Let's make challah!

Let’s make challah!

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

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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Pesach tart (horizontal)

Have you noticed that when we go without leavened foods we kind of freak out? Suddenly people need cups and cups of sugar to make it all up to them. These same people may eat very little leavened food as part of their regular diet but the forbidden-ness seems to do things to our brains.

A few thoughts on this desperation.

1. Embrace it! Give yourself a day, a couple days, a week, to actually think about this deprivation you are feeling and ask yourself, do I really care that much? Is going without a few food items for a few days SO terrible? Might I use this time to consider how refugees around the world are feeling? Or the poor people in this country who go to bed with very little food, and would happily have a box of matzah.

2. Can I be creative? What if I cook and eat “clean” for a week. That means no processed foods, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and stick to food you cooked yourself.

3. I want to be kosher for Passover and I WANT a rich dessert! OK, OK! Here’s a dessert that one friend has described as, very much like bread pudding. So you get your non-bread dessert and sort of get bread too! Best Passover Apple Cake

4. It isn’t just the food it’s the whole big deal; I just couldn’t pull it off this year. That’s OK. There’s always next year and you have 12 months to figure it out. First, ask for some help. See if you have friends with whom you could do a joint Seder. Look for a Community Seder, pay your money and let them do all the work. Talk to your rabbi. Talk to me.

5. It’s my spouse; he/she isn’t into it/doesn’t like it/won’t help. This is a bigger issue and my first question would be, how do you know? Have you asked your partner or just assumed it? Have you been guests at a Seder and was that OK? How much do you and your spouse know about Seder? If your spouse has experienced one horribly long and boring Seder you can’t blame them for now avoiding all Seders. But the good news is that there are lots of short, fun, delicious Seders out there and possibly your spouse would be willing to give it one more try. Let’s talk.

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The photo exhibit This Is Bay Area Jewry opened last night in Oakland. Three of the individuals who participated in the portraits spoke about how they see themselves, their community and their hopes for an increased understanding of the tremendous diversity that we have here in the Bay Area Jewish population.

Emmett at BA Jewry panel

Kim Carter at BA Jewry Panel

The exhibit will hang at Temple Sinai until June 30. From there it will travel to Emanu-el in San Francisco. We have three more organizations interested in hosting the exhibit. At each location we will include a program with the individuals, couples and families who are portrayed. Stay tuned for future program dates.

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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.”


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.


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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We are very much hoping to see YOU and many others at the May 22 conference, Growing Up Interfaith, about adults who grew up in interfaith families.

How are we defining “interfaith families”?
An interfaith family may have a Jewish home. That is there may be non-Jews living in a home that is Jewish in its practice. Dad may be Catholic but Papa is Jewish and the kids are being raised Jewish. Additionally, a child with a parent who converted to Judaism still has non-Jewish grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In the San Francisco bay area the intermarriage rate varies from 70% on the low end to 95% on the high end. This means that MOST Jews, no matter their own level of observance, have family members whom they love that are not Jewish. An Orthodox rabbi friend called me to ask if I could help his cousin find an officiant for her marriage to a non-Jewish guy. Does my rabbi friend love his cousin and very much hope to get to know and love his new cousin-in-law? Yup. This is who we are, Jewish families with non-Jewish loved ones mixed in.

The question we are asking of the adults from interfaith families is: what choices and practices did your parents and community choose that worked well for you? What supported your identity and sense of belonging?

Join us to hear the first person answers.

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This Is Bay Area Jewry

This Is Bay Area Jewry

Tonight the photo exhibit, This Is Bay Area Jewry, will hold it’s opening reception. We’ll begin at 7pm with some wine and cheese. Have a brief tour of the exhibit at 7:15, more wine and nibbles. Then at 7:45pm 3 of the groups who participated in the exhibit portraits will speak about their reasons for participating and their hopes for what this can reveal to local Jewry and Jews farther afield.

You can read more details here. Should you be willing, you can sign up at this link also. But just showing up is fine. It’s free and did I mention there’s wine?

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In our 24/7 world, with constant electronic access there is little chance of powering down. I invite you to pause and reflect for a moment. Were there times in your childhood when you were out in nature, up a tree, by a lake, when you were completely out of touch with “the rest of the world”? You may have been on the floor of your bedroom or in the attic, but no one could reach you and your imagination was your companion. Do you recall your free ranging thoughts, your daydreams leaping from one amazing concept to another? Now I ask you, is there any time like that for you now? How about for your kids?

It can be extremely hard to put down your cell phone and gather your multi-tasking thoughts when you haven’t been doing that for… well, maybe for years. But the gift of Shabbat is that you can choose to be commanded to relinquish the jittery world for the calm of a different world, the world of Shabbat.

I invite you to take a short vacation Shabbat, whether you do it just for Friday night or choose to extend it into Saturday, give yourself and your family a little staycation. Let me know how it goes.

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Happy Son & Dad

Happy Son & Dad

Growing Up Interfaith: Conference May 22
What’s it like to grow up with one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent? You can actually buy books that will tell parents exactly what to do and say to their children so that “everything will be fine.” Such a book is a farce. If you have a sibling you know that no two children are alike. I am one of four siblings and yes, we share many things but we are each unique.

So when it comes to raising children in an interfaith family you should be looking at your children, your spouse, your home, and figuring out what is right for different children – and at different ages! What you discuss your daughter’s concept of God it will certainly not be the same at age 15 as it was when she was 4.

It’s time to ask those “children”, now adults: How did it go? What did we do right? What did we do wrong? What would you recommend to parents of different faith traditions?

I am delighted and honored to have had the privilege of interviewing 50 adults from interfaith families. They have provided the qualitative data to develop a larger study. But Dr. Bruce Phillips will be presenting some initial data at this conference.

The workshops will focus on the interests, concerns and messages from adults who grew up with one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent.

There is one HUGE take-home. It is that people love their parents deeply and simply want to be understood. Here’s a great place to start digging deeper into the experiences of our children and guiding them to a confident and comfortable identity.

Rockin’ Shabbat (Redwood City)
Tot Shabbat (Foster City)
Torah with Soul (San Rafael)
Seder Workshop and Recipe Tasting (Oakland)
Special Lunch and Learn with Imam Abdullah Antepli (Palo Alto)
Passover Concert with Elana Jagoda (San Mateo)
This is Bay Area Jewry: Photo Exhibition Opening Reception (Oakland)
Families Doing Jewish Workshop – At Home with Jewish Ethics (Oakland)
“Let me see that good land” (Palo Alto)
Growing Up Interfaith (Oakland)

Rockin’ Shabbat
Come to this much-loved first-Friday musical Shabbat service and dinner! Rockin’ Shabbat is a multigenerational spiritual and social experience, enjoyed by members and friends from newborn to 90+! Service begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by a fun-filled dinner. Come for both!

Date: Friday, April 1
Time: Begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by a fun-filled dinner.
Place: Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
RSVP here

Tot Shabbat
(Usually held on the first and third Shabbat mornings of each month.)
Tot Shabbat offers monthly services for families with babies through age five.
Main service begins at 9:30. Tot Shabbat service goes from 11:00am-12:00pm and is followed by Kiddush luncheon.

Date: April 2
Time: 11am to 12noon
Place: Peninsula Sinai, 499 Boothbay, Foster City

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, weather permitting, 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, do join us on April 2
Time: 9:15 am
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael

Seder Workshop and Recipe Tasting
with Dawn Kepler
The Women of Temple Sinai are offering a workshop on how to joyfully master the Multigenerational, Intercultural, Traditional and Non-Traditional Seder.

It can be a challenge to have everyone from your neighbor’s toddler to your Great uncle coming to your Seder. Will people be bored? Will they get hungry? Will the kids wander from the table eliciting grumbling from other guests? Come discuss ways to engage different ages… infant to school age to teen to adults We will cover: Interactive games, bringing in the non-Jewish family & friends, foods during the Seder, Haggadot for different groups, 15 steps to a complete Seder, how to cut your Seder time down and more. Sample some of WTS members’ Passover recipes or bring your own favorite (and a copy of the recipe) to share. Be prepared to bring home lots of ideas, and enough recipes for a personal cookbook.

Date: Sunday, April 3
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, in the Albers Chapel, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
More info here.
To RSVP email Dawn, dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org by March 31.

Special Lunch and Learn with Imam Abdullah Antepli
We have the unique opportunity to host Imam Abduallah at Etz. Please join us as we welcome him for our Shabbat morning prayer service followed by a lunch. The lunch will be a chance to ask Abdullah questions and get to know this courageous leading moderate voice in the Muslim world.

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 12:30 pm
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto

Passover Concert with Elana Jagoda
Dance and sing with Elana as she plays hits from her Passover Album, Seder Song Revival followed by snacks, crafts, playtime on the yard.

We will be joined by special musical guest Rachel Mylan from the PJCC, and treated to a Passover craft with Carol Booth, Director of the Jewish Baby Network.

Date: Sunday, April 10
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
This event is free to the community, and co-sponsored by the PJCC and the Jewish Baby Network.

This is Bay Area Jewry: Photo/Essay Exhibition
Opening Night Reception
The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community has been referred to as “the diaspora of the diaspora. Please join us for a wine and cheese Opening Night Reception of this 16 portrait exhibition which celebrates our diversity. Dawn Kepler will lead a tour of the exhibit at 7:15pm followed at 7:45pm by a conversation with three of our participants.

Wednesday, April 13
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St. Oakland
This is free but please RSVP here so we can plan for the wine & nibbles.
This exhibit is presented in cooperation with the Gallery Sinai Visual Arts Committee at Temple Sinai.

Families Doing Jewish Workshop – At Home with Jewish Ethics
with Sue Bojdak
Parents of all backgrounds, all experiences and parenting, mentoring or grandparenting kids of all ages are welcome.
Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Cost: Dinner is $10. Childcare & Dinner are available for $25.
Preregister here.

“Let me see that good land”
The Story of a Human Life
‘Moses fails to enter Canaan not because his life is too short but because it is a human life.’ (Kafka) Moses’ fundamental sense of himself as ‘not a man of words’ comes to a poignant consummation in the long speeches he makes to the people. In our discussion, we will look at midrashic and hassidic sources, and address philosophical and psychoanalytic issues.

Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am
Place: Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma, Palo Alto
Cost: $10/public for all others who register online by midnight Thursday, May 12. Any remaining spaces are $20 at the door. For more information and to register go here.

Growing Up Interfaith
A conference on listening to our children
Since the advent of the term “interfaith” the Jewish focus has been on the intermarried couple. Research has not explored the experiences of the children of these couples. This conference will be a forum for these previously unheard voices, discussing what parental and communal practices empowered them to feel comfortable in their own skins and safe to explore the identities they choose.

Dr. Bruce Phillips will speak about his in-progress study of adults from interfaith families.
Dr. Joel Crohn, author of Mixed Matches, will be speaking about balancing relationship and parenting responsibilities in regard to religion.
Adults who were raised in interfaith homes will share their views and opinions. Other topics include multi-cultural Jews, patrilineal Jews, and a best practice discussion for interfaith parents raising children.

Date: May 22
Time: 1pm – 5:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
This program is free but please register. We are buying snacks for the day and wine & cheese for a reception afterwards. Help us get an accurate count by signing up here

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Growing Up Interfaith

What would happen if instead of telling people what they feel, we asked them? That’s the novel idea behind this gathering. In a qualitative study, Dr. Bruce Phillips and Dawn Kepler asked young adults who had one Jewish and one non-Jewish parent about their experiences, feelings and choices. On May 22nd the preliminary findings will be shared and discussed. Additionally, we will hear from experts. Many of those experts will be the individuals who grew up in an interfaith family.

Workshop leaders will include:

Dr. Bruce Phillips, a leading researcher in the sociology of American Jewry for over three decades and author of the 2004 San Francisco Jewish Population Study will discuss data now available about adults from interfaith families.

Dr. Joel Crohn, author of Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic and Interfaith Relationships and Beyond the Chuppah: A Jewish Guide to Happy Marriages, will discuss balancing your responsibilities as a partner and a parent.

A panel of adults raised in interfaith families will share their diverse experiences and well as their recommendations for intermarried parents and Jewish institutions.

A therapist who grew up in an interfaith home will discuss a therapist’s view of religious issues.

Rabbi David Kasher, Senior Rabbinic Educator for Kevah, will speak on An Orthodox View of Intermarriage, Patrilineal Jews and a Torah Life.

Rabbi Susan Leider, Rabbi of Kol Shofar of Tiburon, will discuss the options and opportunities for interfaith families in Conservative synagogues.


Date: May 22
Time: 1 to 5:30pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland

Lehrhaus and Building Jewish Bridges will present This Is Bay Area Jewry, a photo exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition at Temple Sinai will enhance your conference experience.

List of Co-sponsors to date:

Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs in the Conservative/Masorti Movement, Rabbi Simon
Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael
Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, Rabbi Lavey Derby
Coffee Shop Rabbi, Rabbi Ruth Adar
Beth Am, Los Altos, Rabbi Marder
Beth David, Saratoga, Rabbi Alexander
Beth Sholom, SF, Rabbi Glazer
B’nai Shalom, Walnut Creek Rabbi Drucker
B’nai Tikvah, Walnut Creek, Rabbi Gutterman
Kol Emeth, Palo Alto, Rabbi Booth
Kol Shofar, Tiburon, Rabbi Leider
Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, Rabbi Creditor
Peninsula Sinai, Foster City, Rabbi Helfand
Sherith Israel, SF, Rabbi Larry Raphael
Temple Beth Abraham, Rabbi Bloom
Temple Sinai, Oakland, Rabbi Mates-Muchin

This event is supported by the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation and the Koret Foundation.

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