Fun & Food for Rosh Hashanah

I hope some of you will decide to join me on Sunday for:

Cooking Jewish: Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah! A new year! What a great time to be together with family, to eat, tell stories and create memories. What if you’re not Jewish but you’re responsible for your family’s holiday celebrations? Maybe you are Jewish, but you haven’t found a way to make Rosh Hashanah feel fun. Join us to cook, share recipes, ideas and activities to make a fabulous holiday for you and your loved ones!

Date: Sunday, Sept. 11
Time: 11am to 1pm
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos
Cost: $20 for non-members; $25 for members of Beth Am
You can sign up here:
Or just come and pay at the door.

We have added:
The symbols for a Rosh Hashanah seder & how to use them
A Honey Cake taste testing
A cooking craft for you to taste and take home directions to do it with your own family

Kindergym and Toddler Classes (Oakland)
Tot Shabbat (Walnut Creek)
Tutor a Child (on the Peninsula)
Mesibah! Family Fun Day: Rosh Hashanah (Los Gatos)
Ritual Laboratory: The High Holidays (Los Gatos)
Religious School Open House (Richmond)
Congregation Beth Am’s Mother’s Circle (Los Altos)
The Jewish Holidays and Food Sustainability (San Jose)
Temple Beth Hillel High Holy Days Services (Richmond)

Kindergym and Toddler Classes in Oakland
Drop-in Kindergym and sign-up Toddler classes at Temple Beth Abraham have resumed for the fall term. Dawn Margolin has been leading her wonderful drop-in Kindergym and session Toddler classes for the community for the past 28 years. ALL families are welcome here to enjoy play time with their little ones! One sibling under 3 is FREE!
Have fun with playdough, art, climbers and slides, a big ball pit, music, parachute play and lots more.

You can reach Dawn Margolin at 510-547-7726 for further information. You can also view photos, read Yelp and BPN reviews and find more details on our website.

Not sure? Check out one of the Family Sunday Play Days!
Oct. 2
Nov. 6
Dec. 4

This is a wonderful place to meet other Jewish moms and non-Jewish moms, many in interfaith relationships. Some people like to pick the Friday session because Dawn does Shabbat with the class.

Tot Shabbat
Welcome Shabbat with other young families! Each month we will have a special half-hour Shabbat service geared to families with children six and under. Come join us for singing, games and fun! All Are Welcome! Bring Your Friends!

Date: Nov. 18
Time: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Place: In Preschool Rooms 3 & 4 at B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Ln., Walnut Creek
Info: 925-934-9446

Tutor a Child
Pass on Your Love of Reading: Give just one hour a week to help a child.
In response to the overwhelming number of Bay Area school children reading below grade level, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) trains, places and supports volunteer reading tutors working with students in grades K-3.
Attend a free tutor training session:
Thursday, September 22, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Peninsula JCC, Foster City
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City
Please note: fingerprinting is required by some school districts. Information will be provided at the training session.
To register, please visit
For more information, call 650.847.1718, or email

Mesibah! Family Fun Day: Rosh Hashanah
“Mesibah” is the Hebrew word for party! Children ages 2-10 years old and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for a FREE party to celebrate The Jewish New Year! There will be a bounce house, arts and crafts, healthy snacks, and storytime with PJ Library.

Date: September 19
Time: 3:00pm
Place: Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos.
For more information or to RSVP, call 408.357.7411 or email

Ritual Laboratory: The High Holidays
Make your personal Judaica more meaningful by creating it yourself! Join the Contemporary Jewish Museum for a painting and collage workshop in which you’ll make a personal, magnetic sculpture. Express your thoughts and feeling on the coming year through art.

Date: September 22
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Place: Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
Free of charge; $5 suggested donation.
For more information or to RSVP, call 408.357.7411 or email

Religious School Open House
Temple Beth Hillel invites you to its Beit Midrash Hillel, Religious School Open House.
Offering Jewish education classes for toddlers through seventh grade, Temple Beth Hillel is now accepting new students. Learn more about it at the Open House.

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2011
Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon
Place: Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond
Information here:

Congregation Beth Am’s Mother’s Circle
Are you a non-Jewish mother raising Jewish children? The Mother’s Circle is a 12-session course that explores how to create a Jewish home and make Jewish memories for your children. No temple membership is required to participate. Through our meetings, you’ll learn about Jewish holidays, customs and values. Connect with other non-Jewish mothers who share similar concerns and experiences.
The class includes resources, education, and events to support women of other religious backgrounds raising Jewish children. Join us for coffee, new friends, Jewish learning and great discussions.

Date: begins Sunday, September 25
Congregation Beth Am
Cost: $36.00 materials fee.
For more information please contact: or (650) 493-4661
Meeting dates: Sept. 25, 2011, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, 2012, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, and May 6

The Jewish Holidays and Food Sustainability
The Jewish Studies Program and the Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Program at San José State University are sponsoring a series of programs highlighting key aspects of food and environmental sustainability between September 2011 and April 2012. Programs will be scheduled in conjunction with Jewish holidays. The first event will be September 27, 2011. For more information, please visit

Temple Beth Hillel High Holy Days Services
Join with our congregation in celebrating the warmth and richness of the New Year.
Rosh Hashanah – September 28-29
Yom Kippur – October 7-8
Free childcare provided for young children.
For High Holy Days reservations, call 510.223.2560 or e-mail
Place: Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond