Volunteers from Collaborative Making Lunch Bags
The Southside SF Tikkun Olam Collaborative has focused for their 2015/16 theme: Feeding the Hungry in SF. As part of their work, synagogue members volunteer monthly at the SF-Marin Food Bank and lunch-bag preparation activities. The lunches are distributed by the SF Homeless Outreach program.
The June lunch bag preparation team pictured to the left worked together at Congregation Beth Israel Judea. The site rotates among the synagogues. Beth Israel Judea is one of the four synagogues in the collaborative, which was established several years ago for selected holiday services, events, adult education, and now for tikkun olam projects. The other synagogues are Congregation B’nai Emunah, Congregation Ner Tamid and Or Shalom
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.
By Sharon Bleviss
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.
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.”