Basic Judaism Fall 2016

I have put together a list of all the basic Judaism classes that I know of in the SF Bay Area. If you know of one that I have not listed, PLEASE email me the class info. You’ll see that the first three locations’ classes began in September. However, the one in Tiburon is available on a drop in basis. AND you can join ANY of them anytime and simply ask the instructor to give you catch up information. Please be aware that the class, Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Lifecycles and Holidays offered in Berkeley is also available online on Sunday mornings. If you miss a session, either on Sunday or on Wednesday evening, Rabbi Adar will have you watch the session online. So you are covered!

Rabbi Susan Leider

Rabbi Susan Leider

Judaism 101
with Rabbi Leider
This 18-week course is for those who would like to learn about Judaism from the ground up, or to fill in gaps from what they learned (or didn’t learn) as a child. The class also prepares those considering conversion. It covers Hebrew pronunciation, biblical and rabbinic writings, history and culture, holy days, festivals, Shabbat, Jewish concepts of God and ethics, life cycle, dietary laws and Israel.
By the end of the course, students will be able to read aloud any Hebrew text with vowels. Students who wish to take a single class by topic may do so. Topical learning begins a half hour into the session.
See course details here.

Dates: Sundays, September 18 though May 7, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Place: Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon
Tuition: $180 for the 18-week series; or $20 per class; Free for members
To register, contact Alona Shahbaz at Ashahbaz@kolshofar.org or (415) 388-1818, ext. 100

Rabbi Oren Postrel

Rabbi Oren Postrel


Exploring Judaism
This course is a year-long exploration of the history, beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Jewish people. “Exploring Judaism” will be interesting and meaningful whether you are becoming an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you are just beginning to explore Jewish studies, you are considering choosing Judaism, you are in an interfaith relationship, or you are simply looking for a deeper and more mature understanding of Jewish history and tradition. Students are encouraged to expand their Jewish literacy by taking this course in conjunction with Beginning Hebrew. Books for the course will be Jewish Literacy by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, along with Michael Strassfeld’s The Jewish Holidays and The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. The books are not included in the price for the course. Taught by Rabbi Oren Postrel.

Year-long Course (22 sessions): Sundays, Sept 25 through May 7 (No class: 10/2, 10/23, 11/27, 12/18, 12/25, 1/1, 1/15, 2/19, 3/12, 4/9, 4/16)
If you would like to sign up for 1 or more blocks of Exploring Judaism (instead of registering for the whole year), we welcome you to do so. Tuition is $30 per block for members; $70 per block for non-members.
• Jewish Calendar & Holidays: How we Celebrate Together – 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
• Jewish Life Passages and our Homes: How Jews Do Jewish – 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 1/8, 1/22
• Jewish Text and History – 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5
• Jewish Thought, Prayer, and Music – 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7

Dates: Sundays, beginning Sept. 25
Time: 9:00-10:00am
Place: Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Rd, Lafayette (Room 206) Immediately across the parking lot from Temple Isaiah.
Cost: The year long class is offered in 4 blocks. Tuition is $100/members; $250/non-members for the year or $30 per block for members; $70 per block for non-members.
Details here.

Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown

Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown


Exploring Judaism
Part One,with Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown
This course will give participants a foundation in the basic tenets of Judaism. We will explore areas such as history, holidays, life-cycle events, theology, Torah and prayer through foundational Jewish texts, beliefs and customs. Whether you grew up Jewish and are looking to explore more deeply as an adult, are entirely new to Judaism, or are part of an interfaith family and want to study together, we welcome you to join us!

Dates: Select Sundays starting September 25
Time: 9:15 – 10:15 am
Place: Rodef Sholom, in the Library, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
RSVP here.

Rabbi Ruth Adar

Rabbi Ruth Adar


Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Lifecycles and Holidays
Communal and individual Jewish life dances to the rhythm of two different cycles: Jewish lifecycle events and the cycle of the Jewish year. This class covers a basic introduction to the Jewish lifecycle (weddings, birth, bar mitzvah, conversion, mourning, and funerals). Then we will look at the Jewish year, with its cycles of fall and spring holidays as well as holidays reflecting historical events.
(This class is part of a three-unit series. You are welcome to take one or more in the series.)

Date: Wednesdays, October 19 – December 14 (no class 11/23)
Time: 7:30 to 9pm
Place: Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley
Cost: $105/public; $90/members of Beth El
Register here

Introduction to the Jewish Experience: Lifecycles and Holidays – online class registration here.

Emanu-El in San Francisco

Emanu-El in San Francisco


Introduction to Judaism (2016-2017)
Join with Emanu-El clergy to learn about the breadth and wonder of Jewish tradition. This class is a pathway for the adult learner who wishes to discover or deepen Jewish knowledge, non-Jews who are marrying a Jewish partner, and those who are considering conversion to Judaism. Mark your calendars now for the 2016-2017 classes:
Dates
Fall: Oct. 25; Nov. 1, 8, 15; Dec. 6, 13
Winter: Jan. 17, 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Spring: Mar. 21, 28; Apr. 4, 25; May 2, 9, 16

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Temple Emanu-el, 2 Lake St., San Francisco
Cost: Emanu-El Member Cost: $54, Non-member cost: $75
Register here.
www.emanuelsf.org

Rabbi Melanie Aron

Rabbi Melanie Aron


Intro to Judaism
Introduction to Judaism is offered in partnership with our local Reform and Conservative congregations for anyone interested in exploring Judaism – individuals, interfaith couples, those considering conversion, and Jews looking for adult-level basics. This class introduces the fundamentals of Jewish thought and practice in 20 weeks.
Topics include Jewish holidays and life cycle celebrations, theology and prayer, Israel, history, and Hebrew. In addition to the weekly class and reading, there will be two Shabbat Dinners and two Shabbat Lunches, one at each of the sponsoring congregations.
Whatever you are seeking, Introduction to Judaism offers you a time and place to broaden your Jewish awareness and give you the skills necessary to “do Jewish”.

Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 2016 to May 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Place: Each class is at the facility associated with the teacher for that evening: Rabbi Aron at Congregation Shir Hadash; Rabbi Ohriner at Congregation Beth David; Rabbi Berkenwald at Congregation Sinai; Rabbi Magat at Temple Emanu-El; and Rabbi Seid-Valencia, the Center for Jewish Living and Learning at the APJCC.
In the South Bay.

Cost: $180 for an individual or a couple. Registration Fee includes one set of books for the class. For more information or to register, please contact the Center for Jewish Life and Learning at (408) 357-7411 or look here.
Register here

Rabbi Molly Plotnik

Rabbi Molly Plotnik


Intro to Judaism
From concepts of God to Jewish history, learn the fundamentals of Jewish thought and practice with our clergy. This ten-session course is perfect for interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and Jews looking for an adult-level introduction.

Dates: Mondays, November 7, 2016 – January 30, 2017
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Taught by Rabbis Dan Feder, Lisa Delson, and Molly Plotnik
Cost: Free for members of Peninsula Temple Sholom; $36 for non-members
For more information look on the synagogue’s website.

THIS JUST IN:
A class at Beth Sholom in San Francisco

Intro to Judaism: Learning for the Mind, Heart, & Soul
Jew-Curious? Interested in converting to Judaism? Sharing your life with a Jew and want to crack the code? Or maybe you’re a Jew who doesn’t know much about Judaism or Jewish identity?

Our engaging, university-accredited Intro To Judaism course is interactive and encourages questions, discussion, and hands-on learning. No knowledge of Hebrew is required, but you will be learning to read the language as part of the class. The 2015-16 course syllabus is available for download here. The syllabus and schedule for the 2016-17 course will be distributed during the first class and available for download here shortly thereafter.

Dates: Sundays, 2016: Oct. 23, Nov. 6 & 20, Dec. 4 & 18; 2017: Jan. 15 & 29, Feb. 5 & 19, March 5, 12 & 26, Apr 9 & 23, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18
Time: 10am to 12 noon
Place: Beth Sholom, 301 14th Ave., San Francisco
Cost: $344/person, $533/couple. Some financial aid available – Beth Sholom is committed to never turning anyone away. For more info, contact info@bethsholomsf.org or call the shul at 415-221-8736.
Details here.
www.bethsholomsf.org
Note: Yes, the first class on Oct. 23 is past. You can ask to prorate the tuition and to have the rabbi give you any reading for the class.

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Photo via Israeli PikiWiki, some rights reserved

Photo via Israeli PikiWiki, some rights reserved

This week I had the following communication:

Delightful woman: Hi Dawn, I receive your newsletter and am wondering what is the best way to honor my (Jewish) daughter-in-law on Tu B’Av?

Me: What a lovely idea you have! Tu B’Av is “observed” to the extend that is it observed at all, as a day of romantic love and couples finding each other. But, not unlike Valentine’s Day, a day of love is always a good time to tell a person what they mean to you. I think a card would be very sweet. If you want to do something, as in go somewhere, since the ancient celebration included dancing in vineyards you could have brunch together or go to the Wine Country. But believe me, I’m just punting. Anything you do will be just fine. It’s very dear of you to want to do anything for this minor holiday. I’ve very touched.

Delightful woman: Thanks so much, Dawn! I made a card, filled with words of love, and I made a donation to Jewish Family Services of the Bay Area. I’m all about love, so couldn’t pass this holiday up…no matter how minor.

I was so touched by this woman’s desire to impress upon her daughter-in-law that she loves her and SEES her Jewish identity. Too bad there is so much bad press given to the mother – daughter in-law relationship because it just isn’t true. I’ve heard many stories that dispell this negative myth.

(If you’d like to learn more about Tu B’Av you can read here and here.)

Whether family or friends, telling someone that you love them shouldn’t be reserved for special occasions. I am betting that you’ve noticed how touched people are when you tell them you love them. When a friend is going through a tough time I like to call and say, “I haven’t mentioned it today but I should: I love you.” Sometimes a loving word really helps you get through the day. Do you do this? If not, try it and let me know how your family and friends respond.

Cheers,
Dawn

EVENTS
Welcoming Prospective Members (Los Altos Hills)
Potluck Dinner and Services (Walnut Creek)
August Community Shabbat Dinner (Pleasanton)
Outdoor Shabbat Service at Temple Isaiah (Lafayette)
Shabbat in the Park (Lafayette)
Congregation Beth Emek Open House (Pleasanton)
Courtyard Service and Pot-luck dinner (Alameda)
Shabbat Service Under the Trees (Berkeley)
Build Your Own Sukkah! (Pleasanton)
Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants (San Francisco)
“Transparent”: A New Take on Gender & Jewish Identity (San Rafael)

Welcoming Prospective Members
Are you curious about Congregation Beth Am? All prospective members are invited to celebrate Shabbat with Beth Am in our Outdoor Chapel at 6:15 PM every Friday in August. After the service, prospective members will have a chance to get to know clergy and lay leaders, and ask any questions they may have about our community.

Date: All Fridays in August
Time: Picnic 5:30pm; Service 6:15pm; and Oneg Shabbat 7:30pm
Place: Outdoor Chapel of Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
Details here

Potluck Dinner and Services
Join us and bring your friends or someone who might want to visit our congregation for a night of good food, good friends, and music as we celebrate Shabbat as a community.
Please sign up to bring one of the food item and a beverage. See the details here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4daeaa2fa3fe3-potluck

Date: Friday, August 19, must RSVP by noon on Aug. 18!
Time: Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 pm; Shir Joy Shabbat Services begin at 7:30 pm
Place: B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek
www.tikvah.org

August Community Shabbat Dinner
Celebrate Shabbat with Congregation Beth Emek at the August Community Shabbat Dinner!
Prior to Shabbat services, we invite you to come for a friendly, fun dinner. This is a wonderful opportunity to eat great food, meet new members, connect with existing members, and catch up with long-standing friends!

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 6:15pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
Please RSVP by 3:00 pm, Friday, August 19.
Please contact the CBE office if you have any questions 931-1055
Details here

Outdoor Shabbat Service at Temple Isaiah
Join us for a one-hour intergenerational come-as-you-are service that takes advantage of the beautiful summertime in our outdoor Amphitheater. Happy Half-Hour Oneg beforehand at 6pm in the Beit Knesset.

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Temple Isaiah Amphitheater, 945 Risa Rd, Lafayette
www.temple-isaiah.org

OR

Shabbat in the Park
Bring Your Pets!
Hate driving in traffic? No problem! We’re bringing Shabbat to you. Meet at Heather Farm Park this Friday for family-friendly services. Bring your own picnic dinner, blankets, chairs, and pets on a leash for a special pet blessing. We hope to see you there!

Please find us at the picnic tables at the far end of the parking lot between the playground and the pool. Look for the sand volleyball court.

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Heather Farm Park, 301 N San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek
Sponsored by Temple Isaiah of Lafayette
www.temple-isaiah.org

Congregation Beth Emek Open House
Whether you are new to the area or just new to Beth Emek, we invite you to drop by our Open House to learn about worship opportunities, our community, and educational programs for all ages.
Meet Rabbi Larry Milder, Education Director Judith Radousky, and Preschool Director Melinda McDonald. Take a tour of the building and visit our sanctuary and classrooms. Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Sunday, August 21
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
For more information, contact Lisa Kama, Membership Chair, at membership@bethemek.org.

Courtyard Service and Pot-luck dinner
Do you live on the island of Alameda? Join the friendly folks at Temple Israel for services in the courtyard plus a potluck dinner.

Please bring a dish to share using this guide:
families with last names beginning
A-G Salads
H–M Drinks
N-S Main Dish – (dairy – no meat or shellfish – to avoid the possibility of mixing meat and dairy dishes in t he same course.)
T-Z Dessert
If you have any questions you can call Maya, Temple Israel’s office administrator, at 510-522-9355.

Need a friendly face to meet you there? Email me, Dawn at dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org, and I’ll put you in touch with someone.

Date: August 26
Time: 6pm
Place: Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Rd., Alameda
www.templeisraelalameda.org

Shabbat Service Under the Trees
Join us for an end of summer Shabbat morning service under the oak trees as we celebrate nature, community and the peace of Shabbat with music, meditation and joyful learning.

Date: Saturday, August 27
Time: 10:15 am
Place: Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley
www.bethelberkeley.org

Build Your Own Sukkah!
Thought of building your own Sukkah, but worried that it’s too difficult? Think you don’t have space in your yard for a sukkah or storage to keep the materials the rest of the year? Join Lisa and Alon Kama for a workshop on how to build a simple Sukkah out of PVC pipes. All participants will receive a detailed supply list, blueprint for building, and ideas for decorating.

Date: Tuesday, August 30
Time: 7:00p
Place: Beth Emek, Classroom 1, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
Questions? Contact Lisa Kama at lisa.kama@bethemek.org

Jewish Heritage Night at the Giants
Join the Bay Area’s Jewish community at the Giants annual Jewish Heritage Night at AT&T Park! You are invited to bring your family and friends, or even your entire congregation! Your Special Event ticket package includes a seat in one of the Jewish Heritage sections for the game versus the Diamondbacks, a collector’s-edition Jewish-themed Giants hat, as well as admission to the Jewish Heritage Night pregame party on Terry Francois Boulevard from 5:00-7:00PM! Live cultural entertainment will take place at the pre-game party, and cultural food and drink specials will be available for purchase. Partial proceeds from every special event ticket sold will benefit Project Homeless Connect and Everybody Is A Star . Don’t miss this fun-filled night out at the park to celebrate Jewish Heritage!

Date: Tuesday, August 30
Time: 7:15pm
Place: AT&T Park, San Francisco
In Community Partnership with Jewish Community Federation, Chabad of San Francisco and Everybody Is A Star
Details on the Giants website

“Transparent”: A New Take on Gender & Jewish Identity
Calling all “Transparent” fans: Season 3 will be released to Amazon Prime members beginning September 23! Join us as we explore the impact that the show has made on how LGBTQ+ and Jewish characters are presented in popular culture. “Transparent” writer and producer Micah Fitzerman-Blue takes us behind-the-scenes into the writer’s room of this groundbreaking series, to discuss the show’s multi-faceted portrayal of Jewish identity and family dynamics. Immediately following the presentation, Jhos Singerexamines gender fluidity and its impact on his work as a Jewish transgender leader, teacher, and activist. A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow.

Date: Sun, September 11
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
Cost: Advance Tickets are $18 public / $15 Osher Marin JCC members.
To order tickets, please call 415-444-8000
Details here

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Isaiah Light is Sown for the Righteous

The High Holidays are coming – this year in October – so you still have weeks in which to do some shul shopping to determine whether you’d like to join a synagogue and have a “home” for the holidays and beyond. I’ve often told you to explore the lighthearted services of summer. Look below to see an outdoor service, a chocolate oneg, and a pre-High Holiday festival. Whether you find your Jewish place in a synagogue, a JCC or a Jewish day school, do find one for your self and your family. Feeling like you can’t figure this out? Call or email me. We can chat about it.

EVENTS
PTBE Book Club Discussion (San Mateo)
Last Outdoor Sanctuary of the summer (San Rafael)
5th Annual Tu B’Av Wine & Chocolate Oneg Shabbat (Los Altos Hills)
Shabbat on the Farm (Berkeley)
Tot Shabbat (San Mateo)
Prospective Members Open House (San Rafael)
Kindergym Sunday PlayDay (Oakland)
Rabbis Roundtable: Does Prayer Work? (Foster City)
Pre-Holiday Festival and Bazaar (Palo Alto)

PTBE Book Club Discussion
Milton Steinberg’s As a Driven Leaf will be this summer’s reading. Also known as Rabbi Dennis’s favorite book, it’s a great read.
This masterpiece of modern fiction tells the gripping tale of renegade Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah’s struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture. Steinberg’s classic novel also transcends its historical setting with its depiction of a timeless, perennial feature of the Jewish experience: the inevitable conflict between the call of tradition and the glamour of the Modern world.

Join Rabbi Lisa Kingston and Lisa Meltzer Penn for an exciting conversation based on the book.

Date: Thursday, August 18
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Details here.
www.ptbe.org

Last Outdoor Sanctuary of the Summer
Join us for the last outdoor Shabbat service this summer! Many of us feel spiritually rejuvenated when we’re drinking in the natural beauty that surrounds us in Marin County, and Outdoor Sanctuary offers a perfect opportunity to commune with God while connecting with nature. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, a picnic dinner, and a dessert to share. We’ll bring the challah. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors -Outdoor Sanctuary services are extremely kid-friendly!

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: China Camp Village in San Rafael
Sponsored by Rodef Sholom, 170 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
www.rodefsholom.org
Co-sponsored by PJ Library and Kesher.

5th Annual Tu B’Av Wine & Chocolate Oneg Shabbat
Celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love, with a wine and chocolate Oneg Shabbat under the trees. The 15th of Av is a post-Biblical holiday of joy and matchmaking, rejuvenated in modern Israel with singing and dancing beneath the full moon. This service will include a short talk by Nancy Federman, the new President of Beth Am Women; and we’ll welcome the new 2016-17 Beth Am Women Board as they receive a special blessing. Then stay for our popular Oneg Shabbat featuring fragrant wines and delectable chocolates.

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: Immediately Following the Shabbat Service; Outdoor Chapel
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
www.betham.org

Shabbat on the Farm
Center your heart, clear your mind, and celebrate Shabbat with a special musical service led by Urban Adamah and Wilderness Torah. We are excited to also partner with JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) who will lead a few Morrocan melodies and Middle Eastern Beats as we bring in Shabbat.

Poetry, meditation and movement guided by a collective of musicians will transport us into the night. A community vegetarian potluck will follow the service. Kindly register in advance for this free event.

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley
Register here.

Tot Shabbat
A fun-filled morning of songs, challah and playtime.

Date: Sat., Aug. 20
Time: 4 to 5pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
www.ptbe.org

Prospective Members Open House
Want to share your Rodef Sholom community with your friends and neighbors? Here’s the perfect opportunity! Your guests will get to meet the clergy and other members of the Rodef Sholom community. RSVP to Molly at molly@rodefsholom.org.

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 5:45 pm reception in Rabbi Stacy Friedman’s study; 6:15 pm Shabbat services
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
Please remember to RSVP to Molly.
www.rodefsholom.org

Kindergym Sunday PlayDay
Join other parents of 3 year old children on weekdays starting again 8/24-26 for our 34th year! Siblings under 3 are Free!

As we enjoy our expansive, NEWLY RENOVATED play space at Temple Beth Abraham, near the Grand Lake Theater. Come for sliding, climbing, jumping, rocking horses, music, ballpit, stories, bubbles and so much more. Open to families of ALL beliefs, our inclusive classes celebrate kindness, fun and friendship.

Date: August 28
Time: 10:30-12noon
Place: Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
Cost: $15 per family/cash please
Free Parking
Details here.

Chardonnay/Shiraz Shabbat
Come celebrate the end of summer with us, and discover what makes our community so special. Enjoy refreshing wines/other beverages, tasty appetizers, and relaxed, interesting conversation. We will have snacks and activities for the kids to give the adults time to shmooze. Followed by our participatory service at 7:30.

Date: Friday, September 9
Time: Snacks & conversation at 6:30 pm, services at 7:30pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto
www.etzchayim.org

Rabbis Roundtable: Does Prayer Work?
So much of the High Holidays are focused on prayer, at home and in the synagogue. But what is prayer? Is prayer a plea we address to a God outside ourselves or in praying do we awaken our own virtues and values buried deep within. Either way, does prayer work? Four of our local rabbis will teach texts about prayer and discuss their own personal views about if, and how, prayer works.
Participants will include Rabbi Nat Ezray of Congregation Beth Jacob, Rabbi Corey Helfand of Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Rabbis Dennis Eisner of Peninsula Temple Beth El, and Rabbi Lisa Delson of Peninsula Temple Sholom.

Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 7 to 8:30pm
Place: Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
This program is free but pre-registration is required. Register here.

Pre-Holiday Festival and Bazaar
Make cards for Rosh Hashanah, create sukkah decorations and get up and dance!

Date: Sunday, Sept., 25
Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Place: Palo Alto JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Free
Details here

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Temple Isaiah has Shabbat at camp

Temple Isaiah has Shabbat at camp

Summer is a great time to go see different types of casual services. Many synagogues move their services outside. Whether it’s with marshmallows or guitars or both, this is a upbeat, relaxed time of year. Check out some of the interesting options going on. This is a grab bag of activities. If you don’t see what you want, email me (dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org) or look at the websites of your local synagogues.

EVENTS
Kumzits / Campfire Shabbat (Oakland)
Two Shabbat Services & Pizza Dinner (Walnut Creek)
Kol HaNeshama: The Meditative Service (Foster City)
Tot Shabbat (Foster City)
All Around This World – Musical Program (Oakland)
JymBABIES (San Rafael)
Toddler Playgroup (Oakland)
Tisha B’Av Today: Contemplating Our Tragedies (Burlingame)
Workshop: Enriching the Self (Danville)
PJ Library Playdate (Walnut Creek)
5th Annual Tu B’Av Wine & Chocolate Oneg Shabbat (Los Altos Hills)
Kesher Community Picnic! (Palo Alto)
The Secrets of An Urban Farm: A Interactive Farm Tour (Berkeley)
Grief and Growing: Weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families (Santa Rosa)
Healing Prayers (Burlingame)
San Francisco Giants Jewish Heritage Night (San Francisco)

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues through August 7. Take a look at their films.

Kumzits/Campfire Shabbat
Join us for family service around the fire. There will be lots of singing and s’mores!
Come in campfire attire and bring a picnic blanket.

Date: Friday, August 5
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, In the Sacred Garden (Lower Courtyard off the parking lot.)
www.oaklandsinai.org

Two Shabbat Services & Pizza Dinner
Come for Tot Shabbat and/or Pizza dinner and/or Family Shabbat Services – see the schedule below. We welcome back Cantor Chabon as she leads both services this evening!

5:30pm – Tot Shabbat
6:00pm – Pizza Dinner
6:30pm – Family Shabbat Service

Date: Friday, August 5
Place: B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek
Cost for dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, 3 and under is free.
RSVP to Amanda at amanda@tikvah.org
www.tikvah.org

Kol HaNeshama: The Meditative Service
Join us for a Petach (entryway) into our Shabbat morning Tefillah (prayer experience).
We will pray together before the Shabbat morning service with the help of niggunim (wordless melodies), meditation, breathing exercises, singing, English, and more. This is a wonderful way to learn how to engage oneself in a meaningful prayer through meditation, singing, traditional and alternative prayer models.

Date: Saturday, August 6
Time: 9:15 am
Place: Peninsula Sinai, 499 Boothbay Avenue, Foster City
www.peninsulasinai.org

Tot Shabbat
Cantor Doron will be leading Shabbat songs and fun activities for kids ages 2-6!

Date: Saturday, Aug 6
Time: 11 am
Place: Peninsula Sinai, 499 Boothbay Avenue, Foster City
www.peninsulasinai.org

All Around This World – Musical Program
Meet musician Jay Sand visiting from Philadelphia, where he runs All Around This World

As Jay describes the program, “All Around This World is a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement.”

Jay’s program focuses on presenting to young children (he has three cute ones of his own) amazing world Jewish music, on which he is one of the country’s leading experts.

What could be more fun than that? Come join us with your kids to play and listen to some great multicultural Jewish music on Sunday.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 7
Time: 10 am
Place: Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
www.tbaoakland.org

JymBABIES
A drop in play space for ages birth to two with parent or caregiver
Open every Tuesday for Drop In! Soft indoor playground for climbing, crawling, sliding, bouncing in our bounce house, building and dancing, scooting and more! On-site café for kid-friendly food and snakes.

Dates: Tuesdays – in August – 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 9:30 to 11am
Place: Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael
See cost details here

Toddler Playgroup
Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join a new playgroup. The group is ideal for those starting Temple Sinai Preschool in the fall, but is open to all toddlers. Parents, care-givers, grandparents are welcome. There is no fee and no commitment, just a great opportunity to engage with other kids and adults. Please contact Ellen Lefkowitz with any questions at(510) 832-6800 x313 but feel free to just show up on Tuesday.

Dates: Tuesdays, dates in August are 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 9:15-10:15am
Place: Temple Sinai 2808 Summit St., Oakland
www.oaklandsinai.org

Tisha B’Av Today: Contemplating Our Tragedies
Tisha B’Av, or the 9th of Av, commemorates many tragedies in Jewish history, most notably the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and again in 70 CE. This year, we will dedicate our contemporary observance of Tisha B’av to remembering not only what happened to us, but what happens every day to those who are in physical, spiritual and emotional exile in the 21st century.

Our evening will begin with a study session from Reform CA that will help us transform the mourning of our Temple’s destruction into a call of action to repair the wrongs in today’s society. We will conclude with an evening prayer service and a modern chanting from Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Join Peninula Temple Sholom and Peninsula Temple Beth El with Support from Reform CA. Led by Rabbi Molly Plotnik and Rabbi Lisa Kingston

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 7:00 to 8:30pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
www.sholom.org

Workshop: Enriching the Self
Jenifer Zetlan is offering this three-session seminar that provides an introduction to theSefirot, “God’s emanations,” and how its wisdom can enrich and deepen the meaning of daily living.

Dates: Sundays, August 14, 21 & 28
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Place: Beth Chayim, 1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville
Cost: $40, Materials Fee: $10
More information here
To register, contact the Beth Chayim office at admin@bethchaim.com

PJ Library Playdate
If you have a young kiddo in the Walnut Creek area, please join us at Small Talk Café for our PJ Library Playdate! (Facebook event)
Admission is 50% off for PJ Library subscribers — $6 for all day play — who are crawling and older. Pre-crawlers and adults are always free at Small Talk Café.

Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 9:15 – 11:30 am
Place: Small Talk Café, 1536 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek
(Please park across from Kaiser in the lot with the other shops)
Sponsored by Sprout, the Federation’s family initiative, designed to serve East Bay Jewish families
Got questions about Sprout? Contact Liora Brosbe, Youth and Family Concierge at 510-809-4914. She’s incredibly nice and wants to help.

5th Annual Tu B’Av Wine & Chocolate Oneg Shabbat
Co-sponsored by Beth Am Women and Beth Am Men
Come celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish Day of Love, with a wine and chocolate Oneg Shabbat under the trees. The 15th of Av is a post-Biblical holiday of joy and matchmaking, rejuvenated in modern Israel with singing and dancing beneath the full moon.
This service will include a D’var Torah by Nancy Federman, the new President of Beth Am Women; and we’ll welcome the new 2016-17 Beth Am Women Board as they receive a special blessing. Then stay for our popular Oneg Shabbat featuring fragrant wines and delectable chocolates.
Beth Am Women and Beth Am Men invite you to embrace the spirit of the festival of Tu B’Av. Whether you love someone special or just wine and chocolate, this community event is for you!

Date: Friday, August 19
Time: Immediately Following the Shabbat Service
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills – in our outdoor chapel
www.betham.org

Kesher Community Picnic!
Great activities, Sweet Prizes, Free Kosher Food, Fun for all ages!
This is a FREE Picnic and hosted by Kesher, the south Pen’s concierge for Jewish families and our Partner organizations.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 21
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Place: Shoup Park, University Ave., Palo Alto
Info here

The Secrets of An Urban Farm: A Interactive Farm Tour
Join us for our monthly farm tour led by the farmers who make it thrive. We’ll share our secrets to soil fertility, plant propagation, growing food in water, and so much more. Tours include an exclusive meeting with the goats, chickens, bees and worms. Bring your sunhat and join us!
Farm tours are open to all. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is not required but we kindly ask you to register in advance if you can. We encourage you to stay for our community volunteer day (2:00-5:00 pm) immediately following the tour.
Like all events here on the farm, we ask that you bring a canned food item to contribute to our farm stand. Thanks for your support!

Date: Aug 21
Time: 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Place: Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St. Berkeley
Sign up here
www.urbanadamah.org

Grief and Growing: A Healing Weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families
This unique weekend is designed to help individuals and families attend to their losses and mourning in a comfortable setting. This weekend is the only one of its kind in the Jewish community, welcoming our diverse community. See Jewishhealingcenter.org for more information and a registration form. For financial aid, please call the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center at (415) 750-3436.

Date: August 26-28
Place: Camp Newman, Santa Rosa
www.jewishhealingcenter.org

Healing Prayers
For body, soul, mind and spirit

A Vision of Wellness: The Healing Power of Prayer
Many of us find music to be soothing and uplifting, particularly when we’re in need of healing. At this creative service, the soaring and soulful music and prayers led by Rabbi Dan Feder and Musical Accompanist Emily Pelc will be a spiritual healing balm.

Date: August 27
Time: 10:30 to 11:30am
Place: Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
www.sholom.org

San Francisco Giants Jewish Heritage Night
It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is invited to join other members of the Bay Area Jewish community for San Francisco Giants Jewish Heritage Night.

Date: Tuesday, August 30
Game time: 7:15pm
Place: AT&T Park, San Francisco
Details on the Giants’ website here.

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Israel in the Garden

Israel in the Garden

Sometimes people who feel they are on the margin of Jewish community because they don’t belong to a synagogue believe that there is not much available for them to do. Wrong! Every week I send out a list of random activities that ANYONE can attend. Here’s a list for the coming weeks. Of course there are MANY more. If you need help, just call me. Dawn 510-845-6420 x11

EVENTS
Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm (Berkeley)
Torah with Soul (San Rafael)
Green Shabbat (Oakland)
Tot Shabbat in the Park (San Mateo)
Hummus! The Movie (Palo Alto)
Qirvah Sacred Ecstatic Participatory Music Event (Palo Alto)
Chardonnay Shabbat (Berkeley)
Fifth Friday Kumbaya Shabbat (Palo Alto)
Etz Handworkers (Palo Alto)
Tisha B’Av Today: Contemplating Our Tragedies (Burlingame)

Kabbalat Shabbat on the Farm
Join Urban Adamah for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service on the farm. Kabbalat Shabbat was invented in the 16th century by the Jewish mystics. Today, it is practiced in most Jewish communities as a spiritual and emotional doorway into our day of rest. Our version includes chanting, meditation, poetry, movement and quiet alone time on the farm. Drums, guitar and clarinet will joyfully carry us into the night.

Date: Friday, July 22
Time: 6:30: Kabbalat Shabbat Service
8:00: Community Potluck Dinner – Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.
Place: Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley
This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance. As with every Urban Adamah event, please bring a canned good to donate to our weekly farm stand.
Details here.

Torah with Soul
Whether you are a Torah veteran, or completely new to Torah, all are welcome. Shabbat by Shabbat, we will study the weekly parsha, based on the second year of the triennial cycle. Additionally, time permitting, we’ll continue our study of the Book of Psalms.

On the third Saturday of each month, this Saturyday, Torah with Soul becomes Torah on the Trails, where we take a short hike on a local trail before studying Torah surrounded by nature.

To be added to the Torah with Soul and/or Torah on the Trails email lists, please contact Molly at molly@rodefsholom.org.

Date: Most Saturdays including July 23
Time: 9:15am
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 No. San Pedro Road, San Rafael
www.rodefsholom.org

Green Shabbat
Join us under the redwoods to celebrate all that is around us. To better enjoy the outdoors, we recommend dressing in layers and bringing lawn chairs or picnic blankets for the service. A Potluck kiddush lunch will follow the service. Please bring a dish to share, if you are able.

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 10:30am, Roberts Park, Diablo Vista picnic area
Sponsored by Temple Sinai’s Green Committee.
www.oaklandsinai.org

Tot Shabbat in the Park
Join Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, Elana Jagoda Kaye, and Peninsula Temple Beth El families with young children for a Shabbat morning play date at the park. You will sing a few Shabbat songs and munch on challah, but mostly enjoy the beautiful California weather and a relaxing Shabbat morning together.
This is a great opportunity to meet some PTBE families!

Date: Saturday, July 23
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Laurelwood Park, 3471 Glendora Drive, San Mateo
Sponsored by Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
www.ptbe.org

Hummus! The Movie
Oren Rosenfeld | USA, Israel | Documentary
From the SF Jewish Film Festival –
Where can you find the best hummus in the world? From Suheila, a single Muslim woman who is known for her legendary hummus, to Jalil, a Christian Arab hipster in Ramle who runs his father’s hummus joint, to Eliyahu, a born-again Orthodox Jew who owns a hummus restaurant chain, this fun and fascinating film about the highly competitive hummus restaurant business in Israel shows how powerful this chickpea spread can be.
Learn more here.

Date: Sat, Jul 23
Time: 12:30pm
Place: Cinearts at Palo Alto Square, Palo Alto

Qirvah Sacred Ecstatic Participatory Music Event
King David says in the Psalms: “qirvat Elohim li tov!” “Closeness to G!d is so good for me!”
How to get there? As David did: with chant, drumming and movement.
Come join Reb Tsvi and the Hevrah-team in learning how to get into the G!dzone (dveikut) using a variety of chants, drumming – both on drums and on the body, and movement.

Date: Sunday, July 24
Time: 2:00pm
Place: Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Avenue, Palo Alto
www.kolemeth.org
For more information, contact Reb Tsvi Bar-David at:tsvi.bardavid@gmail.com

Chardonnay Shabbat
Celebrate the joy of Shabbat and the early summer evening with a glass of wine or juice, light snacks and song. Chardonnay Shabbat begins at 5:30 pm; Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm. Join us for this fun, informal Shabbat gathering.

Date: Friday, July 29
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Beth El, 1301 Oxford Street, Berkeley
www.bethelberkeley.org

Fifth Friday Kumbaya Shabbat
Whenever there are five Fridays in a month, we like to do something a little different. Join us for an informal backyard service featuring songs sung around the campfire. Bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy on the grass (no pork or shellfish, please). We’ll have some tables and chairs for those who find that more comfortable. Wine for kiddush and challah for motzi will be provided. All ages are welcome! As the song says, “the more we get together, the happier we’ll be!”

Date: Friday, July 29
Time: Picnic at 5:45 pm, services at 7:00pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto
www.etzchayim.org

Etz Handworkers
Would you like to do some needlework with others? Etz Chayim has a circle of members that quilt, crochet, knit, do needlepoint, embroidery, etc. Everyone brings their own project and tools – or you can work on one of their quilts for the Jewish Vets at the VA. All are welcome and this is a great opportunity to sit and schmooze.

If you’d like to join in please contact the woman in charge, Jessica. Email me and I’ll give you her personal email address.

Date: Monday, August 1
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto
www.etzchayim.org

Tisha B’Av Today: Contemplating Our Tragedies
Tisha B’Av, or the 9th of Av, commemorates many tragedies in Jewish history, most notably the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and again in 70 CE. This year, we will dedicate our contemporary observance of Tisha B’av to remembering not only what happened to us, but what happens every day to those who are in physical, spiritual and emotional exile in the 21st century.

Our evening will begin with a study session from Reform CA that will help us transform the mourning of our Temple’s destruction into a call of action to repair the wrongs in today’s society. We will conclude with an evening prayer service and a modern chanting from Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Join Peninula Temple Sholom and Peninsula Temple Beth El with Support from Reform CA. Led by Rabbi Molly Plotnik and Rabbi Lisa Kingston

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 7:00 to 8:30pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
www.sholom.org

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forgiveness

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.”
This statement, from Rabbi Ken Cohen, is truly worth considering

Apologize? I know people who can’t get the words, “I’m sorry” out of their mouths. They sometimes will say, “I’m sorry if I hurt you.” IFyou hurt me? Obviously you did or you wouldn’t have gotten this far. But “if” I hurt you is not an apology. Why can’t these folks just say it? Because they are afraid; afraid that admitting wrong doing will make them subject to derision. It does indeed take courage to make yourself vulnerable by admitting an error or wrong doing. I know families whose members remain fractured because one or more people are not brave enough to acknowledge that they are human, fallible and have done something wrong to another person.
Do be brave. Is there someone that you are uncomfortable seeing because you know you have wounded them? Don’t waste time trying to justify your self. Pray, talk to your clergy person, read about how to apologize even when it scares you.

Forgive? Being able to forgive someone is tremendously liberating. It means you are not waiting for someone else to act. If you can forgive and move on, you own your life. No, don’t keep deceivers or hurtful people in your life. But forgive those people you love for being imperfect – you probably are imperfect too.

Forget? This one is a bit trickier. Utterly forgetting what transpired is not a good idea. But we do get to chose what and how we remember. A year and a half ago my sister died after a brief struggle with cancer. While we had been very close when we were younger she had become a very angry adult. She requested, through our other sister, that I not attempt to see her. It was hard but I promised. In the last weeks of her life her son told me to come see her. I was so conflicted as I felt I had made a promise to her and wanted to honor it. But in the end I went. She was a shriveled scrap of her self; it was shocking. As soon as she saw me she started to cry. I went to her and hugged her gently, “I love you,” was all I could say. She wept and said, “I love you too.”

Now I could try to forget the down right dangerous things my beloved sister had done but that would have meant not seeing the real pain she had left behind in my other family members. It would have meant not learning anything from all the misery, including her illness. But I could choose to focus on the memories of good times. I could pull out photos of us swimming or playing or hugging. That is what I chose. I will remember what went wrong and hope to avoid and heal that. AND I can remember my beloved sister as she was when we were best friends.

If you are able, and I know that family members don’t always allow you to contact them, consider healing a relationship this coming week. You will be able to celebrate a true personal liberation.

May we all be blessed with many imperfect, but loving family members and friends.

EVENTS
Welcome Shabbat Outdoors (Los Altos)
Taqueria Sinai Shabbat! (Oakland)
Summer Shabbat Potlucks (Palo Alto)
Community Picnic with B’nai Shalom (Walnut Creek)
Grand Opening! At the Palo Alto JCC! (Palo Alto)
PTBE Book Club (San Mateo)
Prospective Members Open House (San Rafael)

Welcome Shabbat Outdoors
Summer worship outdoors is a tradition at Beth Am, giving congregants an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of our campus. Everyone is welcome, feel free to bring friends and enjoy a picnic dinner before or after the service.

Date: July 8
Time: 6:15
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
www.betham.org

Taqueria Sinai Shabbat!
Join us for this Sinai summertime favorite: a casual Shabbat dinner catered by Taqueria El Paisa followed by Erev Shabbat services in the Albers Chapel. BYO Bottles of beer or wine.

You must register and pay for dinner by July 11. You can do that here.

Date: Friday, July 15
Time: Dinner 6:00pm followed by Shabbat Services at 7:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, in the Sacred Garden
www.oaklandsinai.org

Summer Shabbat Potlucks
Join Kol Emeth for a potluck this summer. Want to meet new people? These potluck dinners are a perfect place. They begin with an outdoor evening service and are followed by the meal. They are held in members’ backyards. So call Elaine Sigal, executive director of Kol Emeth at 650.269.3058 so she can tell you where you’ll be going and talk to you about what to bring.

Elaine says: This is exciting. The dinners are so haimish and warm, and friendly. Kids are for sure welcome.

They begin with an outdoor evening service and are followed by the meal.
On three Fridays in July, join us for outdoor Shabbat Evening Services at 6:00pm, followed by a festive potluck dinner.

Dates: July 15 and 29
Time: 6pm
Place: Call Elaine for the address.
Hosted by Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Ave., Palo Alto
More info: Elaine Sigal, 650.269.3058, execdir@kolemeth.org

Community Picnic with B’nai Shalom
Want to check out a synagogue this summer before the High Holidays? Why not go to B’nai Shalom’s fabulous annual Community Picnic with games, swimming, hot dogs and more! All are welcome!

Sunday, July 17
Time: 12:00pm
Place: Cowell Park in Concord
Call Lisa at the synagogue office at 925-934-9446 x102 if you have any questions. She is incredibly kind and helpful.

Grand Opening! At the Palo Alto JCC!
The Palo Alto JCC is proud to announce the Grand Opening of four new destinations on our campus!

* The Oasis Play Space–a unique play experience for kids ages 1-10–with gentle hills, tunnels, slides, a climbing structure and benches on which to hang out
* Nourish, a Newish Jewish Cafe offering a savory and healthy menu
* Family Center–a cozy hangout for parents with little ones
* Outdoor Training Area–an al fresco workout space for our members (open to the community at the Grand Opening)

The free celebration, which is open to the community, will include:

* Music and entertainment
* Samples from our tasty cafe menu
* Goodies and giveaways
* Fitness Center tours and demos
* Demos at our Outdoor Training Area
* Coupons for future cafe treats and drink
* Face painting, bounce house and carnival games

Date: Sunday, July 17
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Place: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
650-223-8700
http://www.paloaltojcc.org

PTBE Book Club
Milton Steinberg’s As A Driven Leaf will be this summer’s reading. Also known as one of Rabbi Dennis’ favorite books, this masterpiece of modern fiction tells the gripping tale of renegade Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah’s struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture. Steinberg’s classic novel also transcends its historical setting with its depiction of a timeless, perennial feature of the Jewish experience: the inevitable conflict between the call of tradition and the glamour of the Modern world.
Please join Rabbi Lisa Kingston and Lisa Meltzer Penn for an exciting conversation based on the book.

Date: Thursday, August 18
Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
www.ptbe.org
Details here.

Community Shabbat Service and Dinner
You’re invited to Beth Am’s Shabbat service under the trees, followed by a special community Shabbat potluck dinner. We’ll have a chance to enjoy the delights of Shabbat together while savoring a beautiful summer evening. Please sign up here to bring a dish to share (enough for 10 people) according to your last name:
A-M main dish
N-Z salad or side dish
Beth Am will provide a delicious ice cream dessert!

Date: Friday, July 15
Time: Service at 6:15pm Potluck Dinner to Follow
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
Service in the Outdoor Chapel; Dinner on the Patio
www.betham.org

Prospective Members Open House
Considering joining a synagogue in Marin? Want to learn more about Rodef Sholom?
Here’s the perfect opportunity! You will get to meet the clergy and other members of the Rodef Sholom community. RSVP to Molly at molly@rodefsholom.org.

Date: Friday, August 26
Time: 5:45 pm reception in Rabbi Stacy Friedman’s study; 6:15 pm Shabbat services
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
www.rodefsholom.org

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Shavuot

Shavuot begins Saturday evening, June 11. Some people will stay up all night, others will choose to so some study in the evening and get to bed by midnight. It’s entirely up to you. Take a look at the variety of Shavuot celebrations below and see if any one of them fits you.

EVENTS
Friday Night Lights-The Shavuot Torah (Palo Alto)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Berkeley)
Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Redwood City)
Reimagining Sinai: Opening to Revelation in Each Moment (Tiburon)
Shavuot Shul Crawl (San Francisco)
Shavuot 2016 (Foster City)
South Peninsula Tikkun Leil Shavuot (Palo Alto)
Pizza Shabbat (Walnut Creek)
Outdoor Sanctuary (Larkspur)
Shabbat Under the Stars (Pleasanton)
Tot Shabbat and Picnic in the Park (San Mateo)

Friday Night Lights-The Shavuot Torah
A free Shabbat experience for children six and under and their families (parents, grandparents & siblings all welcome).
Featuring our special FNL scavenger hunt, Shabbat blessings, singing, and dancing, child-friendly light dinner, and time for children to learn and play while the grownups relax and chat with Rabbi Chaim and the parents of other young children.

Date: Friday, June 10
Time: 5:45 pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto
Register here
www.etzchayim.org

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Join hundreds of curious folks for an exciting night of meaningful Jewish learning. Choose from over 50 teachers, from secular to Orthodox, on topics of all sorts.
No experience or RSVP necessary. All are welcome.
Stay for an hour … a few … or all night. Food will be served throughout.
Childcare available with preregistration.

Dates & time: Saturday, June 11, 6pm – Sunday, June 12, 7am
Place: Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
More info here and here

Tikkun Leil Shavuot
We will celebrate Shavuot with a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, a night of learning led by some of our fellow members as well as the clergy. Of course there will be cheese cake and ice cream as well. Rabbi Ilana will lead a “Family Debate: Is Vegetarianism a Jewish Value” beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a Havdallah and festival service at 7:30 p.m. followed by classes.

Date: June 11
Place: Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
http://bethjacobrwc.org

Reimagining Sinai: Opening to Revelation in Each Moment
On Shavuot, we remember what it was like to be at Mount Sinai and to receive whatever divine inspiration we received there. Celebrate Shavuot this year with world-renowned artist-in-residence Rabbi Shefa Gold as she offers an evening of mystical music and learning. Rabbi Gold will be joined by Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbis Friedman, Lezak, Leider and Levy, who will each offer a unique Shavuot learning opportunity. Cheesecake and other delicious nosh will accompany this magical evening.

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon
For more information call Kol Shofar at 415.388.1818

Shavuot Shul Crawl
This year’s Shavuot Shul Crawl has been dubbed Sensual Torah 5776. Each stop along the crawl’s route will feature a teaching that relates to our senses.

As in years prior, participants will start the evening at Sherith Israel, then move on to the San Francisco JCC, and Congregation Emanu-el, before settling in at Beth Sholom to participate in a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night Torah study session established by Jewish mystics. In addition to the traditional stops, Richmond District staple Toy Boat Dessert Cafe is also an important way station! Please join us for some or all of what promises to be an edifying and magical night!

Read the entire schedule here.

Date: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12
Place: Jewish sites in San Francisco

Shavuot 2016
Come join us as we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot and once again renew our commitment to Torah and tradition! There will be family programming beginning at 6:15 pm and a late night study-a-thon starting at 8:45 pm.
Schedule:
6:15-7:00 pm: Free Dinner (Please RSVP to Marylou)
7:00-7:45 pm: Touring the Torah Unscrolled
7:45-8:15 pm: Story, singing with Rabbi Corey and Cantor Doron
8:15-8:45 pm: Ice cream sundaes, Cheesecake, and more dairy
9:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Our first every PSC Torah Slam
Join us for a creative look at a Torah of justice, compassion, kindness and mercy through poetry, creative writing, singing and more!
9:30 pm: The Learning Continues–Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
Join us for inspiring learning, discussion and more. Teachers include Rabbi Corey Helfand, Cantor Doron Shapira, Dr. Joel Gereboff, Dr. Yedida Kanfer, Rabbi Marv Goodman, Rabbi Jay Miller, Dr. Eric Livak Hale and more.

Date: Saturday, June 11
Place: Peninsula Sinai, 499 Boothbay Avenue, Foster City

South Peninsula Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Congregations Kol Emeth, Beth Am, Etz Chayim, and Keddem, together with the Oshman Family JCC, Jewish LearningWorks, and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, invite you to an all-night experience of learning and prayer as we celebrate the gift of Torah. View the full schedule here

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela, Palo Alto
www.kolemeth.org

Pizza Shabbat
Join us for a gourmet pizza dinner from Jules Thin Crust before services! This will be a family friendly evening. Come get to know us.

Friday, June 17
Time: 6:30 pm dinner and services at 7:30
Place: B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek
Cost is $18 for adults, $9 for children 13 and under, sign up here and bring a friend!
www.tikvah.org

Outdoor Sanctuary
The Outdoor Sanctuary is back!
Join us for the first of three outdoor Shabbat services this summer! Many of us feel spiritually rejuvenated when we’re drinking in the natural beauty that surrounds us in Marin County, and Outdoor Sanctuary offers a perfect opportunity to commune with God while connecting with nature. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs, a picnic dinner, and a dessert to share. We’ll bring the challah. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors – Outdoor Sanctuary services are extremely kid-friendly!

Date: Friday, June 17
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Piper Park in Larkspur
Info at www.rodefsholom.org

Shabbat Under the Stars
Mark your calendars for our annual Shabbat Under the Stars service, one of Beth Emek’s most popular events!
Our weekly Shabbat observance will move outside to the Beth Emek courtyard. We’ll revel in the summertime weather, relax and reconnect with friends, and make new ones. It’s all about community, and celebrating Shabbat together, under the stars!
Join us for a family-friendly and musical Shabbat service. Stick around after the service and Oneg Shabbat for a Kumzitz (song session), campfire, and s’mores! Your musical instruments are welcome. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, CBE buddies, and any other community members who would enjoy observing Shabbat outdoors on a warm summer evening.

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 7pm
Place: Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
Contact Liz Sufit, religious@bethemek.org, for more details
www.bethemek.org

Tot Shabbat and Picnic in the Park
Come celebrate Shabbat with the Jewish Baby Network and Congregation Peninsula Temple Beth El. Join JBN Director Carol Booth, Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin, and Cantor Elana Jagoda in Casanova Park for a short musical service and story. Bring your own blanket and picnic and stay for dinner. Music and schmoozing starts at 5 pm, service and story at 5:30, picnic dinner at 6 pm.
Spend time with old friends and meet new ones! Everyone is welcome, and no RSVP is necessary. You do not need to be a member of PTBE or any congregation to attend, so please come and bring your friends! Get there when you can (we know Friday traffic is tough!) and enjoy some relaxing Shabbat fun.
This event is free, and we will provide challah, grape juice, beverages and dessert.

Date: Friday, June 24
Time: 5pm
Place: Casanova Park is located at 4012 Casanova Dr. San Mateo
Details here

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Let's make challah!

Let’s make challah!

EVENTS
Cooking Jewish Whether You’re Jewish or Not: Shabbat! (Los Altos)
Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration (San Francisco)
Mimouna! (San Francisco)
Community Yom haShoah (Oakland)
Marin Community Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah (Tiburon)
Shulchan Shabbat & Shabbat Unplugged (San Rafael)
Shabbat Hallelu and Concert (San Mateo)
Annual Interfaith Picnic (Lafayette)

Cooking Jewish Whether You’re Jewish or Not: Shabbat!
Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the central observance or holy day of Judaism. Just about everything gives way before Shabbat – including Yom Kippur. Because it is the day that God gave us for rest and enjoyment, it should be a day of joy. It’s a great time to put something absolutely delicious on the table for Shabbat. How about warm bread, roasted chicken, a savory kugel, and a mouthwatering dessert. We won’t stop at the food. We’ll share lots of secrets for making Shabbat something worth staying home for, even if you have teenagers.

Date: May 1
Time: noon to 4pm
Place: Beth Am Congregation, in the kitchen
Cost: $35
Sign up here

San Francisco Community Yom Hashoah Commemoration
Join us for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at the JCCSF. Honor the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II and commemorate the art, music, and poetry created during the Holocaust. All are welcome to this free, community day of remembrance and learning.

Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 1:30 – 6:15 pm
Place: JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
FREE! Registration required. Register here

Mimouna!
San Francisco’s Sephardic and Mizrahi communities invite you and your family to enjoy an afternoon of Middle Eastern Music & Piyutim, Henna Designs, Moroccan Deserts (Mufleta!) & Drinks (Arak!), Kaftan Booth, & Children’s Art Activities.

Mimouna is a traditional festival celebrated by Moroccan Jews at nightfall on the last day of Passover and throughout the following day until sundown. Families open their homes to neighbors and friends, and fill their kitchen tables with an abundance of delicious sweets symbolizing fertility, joy, success, health, and prosperity. Mimouna is a time to celebrate friendship, luck and good fortune as well as the start of the spring season. We hope you will celebrate with us.
All are welcome!

Date: Sunday, May 1
Time: 3:00 – 6:00pm
Place: Magain David Sephardim Congregation, 351 4th Ave, San Francisco
Cost: $10/adult. Get tickets here

Community Yom haShoah
The East Bay will gather at Temple Sinai to remember those lost in the Holocaust.
Ben Stern of Netivot Shalom will share his survivor’s testimony and message.

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 7:30 – 9:00pm
Place: Temple Sinai, Webster at 28th, Oakland
More info here

Marin Community Yom HaShoah VeHaGevurah
Join us in remembrance of the Holocaust and acts of courage. From generation to generation, we pass on the torch of remembrance. This is a free community event.

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Place: Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon
For more information, call 415.388.1818 x100.

Shulchan Shabbat & Shabbat Unplugged
We hope you can all make it to the last First Friday congregational dinner before the summer hiatus! Our favorite Jewish rock star, Dan Nichols, will be joining us for a musical and celebratory Shabbat service, during which we’ll be thanking and blessing our religious school teachers. Services will be followed by dinner in the Hoytt Theatre, where we’ll feast on chicken fajitas with (fake) sour cream, rice, beans, guacamole and salsa. To wrap up the evening, we’ll spread out in the JCC Atrium for the last Shabbat Unplugged until December – you won’t want to miss this one!

Date: Friday, May 6
Time: 6:15 pm services; 7:30 dinner; 9:00 Unplugged
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 No. San Pedro Road, San Rafael
To RSVP for the dinner, contact Sofie at sofie@rodefsholom.org.

Shabbat Hallelu and Concert
with Special Guest Joe Buchanan
Welcome in the joy of Shabbat and add your voice to the last Shabbat Hallelu until the fall with Elana Jagoda Kaye and the Hallelu Band featuring special guest Joe Buchanan. Join us afterwards for an acoustic concert by Joe.

Date: Friday, May 6
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Details here

Annual Interfaith Picnic
Join us as we meet and deepen our connections with our neighbors of different faiths, enjoy each other’s foods, play and pray together in a fun, family atmosphere designed for all ages.
Arrival and check-in
10:00 to 10:30am
Casual, fun, music-filled Christian service with multi-faith teachings on harmony (everyone is welcome to participate or observe)
11:00am to 11:30am
Potluck picnic, fun, fellowship, and music
11:30am to 2:00pm

All this will take place in the large picnic area. As you face the reservoir, the large picnic area is to the left of the metered parking lot and around the bend in the path. Please bring a vegetarian dish that reflects your tradition to share with 8+ people. Extra food will be distributed to homeless and hungry. Beverages and paper goods will be provided.

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: Begins at 10am
Place: Lafayette Reservoir, 3849 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

To attend, please register online> or contact front office at Temple Isaiah at (925) 283-8575.

Sponsored by Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), an East Bay partnership among Christians, Jews and Muslims whose mission is to grow understanding, respect and appreciation for the religions of the world, via social initiatives that promote deep inter-relationships among individuals of all ages, generations, cultures and beliefs.

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Shana mom and dogs

Growing Up Interfaith
First Person Stories | Current Findings | Best Practices

What is it like to grow up in an interfaith family? For the first time we are asking young adults, “What was that like for you?”

At this program adults raised in interfaith families will talk about:

Taking charge of their Jewish identity
Making choices – the same or different from their parents
What really supported them in creating and maintaining their religious or cultural identities
How did being part of an interfaith family make them more open to differences in others
How much Jewish education is needed
Does it matter whether your Jewish parent is your father or your mother

Other workshops will cover:

Balancing the needs of your relationship with the needs of your child
How parents can support their children’s identity development
Should you let your child decide their religion or just give them one
Reform, Conservative, Orthodox – where does it all fit for the adult with a non-Jewish parent

May 22
1pm to 5:15pm
Everyone is welcome to come early for a tour of the photo exhibit, This Is Bay Area Jewry, and/or stick around for wine & cheese with the speakers afterwards.

The half day conference will be at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland, where there is plenty of parking.
The conference is free but you must sign up. Do so here.

Got questions? Email me, dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org or call me at 510-845-6420×11.

Caroline Taymor with Torah

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Community Seder

Community Seder

Typically the first night of Passover (Pesach) involves a family Seder at home. But there are some places where there are community Seders for those who don’t have a family to invite.

Second night community Seders have become very common at synagogues and there are lots of them! If you don’t see what you need below just Google the name of your city and “community Passover Seder.”

FIRST NIGHT SEDERS

Community Passover Seder
led by Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky
The Exodus from Egypt is not only something that happened to us thousands of years ago, but also something we continue to experience in our lives today. Seder night is the time to identify and share these stories of liberation as we weave the national and personal narratives into a tapestry of freedom. Come and experience the seder as you’ve never experienced it before with probing questions, the sharing of stories, lively discussion, festive singing, games for kids, and an evening of surprises for the whole family.

Friday, April 22 at 6:00 pm
Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma Street, Palo Alto
Click here to register – but hurry. The deadline is Sunday, April 17, at midnight. We won’t be able to accept reservations after that, as we have to give final numbers to the caterer.

First Night Family Seder in Berkeley
Rabbi Bridget Wynne of Jewish Gateways and Oakland musician Eric Schoen will lead us through the night. A kid-friendly event, our seder includes singing, storytelling, and a light meal served picnic-style.

Date: Friday, April 22, 5:00-6:15 pm (Doors open at 4:30 pm)
Berkeley Branch – 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Details here

First Night Family Seder in Oakland
Rabbi Mike Rothbaum (Co-Chair at Bend the Arc and Director of Education at Congregation Beth El) and notable Yiddish musician Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell will lead us in a social justice themed Passover celebration. A kid-friendly event, our seder includes singing, storytelling, and a light meal served picnic-style.

Friday, April 22, 5:00-6:15 pm (Doors open at 4:30 pm)
Oakland Branch – 5811 Racine Street, Oakland
Details and cost here

First Night Community Seder in Berkeley
Rabbi Bridget Wynne of Jewish Gateways and Oakland musician Eric Schoen will lead us through the night. Join us for a warm, lively, and social celebration for people of all ages.
Friday, April 22, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley Branch – 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
Cost and details here.

First Night Community Seder in Oakland
Rabbi Mike Rothbaum (Co-Chair at Bend the Arc and Director of Education at Congregation Beth El) and notable Yiddish musician Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell will lead us in a social justice themed Passover celebration. A warm, lively, interactive full seder celebrating the Festival of Liberation — for us and all people! Full seder meal to be served. All are welcome!

Friday, April 22, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
JCC of the East Bay, Oakland Branch – 5811 Racine Street, Oakland
Cost and details here.

SECOND NIGHT SEDERS

Peninsula Sinai Community Passover Seder
Join us for the 2nd Night of Passover at PSC. We will be hosting a seder on the 2nd night of the holiday, Saturday evening,April 23, at 6:30 pm. A great opportunity for people of all age. Kids and interfaith families welcome.

RSVP’s are due no later than April 15, 2016. Cost is $70 per adult and $25 per kid ages 3-12 (Kids under 3 eat for FREE). Vegetarian options available. This will be a great experience for the novice and the experienced at the seder table. Hope you can join us. Questions? Contact Rabbi Helfand at rabbi@peninsulasinai.org

April 23, 6:30pm
Peninsula Sinai, 499 Boothbay, Foster City
Please RSVP to by calling 650-349-2816 or emailinginfo@peninsulasinai.org
Details here.

Rodef Sholom’s 2nd Night Seder
Once again we are hosting a 2nd Night Seder. Join Rabbi Elana Rosen-Brown and Cantor David Margules, along with many of our own Rodef Sholom musicians as they host a beautiful, meaningful and musical Seder.

Saturday, April 23, 5:00 pm
Social Hall of Rodef Sholom, 170 No. San Pedro Road, San Rafael

RSVP to Molly at molly@rodefsholom.org by April 18. Prices for congregants are $50 for adults and $35 for children; prices for non-congregants are $60 for adults and $45 for children. Spaces are limited so RSVP soon!

Second Night Passover Seder
Join us for a warm, celebratory and multi-generational seder. We’ll share stories of slavery and freedom, join together in song, and enjoy a delicious Passover feast.

Saturday, April 23, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Cost: $50/adult, $32/child 12 and under. Make your reservation by Friday, April 15.
Details here.

Beth Am’s Annual 2nd Night Community Seder
Led by Rabbi Jennifer Clayman
Rabbi Jennifer Clayman will lead this year’s Beth Am Community Seder on the 2nd night of Passover. Enjoy a delicious multi-course meal without having to cook, clean up or remember where you hid the afikomen.

Saturday, April 23, 6:00pm
Social Hall of Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd, Los Altos Hills
Cost $47 per adult; $27 per child (12 and under). Seating is limited. Please sign up for Beth Am’s Community Seder by Friday, April 15. For more information, please contact Emily Osterman or call (650) 493-4661.
Details here

Temple Israel of Alameda’s Community Second Night Seder
Details here.
(seating is limited) Click here https://tialameda.payquiq.com/index.cfm?event=embedform&embedform=1&contentid=54F4776E-D741-4834-BEFD4B9E07C42957
or call the Temple office 510-522-9355

April 23, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Temple Israel, 3183 Mecartney Road, Alameda

Temple Sinai’s Annual Community Passover Seder
Let all who are hungry- for food and community- join us!
Join Rabbi Ruth Adar and Cantor Ilene Keys as we retell the story of Passover, enjoy delicious foods catered by Z Cafe, meet new friends and sing!

Saturday, April 23, 5:30pm (doors open at 5:00pm)
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Please purchase tickets early as seats are limited and sell out every year.
Purchase tickets online here.

Sherith Israel’s Second-Night Community Seder
Let all who are hungry come and eat. We say these words every year as we sit down to tell the Passover story of the Israelites’ journey from bondage to freedom.
Once again, the festive Sherith Israel community Seder is the congregation’s annual fundraiser for our Chicken Souper and HaMotzi programs. They feed homebound seniors, people with chronic illnesses, and adults and children at the Women’s Shelter of San Francisco and the Compass Family Center.
Our wonderful volunteers, who sustain these critical programs year after year, will cater dinner. Joel Siegel will lead us in song. Rabbis Larry Raphael, Jessica Graf and Julie Saxe-Taller will keep us all on the same page.

Saturday, April 23, 5–8 pm
Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., San Francisco
Pricing and details here.

Oshman JCC Community Passover Seder Dinner
The Oshman Family JCC is holding a Jewish Passover Seder for all who would like to join us. The meal will be catered (Kosher for Passover).
Share your Jewish journey while sharing a meal with friends and family. Experience Passover in a warm and welcoming setting at a Seder which combines tradition and creativity. Meet people in the community and make new friends.

Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 6:30–9:00pm
Place: Palo Alto JCC, Room E-104, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Suggested donation of $36; subsidized places available for those in need
Contact: Robin Vasilakos | (650) 223-8791 | rvasilakos@paloaltojcc.org
Sign up here.

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