Apr 10, 2013



April-May 2013

"Deepening Your Jewish Experience," with Rabbi Creditor

Wednesdays, April 17-May 1, (sponsored by Lehrhaus)

Do you pray that you might be able to pray? Do you bless your food with gratitude that a stooped worker picked it for you? Do you breathe in the rest of the Sabbath with ecstatic peace? Or, do you just wish you could? Join Rabbi Creditor to explore how you can deepen your personal Jewish practice. We will explore three key areas: Shabbat, food, and prayer. Come exactly as you are and honestly determine what you would like MORE of in your life. Each person will be on their own journey but will share their questions and challenges. Bring a thoughtful friend. Tuition: $20. Free for Lehrhaus members.  Register with Lehrhaus at lehrhaus.org or call 510-845-6420

Musaf Secret Sauce" with Rabbi Pam Frydman

Sunday, April 21 from 4 to 6 pm and Tuesday, April 23, from 7 to 9:00 pm

Rabbi Pam will share the simple elegant festival nusach (melody) used on Pesach, Shavuot, Succot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah and show us how to weave it into the singing of the last few lines of the musaf Kedusah on these festivals. She will also share a lively melody for Kaddish Shalem that may be used on these festivals, as well as a melodic arrangement for the musaf Kedushah on Shabbat Hanukah and a school of thought about the musaf Kedushah on Shabbat Rosh Hodesh. This workshop is open to everyone who leads musaf or wants to learn to lead musaf.  (You are welcome to attend one or both workshops.)

Free and open to all.


"The Jewish Origins of Christianity; or how A Rabbinic 'Scholar' Sees the World Differently," with Rabbi Harry A. Manhoff, PhD

Mondays, May 6, 13, and 20, 7:30- 9:00 pm

Rabbi Manhoff will lead a 3-part teaching on the Jewish origins of Christianity. Topics include "Jesus and His Jewish Neighbors, or Why the Pharisees Were Not the Rabbis!"; the Hebrew and Aramaic composition of the Synoptic Gospels; and the Halakhah of Saul of Tarsus (aka Paul). Tuition: $30. To register, please email office@netivotshalom.org. No one turned away for lack of funds.


Harry A. Manhoff is Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in San Leandro. Rabbi Manhoff was ordained at the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in 1979. He has a BA from Yale, an MAHL from HUC and completed his doctoral studies with a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has co-authored A Place In the Tent: Intermarriage and Conservative Judaism regarding intermarriage and acceptance. 


Scholar-in-Residence: Marsha Bryan Edelman

Shabbat May 3-4

Well-known scholar of Jewish music Marsha Bryan Edelman will be performing and teaching as Scholar-in-Residence at Netivot Shalom during Shabbat, May 3-4.


Erev Shabbat, May 3: Please join us for Shabbat dinner, discussion, and singing!

Following dinner, Dr. Edelman will perform with a choir organized from the Netivot Shalom community. Cost for dinner is $12/adult and $5/child.
(Please RSVP for dinner by emailing office@netivotshalom and follow-up by payment either pay online at  
www.netivotshalom.org and use the "Make a Donation" tab and enter "Marsha Edelman dinner" in the description field; or send a check to Congregation Netivot Shalom and write "Marsha Edelman dinner" on the memo line.)


Shabbat, May 4: Dr. Edelman will deliver the drash, lead us in a special musical musaf, and present the after-Birkat haMazon learning!

The after-Birkat program (following the Kiddush) will include a teaching and a performance, again with the Netivot-formed choir. Please join us for what promises to be a richly musical and educational Shabbat!  


The Development of "Secular" Judaism in Israel:  Origins and Expressions with Muki Tzur. After-Birkat haMazon Learning, Shabbat, May 11

Muki Tzur was born in Jerusalem. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Kabbalah from the Hebrew University. He is a prolific writer and is also a lecturer at Jordan Valley College. Muki is one of the founders of Kibbutz Ein Gev, he served as editor of Shdemot, a literary digest of the Kibbutz Movement, and he also served as Secretary General of the United Kibbutz Movement. Muki is a senior educator at BINA a "Secular Yeshiva" in Tel Aviv. (In Israel, the term "secular" includes those who are Jewishly observant but not Orthodox.) 


Author book talk and signing: Marty Brounstein, 

Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

Sunday, May 19, 10:30 am

San Francisco Bay Area author Marty Brounstein will talk about his book Two Among the Righteous Few:  A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.  This is a remarkable true story of interfaith compassion, courage, and rescue, involving a Christian couple in the Netherlands who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. The story also has a meaningful personal connection to the author. Book signing follows the presentation. Free and open to all. Morning minyan, 9:30am, and light refreshments will precede this event.


For more information about these events, or to be placed on the CSN adult education mailing list, please email cnsadultprograms@netivotshalom.org

Congregation Netivot Shalom
1316 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94702