Tot Shabbat at Temple Isaiah, Lafayette
Who is Right?
Last month I wrote a column for the JWeekly and shared the story of a Jewish man who was relying on his non-Jewish wife to ‘raise the kids Jewish.’ I got some very different reactions to it. Some people came down hard on the man saying he should be stepping up to the plate and doing it himself. Another person said, I too support my spouse’s desire to raise the kids Jewish but if my spouse isn’t interested enough to do it, I’m not going to. A third person said, As a non-Jewish wife and mother I want to be in charge of bringing Judaism into our home. Yes, I’ll have to learn more, but I want to have that responsibility and control.
So who is right? They all are. Each family, each couple must determine for themselves the right roles in their home. I’m here to help you figure out what is right for your family constellation. No one you will ever know is exactly like you. Much as you love your best friend, even if he or she is in a similar interfaith relationship, there are differences. Yet, no one is so utterly unique that you can’t take advantage of knowledge about common outcomes. When you and I talk, I can tell you what the most likely result is for a great variety of parenting choices and actions. You will be armed with knowledge as you decide what you want to do in YOUR family.
Don’t hesitate to call me. We can make a date to talk in person or over the phone. It is best if both of you are in this conversation, so I have conference-called people in. Give me a call; we’ll work it out.
The Szyk Haggadah: Art Exhibit (San Francisco)
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena (San Francisco)
Author Talk with Anita Diamant (Los Gatos)
Shabbat Tots ‘n’ Torah! (Burlingame)
Tot Shabbat Service (Los Altos)
Shabbat for Baby & Me (Redwood City)
Film: Hummus, Falafel and Brisket – Oh, My! (San Francisco)
Purim Carnival and Raffle (Richmond)
The Szyk Haggadah: Art Exhibit
The haggadah, the ritual text for the Passover seder, evokes the story of the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. While myriad haggadot have been created from the tenth century to the present, the exhibition highlights the unique and powerful story of The Szyk Haggadah (1940). Arthur Szyk (1894–1951), a Polish Jew keenly aware of current events, fused his two passions—art and history—into a visual commentary on the dangerous parallel between the Passover narrative and the alarming developments unfolding in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The exhibition includes all forty-eight original illustrations of Szyk’s masterpiece that has become a mainstay in Jewish homes. Historical illuminated haggadot from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary versions, will also be featured.
Szyk also illustrated a book for children of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. His work may remind you of stories from childhood.
Date: February 13–June 29
See their website for times
Place: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 36 Mission St. San Francisco
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
Take a tour and enjoy art, entertainment, and drinks! Third Thursdays reinvigorates the Yerba Buena neighborhood every month. Look for Third Thursday location signs and pick up your wristband at one of the art venues for special rates at participating bars, shops, and restaurants. Visit The Contemporary Jewish Museum after 5pm for our special $5 entry. For an up-to-date calendar listing of all participating venues and their events, go here.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 20
Time: 5 to 8pm
Place Yerba Buena neighborhood of San Francisco
Author Talk with Anita Diamant
The author of The Red Tent, in conversation with Rabbi Daniel Pressman
Join us for an evening of conversation with author Anita Diamant. Best known perhaps for her debut novel, The Red Tent, Diamant is also the author of three other novels and six works of non-fiction. In recent years, Diamant spearheaded the creation of a new kind of resource for Jewish renewal.
Date: Thursday, February 20
Place: Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
Cost: Addison-Penzak JCC member, $5; general admission, $7
For more information about Anita and her work or to RSVP for the event, go here or contact Jenessa Schwartz at 408.357.7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shabbat Tots ‘n’ Torah!
We’ll have our usual fun: Shabbat songs, prayers, Torah parade, and story, all followed by a yummy and kid-friendly dinner. Join us in the Lent Chapel for the brief and musical service at 6 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30. You MUST sign up for the dinner.
Date: Friday, February 21
Place: Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame
Cost: Adults $10; children $5.
Go here to sign up for the dinner here.
Tot Shabbat Service
Fun Programming for Families with Children Ages 0-5
Join Beth Am rabbis for a special Shabbat service for families with children ages 0-5 years. Following the service, enjoy grape juice and challah as well as arts and crafts. Come have fun with your child and meet other parents of young children!
Date: Saturday, Feb 22
Place: Beth Am, In Rooms 1 & 2, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
More details here
Shabbat for Baby & Me
Calling All Moms, Dads, and Grandparents!
You are invited to share the joys of Shabbat with your baby or toddler (birth to age 2.5) and join other families at CBJ under the guidance of our wonderful educator, Esti BenDavid. Open to all, CBJ members and non-members.
Songs, rituals, movement, stories, and a brief discussion for the adults will lead into Kiddush lunch with the congregation.
Families will have the option to eat lunch together and continue their conversation. FREE to CBJ members and nonmembers, with no advance sign-up required.
Dates: March 8 and continue on the second Saturday of each month
Place: Toddler Room of the Congregation Beth Jacob school wing, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
No registration required, free to all.
E-mail questions to Rebecca, Rebecca@bethjacobrwc.org
Food films at the SF JCC
Hummus, Falafel and Brisket – Oh, My!
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Presents three fabulous films about food that are sure to whet your appetite. (Don’t worry; there will be food available for purchase between the showings.)
Make Hummus Not War (1:00)
Filmmaker Trever Graham’s humorous journey takes us through the hummus bars and kitchens of Beirut, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and New York.
This documentary about meat chronicles the rise and fall—and rise again—of butchers and butchering.
Falafel! Give Peas a Chance (3:45)
Filmmaker Ari A. Cohen leavens to the far reaches of pita heaven to discover the true potential behind the falafel sandwich and its role as a gateway to understanding age-old conflicts and finding peaceful co-existence.
Date: Sunday, Mar 9
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: San Francisco JCC, 3200 California Street, San Francisco
Cost: Public $12; SF Film Fest members & JCCSF members $10
Buy tickets here.
Purim Carnival and Raffle
A fun-filled afternoon for the entire family. Wear costumes, masks and bring noisemakers. There will be activities, craft booths and games for kids of all ages traditional Hamentaschen (a three-cornered fruit-filled pastry) and home-baked goods for sale; enjoy a delicious lunch. The Carnival highlight: a raffle with a $500 Gift Card as the grand prize. Everyone is welcome!
Date: March 16, 2014
Time: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Place: Temple Beth Hillel 801 Park Central, Richmond
Admission is free.
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