CKS Events

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This Week’s Events

Passover Services
Monday, April 17, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Passover Services and Yizkor
Tuesday, April 18, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Community Building Hack-a-thon
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00-9:00pm
at Osher Marin JCC: 200 N. San Pedro Rd in San Rafael

Brainstorm with 24 visiting Israeli Community Center leaders, exploring ways that intentional community building practices and mindsets transform communities. Led by Dr. Sarale Shadmi-Wortman, an incredible community building scholar, these leaders transformed the Israel national JCC system from service delivery models into community building hubs. Come and be involved in the discussion of how to build stronger spiritual communities here in Marin.

Shabbat Morning Guest Darshanit
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of HIAS

Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Welcome the stranger, protect the refugee

In today’s uncertain world, join Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, vice president for community engagement at HIAS, to learn more about the global refugee crisis and to explore how Jewish text, values and history call on us to respond – both here in the U.S., and internationally.

Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Vice President for Community Engagement at HIAS, is mobilizing the Jewish community to advance HIAS’ work with refugees in the United States and around the world.

Pirkei Avot Learning with Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
Saturday, April 22, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Between Passover and Shavuot, join us for studying an ancient collection known as the Sayings of our Ancestors. Additional classes on Apr 29, May 6, 13, 20 and 27

Beit Binah & Tichon
Parents Social Gathering

Saturday, April 22, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
at The Silver Peso: 450 Magnolia Ave in Larkspur

Judaism 101 with Rabbi Leider
Out of the Darkness: Stories from the Holocaust

Sunday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Torah Yoga with Rabbi Laurie Matzkin
Sunday, April 23, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Open your Heart to Freedom 

Remember in the story when Pharoah’s heart grows harder and harder, before he lets the Israelites leave Egypt? This month’s yoga class will help us release our own stuck hearts, physically and spiritually, so we don’t unintentionally harden to the miracles around us. All are welcome to this FREE class for all bodies! Makom Yoga with Rabbi Laurie Matzkin offers easy-to-moderate yoga with a Jewish framework.

Check out for more information.

Chai Lights
Plants of the World Tour
Sunday, April 23, 10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

at UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Yom HaShoah
at Rodef Shalom: 170 N. San Pedro in San Rafael
Sunday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Remembrance of the Holocaust and Acts of Courage: hear survivors share their stories

REST Dinner
Sunday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

at Westminster Presbyterian: 240 Tiburon Blvd in Tiburon
Prepare or serve Sunday dinner to the needy as part of our interfaith partnership to provide shelter for the homeless in our community. For more information, contact

Upcoming Events

Advanced Modern Conversational Hebrew with Tikva Farber
Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Class will meet Apr 25, May 2, May 9, May 16 & May 23

Members: By Donation / Community: $100

Practice your Hebrew in a way that reinforces conversation and practical uses + learn grammar and vocabulary + study Israel’s geography and culture. Contact Alona to sign up.

Lehrhaus Series
Beginning Yiddish from Scratch
Thursdays, Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Members: $115 / Community: $130

Ken Blady will guide students through this rich and colorful language in a relaxed, irreverent and heimisheh atmosphere. All you need is some zitz-fleish (butt + patience) an ardent desire to learn, an interest in Jewish culture, and an ability tzu veren tzeshussen fahr gelechter (to crack up).

For more information and to sign up, visit

Shabbat Morning Talk
Rabbi Chai Levy on her IsraAid trip to Greece

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

In April, a group of Jewish and Muslim leaders, primarily from the SF Bay Area and including our Rabbi Chai, will be joining IsraAID on an interfaith mission to Greece, to learn about and bear witness to this crisis. We will meet with Syrian, Yazidi, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees in Greece. We will learn about their lives and their stories, in order to share these testimonies with our communities in the US and give voice to these peoples who have become voiceless. Click here to learn more and support the mission.

Pirkei Avot Learning with Rabbi Natan Fenner
Saturday, April 29, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Between Passover and Shavuot, join us for studying an ancient collection known as the Sayings of our Ancestors.

Additional classes on May 6, 13, 20 and 27

Guest Speaker
Assemblymember Marc Levine
Sunday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Learn about the work of Jewish Caucus: CA developments affecting the Jewish community, proposed legislation around Anti-Semitism and projects with California and Israel.

For more information, visit

Tikkun Olam
China Camp Clean-Up
at China Camp in San Rafael

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

China Camp is a picturesque park with an environment rich in plant, animal & marine life. Doing a mitzvah in a beautiful location is a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon! To sign up, contact park co-founder & Kol Shofar congregant

Marin Organizing Committee (MOC)
Say Yes! In My Backyard
Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time

Sunday, April 30, 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m.: Registration & Coffee
3:00 p.m.: Program

Join us to help answer such questions as: What is housing-focused shelter? How do we responsibly shelter those who are homeless? What are “junior units” and how do we built more in Marin? What are the realities facing renters in Marin? How do we address rising rents and evictions?

Marin Interfaith Council’s 18th Annual Prayer Breakfast
at Kol Shofar

Wednesday, May 3, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Join us for an interfaith celebration of the National Day of Prayer. Speakers include Imam Fasih, Rabbi Stacy Friedman & Rev. Floyd Thompkins. Individual and full-table reservations available at, by calling 415.456.6957, or emailing

Beit Binah
6th Grade Dinner

Friday, May 5, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Students from our sixth grade class will lead Shabbat services then their families are invited to stay for dinner.

5:30 p.m.: Schmooze
6:00 p.m. Services
7:00 p.m.: Dinner


Kol Neshama Minyan
Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This musical, meditative, and participatory prayer experience is a chance to open your heart through song, to sink into the peace and joy of Shabbat, and to find a meaningful personal connection to the Torah portion and to others in our community. “Kol Neshama” means “voice of the soul/breath.” No Hebrew knowledge required.

Pirkei Avot Learning with Rabbi Chai Levy
Saturday, May 6, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Between Passover and Shavuot, join us for studying an ancient collection known as the Sayings of our Ancestors. Additional classes on May 13, 20 and 27

Tikkun Olam
Meal Prep & Volunteering
at Mill Street Center: 190 Mill Street in San Rafael

Sunday, May 7, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join Mark Kaplan and Steven Lee on the first Sunday of each month in preparing and serving breakfast at Mill Street. If you aren’t already on their signupgenius list and would like to volunteer, please contact Steven Lee at

Judaism 101 with Rabbi Leider
The Jewish Mission to Heal the World

Sunday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sikhs & Jews: Separated at Birth?

Sunday, May 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

In partnership with Lehrhaus, join us for a discussion between Dr. Ken Blady and Amrik Singh Pannu

Judaism 101 with Rabbi Leider
Israel: Dreaming of Deliverance

Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
special time

Guest Speaker
Kenneth L. Marcus
Fighting Anti-Semitism in the Current Climate

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Hate crimes against Jews and other groups have surged recently, including assaults, harassment of college students, threats to JCC’s, and cemetery vandalism. Several groups, including The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, are fighting back with education, legislation, and litigation. Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center, will address this nationwide campaign and sign copies of his new book, The Definition of Anti-Semitism.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbinic Intern Sam Rotenberg
Friday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service + Potluck Dinner
with Rabbis Leider & Levy and Rabbinic Intern Sam Rotenberg

Friday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.: Wine and Cheese
6:30 p.m.: Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service
7:45 p.m.: Potluck Dinner


Expanded Musical Shabbat Morning Service
with Rabbis Leider & Levy and Rabbinic Intern Sam Rotenberg
with Achi Ben-Shalom on guitar & Elliot Bien on clarinet

Saturday, May 13, 9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please plan to arrive early so you may experience the fullness of the musical service. The structure of the morning service lends itself to being “musically-loaded” between 9:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. As we begin the Torah service at approximately 10:15 a.m., instruments and melody take a back seat to the Torah reading.