CKS Events Page

Kol Shofar’s Recurring Events and Special Events

(Please see our calendar for the most up-to-date information)



9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Tikkun Olam: Meal Prep & Volunteering at Mill Street Shelter (usually the first Sunday of the month)
Join us as we prepare and serve brunch for 20-30 residents and enjoy the meal with them. Please contact Randi Lachter at 415.888.2241 or with questions.  Or go to: to sign up!  (Upcoming dates: July 1, August 5)


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group (usually the first or second Sunday of the month)
Rosh Hodesh means the “head of the new (moon)” and is celebrated monthly. Rosh Hodesh is considered a special holiday for women and is a time of rediscovering new and ancient ceremonies. In this group, we will explore text, chanting and movement rituals to explore the intention of each month.  (Upcoming dates: July 20 Dinner, Meetings: August 5, Sept 2)

(No recurring events)


7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Morning Minyan (occasionally starts at a different time – Check the calendar prior to attending)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Talmud Study (occasionally starts at a different time – Check the calendar prior to attending)



10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Prayers Unfolded: The Shabbat Morning Service – with Steve Schiff
Come study the Shabbat morning prayer service — its history and overall organization, with a focus on specific prayers, as well as different attitudes and approaches to praying. The class will be participatory and accessible to new learners; no Hebrew required. Taught by Steve Schiff. (No Class July 24, Class ends August 7 for this session)


12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Biblical & Prayer book Hebrew (On Hiatus Until the Fall)
Taught by Tikva Farber, the course is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by studying the Siddur in its original authentic language. Learn to translate and form commentaries based on the root of the Hebrew words – gaining a deep understanding and meaning from the text. Learn more & register at



10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Chai Lights Walk at Blackie’s Pasture (Tiburon)
Join the Chai Lights group for a fun weekly walk.




7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Morning Minyan (occasionally starts at a different time – Check the calendar prior to attending)



12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Leider
Rationalists, mystics, comedians, philosophers, and inquiring minds of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join this stimulating and energetic text study group. We are learning texts of the Hasidic masters, discovering psycho-spiritual, mystical approaches to the weekly Torah portion. Feel free to drop in or come weekly. Bring your own vegetarian lunch. Free.



12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Conversational Hebrew at Lerman Law in San Rafael
Taught by Tikva Farber, the Modern Hebrew course is intended to develop verbal communication skills in the spoken modern Hebrew language.  Infused with Israeli culture, a variety of methods and modalities are used to reach the goal of speaking Hebrew as it is spoken in Modern Israel.  Prerequisite: Beginning Conversational Hebrew course of equivalent understanding of reading and writing in Hebrew.  Learn more & register at (On Hiatus Until the Fall)


6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: Kabbalat Shabbat at Drake Terrace (San Rafael) – Usually the first Friday of the month (Upcoming dates:  August 3. September 7)




Our Shabbat Morning Services are one of the following types of services.  Check the calendar to see which service will be held this week.

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Shabbat Morning Services followed by Kiddush

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Guided Shabbat Sit Meditation
Led by Larry and Diane Yermack, this Shabbat morning experience explores silence and spirituality through simply being present. Whether you are new to meditation or have many years of experience, you are warmly welcome. Drop ins welcome. Free of charge.


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Kol Neshama Minyan with Rabbi Chai Levy preceded by Unguided Shabbat Sit Meditation (often the 2nd Saturday of the month)
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. (Upcoming dates TBA)

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Musical Shabbat Morning Service
Jewish tradition teaches that if we open our hearts just a little bit, that God and those around us open it the rest of the way. Music is a “heart-opener” and takes us beyond words. Join us for our joyful, spirited, musical service. (Upcoming Dates: October 27, November 17)





Thursday, July 19

12:15 p.m. Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Paul Steinberg- Topic: Tisha B’Av

Thursday, July 20

6:30 p.m. Rosh Hodesh Shabbat Dinner at Beth Schecter’s House
Join the Rosh Hodesh Women of KS for a special Shabbat gathering and potluck dinner at a home in San Rafael. If you have ever been interested in participating in Rosh Hodesh or have been involved in the past, we hope you will be part of our dinner. We will sing, study, pray and enjoy the company of other women. July 20th, 6:30 pm. Call for the address and a food assignment- 415-609-3548.

Saturday, July 21

9:30 a.m. Shabbat Morning Service followed by Kiddush

9:00 p.m. Erev Tisha B’Av Service

Sunday, July 22

9:00 a.m.: Tisha B’Av Service

Tuesday, July 24

10:00 a.m.: Prayers Unfolded NO CLASS

Thursday, July 26

12:15 p.m. Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Leider

7:00 p.m.: REAL Serenity Study at RodefClick here for information

7:05 p.m. Jewish Heritage Night, Pacifics vs Martinez (off site – click here to view flier)

August 3-5

Weekend Shabbaton Family Camp at Ramah Click here for details

Friday, August 3

6:15 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat at Drake Terrace

Sunday, August 5

7:00 a.m. Mill Street Homeless Shelter

7:00 p.m. Women’s Rosh Hodesh Meeting in the Beit Midrash

Tuesday, August 7

10:00 a.m. Prayers Unfolded – Last Class Session

11:00 a.m. Men’s Group: Giants/Houston Baseball Game

Wednesday, August 8

7:00 p.m. Kol Shofar Community Gathering

Friday, August 10

6:30 p.m. Summer Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Potluck
(at a private residence in San Rafael) All ages are welcome for a special evening with musician Achi Ben-Shalom followed by a potluck dairy dinner and Israeli folk dancing. Questions? Contact:

Saturday, August 11

9:30 a.m. Rabbi Steinberg Installation at Shabbat Services.  Sermon by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, topic: The Month of Elul: What’s Love Got to Do With it?

1:15 p.m. Preparing your Heart for the Holidays with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson Topic: Teshuvah – Born Again Jews. The Hebrew month of Elul marks a  spiritual turn in the year toward anticipation and preparation for the depth and gravity of the High Holidays.  Join us for a three week Shabbat series, beginning on Saturday August 11 (Rosh Hodesh Elul) with our visiting scholar, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, and continuing on August 18 & 25.  Sessions begin after Shabbat Kiddush, from 1:15PM to 2:15PM.

Sunday, August 12

11:00 a.m. Kol Shofar Maccabees Softball Team.  Come support the Maccabees at our playoff game at Redwood High.

Saturday, August 18

1:15 p.m. Preparing your Heart for the Holidays with Rabbi Leider

Thursday, August 23

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with Rabbi Steinberg and Solar Panel Launch

7:00 p.m. REAL Serenity Study at Rodef

Saturday, August 25

1:15 p.m. Preparing your Heart for the Holidays with Rabbi Steinberg

Wednesday, August 29

7:15 p.m. Jewish Heritage Night at the Gaints Game: Please join Kol Shofar members at the 2018 San Francisco Giants Jewish Heritage Night game.   We have premium seats this year in Sec 307, Rows 4-8 and tickets are  $25 a seat.  You can get there at 6:00 p.m. for food and socializing. Please let Bruce Raful know how many tickets you want by emailing him at For more information, call (415) 302-8036.  Carpools are being arranged. Click here for complete details

Saturday, September 1

6:15 p.m. Selihot Film Screening: The Power of Forgiveness & Service

Sunday, September 2

7:00 a.m. Mill Street Homeless Shelter

9:00 a.m. Teacher Orientation

7:00 p.m. Women’s Rosh Hodesh Meeting in the Beit Midrash

Friday, September 7

6:15 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat at Drake Terrace

Monday, September 9

5:00 p.m. Community Picnic at Boyle Park  Click here to RSVP

7:45 p.m. Erev Rosh Hashanah Services

Tuesday, September 10

9:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Services

Wednesday, September 11

9:00 a.m. Rosh Hashanah Services Day 2

Tuesday, September 18

6:45 p.m. Kol Nidre Service

Wednesday, September 19

8:45 a.m. Yom Kippur Services

Sunday, September 23

8:30 a.m. Beit Binah Begins

Monday, September 24

8:30 a.m. Sukkot Services and Kiddush

Tuesday, September 25

8:30 a.m. Sukkot Services and Kiddush

Wednesday, September 26

4:00 p.m. Beit Binah and Tichon

Click here to view information about the 2018 High Holy Days at Kol Shofar