sukkah with lights on

Another letter from my Mixed and Matched column

Dear Dawn: My friends and family agree with you that the High Holy Days were not the right time to introduce my boyfriend to Judaism. So when is the right time? I don’t want to scare him, but being Jewish is very important to me. I am hoping that he will come to really love it, too, because I think he’s the one. He loves the outdoors. He isn’t into cooking as much as grilling. He has a very sweet dog that he treats very well. He’s a caring guy. We’ve been together for about six months and I’d like to start introducing him to Judaism. What do you suggest I do first? Or even second? — In Love

Dear In Love: What a delightful message to receive. You couldn’t have timed this better because Oct. 4-11 is the wonderful outdoor Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Tradition says that we are to build a sukkah and then live in it for a week. If your boyfriend enjoys making things — does he already own things like a saw, hammer and electric drill? — then you could consider making a sukkah together. It is “just” a three-walled hut with a partial roof. Many years ago, I got directions for construction from a woman at my shul, and my husband, who loves building, happily made us our first sukkah.

If you’re not ready for that, consider buying a kit online. No, it will not be cheap. Think of it like a Christmas tree; it’s at the center of the holiday, gets decorated and (good news) can be taken down and saved for next year. So the cost is one time, unlike a Christmas tree (well, the nonplastic kind, anyway). In recent years, I’ve assembled the kit and it’s pretty simple. Since I live where there’s a significant evening breeze, my husband bolts the sukkah frame to the ground. Yes, my sukkah has completely toppled over! We just put it back, and since then it has been bolted.

Have meals in the sukkah. Sleep in the sukkah; his dog will love it. Or just sit together in the sukkah and watch nature around you — butterflies, bees, birds. It’s better than meditating.

If the thought of building a sukkah is too much for you, then consider using the other parts of the holiday to delight your boyfriend.

This is a harvest festival. Make luscious meals all week; have your boyfriend do some grilling. Invite friends over. Eat outside. Tell your boyfriend the story and the symbolism of the holiday so that he can appreciate our funny little huts as much as any other holiday paraphernalia.

This is a great time to also make Sukkot more fun for you and your extended family. Did you know that the traditional foods of Sukkot (Askenazi or Sephardic) are stuffed foods? That could be zucchini, pumpkins, peppers, grape leaves or other things. You can stuff them with meat, rice, quinoa, textured vegetable protein. Think about what the two of you really love and invent your own special Sukkot dish. It can be the beginning of your own tradition.

Do you have a friend who has a sukkah? Or do you belong to a synagogue that has one? See if you can get over to someone else’s sukkah. If you are going to be a guest: Make a decoration to hang in the sukkah, be it temporary (like a paper chain) or permanent (like a decorative lantern); bring along a fruit-stuffed pie; bring some branches to add to the roof.

After Sukkot, there will be a quiet stretch in the Jewish calendar, but there is always weekly Shabbat. If you don’t currently do anything for Shabbat, why not start? Have some friends over for dinner or have a candlelit dinner the two of you.

Try doing one Jewish thing at each dinner and figure out which ones the two of you most enjoy. Having guests? Lighting candles? Having fresh challah? Reflecting on the past week?

If your boyfriend is feeling that you could be the one, start showing him what life with a Jewish woman is like. Don’t hit him over the head with it, but tell him that you want to share what you love most about being Jewish. Maybe see a Jewish-themed film or play. Play him some music; take him to the Contemporary Jewish Museum or to a local Judaica shop.

Let me know how it goes.

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Fall 2017 Programs

Shaking the Lulav

Shaking the Lulav

Sukkah Party for Interfaith Couples & Families
Come to the Sukkah for some food and fun. Together we’ll make and hang sukkah decorations and everyone will get a chance to wave the lulav and etrog. We’ll make edible sukkahs that kids (and adults) can take home.

Date: Sunday, October, 8
Time: 2 to 4pm
Place: Private home in Oakland, address sent after registration
Cost: $5/person or $15/family of 4 or more.
Register here.

Carly and her mom

Parenting and Grandparenting in an Interfaith Family
Techniques for listening and talking to adult children

Your child has married a non-Jewish person, maybe a Christian. Possibly they have not yet determined whether to have a Jewish home. The question of children may also be up in the air. You know that any children they have are THEIR children but you hope to impart some of your Jewish identity to your grandchildren. How can you talk to your own child and child-in-law about your desire while respecting them as parents? What is reasonable to say or request? How do you open the conversation?

Join other grandparents and Dawn Kepler to discuss this delicate conversation and come away with ideas for being the fabulous grandparent you know you can be!

Date: Monday, Oct. 30
Time: 7 – 9pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Ct, Pleasanton
Free, preregistration required.
Please register here.

Michella Ore
Patralineal Jews: Navigating the Jewish World & Keeping Your Identity Strong
Are you the child of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother? At some point in life patrilineal Jews usually are told, “You know you’re not really Jewish, right?” Let’s talk about how to be a confident Jew even if others don’t affirm your identity. Share your stories and ideas with others. Join us for coffee at We’ll offer you an array of approaches for dealing to unwanted comments.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 12
Time: 10:30am to noon
Place: Café Dejena 3939 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland
Free, but preregistration is required.
Sign up here.

Imaginary Comforts

Imaginary Comforts


Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit
Join us this fall for Berkeley Rep’s new play by Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket, that “celebrates ordinary people trying to make sense out of life in the midst of endless, comedic chaos.” The play is described this way,

The genius behind Lemony Snicket brings his relentlessly mischievous style to a new play for adults. Sarah’s father is dead, her mother is in hysterics, and the new rabbi totally bungled the funeral. To further the absurdity, the ghost of a rabbit hops into her life, pushing her to confront her deepest issues. Fantastical and wise, hilarious and sobering.

Jews have often felt that life is chaotic, sometimes comic, sometimes tragic. Join Rabbi Chester to reflect on how Judaism makes sense of life that often feels nonsensical.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16
Time: 7:30 to 9pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Cost: Free to Temple Sinai members; $10 to the public
Register here.

Making Shabbat Your Own: Shabbat Candlesticks
Come make Shabbat candlesticks from metal foil, discuss how to make the celebration of Shabbat work for yourself or your family, and learn the “Secret of Shabbat!” While discussing Shabbat we will explore lots of options for decorating our candlesticks: emboss lines, attach beads, add color, and cut decorative holes for the light to shine through. No artistic talent or prior knowledge required to create incredible candlesticks. Appropriate for age 8 and up. Join Claire Sherman, artist and mensch for this fun filled workshop.

Date: Dec. 3
Time: 10am to noon
Place: Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave., Berkeley
Cost: $20
Register here.

Raising Kids in an Interfaith Family
As partners and parents we want the best for each member of our family. Does that mean putting our relationship before the children? Can’t we give equally to our partner and our kids?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to love and parenting in any family, including interfaith families. Together we will look at balancing competing needs and how to sketch out a plan for your family’s choices. We’ll touch on the December holidays too.

Date: Dec. 10
Time: 10:30am to 12noon
Place: Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Rd, Alameda
Free, but please RSVP to dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org so that I’ll know how many to expect. Thanks!
https://templeisraelalameda.org

Jews of Color: Taking Charge of Your Jewish Identity
It is not unusual for a Jew of color to be asked, “How did you get to be Jewish?” Quite simply the question stems from their appearance, “You don’t look Jewish.”
There are a number of ways that an adult from a biracial Jewish or interfaith family can arm themselves for these micro-aggressions. Join Kim Carter Martinez, the biracial daughter of an African American father and a white Ashkenazi mother. Kim has spent years honing her skills and is pleased to teach others how to own your identity in spite of the doubts of others.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 17
Time: 10am to 11:30am
Place: Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
Free, but preregistration is required.
Sign up here.

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Shaking the Lulav

Shaking the Lulav

Sukkah Party for Interfaith Couples & Families
Come to the Sukkah for some food and fun. Together we’ll make and hang sukkah decorations and everyone will get a chance to wave the lulav and etrog. We’ll make edible sukkahs that kids (and adults) can take home.

Date: Sunday, October, 8
Time: 2 to 4pm
Place: Private home in Oakland, address sent after registration
Cost: $5/person or $15/family of 4 or more.
Register here.

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In 2010 there was a contest called Sukkah City. People were invited to construct unusual sukkahs. Now the movie about this wild and crazy event is out; you can see a trailer here. What the contest illustrated is that sukkahs can come in all sorts of shapes, colors and materials. Even kosher ones! I thought I’d share a few images with you to get your creative juices flowing.

From brooklynpaper.com

From brooklynpaper.com

Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, NY had this structure built for them in 2011.

batman guards my sukkah

Here is my own sukkah from a couple years ago. This is one of my FAVORITE photos as you’ll note that Batman guards my sukkah! So stay away bad guys!

From www.bshalom.org

From www.bshalom.org

Here is B’nai Shalom of Walnut Creek’s congregational sukkah. Big enough to accommodate community gatherings.

sukkah with flags

Here’s a sukkah with a table and a comfy seat. Jewish prayer flags have become available in recent years. Also, with a heightened awareness of avoiding food waste, many people use paper mache fruit instead of real fruit.

credit: haaretz.com

credit: haaretz.com

This is a crowded street in an ultra Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem – from Haaretz.com

A friend of mine artfully hangs diaphanous fabric from branch to branch in her garden and adds lights. It is magical.

Email me a photo of YOUR sukkah that I can share here. Send it to dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org

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Decorating the Sukkah

Decorating the Sukkah

Sukkot is one of the three Jewish pilgrimage festivals—that means very important! It’s fun for kids and adults alike. Imagine building a playhouse + decorating for an autumn festival + picnicking outside — you’ve got Sukkot.

How do you get started with the fun? Come to a no-experience-needed gathering to learn about Sukkot. You’ll leave with several plans on how to make your own sukkah (hut or playhouse), recipes for yummy Jewish fall foods, and craft designs for decorations.

Sunday, September 22
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Private home in Oakland
$20/family
$10/person
Limited to 6 families so sign up asap!

Sign up HERE

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Time to really CELEBRATE!
Whew! The big days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are over. You trekked to synagogue for more hours in a row than some people go in a year! It’s easy to let Sukkot go by the wayside. We’re tired; enough already! But now that you’ve put in the serious time, don’t you deserve a reward? Time for the fun and food of Sukkot. Synagogues all over have put up their sukkahs with the kids from Hebrew school. They’ve decorated and delighted in their work. Why not drop over for a drink or a piece of cake or just to schmooze with friends in your jeans? The weather boys are predicting temps in the 80s so get outside and enjoy the last of summer.

Here’s the trailer for the film Sukkah City, so check out this array of fantastical sukkahs!

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Sukkot on the Farm
Wilderness Torah invites you to gather in multi-generational community for the sixth annual Sukkot on the Farm Festival – a four-night camp out and celebration of the fall harvest. Come co-create our village and enjoy the Columbus day weekend with farm-fresh organic food, Shabbat and Sukkot celebration, bonfires, music, learning, kids activities, meditation, movement, and more! Reawaken the Water Festival, Simchat Beit Hashoevah, where we honor and call in the waters for the coming year and dance and celebrate with live music on Saturday night!

Dates: Oct. 4 – 8
Place: Green Oaks Creek Farm, Pescadero
Cost: Work Exchange: $160 or less, see website for work opportunities; Adult $325-$550, Age 13-17: $150; Age 4-12: $75, Children Aged 3 and under: $35
More details here

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In the Sukkah


There are three pilgrimage holidays in Jewish tradition. Pilgrimage holidays are the ones on which ancient Israelites traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the holiday at the Temple. Sukkot is one of them.

Exodus 23:14 describes the three festivals – Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. Sukkot is the third, the ingathering or harvest.

Exodus 23:14
14. Three times you shall slaughter sacrifices to Me during the year.
15. You shall observe the festival of unleavened bread; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread as I have commanded you, at the appointed time of the month of springtime, for then you left Egypt, and they shall not appear before Me empty handed.
16. And the festival of the harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which you will sow in the field, and the festival of the ingathering at the departure of the year, when you gather in [the products of] your labors from the field.
But Sukkot became more than a harvest festival. In Leviticus it is described as a way to remember that when the Israelites came out of Egypt we lived in booths or huts. So we emulate them – a very experiential way of learning and remembering.

Leviticus 23:39
39. But on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the produce of the land, you shall celebrate the festival of the Lord for a seven day period; the first day shall be a rest day, and the eighth day shall be a rest day.
40. And you shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of the hadar tree, date palm fronds, a branch of a braided tree, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for a seven day period.
41. And you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord for seven days in the year. [It is] an eternal statute throughout your generations [that] you celebrate it in the seventh month.
42. For a seven day period you shall live in booths. Every resident among the Israelites shall live in booths,
43. in order that your [ensuing] generations should know that I had the children of Israel live in booths when I took them out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God.

(from Chabad.org)

We are commanded to build and live in our sukkah (our hut) for a week. Some people sleep in their sukkah. That may be more than you can manage. But do have one or more of your meals outside – it can be so lovely.

Living in a hut reminds us of how fragile life is. It is symbolizes our vulnerability and is supposed to make us realize that we must rely on God over transitory material things.

What to teach your children? Here are some ideas. Pick what works for you.

How lucky we are to have a home! And even a home with a floor made of wood (or other materials) but not just dirt. This is a good time to talk about homelessness and how to help others.
What are the things we rely? Friends, family? This is a great time to play the “who loves you?” game. Parent says to child, who loves you? The child thinks of all the people who love them – parents, siblings, aunts & uncles, teachers and rabbis, neighbors and friends, pets, etc.
Isn’t nature marvelous to provide the fall harvest of squash, tomatoes, wheat, apples, etc.? What foods do you love? How can we give food to hungry people? What foods can we plant and raise ourselves?
Tell the story of the Exodus. Tell your kids about the Israelis leaving Egypt to gain freedom. Who is seeking their freedom today?

Activities
Go picking! There are places like Brentwood where you can pick your own food.
Bake! Make pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, butternut squash soup. Let the kids help.
Have guests over. We are commanded to invite guests into our sukkah – traditionally we symbolically invite in the patriarchs and the matriarchs. But be inventive. Who are the teachers, friends, interesting people you want to invite? How about inviting your soccer coach or the kids from the carpool?
Decorate. Make paper chains. Cut out paper in the shape of fruits and vegetables to hang in the sukkah. Hang photos of loved ones that perhaps can’t make it.

What about the lulav and etrog; what are they?
An etrog is a citrus fruit from the middle east. We don’t have them much in America. You have to buy one special for this holiday. They are flown in. They look like big Eureka lemons.
The Lulav is made of three plants. One branch of willow tree, one branch palm and one of myrtle. They are put together in a woven handle.

What does the waving mean? What do these plants mean?
Well, what do you believe? There are mystical interpretations. Look here for more info. But do we have any historical document that tells us what the ancients believed? No. In ancient times did the date palm symbolize righteousness? We don’t know. Like the pronunciation of the name of God, this is lost to us. There is something sad in that but there is also great potential to create new ideas. What do you make of these items? Perhaps your truth is locked inside of you and you just need to let your imagination soar.

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Sukkah Lights

Sukkot: The Next Holiday!
If I could go back to the beginning of the creation of the calendar I would plead for a few more days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The High Holidays are so all encompassing and then, BOOM, it’s time for one of the pilgrimage holidays. I LOVE sukkot. Putting up the sukkah, decorating it, eating in it, having guests over. It’s all fun!

You can buy one online, you can go to a synagogue or JCC, you can build your own.

How to Make a Sukkah
Here is a fast, clear cartoon about the basic BASICS of building a sukkah.

I love this video by a guy who looks like he lives in Berkeley. He explains how to make a sukkah AND how to erect one of his mail order sukkahs.

Decorate your Sukkot
Many families make paper chains to hang in their sukkah. Try something old that’s new again. Here is a link to a free download of a bird /egg decoration that was popular back in the 17th century throughout European Jewish communities – and was passed on throughout the generations. Unfortunately they have just about disappeared from the modern sukkah decor.

If all that sounds like too much then throw a sheet over the kitchen table and let the kids crawl underneath and pretend. Get creative.

What no Sukkah!?
Are you reading this thinking, “But I don’t have a sukkah and Sukkot starts too soon. I’ve missed out.” No, you haven’t. Go to a Sukkot event at a synagogue, build something this weekend. Or like I said above, crawl under a table and just pretend. The good news is there are no Sukkah police to check your way of observing.

HAVE FUN!

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Jewish Calendar


Sukkot begins just FIVE days after Yom Kippur! I can hardly keep up. So consider this fair warning that you should be thinking about where you’ll be shaking your lulav beginning next Wednesday evening. I’ll send you more info on that after Yom Kippur.

May you be inscribed in the book of Life for a peaceful and joyous new year (5772).
Dawn

EVENTS
Tot Shabbat for Yom Kippur (Berkeley)
High Holy Day Services for Families with Young Children (Cupertino)
Introduction to Judaism: Exploring Jewish Beliefs and Practices (San Francisco)
Celebrate Sukkot with Tots N’ Torah (Burlingame)
Shabbat Yeladim in our Sukkah (San Rafael)
Pajamas in the Sukkah (Palo Alto)
Visit a Sukkah! (Los Altos area)
BBQ in the Sukkah (Los Gatos)
Sukkot Day Water Play (Saratoga)
Intro to Jewish Life (San Rafael)
Tot Shabbat Pizza Potluck (Oakland)

Tot Shabbat for Yom Kippur
This program was described to me this way: The tot service at Beth El tomorrow is definitely Yom Kippur focused. I went last year. It was like 30 minutes long, very age appropriate with guitar-led songs, stories, a brief torah reading, shofar blowing. They do it outside on blankets under the oak tree in front of the shul. They do them once a month on shabbat too.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Time: 10:30am
Place: Beth El, 1301 Euclid, Berkeley
www.bethelberkeley.org

High Holy Day Services for Families with Young Children
High Holy Day Services for families with young children on Rosh Hashanah do not require tickets and are open to all. On Rosh Hashanah, the Services feature a special blessing for all babies born or adopted during the past year. Children are encouraged to bring a shofar to make a big noise to greet the new year.

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
Hosted by Congregation Beth Am of Los Altos. For more information, call them at 650-493-4661.

Introduction to Judaism: Exploring Jewish Beliefs and Practices
Get an in-depth look at the basics of Jewish thought and practice. Engage in a mix of study, discussion and hands-on experiences. Topics include:
• Jewish beliefs and values
• Holidays and the Jewish calendar
• Prayer and liturgy
• Lifecycle events

Date: Mondays, October 10–December 19, 2011
Time: 6:30–8:00 pm
Place: Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Cost: Materials fee: $5.The course book, Living Judaism by Rabbi Wayne Dosick, will be available for purchase at the first class for $15.
Information & registration: Lisa Hoelle, 415.346.1720, x24, or lhoelle@sherithisrael.org

Celebrate Sukkot with Tots N’ Torah
Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, is a fun time to come together as families and as a community to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Join us as we gather in the Peninsula Temple Sholom sukkah to sing some Shabbat songs, welcome ushpizin (special guests), wave the lulav and etrog (symbols of the holiday), and share a meal under the stars. Our Sukkot Tots ‘n’ Torah service begins promptly at 6 PM on Friday October 14 in the PTS sukkah. We will continue the celebration with a pizza dinner under the stars at 6:30.

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 6pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Cost for dinner is $5 per person and online RSVP is required at www.sholom.org.

Shabbat Yeladim in our Sukkah
Yeladim means ‘children’ in Hebrew. This new Saturday morning Shabbat service is designed for a wider age range than the usual Tot Shabbat (more like zero to 7 or 8 rather than just pre-schoolers). Enjoy snacks and stories in the Sukkah with the fabulous Jonathan Bayer! Parents and grandparents and (even really little) kids welcome.

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 9:30 to 10:15am
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
www.rodefsholom.org

Pajamas in the Sukkah
For children aged 2-7 and their families. Enjoy snacks, stories and singing in the Sukkah. There’s lots of room in the sukkah, but please make a reservation so there will be enough food to go around. Bring some friends; non-members are welcome.

Date: October 15
Time: 5:00 to 6:30pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto
To sign up go here: http://bit.ly/qdQYtC
For more information you can call 650-813-9094

Visit a Sukkah!
Celebrate the festival holiday of Sukkot with friends and neighbors by hosting or visiting them in a sukkah. Shake the etrog, wave the lulav and enjoy the harvest festival.
Here is what last year’s Sukkot open house goers had to say:
“I loved visiting and getting to know the clergy in such a relaxed, casual setting!”
“We had a lovely afternoon, it was great to meet other Beth Am members who live in my neighborhood!”
“What a warm, inviting atmosphere. Our kids had a great time and so did we!”

Sunday, October 16, 2 – 5 p.m.
To sign up to visit a sukkah, you must RSVP online. For more information, contact Haya Rubin, (443) 928-4741 or Jill Rosenberg, (408) 739-6250.
Hosted by Beth Am of Los Altos, www.betham.org

BBQ in the Sukkah
Celebrate the autumn holiday of Sukkot in the APJCC’s Sukkah. Enjoy dinner, games, singing, and dancing as we celebrate outside under the evening sky. Everyone is welcome. FREE Kosher barbecue dinner provided.

Date: Monday, October 17
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Place: Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
RSVP by Tuesday, October 11th.
For more information or to RSVP, contact the APJCC Center for Jewish Life and Learning at 408.357.7411 or cjll@svjcc.org.

Sukkot Day Water Play
Sukkot: The Festival of “booths” — and water!
Celebrate Sukkot with water! It’s a tradition from ancient Israel — Simchat Beit
HaShoevah — a “Drawing of Water” ceremony. We’ll read special PJ Library books on Sukkot themes! We’ll have fun with watery outdoor activities: water play, watercolor painting …and much more! And, of course, snacks in Beth David’s Sukkah!

Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 5 to 6:30pm
Place: Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga
Please RSVP by October 13 at www.jvalley.org/pjlibrary.
Sponsored by PJ Library and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley

Intro to Jewish Life
Don’t know the difference between the Torah and the Talmud?
Want to know more about the Jewish religion, culture and traditions?
Thinking about converting to Judaism?
The first of 4 Tuesdays, this course is the perfect intro for both Jewish and non-Jewish adults interested in learning more about Jewish traditions, texts and more. Jewish “doing” and practical Jewish spirituality will be emphasized.

Date: Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 18
Time: 7:15 to 8:45pm
Place: Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
Cost: $60/public; $50/member
Info: http://bit.ly/pL4uRR
Co-sponsored by the Osher Marin JCC, Congregations Rodef Sholom and Kol Shofar.

Tot Shabbat Pizza Potluck
Tot Shabbat pizza potluck dinners are informal gatherings and a great way to get to know parents at Temple Sinai. Dinner starts at 5:30pm in Stern Hall; the monthly Tot Shabbat service follows at 6:30pm. A requested donation of $10 per family covers the cost of food. Everyone is asked to bring something to share: a side dish, salad, beverages or dessert for the Oneg. Also, please bring water for your family, or your beverages of choice.

Date: Friday, Oct. 28
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Please RSVP by visiting http://totshabbatpotluck.eventbrite.com/ by 4:30pm on the Wednesday before the event so that we can order enough food for everyone. If you have any questions about these events, please feel free to contact Amy Jo Goldfarb (Temple Sinai Preschool mom) ajgoldfarb@att.net
Tot Shabbat Potlucks occur every fourth Friday!

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