Movie Chavurah is Back

The CBE Movie Chavurah is back! On May 14th, nine B’nai Emunahns gathered for a Lebanese feast at a nearby restaurant and then headed to the Opera Plaza Cinema to see the critically acclaimed “Felix and Meira.” The movie presented the story of a young married woman who finds freedom from the Orthodox Jewish community through a relationship with a young man mourning his father’s death. The intense film sparked plenty of discussion afterwards. If you are interested in being notified about the next movie, contact Sharon Bleviss.

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Patty Avery at Sunrise Sunset Cafe

By Sharon Bleviss

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Congregation B’nai Emunah welcomed a packed house in from the cold on May 9th’s Sunrise Sunset Cafe to hear singer Patty Avery, accompanied by Stephen Varney on piano, perform in Yiddish, Russian and English. Patty, a member of the Jewish Folk Chorus, vamped through various costume changes, telling background stories along the way. Stephen accompanied masterfully, singing a duet at one point. Highlights, among others, were songs from “Annie Get Your Gun”, as well as tidbits from Boris Thomashefsky, Michael Tilson Thomas’ grandfather. Guests were also treated to fine coffee a large array of desserts.

Sunrise Sunset Cafe is a monthly offering at B’nai Emunah. Next up is Rocky Mountain Jewgrass on June 28th.

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B3 Shabbat Celebration

By Pete Gleichenhaus
“Last week Barbara and I joined the vibrant collaborative gathering for Shabbat. (An event for Congregation B’nai Emunah”s and BIJ’s joint B3 Sunday school) The meal served seemed to be enjoyed by all. The running around prior to the service and the level of activity was truly “old synagogue”–what I remember from when I was a kid. Everyone there seemed to really want to be there, and we were caught up in the enthusiasm.

There were more than three dozen children and about 50-75 adults. The B3 school classes participated in the service and in fact were the focus for bits of the program. While the liturgy was not “the traditional” Friday night fare, much was in Hebrew and from my perspective, it was a valid celebration of the Sabbath. Three Rabbi’s were there and each had a part to play.

Barbara and I were glad to have been there, and hope the rest of our B’nai Emunah community takes advantage of future opportunities to be together.”

Shabbat shalom

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A crowd gathered Saturday night to munch on delicious veggie burgers and salad, quaff beer and play a rousing series of Bingo games as part of our second annual Burgers, Beer and Bingo! Kirk Whitlatch entertained the crowd while calling the games, with his able assistant Flori Green. There were double winners and terrific prizes, and the crowd roared when Josh Karpanty won the Shrinking Violet game (and selected a vase for his mom)!




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Dr. Michael Saag, MD To Speak May 19th at B’nai Emunah


Mark your calendars for May 19th, Tuesday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at B’nai Emunah, 3595 Taraval St., San Francisco,   for an informative and provocative presentation about his book, Positive: One Doctor’s Personal Encounter with Death, Life and the U.S. Healthcare System, by Michael Saag, MD.  Dr. Saag,  University of Alabama at Birmingham professor of medicine, director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research, and internationally-known expert on HIV.

What is the book about?  As Dr. Saag explains,  “I wanted to tell the story of the AIDS epidemic and how by people pulling together for a common cause, we converted HIV from a near certain death sentence in to a chronic, manageable condition.”  Another doctor describes the book in this way: “A wonderful, intimate, daring and poignant memoir by a physician whose name is synonymous with the battle against HIV in this country. This book will surprise, entertain and challenge your notions about healthcare in America.”  (Abraham Verghese, MD, author of My Own Country and Cutting for Stone)

This event is co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Emunah, the Jewish Community Library of San Francisco and Magnet Health Services, a program of the SF AIDS Foundation.  For more information, visit

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Southside Jewish Collaborative Combats Hunger in San Francisco


The Collaborative Tikkun Olam Committee — The Year of Feeding the Hungry.

Tikkun Olam is translated to mean “efforts individually and collectively to repair or heal the world.”  This year, the four southside synagogues in San Francisco– Beth Israel Judea, B’nai Emunah, Ner Tamid and Or Shalom — have formed a collaborative Tikkun Olam Committee Continue reading

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Montara Mountain Boys at Sunrise Cafe

On Valentine’s Day, B’nai Emunah hosted a special event: Sunrise Sunset Cafe’s evening with The Montara Mountain Boys. Paul Taylor, Nick Evanson, Kenneth Sailors and Phil Hartman played classic and alternative country, and Americana originals, along with a dash of urban folks, blues, and traditional music. The crowd enjoyed the music, socializing and chocolate treats!

The next installment of Sunrise Sunset Cafe will be on
March 15 at 3.30pm- 5.30pm with Mr. Palindrome.

The Montara Mountain Boys performing at Sunrise Sunset Cafe's evening.

The Montara Mountain Boys performing at Sunrise Sunset Cafe’s evening.

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