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Description of the Aron HaKodesh and its Dedication

Peter Strauss

With all the dancing, singing, pomp and joy attendant on the arrival of an honored notable, as appropriate, Netivot Shalom's new Aron Kodesh was welcomed into the sanctuary on this festive Sunday.

A labor of love for its designer and builder, Blair Prentice, and its weaver of fabric and magic, Cathy Bolding, those who gathered on Sunday to witness this truly blessed event were stunned, awed and amazed by the Aron's beauty, elegance and truly Biblical simplicity and verisimilitude. Yes, it is a simple tent, as described in the Tanach, but such a tent!

Dedication of the Aron Kodesh, Honoring the Weissman/Steinbaugh Family

Congregation Netivot Shalom


Honoring the Weissman/Steinbaugh Family

For the Aron dedication program, including details on design,
construction and materials, credits and acknowledgments, Click here. (2 pages)

Interfaith Events

Congregation Netivot Shalom is a spiritual home for many different people, Jewish and not.  We are proud to share with each other life moments, Jewish learning, and so much more!  While we affirm the traditional definition that Jewish identity is either inherited from a person's mother or through a process of conversion, we have room in our tent for you and your family! We have taken part in the creation of the Tiferet Project, a multi-synagogue effort to find ways of including interfaith families within our spiritual homes.

Directions and Map

1316 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 549-9447
Fax (510) 549-9448

Directions from the Freeway (I-80/I-580):

From the University Avenue exit off of I-80/I-580, go east (towards the hills) one mile and Netivot Shalom will be on your right, sharing a driveway with the Berkeley Montessori School.

Leadership - Board of Directors

President Michael Tarle cnspresident@netivotshalom.org
First Vice-President Joan Bradus firstvp@netivotshalom.org
Second Vice-President David Radwin secondvp@netivotshalom.org



Rabbi Menachem Creditor rabbi@netivotshalom.org 549-9447 x 103

Founding Rabbi

Rabbi Stuart L. Kelman



Executive Director

Mission and History

History: Netivot Shalom began in 1989 and grew out of our founding members' collective commitment to create an egalitarian spiritual home for Conservative Jews in Berkeley, California. We began with meetings in people's homes, around kitchen and dining room tables and monthly Shabbat services. We now have a beautiful sanctuary on University Avenue, where we offer weekly Shabbat, ongoing holiday, and other regularly-scheduled services.

What is Conservative Judaism?

Congregation Netivot Shalom is a proud part of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement, a dynamic blend of inclusiveness, egalitarianism, and commitment to Jewish Tradition. We believe that Judaism is a Tree of Life, able to bend, yet with deep roots that touch both the human soul and beyond.  We are a proud part of the Bay Area Masorti network!

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