Rabbi’s Tisch

Rabbi’s Tisch

On the second Friday of each month, join your CST family for a Rabbi’s Tisch (table) in lieu of regular Friday night Shabbat Services.

All Tisches take place at 6:15 PM and include a brief service (including Mi’Shebeirach and Kaddish), communal dinner and a special program.

$18 suggested donation for the catered dinner, please RSVP by calling (707)578-5519 or emailing denise@cstsr.org.



October Tisch:  Sara Felder – Can We Tawk? – A History of Jewish Humor

Fri, Oct 12, 2018 6:15pm

If Jewish humor was born out of persecution, what is the role of Jewish humor today, in a time of less oppression?  What does Jewish humor have to teach us about Jewish history and culture? Most importantly, is Sarah Silverman good for the Jews? Comedy professor and performing artist Sara Felder will deliver a concise history of Jewish humor, beginning in biblical times and ending with contemporary stand-up and performance.
Sara Felder is a playwright and performer who, over the last 3 decades, has created a body of work that juggles personal narrative, circus shtick and social justice. She has toured with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus and Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades and performed at Jewish/Yiddish cultural festivals all over the world.

November Tisch – Yotam Polizer – Co-CEO of IsraAID

Fri, Nov 9, 2018 6:15pm

The evening will present IsraAID’s work with Syrian refugees, hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and Houston, the Ebola outbreak and more, and will provide participants with opportunities to get involved both locally and internationally.

Born and raised in a small village in Northern Israel, Yotam, who has been a social activist from a young age, today boasts a dozen years of experience in humanitarian projects around the world. Yotam began his social activism working with juvenile delinquents in a rehabilitation center. Yotam joined the Tevel B’Tzedek’s development project in Nepal, where he spent three and a half years as a Project Coordinator. During this time, he was also employed by the Israeli Embassy as Consular Assistant. He joined IsraAID following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, serving as Japan Country Director for 3 years. Following 2 years as Asia Regional Director, Yotam is now the Co-Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all of IsraAID’s fundraising and strategic partnerships around the world.

December Tisch: Rabbi Zelig Golden, Founding Director, Wilderness Torah: Awakening Earth-Based Judaism

Fri, Dec 14, 2018 6:15pm

Judaism is rooted in an ancient relationship to the earth, a relationship severed by our history. As the next generation seeks authentic ways to renew Judaism, while addressing the issues of our time, like global climate change, there is a rapidly growing movement to return Judaism to its earth-based roots. Rabbi Zelig will share the story of Wilderness Torah using his personal story and by exploring primary texts including Torah, Talmud, Chasidut, and Kabbalah.

Rabbi Zelig received rabbinic ordination from ALEPH, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and a Masters in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. Zelig was ordained Maggid by Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi ztz”l on Lag B’Omer 5771. He previously worked as an environmental lawyer, including a 2010 landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory protecting food and farms.

January Tisch: Penny Wolin – Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry

Fri, Jan 11, 2019 6:15pm

“Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry” is an original work of art and scholarship that investigates the extraordinary skill of the photographic witness. Alfred Stieglitz, Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt, Lauren Greenfield, Arnold Newman, Robert Frank and scores of other photographers created and continue to build the visual lexicon of American culture.

For over eight years photographer and author Penny Wolin traveled across America, photographing and interviewing more than 70 of the leading and most original Jewish photographers in history. This book and exhibition is the culmination of these unprecedented face-to-face encounters.

Penny Wolin is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and one from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is held in such institutions as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the New York Public Library, the Santa Barbara Art Museum and the Wyoming State Museum. She divides her time between Sonoma County and Santa Barbara.