FILL THE VOID – CBS Movie Night! Sunday, March 4th at 4pm

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Sunday, March 4th at 4pm @ CBS
Fill the Void (2012)

An Israeli film by Rama Burrshtein,  a Jewish Orthodox  female director, that gives the audience an intimate look inside the family of an Ashkenazie Charredi Jews that lives in Bnei Brak, an orthodox neighborhood near Tel Aviv.

The film was screened at Venice Film Festival (best actress winner for Hadas Yaron) Sundance Film Festival, Toronto and New York film festivals. The film received high praises from all critics and it won 7 awards in Israeli Academy Awards including best picture, best director best actress and best screenplay. It also was screened at San Francisco Landmark theaters in 2013 and received high praises from the SF Chronicle.

It is an original screenplay about Shira, an 18 years old woman who is torn between her heart and her family when her beloved older sister, Ester, dies unexpectedly in childbirth. When Shira’s family finds out that Yachov, the widowed husband of Ester thinks of moving to Belgium with his newborn son, Shira’s mother proposes a match between Shira and the widower. Shira now will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.

This film give us a rare, sensitive, extensive and authentic look inside a Jewish orthodox family and how they arrive at decisions that attempt to keep the family intact based on their morals and values in consultant with their Rabbi and taking into account the community around them. The director, Burshtein, became the first orthodox Jewish woman to direct a film intended for wide distribution. It took Burnshtein almost 3 years to bring the movie to the screen.

Highway 61 Revisited (again) Bob Dylan: The Myth & the Man

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3:00pm to 5:00pm

Congregation Beth Shalom

Napa Musical Accompaniment Included.

rsvp: or 707-251-9092

Free of charge to JHSNV members

$5.00 donation from non-members Refreshments following program

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Minnesota in 1941. His early years on the “Iron Range” are veiled in myth and mystery. Speaker Marilyn Chiat, PhD in Art History, will lift the veil on those early years to reveal how that place influenced the poetry & music of the man who is best known as Bob Dylan.

Comedy Night starring Dana Eagle and Joe Nguyen

Comedy Night by CBS_v16Type of event:  Comedy

Date of event: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 6 to 10pm

Speaker(s) and title of event: Comedy Night starring Dana Eagle and Joe Nguyen

Sponsor of event:   Congregation Beth Shalom in Napa

Location: Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm Street, Napa CA 94559

Join CBS for an evening of laughs and entertainment with legendary comedians Dana Eagle

and Joe Nguyen from Comedy Central, HBO and Last Comic Standing.
A night of fun, jokes and big name stars in the Napa Valley!The event will also be honoring the Pioneers of Comedy Night: Art Finkelstein (of blessed memory), Bernard “Bunny” Goldstein and Dr. Alan Steen.

Tickets are $85 each and includes a gourmet meal, wine, dessert + silent auction from local merchants, restaurants, wineries and hotels. Plus enter a drawing to win dinner at the French Laundry!

Tickets (general seating) can be purchased online at or call Maxine Miluso at 707-479-3312.  Interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Joe Fineman at

The Courage to Do what is Right: From the HELL of Rwanda to the PLIGHT of Syrian Refugees

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Lt.- Gen. Romeo Dallaire

The Courage to Do what is Right: From the HELL of Rwanda to the PLIGHT of Syrian Refugees
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa

Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire was the head of the UN Peacekeeping force in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. After it began, along with a small team, he decided to remain in Kigali’s hell and, as a result, saved 30,000 Rwandans. A man of action, a voice of conscience and a humanitarian hero, during this empowering evening he will share his experiences and the ethical and practical challenges he faced in East Africa. While reflecting on what led to his morally courageous decision in 1994, he will also share his insights into the current humanitarian crises the world is facing with Syrian refugees.

Lt. Gen. Dalliare challenges all of us to think about who we are and what we do for others in the decisions we make on a daily basis. He asks us to become advocates for all human beings. In his own words, “Are all humans human…or are some more human than others? Now is the time to take up the cause of the advancement of human rights for all and the moment is yours to grasp.”

This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the great humanitarians of our time. The Napa Community is invited. No admission without reservation because of limited seating. Reservations for the general public open on Sunday, January 31st.

Important for CBS Members: Registration opens up for you on Wednesday, January 26th at 8 a.m. First come, first serve, limited seating. If you want to get your seats, be sure to get them before it opens to the public on Sunday, January 31st. Tickets are free and will be available at the link below.

Brown Paper Tickets

Program begins promptly at 4 p.m.; please arrive no later than 3:45 p.m.

Trends in the American Jewish community and its relationship with Israel–A Glimpse from the front lines of the community


Conversations with the Rabbi and Rabbi Doug Kahn:
Trends in the American Jewish community and its relationship with Israel–A Glimpse from the front lines of the community

Rabbi Kahn has served as Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for nearly four decades. He is considered by many the dean of the JCRC directors in America.

He will offer many insights about the many changes he has seen over the years and insights into the current challenges facing the American Jewish community.

Sunday, January 10th, 4-5:30 pm

Everyone is invited

Congregation Beth Shalom


dinner movie dessert


Join Us For Erev Navidad!
Congregation Beth Shalom’s
Annual Fun(d)raising Event

Thursday, December 24th @ 5 PM

Dinner/Movie/Dessert $65 Per Person, All Inclusive

R.S.V.P. & Payment Required by December 20th

Reservations may be made at


Contact: Rhonda Simon

707-255-6677 or

Building a Jewish, Democratic and Inclusive Israeli Society: Jewish-Arab Relations in Contemporary Israel

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Jewish-Arab Relations in Contemporary Israel
A special presentation by Ami Nahshon
Thursday night, December 10th7:15-8:45pm at CBS

Ami served as the  international president of The Abraham Fund Initiatives, for twelve years, where he built the organization into Israel’s leading advocate for an equal and inclusive society for its Jewish and Arab citizens alike.  He also was the CEO of the East Bay Federation for many years.

Chanukah Community Celebration at CBS!


When: Friday, December 11, 2015 at CBS – We will begin at 5:30

Come ready for a wonderful community evening, singing your favorite Chanukah songs with Gordon and a good and inspiring time.  There will a short Shabbat service while sitting at our tables.

Please be sure to RSVP no later thanTuesday, December 8th with an email to Corina at Please just send her name and the number of people you will be bringing.  Yes you can bring guests. There will be no response to your email.  Any questions should come here to the Temple.

In addition to the home made latkes, we will be serving dessert.

Please bring the following:

Last name starts with A – R:
Salads for 4 -6 people
Last name starts with R – Z: Juice, Bottled Water, Soda for 4 – 6 people.
If you are coming alone, please bring carrots or celery.