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Upcoming Events at CNS! Camping, Learning, Book Repair, and more!

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 CNS Camping Weekend!
June 21-23rd
Summer Solstice, full moon, and more! Join us for a meaningful Shabbat camping experience with your Netivot Shalom community in an inspiring setting led by Rabbi Shalom Bochner, founder of Alma Retreats. We have a reservation at the Little Basin Group Campsite (Deer Meadow).  It's a really beautiful location with a large meadow, wonderful hiking through Redwood trees, two bathrooms with running water and showers, and a playground and area for sports.  It's under two hours from Berkeley, adjacent to Big Basin Redwood State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and a very special location.   All ages included; all food and snacks provided.  Please reserve your place at:


Bible Stories You Didn't Learn as a Child: The Sordid Life of King David 
with CNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin
Tuesdays, June, 18, & 25 & July 2: 7:30 to 9pm 
Class fee: $36 (no one turned away for lack of funds).  Register by emailing The stories of King David present us with a powerful and nuanced portrait of a complicated and flawed human being. By studying David's foibles and successes we can learn how to behave properly in community, how to act towards those we care about, and how to work towards being our highest selves. Each week of this three week class we will examine a different instructive story from the life of King David.


 Have You Ever Wanted to Learn How to Repair Books?
July 28
Have You Ever Wanted to Learn How to Repair Books? Here's a great opportunity to learn this skill and also help the shul. Our chumashim are in need of repair. On Sunday, July 28th, Lee Feinstein will teach us how to do these repairs. We are in need of 10 to 15 volunteers (could be family teams including children  in middle school or older) to learn this skill and then help repair the chumashim. The teaching will take place on  Sunday, July 28th (time to be determined). Some of the actual repairs will be done that day, but the remaining repairs  will be scheduled on days and times that trained volunteers are available  to do  them. We want to have the repairs completed by the Yamim Noraim. Call or email Robin Braverman 925-979-1998 if you are interested in the training


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in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
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To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
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God damn it.

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