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Amitim for Grown-Ups! A New Adult Bat/Bar Mitzvah Class

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Announcing Amitim for Grown-Ups! A New Adult Bat/Bar Mitzvah Class At Congregation Netivot Shalom
with Rabbi Menachem Creditor

24 Wednesday evenings  at 7:30-9pm, Oct 17 -May 2* *Class meets: Oct. 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10; Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28;  Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 11, 18, 25; March 11, 18, 25; April 15, 22, 29.   Class cost: $360, no one turned away for lack of funds
This is a class for any Jewish adult (born Jewish or converted) who wants to dive deeper into aspects of what it means to be Jewish and engaged in today's world. Learn about: Theology, Holidays, Lifecycles, Prayer, Law, Torah, and more! Make new friends in a welcoming, inclusive setting, participate in Shabbat observance and holiday celebrations, cook and eat traditional Jewish food on Shabbat potlucks, take part in a community service project, and become familiar with Jewish practice. Knowledge of Hebrew is unnecessary. 
On May 2, 2015, participants will assume responsibility for leading one aspect of a Sh…

A Rosh haShannah 5775 Note: (Daveners, Leiners, Drash-ers, and more!)

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Welcome back to Josh Buchin, our Netivot Shalom Rabbinic Intern, who will be facilitating services in the Social Hall this Rosh haShannah! For the list of CNS Rosh haShannah Daveners, Leiners, and Drash-ers, click here! Help build  the CNS Sukkah! In less than one week we will, under the amazing leadership of Milt Greenstein, build the CNS Sukkah! No special skills required. Just be willing to pitch in! (Come for 1, 2, or all 3 times. Everyone is welcome!)
Sundays at 9am:  Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19
For more information, email  margemilt@comcast.net. A Rosh haShannah 5775 Note From Rabbi Creditor:  (Daveners, Leiners, Drash-ers, and more!) Erev Rosh haShannah 5775 September 23, 2014 Dear Chevreh,
It's just amazing. 
Look at the photos on the right and soak in the holiness of our beautiful home, where the chairs are set up, the Torah's are rolled, and the spirit is so alive.All that is waiting for our collective energy to make the very air tremble with hope and possibility for the year t…

Special Guest Drash this Shabbat, and Save the Dates!

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Rabbi Ari Leubitz
Special Guest this Shabbat:  Rabbi Ari Leubitz, Head of School at the Oakland Hebrew Day School (OHDS)
Rabbi Leubitz will deliver the Drash during services this Shabbat morning at Netivot Shalom!
Jared Goldfarb Save the Date:  A Netivot Shalom  Scholar in Residence Shabbat  with Israel Educator Jared Goldfarb Nov. 14th - 16th
Jared will be the Israel Educator for the  Netivot Shalom Mission to Israel this June!
(itinerary, pricing, and registration  for the Israel Trip are now available! click here!)
Rabbi Arthur Green and Save the Date:  A Special Evening  with Rabbi Arthur Green world renowned scholar of Jewish Mysticism,  Rector of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 7:30pm at Congregation Netivot Shalom
cosponsored by Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel,  and Congregation Netivot Shalom

Links from Today's Learning with Pastor McBride

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Today's After Birkat haMazon talk "A Prophetic Call from Ferguson... and Beyond" with our teacher Pastor Michael McBride was provocative, well attended, and riveting. He had just returned from Ferguson, and the stories he shared shocked and galvanized us, shaking us like the call of a shofar. Many attendees asked for links to his work and related information.  Pastor McBride is the National Director of the PicoNetwork's LifeLines to Healing Campaign, designed to reduce Urban Gun Violence and Mass Incarceration, a group that has been on the ground in Ferguson and many other sites of violence and racism, bringing peace and hope to many, many people. The PICO LifeLines to Healing website is here. To support the campaign, click here.We also heard from Netivot Shalom members, leaders of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Molly Shapiro, Kate Smallenburg Burch, Rabbi Dorothy Richman, and Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, ways in which Netivot Shalom can begin to…

Thirteen years ago/ my heart crumbled when the dust/ and ash, all fell down. #NineEleven #NeverForget

Our Cellophane Lives

Our Cellophane Lives
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor Neat, manicured lawns,
canopies of planted trees,
can only conceal for a time
the raw, untamed life that would otherwise be. Every shrink-wrapped 'natural' product,
a shadow of a pulse
pretending to be real. What is true
peeks through
our cellophane lives,
calling to be
unwrapped and realized. ----
° menachemcreditor.org
° netivotshalom. org

"Under the Iron Dome: Netivot Shalom members in Israel during the Gaza war"

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Under the Iron Dome: Netivot Shalom members in Israel during the Gaza war   V'zot Yisrael panel -    Sunday, September 7,  10:00 - 11:45 am in the sanctuary.
10-10:15 am  Schmooze and nosh   10:15-11:45 am Program What is  it like being in Israel during the Hamas-Israel war? A panel of Netivot Shalom members who were in Israel this summer share their experiences, impressions, personal reactions and the reactions of Israelis to the Gaza war.   Some members were there solo, some as families.  Participants are pre-teen, teen, adults:  Revital, Ophir and Adee Gilad, Daniel Krupitski,  Efrat Simhi-Aloni, Elad Ziv.  Moderated by Debby Graudenz.

This program is the first of several V'zot Yisrael programs planned for the coming year that feature  Netivot Shalom members talking about a variety of experiences in Israel.  Please note that this is not a political discussion.   Come hear fellow CNS members share their experiences.