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Shul Opening Update

All Shabbat services are now held in the backyard - please dress warmly. The current rules allow for a service to be livestreamed from indoors with a maximum of twelve participants if required to facilitate the livestream. Therefore, daily services are now being zoomed – please see the links below. 

If you wish to attend services, you must inform the rabbi in advance. Anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID or has a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell must stay home

The Rabbi's Blog: Living Jewish in San Francisco

This Chanukah, we find ourselves in the midst of a new lockdown. In the spirit of illuminating darkness, I would like to share with you the following insights. The first post comes from a New York colleague of mine, R. David M. Cohen, who cleverly finds a connection between Chanukah and the pandemic. The second post is from my Florida colleague, R. Efrem Goldberg, who challenges us to appreciate the deeper meaning of lighting Chanukah candles. Read more

Shabbat Vayeshev
Friday, December 11 - Saturday, December 12
Friday, December 11
Chanukah I
7:45am    Shacharit 
4:25pm    Chanukah Candles (must
                burn until at least 5:21pm)
4:33pm    Candlelighting
4:35pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv
Shabbat, December 12
Chanukah II

Shema must be concluded by 9:40am
9:25am     Shacharit followed by
5:35pm     Havdalah
6:00pm     Ma'ariv

Sunday, December 13
Chanukah III

8:00am    Shacharit 
4:30pm    Mincha/Ma'ariv
4:51pm    Chanukah Candles
Monday- Wed., December 14-16
Chanukah IV-VI
7:45am    Shacharit
4:52pm    Chanukah Candles 
7:00pm    Ma'ariv

Thursday, December 17
Chanukah VII
7:45am    Shacharit
4:53pm    Chanukah Candles 
7:00pm    Ma'ariv

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Linda Wertheim in honor of David Schiff
Vicki Keyak in memory of Sarah Phommavongsay’s sister, Lar, and Ian Katz’s father, Simon
Vicki Keyak in honor of Claire Manber’s 94th birthday
Vicki Keyak in appreciation of the Thanksgiving/Chanukah baskets
Jolana Hollander for the Yahrzeit of her beloved husband, Michael 

Jolana Hollander for the Yahrzeit of her beloved father, Benjamin Kriesman
Edita Clarsfield for the Yahrzeit of her beloved father, Michael Hollander
Edita Clarsfield for the Yahrzeit of her beloved grandfather, Benjamin Kriesman
Drs. Kevin & Sharon Saitowitz in honor of Claire Manber's 94th Birthday and Michael Lorinz's 97th Birthday

Tommy & Genie Tabak for Youth Programming
Giving Tuesday Matching Campaign
Baruch Hashem, we exceeded our goal and raised $20,000, which was matched with an additional $20,000!
We are deeply thankful to the ninety-two families that participated in our fundraising campaign: Anonymous, Marc & Fleur Attia, Shay & Robin Attia, Daniel & Leslie Benchetrite, Esther & Bob Berger, Tolik & Tali Besedin, Ava Brand, Eric Brand, David Brodsky, Velvel & Irina Brodsky, Helen & Yanush Cherkis, Abraham & Shabnam Drucker, Betsy Eckstein & David Heller, Jonathan Esensten & Raquel GardnerSara & Ya’akov Fils, David Garth & Sarah Phommavongsay, Lena Giderman, Michael Gitt, Yoel & Jessica Gluck, Alex & Inna Goldshteyn, Marc Gottleib, Amy & Barry Greenberg, Willie & Joanne Greenspan, Irving Greisman, Mitchell Hadler, Hai Haham, Sharon & Al Hampel, Jonathan Harris & Courtney Beck, Ya’akov Helwani, Zahava & Meir Holland, Joe & Anna Hollander, Bonnie & Fred Kalbrosky, Matt Kalbrosky, Daniel & Nathalie Kaplan, Ester & Joe Kaplan, Phil Kaplan, Aaron Karpel, Ian & Cheryl Katz, Anna & Keva Kelenson, Vicki Keyak, Alex & Baruch Kilnuov, David & Roberta Kimmel, Morrey Klein, Emil Knopf, Jack & Rina Korek, Phylis Kurzbard, Rabbi & Johni Landau, Harry Lenczer & Estelle Monderer, Ben Leyne, Joe & Eve Loecher, Kevin & Renee Mahan, Maksim Mamrikov, Claire Manber, Rabbi Shimon Margolin, Bryce & Dena Mendelsohn, Tal Niv & Ana Miletijev, Patty Ozeri, Bella Pasynkova, Marina Payley, Mordechai & Sarah Pelta, David Pilpel, Heddy Pilpel, Jack & Dora Piotrkowski, Norman Reid, Ian Reynolds & Jessica Ozeri, Marina & Avi Riskin, Rita & Alex Riskin, Alex & Masha Rudakov, Stanley Saitowitz, Michael & Maureen Samson, Alvin D. Sered, Yefim & Beatrisa Sheynis, Gershon & Rivka Shif, Gena Shuster, Max Slepnyov, Polina Pasynkova & Roman Slepnyov, Marty & Goldie Sosnick, Boris & Bronya Spektor, Tommy & Genie Tabak, Alon Tivon, Moshe & Marina Tselner, Elad & Corinne Vaknin, Pesach & Larissa Vinnitsky, Randy Weiss, Sally Weiss, Tauba Weiss, Linda Wertheim, Neal Wohlmuth, Michael & Sofia Zakharevich, Aryeh Zapinsky, Anatole & Stella Zelkin, Eugenia Zelkin
Mazel Tov
To Claire Manber on reaching her 94th birthday this coming Friday – may she be blessed with many more healthy years
Adath Israel Virtual Chanukah Party
Saturday, December 12, 6:00pm
Ma’ariv, Havdalah, Menorah, Kumzitz with 
Chazan Yakov Bar
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Free Chanukah Children’s Videos
1-3 min. animated videos highlighting inspirational and educational Chanukah themes.
2019 Videos
2020 Videos

1,010 Chanukah Videos on YouTube 
Religious Zionists of America Present:
HaMizrachi Magazine (Chanukah Edition)
A Mizrachi Chanukah on Mizrachi TV – Starting Thursday December 10th    

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Parasha in a Nutshell

Jacob settles in Hebron with his twelve sons. His favorite is seventeen-year-old Joseph, whose brothers are jealous of the preferential treatment he receives from his father, such as a precious many-colored coat that Jacob makes for Joseph. Joseph relates to his brothers two of his dreams which foretell that he is destined to rule over them, increasing their envy and hatred towards him.

Simeon and Levi plot to kill him, but Reuben suggests that they throw him into a pit instead, intending to come back later and save him. While Joseph is in the pit, Judah has him sold to a band of passing Ishmaelites. The brothers dip Joseph’s special coat in the blood of a goat and show it to their father, leading him to believe that his most beloved son was devoured by a wild beast.

Judah marries and has three children. The eldest, Er, dies young and childless, and his wife, Tamar, is given in levirate marriage to the second son, Onan. Onan sins by spilling his seed, and he too meets an early death. Judah is reluctant to have his third son marry her. Determined to have a child from Judah’s family, Tamar disguises herself as a prostitute and seduces Judah himself. Judah hears that his daughter-in-law has become pregnant and orders her executed for harlotry, but when Tamar produces some personal effects he left with her as a pledge for payment, he publicly admits that he is the father. Tamar gives birth to twin sons, Peretz (an ancestor of King David) and Zerach.

Joseph is taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar, the minister in charge of Pharaoh’s slaughterhouses. G-d blesses everything he does, and soon he is made overseer of all his master’s property. Potiphar’s wife desires the handsome and charismatic lad; when Joseph rejects her advances, she tells her husband that the Hebrew slave tried to force himself on her, and has him thrown into prison. Joseph gains the trust and admiration of his jailers, who appoint him to a position of authority in the prison administration.

In prison, Joseph meets Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker, both incarcerated for offending their royal master. Both have disturbing dreams, which Joseph interprets; in three days, he tells them, the butler will be released and the baker hanged. Joseph asks the butler to intercede on his behalf with Pharaoh. Joseph’s predictions are fulfilled, but the butler forgets all about Joseph and does nothing for him ( 

Parasha Thought
By Rav Mordechai Kamenestky

The struggle between Yoseph and his brothers, their internal and external conflicts, are not easily or summarily dismissible as classic sibling rivalry. There was much more going on than who gets privileges, who gets the window seat, and whom does Dad favor. Their arguments were fundamental differences in the view of leadership for their family at present and their descendants in the future. And so, when Joseph dreams of stalks and stars bowing down to him, the brothers were naturally upset. Here he is, the second to youngest in the family, fantasizing about leadership over his elder siblings. In addition, when he related the dreams to his brothers in front of his father, the Torah tells us that, “his father scolded him, and said to him, 'What is this dream that you have dreamt? Are we to come — I and your mother and your brothers — to bow down to you to the ground?'” (Genesis 37:10). But the Torah tells us that despite the open rebuke, Yaakov knew that there was some method to the marvel. The Torah ends the dialogue with the words, “his brothers were jealous of him, but his father watched the matter, ” (ibid v. 11)

Rashi, along with a variety of Midrashim, interpret the word shomar, watched. Rashi says that Yaakov awaited and looked forward to the time when this would come to pass, while others interpret that Yaakov went so far as to write down the time and the place that Yoseph would emerge.

The word shomar that describes Yaakov’s halting silence seems peculiar. If the Torah means to say he waited in anticipation for it to occur, it could have written, “and Jacob anticipated.” The word watched connotes that Yaakov knew a secret truth that he was not to share. What is the point in telling us that? Is there a point in discussing, an awareness, or feeling that was not acted upon? Perhaps the Torah tells us something else in describing Yaakov’s prescience, while withholding his belief, as well.

About thirty years ago, young Mark Honigsfeld accompanied his parents on a trip to Israel. Mark was excited about the wonders and beauty of the Holy Land, was invigorated and enthused about every site they visited, from Masada to the various museums. But one visit to Yeshiva Har Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem left an eternal impact on his soul and a gaping hole in his heart.

At Yeshivas Har Zion there is a Holocaust museum with an exhibit memorializing the six million. Many of the tiniest shtetls have a memorial plaque, the only Jewish commemoration of their mortal existence and the declaration that these towns, still with muddy roads and ramshackle huts, were once beacons of spirituality and Torah life. Mark’s father, Paul Honigsfeld found a plaque memorializing his native city, Belgitz, a small community in Poland, and asked the curator if he, like many of the survivors who visited the museum, could add the names of family members who had once lived in that city and who were killed by the Nazis. With Mark watching in the background, his father sat with the curator and gave names. “Please list my mother Sarah D’vorah. I want you to memorialize my father Ephraim Fishel, and my sisters and brothers.”

Suddenly he beckoned Mark to leave the room. A bit perturbed, Mark sauntered from the dark memorial room, his mind wondering why in the world he was asked to leave. Suddenly, he heard his father begin to cry. Sitting outside the room, he cried too, and then he heard his father say a name of a very close relative he had never known existed.

“Add my son, Ephraim Fishel ben Chaim Peretz. Please make a plaque for him too.”

Mark could not imagine who Efraim Fishel was. Mark had two older sisters, and he could not imagine that a child was born between his sisters and himself. When his father left the museum, Mark gently confronted him. “Dad, did I have a brother? Was his name Efraim Fishel? When? Where? Why did you never tell me?”

Reluctantly, his father told him that he was married before the war and had a wife and son who were killed by the Nazis. Then he added, “You know Mark, not everything that happens does a child have to know immediately. Sometimes a father has to watch what he tells his children before he determines the impact it will have on them. Forgive me for never telling you that you had a brother, but there are just some things a father must guard until the right time”

Perhaps, in relating those few words, defining Yaakov’s reaction, or perhaps inaction, the Torah is telling us a lesson in parenting. Yaakov felt that one day in the future it would surely happen. Yoseph’s brothers would bow to him. Yet he never revealed his premonitions. Instead, he watched them. He may have thought that there was true substance to Yoseph’s illusions. But he held back, because outspoken notions can raise sore emotions, while words we withhold can, like silence, be gold.

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