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Rabbi Minster's Installation Weekend

Kabbalat Shabbat, Installation, and Oneg
Friday, May 19th, 7:30pm
Join us to welcome our new spiritual leader to Temple Israel of Alameda. Rabbi Cynthia Minster will lead the Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Her mentor and Vice President of the Academy of Jewish Religion California, Rabbi Rochelle Robins, will lead us in consecrating our partnership, our community, and our synagogue. A festive Oneg sponsored by the Board of Directors and featuring desserts made by Phyllis Minster will follow.

Rabbi Rochelle Robins serves as Vice President of The Academy for Jewish Religion, California, and Dean of its Chaplaincy School. Rabbi Rochelle Robins is also the Director of the school’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. She earned her smicha at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998. Among other positions, Rochelle has served as the rabbinic Staff Chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Supervisor of Pastoral Education and Co-coordinator of the Jewish Hospice Program at Samaritan Hospice of Southern New Jersey. She is a Certified Educator of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE, Inc.), and a Neshama/NAJC Board Certified Chaplain. Rabbi Robins was the co-founder and Executive Director of Bat Kol, an organization that began as Jerusalem’s first feminist yeshiva, and then expanded its mission to include interfaith coalition building and health care education in the United States. For her imagination with Bat Kol, Rabbi Robins was recognized for her work in socially conscious entrepreneurial endeavors in Joshua Venture's first cohort (which is now UpStart). Rochelle invites you to explore her newly developed social services and chaplaincy software system at, where she and her business partner aim to provide easy and affordable access to professional human support.  Whether Rabbi Robins is teaching text, publishing writings on Jewish spiritual care and a variety of topics, educating chaplains, or administering social entrepreneurial projects - healing and wholeness are at the heart of her rabbinate. Rochelle is currently a PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at Greenwich School of Theology in the U.K., which is in collaboration with the Theological University of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.

Torah Study on Zoom Only
Saturday, May 20th, 9:30am
Join us in studying Parashat Bamidbar, a fitting portion for our celebratory weekend. The beginning of the Book of Numbers describes a census and the formation of the Israelite tribes on their journey through the wilderness. It is also the 44th day of the Counting of the Omer, Din ShebeMalchut, Gevurah ShebeShekhinah, the Judgment of the Sovereignty of the Divine, the Strength of the Divine Presence. We will reflect on the boundaries the hold us together and the ways in which we help unfold our potential selves and our community's potential.  Studying from both our Torah portion and our ethical / spiritual journey from Passover towards Shavuot, together we will prepare ourselves for the future. Zoom registration is required to participate.

Dinner & Dancing Celebration
Saturday, May 20th, 6:00pm
Our festivities continue with Havdalah, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing. Tickets are $72 per adult, includes childcare, and a Welcome Book.


RSVP for Rabbi Minster's Installation Weekend.

Please RSVP for all events you will be attending. Saturday dinner is $72 per adult. Shabbat service and Torah Study only require registration.

If you will be joining us for the Saturday dinner, your payment must be processed for your registration to be complete.

RSVPs must be received by April 30th.

installation Sponsors Needed

Installation sponsorship supports Rabbi Minster as she officially becomes our spiritual leader, and allows our congregation to welcome her officially. Additionally, your support allows all congregants to participate regardless of financial situation. It will also fund the travel of Rabbi Minster's mentor, allowing her to officiate her installation.

As a sponsor, your name (or your business name, if preferred), will appear on any materials we produce for the Installation, plus these thank you gifts listed with each sponsorship level’s name.

Sponsorship Levels

Yisrael (Israel) Level: $2,500 & above Includes 4 complimentary Dinner tickets and Full-page ad in the Welcome Book

Cheveirim (Friends) Level: $1000 - $2,499 Includes 2 complimentary Dinner tickets and Half-page ad in the Welcome Book

Dorot (Generations) Level: $500 - $999 Includes 2 complimentary meal tickets and Quarter-page ad in the Welcome Book

Become a Sponsor Today! 

Should you wish to discuss your possible sponsorship further, please feel free to contact Betty Riback at or (510) 337-0137.  We thank you in advance.

Help us create a welcome book

We invite you to submit an ad for the Welcome Book.

All dinner attendees will receive a copy of the Welcome Book, making it a great opportunity to promote your business or service.

A keepsake version of the Welcome Book will be created for Rabbi Minster.

Click here to submit to the Welcome Book

due by April 20th.

Mon, May 29 2023 9 Sivan 5783