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Friday, February 10, 5:30 PM-8:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat, Installation, and Oneg 

Please join us as Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld – President of Hebrew College and mentor to Rabbi Josh Weisman – formally installs Rabbi Weisman as Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom. As we begin a new era of growth and celebrate TBS’s renewal, coinciding with the new year for trees on Tu BiShvat, we are planting our own seeds for the future. We affirm our brit kehillah – our covenant of community – with Rabbi Weisman as our community’s spiritual leader, and warmly welcome him and his family – Pella, Erez Noam, and Amaryah – into our community. 

Rabbi Cohen Anisfeld will offer words of Torah and blessing during Kabbalat Shabbat which will be led by our esteemed Cantor Linda Hirschhorn and Rabbi Weisman.  This will be immediately followed by an oneg.


Childcare will be available from 5:15pm to 7:15pm (reservation required).

Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM, Shabbat morning Tefillah and Torah reading followed by 12:00 PM lunch and learn with Rabbi Cohen Anisfeld.

Spend Saturday morning in community Tefillah and Torah reading with Rabbi Cohen Anisfeld, and the esteemed Cantor Linda Hirschhorn and Rabbi Josh Weisman.  Lunch will be provided. RSVP required.  

About Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is President of Hebrew College. She graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, and subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a regular summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993 and is co-editor of two volumes of women’s writings on Passover, “The Women’s Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and “The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). 

She writes and teaches widely, weaving together Torah, rabbinic commentary, and contemporary poetry and literature in her wise and compassionate approach to the complexities of the human experience and the search for healing and hope in a beautiful but fractured world.

Donations in honor of the installation of Rabbi Weisman may be made

online by clicking here.

Donations by mail may be set to Temple Beth Sholom

642 Dolores Ave, San Leandro, CA, 94577

About Rabbi Josh Weisman

Rabbi Josh Weisman was ordained at the pluralistic Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Massachusetts, where he studied closely with Rabbi Arthur Green, one of the world's preeminent scholars and teachers of Jewish thought and spirituality. Following ordination, Rabbi Weisman served at Kavana Cooperative in Seattle -- an independent congregation recognized  nationally for its       innovative models of 21st Jewish community -- as part of the Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellowship. While at Kavana, he co-founded the Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, an annual collaboration that has  brought over 175 Jewish climate action events to thousands of people nationwide. After Kavana, he served as the Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel at the University of Washington, working with students and young adults to create relevant and fun Jewish experiences, and serving as a Jewish mentor. Most recently, he has been a Senior Program Officer at the Jewish Community Federation. 

Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Josh was a grass-roots organizer in the Bay Area for a decade, including four years as a congregation-based community organizer. In all his work, Rabbi Weisman is passionate about community building, pastoral care, learning and teaching Torah, justice, climate action, and music. He loves connecting with people and helping them find their own personally relevant ways for Judaism to add joy and meaning to their lives, build community, and repair our world.

Thu, February 2 2023 11 Shevat 5783