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New Adult Class: People, God, and Whirlwinds: Wisdom from the Book of Job

People, God, and Whirlwinds: Wisdom from the Book of Job with Rabbi Menachem Creditor  Tuesday nights: May 29; June 5, & 12 7:30pm at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley Tuition: $60 for the series, no one turned away for lack of funds Register with Rachel at
The story of Job asks the question of human suffering in a reality that includes God. This is among the hardest of issues within every faith-based conversation. Join a text study based on the Book of Job, utilizing Netivot Shalom member Robert Alter's translation "The Wisdom Books" (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011), available at Afikomen Judaica. (Please call to reserve your copy 510-655-1977!)

On the 10th Anniversary of my Rabbinic Ordination

On the 10th Anniversary of my Rabbinic Ordination 7 Iyyar, 5772 -- April 29, 2012 © Rabbi Menachem Creditor grateful for my holy shul, Congregation Netivot Shalom
Judaism contains the phrase "acharon, acharon, chaviv / we save the dearest for last." But here at Netivot Shalom we are a community that believes fervently in both tradition and change. And so, in the best embodiment of our community, I challenge inherited tradition and begin by thanking the dearest person in my life.
I remember under the chupah being described as a kite who aches to touch the heavens. The stunning person next to me was described as an anchor. That was deeply true. It was also completely inadequate. I am blessed, more than by anything else, to share life with the strongest, most trustworthy, person I know. That's Liz, my anchor. That's what I knew I needed when we got married, almost 13 years ago. But I could never have known that i was also in need of a kite myself, as even the…

This is a video to fill every Jewish heart with home and hope. Yom Ha'atzma'ut came right on time this year!

Tomorrow (Wed., Apr 25): "Ma Nishma Israel?!" Free Playback Theater performance @6pm @Netivot Shalom!

Ma Nishma Israel?! JCP's Playback theater performance
Join us tomorrow for a Free Playback Theater performance in honor of Israel independence day. Cosponsored by Congregations Netivot Shalom, Beth Israel, & Beth El   at Netivot Shalom (1316 University Ave, Berkeley) with support from the CNS VeZot Yisrael Committee! Wednesday, April 25th 6:00-7:15pm: Jewish Circle Playback Theater Presents: "Ma Nishma Israel?" Ma Nishma Israel is a Playback theatre performance dedicated to conversation about the state of Israel. Audience members are invited to share personal stories and associations are related to their connection to Israel. Personal stories about: conflicted emotions, longing, connection, inspiration, disappointment, Jewish identity, values, community, peace, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hope, freedom of speech, home and family.  What is Playback Theater? Playback Theatre is an improvisational theatre based on audience members' stories. The actors and musician …

One People, Many Voices! Kol Truah in Concert at Congregation Netivot Shalom! May 6th, 3:00 pm

One People, Many Voices
Kol Truah in Concert 
at CongregationNetivot Shalom!
May 6th, 3:00 pm 

KOL TRUAH Jewish Choir of the East Bay PRESENTSOne People, Many Voices A celebration of Jewish Diversity and Unity Featuring the music in Ladino,Yiddish, Hebrew, and English. This program celebrates the diversity and unity of our people, through music and poetryCONDUCTED BYApril Shayna McNeely ARTISTIC DIRECTORCantor Pamela Sawyer So come and join us!  May 6 at 3:00 PM.Congregation Netivot Shalom1316 University Ave., BerkeleyTickets available at the door$10 general, $5 seniors, children free

letter to J Weekly in response to "Peter Beinart waves the Zionist flag in JCCSF talk" (April 20)

Thank you to J Weekly editor Sue Fishkoff for a textured description of Peter Beinart's Zionism ("Peter Beinart waves the Zionist flag in JCCSF talk", April 20). There is more than one way to love Israel, and Beinart has staked an important distinction between his liberal Zionism and the anti-Israel efforts we all-too-often confront in the Bay Area. Thanks to his precision and passion, and thanks to high-quality reporting from Fishkoff, our conversation has grown in richness, and we have gained an important model for what just might be the most important conversation happening today for the sake of the Jewish People.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor Congregation Netivot Shalom Berkeley, CA

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Berkeley Community-Wide Yom haZikaron and Yom Ha'atzam'ut 5772

Berkeley Community-Wide Yom haZikaron and Yom Ha'atzam'ut 5772 Cosponsored by Congregations Netivot Shalom,Beth Israel, & Beth ElAt Netivot Shalom (1316 University Ave, Berkeley)Click here for the flyer -
7:15-8:00: Commnal Ceremony Marking Yom haZikaron8:00-8:45: Celebratory Ma'ariv(s) for Yom haAtzmaut!1.According to the Custom of Beth Israel: Social Hall (1st floor)2.According to the Custom of Netivot Shalom: Sanctuary (1st floor)8:45-9:30: -How Well Do YOU Know Israel? Israel TriviaTrivia with Lenny Kristal (Sanctuary – 1stfloor)-Becoming Necessary: The Potential Gifts of the Diaspora to IsraelA conversation facilitated by Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch (Classroom – 2nd Floor)-Some of My Favorite Israeli Songs!A sing-along with Claire Sherman (Library – 2nd Floor)Coming Early?

Yom HaShoah veHagevurah 5772: "Stop. Then Go."

JTA: "Israel’s Masorti movement to ordain gays and lesbians as rabbis "

JTA: "Israel's Masorti movement to ordain gays and lesbians as rabbis" April 19, 2012 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Gay and lesbian students will be ordained as Conservative rabbis in Israel. The Board of Trustees of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary voted Thursday night to accept gay and lesbian students for ordination beginning with the 2012-13 academic year. The Conservative movement in Israel is known as Masorti.   A seminary statement said the decision comes following a "long process." "The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary views the serious process leading to this decision as an example of confronting social dilemmas within the framework of tradition and halachah," or Jewish law, Hanan Alexander, chair of the seminary's Board of Trustees, said in the statement. "This decision highlights the institution's commitment to uphold halachah in a plura…

Do You Have an incoming Eighth Grader Looking for a Truly Remarkable Summer Experience with other Jewish Teens from Across the Country?

Do You Have an incoming Eighth Grader Looking for a  Truly Remarkable Summer Experience  with other Jewish Teens from Across the Country?
USY is able to provide a $500 scholarship for USY on Wheels East! See below for more information and call David Kaplan, Regional Director for USY for more information at (408) 892-2732!

USY on Wheels East Print Page A Summertime Adventure for 8th Graders USY on Wheels, East will cover the East coast of the United States and Canada on an incredible four-week adventure in Summer 2012. Open to current 8th graders, highlights of the program include*:

American Rabbis to Methodist Church: Don't Divest!

Register for Plenum Methodist ChurchFarm Bill
Have you Registered for Plenum? Join the JCPA and experts like Israel Ambassador Michael Oren in Detroit this May Have you registered for the JCPA Plenum? When you do, you will be joining experts such as Ambassador Michael Oren – the first Israeli Ambassador to the United States to visit the Motor City in decades.  Amb. Oren will offer his insights about Israel's challenges, the U.S-Israel relationship and community based Israel advocacy.

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will speak about what is on the Congressional docket including the upcoming reauthorization of the Farm Bill.  This large piece of legislation governs important programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps).

Together with accomplished Jewish communal professionals like Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, John Ruskay, CEO of the UJA-NY Federation, and yo…