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Any Interest in an Interest-Free Loan? The Hebrew Free Loan Association has been providing interest-free loans to Jewish residents of Northern California Since 1897. Types of available loans include: Student, Emergency, Adoption, Business, First-time Home Buyer, Health Care, Recently Unemployed, Life Cycle, Debt Consolidation, Institutional (for Jewish communal agencies and synagogues) and Special Needs (for emotionally and physically challenged people). Since 1897, the Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco has offered vital financial assistance to more than 100,000 people. Each year, we help more than 400 people to reach their goals and move in the direction of financial security and future success. We help people to help themselves. Whether we’re providing people a way out of their financial distress, or helping them to realize a life-long dream, our recipients maintain dignity and self-sufficiency as they repay their interest-free loans. If you, or someone you know, needs financial assistance and would like to apply for an interest-free loan, please contact us by phone (415-546-9902) or email ( Check out our website for more information:

Looking for a minyan in the East Bay? Check out the schedule – copies are in the lobby.

Announcing the 2013 East Bay Community Trip to Israel - April 10-19, 2013 The East Bay Community Trip is a unique opportunity to design your own Israel experience by choosing from five customized excursions each day: Geopolitical Landscape; Innovations: Green and Hi-tech ; Arts and Culture ; Social Action ; Historic Israel. Registration began July 1, 2012. For more information: 510.318.6453 or email More information at Jerry Berkman is the Shul Contact for this trip so you may contact him at 510-547-0985 or email him

Registration is now open for Midrasha in Berkeley. The first day of class was Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 am. Classes are filling quickly so send in your registration forms ASAP. If you didn’t receive them in the mail, or if you just want to know more about Midrasha, visit our website to download the registration forms and view the catalogue of class choices. Classes and retreats will be better than ever and we want to make sure you’re with us. There will be an orientation for new students and their parents on Thursday night, August 30, at 7:30. Students will get a chance to meet some Midrasha teachers and other teens and parents will have a chance to get all their questions answered.

Seeking Place to Live: I'm a newly ordained JTS Rabbi moving to Berkeley to be a Chaplain Resident at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. I will be living with my adult daughter who has special needs. I'm looking for a 2 bedroom apartment, or a small house to rent. I would like to be near public transportation but I do have access to a car. The maximum rent I can pay is $1500/month. I have no pets and don't smoke. Please call or text me at 646-299-9881 or email me at Thank you for your help! Abby

Merkavah Torah institute – Pre-High Holiday Program – with Ma'ayan Rabinovich : A New Year is approaching, and it's an opportunity to stop the daily race, to learn, think about who we are and where we are going. Morning: Calling Out in Vain– The Haftarot of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur; Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 29, September 5, 12, 19, Tuition: 4 part series $90. Evening: A Journey of the Soul – Through the Themes of the Prayers of Rosh Hashanah; Wednesdays, 7:30pm – 9pm, August 29, September 5, 12, Tuition: 3 part series $50. All levels welcome. No need for previous background or Hebrew. Women Only.. Class Location: Congregation Beth Israel, 1630 Bancroft way, Berkeley. For signing up and more information –, 510-219-0275.

Grief & Growing, an annual healing weekend for bereaved families and individuals will be held this year at Camp Newman (in Santa Rosa) the weekend of November 16-18. If grief and loss are an issue in your life, attending this weekend would be a good choice. For more information, go to the website of the Jewish Healing Center : (415. 750.3436) or contact Vicky Kelman, who is one of the directors of the weekend (

Donate your old vehicle and support Congregation Netivot Shalom and Midrasha! Midrasha Car Donation Program: Thinking of getting rid of your old car, boat or other vehicle? Please consider donating your used vehicle to Midrasha and help support your local Jewish High School Program. Also, if you request it, the proceeds of the sale can be split with Congregation Netivot Shalom! Please contact David at (510) 849?0961 or email

Submitted by Mina Gobler: Ever wish your mom could come over and take care of your kids for several hours? I can be a loving and dependable substitute. Experienced grandmom offers babysitting services. Best at serving a meal; reading books; playing together -- normal grandmom stuff (at reasonable rates). Mina Gobler, 510-527-8422;

From: Built: Virtual Sukkah Project - Every autumn, Jews build temporary dwellings - called "sukkot" -to commemorate the exodus from Egypt. These structures are governed by an Ancient Code, with rules like "there should be more shade than light." We've invited teens to take pictures inspired by these rules, and post them on the BUILT Facebook Jewish Community Center of SF's "Gimme Shelter" project, September 30 - October 4 Contemporary Jewish Museum's "Virtual Sukkot for Teens" presented by the SF Jewish Film Festival on Thursday, October 4, at 6pm. We invite YOU to contribute your own photos. Submit your photos here! Questions: Contact Emma,, 415-206-1880

Book Drive – East Bay Children’s Book Project - The East Bay Children's Book Project collects thousands of new and used books and then educators, health care professionals, housing projects, etc can pick through them and take what they need--for free! Susan Lawrence has arranged for Congregation Netivot Shalom to participate in this major MITZVAH! We are asking CNS members to donate books that their children are done with. Please bring your gently-used or new children's books to the shul office!