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After Birkat HaMazon this Shabbat @cnsberkeley: "Sacred Fragments: Where Do We Put Our Broken Pieces?"

After Birkat HaMazon Learning this Shabbat @CNS: "Sacred Fragments: Where Do We Put Our Broken Pieces?" with Rabbi Menachem Creditor after davening and kiddush (approx 1:15) this Shabbat at Congregation Netivot Shalom!
The story of this week's Torah Portion, Ki Tissa, includes the shattering by Moses of the first "copy" of the Ten Commandments in reaction to the episode of the Golden Calf. But what happened to those sacred fragments? Every response to this question points to a possibility within the Human Heart, and offers its own blessings and challenges. Anger, despair, and pain are hard to contain. And yet, when we are whole, we include them all. Can we learn how from Jewish tradition and this week's parsha? Join the conversation, and we'll see! 
A Note: This conversation will be based on the contributions of Vicky Kelman and Michella Ore to "Paths of Torah," the award-winning book of Torah commentary written by members of Congregation Netivot S…

Rabbi Gary Creditor: "The Pope and the Jews"

The Pope and the Jews: Was it good for the Jews? Was it good for the Church? From the Heart Rabbi Gary S. Creditor
In comparison to issues, local, national and global, facing the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and in comparison to issues facing the Catholic Church, it might seem trivial to ask if Pope Benedict XVI was "good for the Jews?" and if his relationship to us was good for the Church? I am not sure how to answer the latter, but the former is certainly clear.

First of all, why is this question so pressing? The answer is, it seems to me, that since the global issues confronting the Jewish people and the State of Israel will not go away until the Messiah comes, we need advocates to constantly raise their voices, use their influence on our behalf on the world's stage.
            Even if and when anti-Semitism decreases, it will never disappear and must be confronted, fought and defeated. Vigilance is a prerequisite for survival.
            No matter ho…

Let me be clear: Rabbi Jack Moline is my rebbe. That's the only reason I can still respect him after watching this

Special CNS Youth Community Announcement! (& Launch of a Job Search)

A Note from Michael Tarle & Rabbi Creditor:
A Special CNS Youth Community Announcement! CNS Pics: Purim 5773! Join Our List
Dear CNS Friends,The Board of Netivot Shalom is excited to share that, after a rigorous process led by Youth Education chairs Lara Hornbeck and Serena Heaslip, and with a supporting cast including many shul families, we have announced the new CNS position of "Director of Youth Community and Connection."(See the vision and job  posting here: cnsberkeley.blogspot.com.)We've been blessed to engage in a beautiful, open conversation about the needs of our over 270 children at Netivot Shalom from Preschool through High School. We are proud of the work we have accomplished thus far to support our families and children on their Jewish Journeys, and this step is an amazing new one we're taking together.This has been a deeply meaningful process, during which we've learned from the successes of communal Jewish educational institutions such as Midrasha …

Job Announcement: "Director of Youth and Community Connection" @cnsberkeley

Job Announcement – Feb. 26, 2013 Director of Youth and Community Connection Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, California netivotshalom.org
Job description available online here.
Congregation Netivot Shalom (CNS) is an egalitarian, participatory Sacred Community located in Berkeley, California with 370 families. CNS encourages and engages in Tefilah, Torah, Tzedeka and Kehillah within our congregation and the broader community.We share a commitment to Masorti (Conservative) Judaism and furthering individual and communal spiritual growth, while recognizing a range of personal philosophies, practices and needs.
Netivot Shalom is seeking a passionate professional who can help us strengthen our Youth Community and enrich the communal life at CNS. This individual will be responsible for creating dynamic programming at CNS that enriches the life of our Youth Community through Shabbat, Holidays, Tikkun Olam, and inter-generational interactions.
The Director of Youth and Community Connection wou…

Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt today had been legally owned...

Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt today had been legally owned...
(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
When Gun Violence conversations "only" point to massacres, we miss the actual 30,000+ Gun Violence deaths that make every day Newtown in America. 33 Americans die every day from Gun Violence. Four-year-old Jaiden Pratt was only one of today's needless victims of Gun Violence. 
Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, there still isn't a national registry to locate all firearms.Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, the assault ban has been dismembered by the NRA. Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, Senator Feinstein's insurance concept will likely fail. Even if the gun that killed four-year-old Jaiden Pratt z"l had been legally owned, background checks will likely only be slightly expanded for now. Ev…

Jewish Musical Concert in Oakland this Sunday! "Simply Tsfat!!!!"

Jewish Musical Concert in Oakland this Sunday! Simply Tsfat  Sunday, March 3rd at 6:30pm Oakland Hebrew Day School (5500 Redwood Road, Oakland, CA 94619) For more details, call 510-531-8600, ext. 26 Sponsored by Reuven Kahane and Michelle Kahane-Taragin in loving memory of their father, Rabbi David B. Kahane z"l 
Join us for a captivating musical concert.  Simply Tsfat offers a joyful blend of Traditional, Folk, Rock and Klezmer music! Three Breslev Chassidim, 2 Americans and one Israeli, 2 guitars and one violin. Our aim is to spread the joy and inspiration of Breslev Chassidim and to bring a breath of fresh air to you, from our home, the mystical city of Tsfat, the home of the Kabbalah.  www.simplytsfat.com

Megillah Reading with Women of the Wall Nashot HaKotel begins in 30 minutes.

Megillah Reading with Women of the Wall Nashot HaKotel begins in 30 minutes. May their voices be heard, received, and respected on a Jewish day when darkness was once transformed to light. (If you haven't watched this Youtube clip of their jour ney, watch it today.)

YNetnews: "Tzohar leader waging highly visible public campaign to change Chief Rabbinate"

Rabbi seeks Israeli religious revolution

Tzohar leader Rabbi David Stav waging highly visible public campaign to change Chief Rabbinate from the inside. Balance of power following election results may soon tip in his favor 
Associated Press/ YnetNews:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4345102,00.html
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When Rabbi David Stav launched his official campaign last month to wrest control of Israel's top religious institution from its longtime hardline leadership, it was a long shot.

But just two weeks later, Israelis went to the polls and surprisingly shifted the country toward the center of the political spectrum – creating a rare window of opportunity for the modern Orthodox rabbi to capture the title of chief rabbi and fulfill his pledge to revolutionize the contentious role that religion plays in the Jewish state.

Jewish PluralismRabbinate declares 'war' on non-Orthodox rabbis  / Kobi Nahshoni Israel's chief rabbis call for 'emergency meeting' following s…

Three Holy of Holies: Jews Jumping for Joy!

Sami Rahamim: "My dad was killed by gun violence" #demandaplan

I've told a lot of people about my dad in the past few months. He was a funny guy -- always ready to make a joke. He came to the US when he was 14 and worked hard to build his own small business. He was warm and kind. People liked him and he was always looking to help others.

On September 27, 2012, my dad was killed in a mass shooting. A former employee came to his office with a gun and murdered my dad and five other people before turning the gun on himself.

I just went to Washington to meet with my members of Congress and talk about gun violence prevention. I was there because Mayors Against Illegal Guns organized a lobbying day for more than 120 family members of victims and survivors of gun violence. I told my members of Congress about my dad, and something amazing happened: they listened. They heard what I had to say, and I think it made a real difference.

Organizing for…

Rabbi Creditor: The Purim Revolution

A Note from Rabbi Creditor:
The Purim Revolution Purim is this Saturday Night and Sunday! Davening &  Megillah Reading Schedule As Purim falls on Saturday Night (Feb. 23) we'll be holding an adult-oriented (& child-welcome!)Erev Purim at Shul at 7:15pm.Sunday Morning minyan, which will also include Megillah Reading will take place at 9:30am. Come to the PURIM CARNIVAL on Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am ! 
(Sunday, Feb. 24, 11-2:00) featuring carnival booths and games; the Shushan Salon featuring goofy hairdos, tattoos, and face painting; the "Morning After" CafĂ©  offering great food for lunch/brunch, hamentaschen and strong coffee; fortune telling; make your own sundaes featuring Vashti vanilla ice cream; and Queen Esther's jumpy castle! Kid's Megillah Readings during the Purim Carnvial at 11:30 am for 3rd graders on up and 12:15 pm for kids Preschool to 2nd grader...and their families of course! A Purim Poem!
Authored by Rena Dorph
illustrated  by the Children of…

COME TO THE CNS PURIM CARNIVAL AND CHANGE THE FACE OF OUR RABBI!

Purim's Coming!!! Saturday, February 23 &
Sunday, February 24!
Davening &  Megillah Reading
PURIM 5773 @CNS! As Purim falls on Saturday Night (Feb. 23) we'll be holding an adult-oriented (& child-welcome!)Erev Purim at Shul at 7:15pm.Sunday Morning minyan, which will also include Megillah Reading will take place at 9:30am. A Purim Poem!
Authored by Rena Dorph
illustrated  by the Children of Netivot Shalom Preschool

Purim is one of the most fun holidays on the Jewish calendar! Rena Dorph wrote this rhyming book at her daughter's request so that they could share the story of Purim with her Kindergarten class at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Berkeley. 
Join Our ListCome to the PURIM CARNIVAL on Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 am ! 
Did you ever see a Rabbi with a blue beard? You may see such a thing at our shul-wide PURIM CARNIVAL (Sunday, Feb. 24, 11-2:00) featuring carnival booths and games; the Shushan Salon featuring goofy hairdos, tattoos, and face painting; the "M…