Knowledge is Power: LEARN + Jews of color space

(Image is from Kindergym)

Are you a Jew of Color?
A young woman I know, Bekkah Sharp, is a Jew of color and has begun working with Bend the Arc to create Jewish spaces for Jews of color. A number of Jew of color organizations are working to create Jewish spaces where Jews of color can have an immersive experience. It may be hard for white Jews to understand, but try. It is important that there be community activities that only affirm and do not question multiracial Jews. They have an event coming up Sunday September 18, 12-4pm. Please share this good information.
Details here.

Knowledge is Power
KNOW what Judaism teaches. Understand how Jewish law informs lifecycle events, holidays, homes, foods. When you know what the “law” is you can make sound, well thought out choices about how you will deal with different Jewish elements. Take classes! Basic Judaism is a great place to start!

Basic Judaism Classes beginning now
I have begun compiling the Fall 2022 Introduction to Judaism classes offered around the Bay. Take a look at the list so far. PLEASE let me know about others and I’ll add them. I thank you in advance.

Kindergym Toddler (Oakland)
Prepare for the High Holy Days (Piedmont)
Sunday Funday (Berkeley)
Frank Oz and Michael Krasny in Conversation (online)
Oakland Pride Parade (Oakland)
Growing Together: Jewish Family Learning (Kensington)
Matinee Movie: Fiddler on the Roof (San Francisco)

Kindergym Toddler – for Ones and Newly Twos
Come join us in Dawn Margolin’s 40th year with an amazing, fun-filled room of climbers, slides, jumping, rocking horses, trucks, cars, dollhouse, play kitchen, parachute play, stories, bubbles and so much more!

We delight in our one-hour choice from 6 possible Kindergym SignUp Sessions that run in September-December, important Covid health and safety protocols and our One Adult/One Child ratio.

Children are 12 months to 26 months when we begin classes in early September.
Our very, very large room has excellent outdoor ventilation coming through one entire building side of open glass doors (gated to keep our little ones in).
Our classes meet at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd, near the Grand Lake Theater and with free parking. We are A Diverse Families Community!

I look forward to playing with your family!!
Please contact Dawn Margolin for details.

Prepare for the High Holy Days
Elul is the month of preparation for the High Holy Days. We warmly invite you to join us for a musical, celebratory CHAI Shabbat at Kehilla Community Synagogue! CHAI means life – so this Saturday, join us for an extra musical, extra celebratory Shabbat morning service.

When: Saturday, August 27
Time:   10am
Where: In-Person at Kehilla, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont – or join us virtually!

Sunday Funday
Bring a blanket and join us and our partners Wilderness Torah and PJ Library Bay Area for a fun morning of singing, dancing, playing and making friends at a beautiful park in Berkeley.
We welcome everyone, including unaffiliated, single and multi-parent, multi-faith, multi-ethnic, multi-abled, and LGBTQ+ families.
Registration is appreciated but not required. Registration helps us plan and be in touch in case anything changes.

Date:   Sunday, August 28
Time:   10:30 AM
Place:   Willard Park, 2730 Hillegas Ave, Berkeley|
Jewish Baby Network is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Center for Children and Youth.

Frank Oz and Michael Krasny in Conversation
Frank Oznowicz—known to many as legendary performer and film director Frank Oz—comes from parents who were puppeteers. His path to performing, puppetry, and using humor as a tool for social commentary and entertainment was paved by his parents, Isidore (Mike) and Frances Oznowicz, who created and performed marionettes as a hobby in Belgium with a mixture of politics and satire. When Mike and Frances escaped Belgium in the 1930s just before the Nazis invaded, they left their marionettes in their Antwerp home, but buried a marionette of Adolf Hitler for fear of reprisal should it be found by the Nazis. The marionette was created as a tool of mockery and social critique, which are now part of Oz’s family legacy. Join Frank Oz and Michael Krasny for a conversation about the Oznowicz family’s remarkable story of survival, the art of puppetry and resistance, and how the stories of Holocaust survivors continue to be shared in new ways.

Date:   Sunday, September 4
Time:   10am
Host:   The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco
Cost:    This online program is free with advanced registration.
Register here

 Pride Parade
Caroline, a member of Netivot Shalom invites everyone to join her at the Parade!  Here’s what she says: Come march in Oakland Pride with Congregation Netivot Shalom from Berkeley! Members and non-members, LGBTQ+ folks and allies, people of all ages including kids, are all welcome. (I’ll be bringing my 2 year old!)

Date:   Sunday, September 4
Time:   Begins at 10:30am
Place:   Downtown Oakland
Netivot Shalom
Please RSVP here for details of when and where to meet up, or email with questions.

Growing Together: Jewish Family Learning
*Explore Jewish tradition with your children
*In an open and welcoming environment
*With a diverse community of families

Growing Together, Jewish Gateways’ twice-monthly family learning program, is a new style being introduced to update traditional Hebrew or Religious school practices.  Adults and children explore the same topics both together and at their own level. Everyone in the family leaves with unique learning to share with one another about the day’s topics and themes.

The program begins September 17
Look at the details for their program here
Place:   Classes take place at Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave., Kensington

Matinee Movie: Fiddler on the Roof
In celebration of the Jewish New Year, we’ll present this beloved film classic. Sit back, relax, enjoy the music and experience the richness of the season.

Date:   Wednesday, Sept. 21
Time:   1 to 4pm
Place:   SF Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., San Francisco
Free, register here