the restaurant, I kept wondering if they’d sho

Hello Out There! Week 57 04/16/2021

Hello Out There! Week 57

Read the latest missive from the desk of Rabbi Graf.

Hello Out There! Week 57 Weekly Missive April 16, 2021 Hello out there! First it was the bucatini. Then the Grape-Nuts. And now this. I didn’t miss the bucatini because I didn’t know I was supposed to love them—for their supe

Congregation Sherith Israel updated their business hours. 04/02/2021

Congregation Sherith Israel updated their business hours.

Congregation Sherith Israel updated their business hours.

Yom HaShoah 2021—A Virtual Commemoration 04/02/2021

Yom HaShoah 2021—A Virtual Commemoration

Come together with JFCS Holocaust Center and the San Francisco Jewish community for a virtual Yom HaShoah commemoration ceremony on April 7 and a series of workshops in honor of Holocaust remembrance on April 8​ and 9​. For more details and to register:​ ​https://yhs2021.eventbrite.com

Yom HaShoah 2021—A Virtual Commemoration Special virtual community events commemorating Yom HaShoah.

Timeline Photos 03/28/2021

Miso broth matzo ball soup with kim chi as maror. If I could remember how I made this, I’d post the recipe. Whether your Seder is traditional or not so much we wish you all a Happy Pesach!

Miso broth matzo ball soup with kim chi as maror. If I could remember how I made this, I’d post the recipe. Whether your Seder is traditional or not so much we wish you all a Happy Pesach!

Our Pandemic Year: Bay Area rabbis look ahead to a post-pandemic future – J. 03/15/2021

Our Pandemic Year: Bay Area rabbis look ahead to a post-pandemic future – J.

Rabbi Graf is quoted in this recent article (amongst other bay area rabbis) giving an account of the pros and cons of streaming services as we transition toward the next chapter of the pandemic.

Our Pandemic Year: Bay Area rabbis look ahead to a post-pandemic future – J. Part One of OUR PANDEMIC YEAR, a week-long series examining how the Covid pandemic has changed our local Jewish world. Rabbi Mark Bloom stood behind a clear plastic partition outside Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland with a guitar strapped to his shoulder. A small digital camera attached to a mic stand...

02/27/2021

Chag Purim Sameach from one year ago! We sure are missing everyone on this festive holiday and are looking forward to celebrating next year together!

Chag Purim Sameach from one year ago! We sure are missing everyone on this festive holiday and are looking forward to celebrating next year together!

02/22/2021

Join us this Wednesday evening for a discussion of prosecution, policing and incarceration with San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin; hosted by Warren Braunig, an active lay leader of Sherith Israel and an experienced litigator. https://www.sherithisrael.org/event/conversation-from-the-front-line-with-sf-district-attorney-chesa-boudin.html

Join us this Wednesday evening for a discussion of prosecution, policing and incarceration with San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin; hosted by Warren Braunig, an active lay leader of Sherith Israel and an experienced litigator. https://www.sherithisrael.org/event/conversation-from-the-front-line-with-sf-district-attorney-chesa-boudin.html

Timeline Photos 12/18/2020

The front office at CSI on California Street. We’re going to leave this on for now. It’s such a comforting beacon of light in these dark times- a symbol of hope for all who pass by.

The front office at CSI on California Street. We’re going to leave this on for now. It’s such a comforting beacon of light in these dark times- a symbol of hope for all who pass by.

12/12/2020

Happy Hanukkah! Or is it Chanukah? Either way, join us tonight on Zoom for a community candle lighting celebration and Friday night Shabbat service with Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf, Rabbi Abby Phelps and Cantor Toby Glaser. Link below✨

https://www.sherithisrael.org/event/chanukah-shabbat.html

Happy Hanukkah! Or is it Chanukah? Either way, join us tonight on Zoom for a community candle lighting celebration and Friday night Shabbat service with Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf, Rabbi Abby Phelps and Cantor Toby Glaser. Link below✨

https://www.sherithisrael.org/event/chanukah-shabbat.html

12/04/2020

Since Hanukkah is right around the corner, we thought we’d ask...how do you like your latkes? 🥔Are you Team Apple Sauce or Team Sour Cream? Share recipes, pictures, tips and opinions and we’ll repost!

11/16/2020

Join us tonight at 5 pm for an update on COVID-19 vaccines with doctors from our community, Dr. Jeremy Rassen and our host, Dr. Jonathan Graf. More info at link in comments.

Join us tonight at 5 pm for an update on COVID-19 vaccines with doctors from our community, Dr. Jeremy Rassen and our host, Dr. Jonathan Graf. More info at link in comments.

Hello Out There! Week 34 11/14/2020

Hello Out There! Week 34

Read this week's missive from Rabbi Graf. Zoom link to tonight's 6 pm Shabbat service is included as well.

Hello Out There! Week 34 Weekly Missive November 13, 2020 Hello out there! A new era in American history is dawning. A woman of color-- and her Jewish husband-- are moving into the vice president’s residence! (WOOHOO!!) VP-el

Hello Out There! Week 33 11/09/2020

Hello Out There! Week 33

The latest missive from Rabbi Graf.

Hello Out There! Week 33 Weekly Missive November 6, 2020 Hello out there! We’re waiting, we’re waiting, we’re waiting... I was sure that by the time this missive went out—my note of good cheer/check-in/irreverent wandering of

Hello Out There! Week 32 10/30/2020

Hello Out There! Week 32

Is it really Friday already?! Enjoy this week's missive from Rabbi Graf.

Hello Out There! Week 32 Weekly Missive October 30, 2020 Hello out there! These words from our Talmud remind us of the importance of a community’s investment in leadership: “Rabbi Yitzhak taught that ‘A ruler is not to be app

Hello Out There! Week 31 10/26/2020

Hello Out There! Week 31

Rabbi Graf reflects upon the recent presidential debates in her latest missive.

Hello Out There! Week 31 Weekly Missive October 23, 2020 Hello out there! The upcoming election looms large. It’s all everyone can talk about. In these weeks leading up to the most contested and consequential election in deca

Hello Out There! Week 30 10/20/2020

Hello Out There! Week 30

Weekly missive #30 from the desk of Rabbi Graf.

Hello Out There! Week 30 Weekly Missive October 16, 2020 Hello out there! The vice-presidential debate kicked off the new year with lots of drama. Though many critical issues were on the agenda for the two candidates, an unex

09/28/2020

Yom Kippur Evening Service

09/28/2020

Yom Kippur Morning Service

09/28/2020

Kol Nidre Service 2020

Kol Nidre Service 2020

09/19/2020

Rosh Hashana Morning Service

Rosh Hashanah Morning Service

09/19/2020

Rosh Hashanah Evening Service 2020

Rosh Hashanah 2020 Evening Service

09/10/2020

"Hang in there! Out of darkness, will come light. Out of the ten plagues—which included darkness—came freedom and a whole new world." - Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf of Congregation Sherith Israel

jweekly.com 08/21/2020

Prerecorded services, backyard worship, a drive-in: High Holidays during a pandemic

Our new Cantor Toby Glaser in production of our High Holiday Services this week on the cover of the J.

jweekly.com The most sacred Jewish holidays are approaching, bringing with them the longest and most well-attended services of the year. Even in the best of times, a congregation’s intensive preparations for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur take months. But this year, there is no road map for those preparations, ...

08/19/2020

High Holy Day Services Preview

07/29/2020

Get updated on the latest coronavirus medical developments tonight at 5 pm on Zoom (link in comments).

07/28/2020

A Conversation from the Front Line with Mayor London Breed

San Francisco and Reform Judaism - two entities whose tradition is change. Mayor Breed and Rabbi Graf discuss COVID-19, the movement for racial justice, and other challenges of this time.

Watch at the link below and check out our YouTube channel for more!

https://youtu.be/GnRLLHZI6J0

Mayor London Breed and Rabbi Jessica Zimmerman Graf will discuss COVID-19, the movement for racial justice, and other challenges of this time.

Videos (show all)

Yom Kippur Evening Service
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Kol Nidre Service 2020
Rosh Hashana Morning Service
Rosh Hashanah Evening Service 2020
Jessica and David
Havdallah
Shabbat Services
March 13, 2020 - Kabbalat Shabbat at Sherith Israel
SF Imigration Rally, Sept 15

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2266 California St
San Francisco, CA
94115

General information

Welcome to Congregation Sherith Israel. For thousands of years, the synagogue has endured as the strongest institution in Judaism. At its heart is the commitment to strengthen and replenish the Jewish spirit and to perpetuate its people as one. It is the home of sacred words and values given to us by God, who compels us to teach those values to our children and to live them every day. Congregation Sherith Israel has served this role for our congregational family and community since 1850 and today, we continue the idealistic and strong -willed spirit of our founding pioneer fathers and mothers by providing extensive educational programs, each designed to strengthen our ties to the past and our commitment to the future. At Congregation Sherith Israel we pride ourselves on welcoming people of diverse age, gender, interests, backgrounds and other faith traditions. Our members are committed to being part of and contributing to a community where all members' spiritual, religious needs are met, where lasting and meaningful Jewish memories are made, where our rich heritage is passed from generation to generation, and where social justice is upheld. We encourage you to get to know our rabbis, cantor, executive director, religious school principal, early childhood educator and other staff by actively participating in volunteer and learning programs and attending Shabbat Services. We will be happy to make an appointment for you to meet with Rabbi Raphael or Cantor Glassman at any time. We believe that our members should make an annual Fair Share commitment of support and we will work with you to assure your comfort in making a decision about your contribution. All Jews or those with Jewish partners are welcome to become members. We invite you to learn more about us by reading through our web site, signing up to receive email updates, calling us and — best of all — visiting us. Join us for Shabbat services or visit us during business hours. We'll be delighted to give you a tour of our historic sanctuary building and our modern classroom and event facilities. Individuals and families who have questions about our commitment program or membership in general, are welcome to call Gordon Gladstone, Executive Director at 415-346-1720 ext 25.
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