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The Netivot Shalom Newsletter Has Returned!

The Netivot Shalom Newsletter has returned! Don't miss Sukkot at Netivot Shalom!  Click here for the schedule & more info!  Please Note: childcare on the first two days of Sukkot and on Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah will ONLY be available from 11am-1pm.
Thanks to the newly established Netivot Shalom communications team, and new CNS Newsletter editor Cynthia Whitehead,we are thrilled to announce the return of the Netivot Shalom Newsletter!Click here to enjoy it! (A few hard copies will be available with Rachel in the shul office during regular hours!) Quick LinksCNS Homepage CNS Israel Trip CNS Blog CNS Preschool Religious School Rabbi Creditor's Blog

Sukkot at Netivot Shalom - The Celebration Continues!

Congregation Netivot Shalom Sukkot at Netivot Shalom- The Celebration Continues! Please note that childcare on the first two days of Sukkot and on Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah will ONLY be available from 11am-1pm. -Program Schedule- Monday 10/1  9:30am Sukkot Services in the SanctuaryTuesday 10/2 9:30am Sukkot ServicesWednesday 10/3 1:00pm La'asok Torah Study in the SukkahThursday 10/4 5:45pm Talmud Class in the SukkahFriday 10/5 6:00pm Shabbat Services in the SukkahFriday 10/5 7:00pm Annual catered dinner in the Sukkah, Join us for a night under the stars and under the schach at our annual catered dinner in the Sukkah!  Only $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. RSVP to Rachel by Wednesday October 3rd at 10/6 7:30pmHavdalah and Movie Night in the Sukkah, We'll end Shabat with Havdalah, Loony Tunes for the younger kids, and then the Frisco Kid (rated PG) with Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder.  Bring a jacket; we'll provide the po…

Yom Kippur 5773/2012: "Burning Castles"

Yom Kippur 5773/2012:  "Burning Castles" (c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor I've been having a hard time expressing what's inside of me recently. Mostly, it's been coming out during the last few months as crying. I've been finding that a glance from even a stranger can reduce me to tears. And I don't want this to change.Two months ago I traveled to Ghana, West Africa as part of a Rabbinic delegation on behalf of American Jewish World Service. I was there for only 10 days. It was enough to change me forever.But my intent tonight isn't to tell you about my trip. It's rather to suggest that the world needs more than we've been giving, and that the blessing of plenty most of us have on a daily basis is only rightfully ours if we see it as the gift of having enough to share.What I plan to share with you tonight is a series of images, of stories, of memories, that do not remain in this room and do not exist only tonight. And it is my deepest hope, above all…

Yom Kippur Schedule & List of Leaders 5773!!

Yom Kippur at Netivot Shalom 5773 Come participate in the beautiful Call and Response melodies of CNS' Sephardic Kol Nidrei! click here for more info.
Quick LinksCNS Homepage CNS Israel Trip CNS Blog CNS Preschool Religious School Rabbi Creditor's Blog Make a Donation! Yom Kippur 5773 at Netivot Shalom will continue the magic we shared on Rosh haShannah.  Together we will pray to be inscribed - and sealed! - in the Book of Life. May our prayers be heard, and may the coming year find the world one step closer to peace. For schedule of Yom Kippur services and the list of Daveners, Torah Readers, Darshanim, & Facilitators,please click here!

You're invited to Israel this summer!

I'm writing to invite you to join the Israel trip I'm leading this summer! It is just impossible todescribe how inspiring anIsraeltrip can be. Having led 4 trips toIsraelover the past 8 years, I can tell you: every trip brings new incredible insights, new hidden mysteries, and leaves participants wanting more - me included!  This Summer's trip, organized by the Israeli tour operator Da'at, will include a Youth educator, so that in more adult-moments, children can have a developmentally appropriate educational experienceIsraelwhile the lead educator is guiding the adults. 
A trip toIsraelisn't only a chance to visit tourist spots - it's a chance to rediscover yourself, to feel life's questions most deeply as a human being. Click the graphic (or here) for a wonderful online flip-book describing the trip.I can't wait to share this journey with you!
Shannah Tovah, Menachem ------------------------------------------ Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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From Mel Sibony & @RabbiCreditor: "An Exciting Yom Kippur Announcement" @cnsberkeley

An Exciting Yom Kippur Announcement from Mel Sibony and Rabbi Creditor
Dear Friends,

In an articleto be included for the upcoming Netivot Shalom newsletter, we note some of the amazing accomplishments for our congregation this past year. Here are some highlights:
1) A successful and unprecedented Yom Kippur Appeal 5772 & reaching the milestone of $1.5 million in pledges for our Capital Campaign! 2) A mindful look at our financial picture from a dedicated Finance Committee, including re-evaluating our shul dues-adjustment procedures! 3) Launching of Chavurot for continued building of community and friendships!
4) Creation of Leadership materials and training sessions for future leaders!
5) Forming a Communications Group and re-establishing a Newsletter!
6) Finally, CountlessVolunteers assisting the office staff, leading services, preparing kiddush, caring for the sick and elderly, working in the community, cooking meals at the men's homeless shelter and creating countless dynamic progra…