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Coming Up at Congregation Netivot Shalom! Purim Carnival, Rabbi Jay Michaelson, Dov Elbaum in Conversation w Rabbi Menachem Creditor @ SF Jewish Library, Rabbi Edward Feld, "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo" screening with American Jewish World Service - AJWS, San Francisco, and Pesach learning with Rabbi Shalom Bochner!

Coming Up at Congregation Netivot Shalom!
Davening, Megillah Reading, & Carnival!
PURIM 5774 @CNS!
As Purim falls on Saturday Night (March 15) we'll be holding an adult-oriented (& child-welcome!) Erev Purim at Shul at 8:30pm. Sunday Morning minyan, which also includes Megillah Reading, will take place at 9:30am. Our PURIM CARNIVAL is Sunday, March 16, 11-2:00! COME IN COSTUME  and play brand new carnival games; bounce in a castle fit for a queen (Esther of course!); get a makeover at the Shushan Salon; grab some coffee, hamantaschen, and lunch at the "Morning After" CafĂ©; and make your own sundaes featuring Vashti vanilla ice cream! Costume Parade and Megillah stories starting at noon in the social hall. 

Save the Date!
A CNS Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat with Rabbi Jay Michaelson!  
April 25 (Friday Night Davening & Dinner) & April 26th (Drasha and after-Birkat haMazon Learning)

Israeli Author 
Dov Elbaum 
in conversation 
with Rabbi Creditor 
@ SF Jewish Library!
Thursday, March 27, 7pm
for more info, visit

Save the Date!
Author Rabbi Edward Feld
is coming to CNS
 Sunday, May 18th, at 9am
to speak about his new book 
"Joy, Despair, and Hope!"
 with support from the 
Rabbi Stuart Kelman Liturgy Fund
The Greatest Silence: 
Rape in the Congo
March 20th, 6:30pm
Delancey Street Foundation Screening Room  
600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco 

for more info, visit
featuring a panel conversation with Lisa Jackson (filmmaker & producer), Rosalie Nezien (AJWS Program Officer), Rabbi Menachem Creditor, and Nyota Babunga, Communications Officer for AJWS grantee partner Fund pour les femmes Congolaise in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A Taste of Passover: Leaving Slavery and Celebrating Freedom
with Rabbi Shalom Bochner
Monday, March 31
7 - 8:30pm
 A Pesach How-to for CNS members and friends! 


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