What do Jews Look Like? + current events

What do Jews Look Like?
Black Jews, Asian Jews, Latino Jews, we tend to see them as exotic, from somewhere far away. But there are Black Jews, Asian Jews and Latino Jews sitting right next to you – in synagogue, in a restaurant, at the theater, on a park bench. Rabbi Mates-Muchin, a Chinese Jew, and Kim Carter, a Black Jew, have contributed terrific insight and energy to help me develop a program this fall about the experience of multiracial Jews. Why is Building Jewish Bridges addressing this? Because the majority of multiracial Jewish families are also interfaith. Issues come up for Black Jews marrying white non-Jews and forever being slotted as the non-Jewish partner. Asians in America are pegged as immigrants despite being fourth generation Americans. What are the added challenges for multiracial families and how can we all do a better job of embracing the full spectrum of our diverse community? Maybe YOU are in a multiracial Jewish family and have questions, a need for support, wisdom to share or just something you need to get off your chest. I hope you’ll join us for one of the lectures and panel discussions we have planned.

The Hazon Food Conference at UC Davis
Community Shabbat Dinner (Pleasanton)
Bagels and Babies (San Francisco)
Making Room for Shabbat (Palo Alto)
Grief and Growing Family Camp (Santa Rosa)
Lowdown on the High Holy Days (Pleasanton)
50% Jewish, 100% Welcome (Mountain View)
Cooking Jewish: Rosh Hashanah (Los Altos)
Photo Exhibit: Scattered Among the Nations (Oakland)

The Hazon Food Conference at UC Davis
Farmers, rabbis, nutritionists, chefs, vegans, omnivores: Join the thinkers and doers of the New Jewish Food Movement for four days of learning and celebration!
The Hazon Food Conference is at the forefront of a national movement that explores the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish traditions and contemporary life. It will provide an opportunity to participate in four days of discussions, expert-led sessions, do-it-yourself food workshops, joyful Shabbat celebrations, and delicious, consciously prepared kosher food. The conference will take place at UC Davis, an agricultural sciences epicenter and premiere research institution which includes a student farm, dairy and brewery.

Dates: August 18th-21st
Visit www.hazon.org/foodconference to register and to learn more.

Community Shabbat Dinner
A Welcoming Evening For All
So, you’re not on the beach in Jamaica ? Join the members of Beth Emek for the next best thing, a tropical barbeque dinner from Cabana Dave’s, sponsored by Beth Emek. Please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine to go with dinner.
Here’s the schedule for the evening, you are welcome to come for any part of it or all of it:

5:30pm: Tot Service -Sanctuary
6:30pm: Shabbat Dinner – Social Hall
7:30pm: Family Service – Sanctuary

Date: Friday, Aug 19
Place: Congregation Beth Emek Social Hall, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
RSVP for dinner by Wednesday, Aug 17 at 3:00pm by signing up and paying here:
Want to sit with some nice person? Email me and I’ll put you in touch with a member of the congregation.

Bagels and Babies
Bring your bundle of joy (under 18 months) and spend time with other new parents for a wonderful morning.
Join Mimi Greisman for stories, music, celebrating Shabbat and more! Sign up for The PJ Library® and you’ll receive a FREE, high quality children’s book or CD each month mailed to your home. http://www.pjlibrary.org

Date: Aug. 19
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Place: Emanu-el, 2 Lake St., San Francisco in the Chapel
RSVP to Leslie Ticktin with your child’s name and age: Lticktin@emanuelsf.org or (415) 751-2541 x167 Invite a friend!
Sponsored by The PJ Library®

Making Room for Shabbat
Family Services & Dinner to Welcome to New Friends and Families!
If you’re interested in checking out Kol Emeth, this is a great way to get a taste of our community. After a break for Summer, we are excited to bring Making Room for Shabbat back to Kol Emeth!
Join us for:
5:30 snacks
5:45 song session
6:00 family-friendly service
7:00 vegetarian Shabbat dinner
After, kids can enjoy games with our madrichim (teen helpers), while adults shmooze with the rabbis.

Date: Friday, Aug. 19
Time: begins at 5:30pm
Place: Kol Emeth, 4175 Manuela Avenue, Palo Alto
Cost: Adults and Kids $10
RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 17th to reserve your family’s spot!
Email: Ariana@kolemeth.org
Questions? 650-948-7498 www.kolemeth.org/education

Grief and Growing Family Camp
A Healing Weekend for Individuals and Families in Mourning
For anyone experiencing grief from recent or past losses. “Grief and Growing” is professionally guided by griefcare specialists, providing a supportive Jewish environment where people of all ages and backgrounds can meet and work with those who have experienced similar losses.

Dates: August 26 to 28
Place: Camp Newman in Santa Rosa
Info: http://www.jewishhealingcenter.org/griefandgrowing.htm
“Grief and Growing” is a partnership between the Bureau of Jewish Education, Bay Area Healing Center and Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Lowdown on the High Holy Days
This second annual Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur workshop will be a day of learning, fun, and inspiration for all ages, featuring a team of experts led by Rabbi Andrea Berlin and Rabbi David Katz.
Free admission, lunch available.

Date: Sunday, Aug 28
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Place: Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton
Info: 925.931.1055
Register at www.bethemek.org/lowdown

50% Jewish, 100% Welcome
Are you 50% Jewish? Or are you 100% Jewish recognized 50% of the time?
Or 25% Jewish and 100% proud?
Come meet other fascinating fractions in a welcoming environment to do the math.
Join us for a casual dinner and conversation at a restaurant in Mountain View. Register here and we’ll reply with the restaurant location.
The first ten people to register get dinner free!

Date: Thursday, Sept. 8
Time: 6:30pm
Place: A restaurant in Mountain View. Directions will be emailed to registrants.
Contact Dawn at 510-845-6420 x11 or dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org with questions.
Cosponsored by Congregation Shir Hadash
Please note, this program is only for people from interfaith families themselves.

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? Or maybe you are Jewish, but haven’t found a way to make Rosh Hashanah feel fun. Join us for cooking and sharing recipes, ideas, and activities to make a fabulous holiday for you and your loved ones!

Date: Sunday, September 11
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Place: Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills
Cost: $25 for the public; $20 for members of Beth Am
To register: http://bit.ly/nji64x

Photo Exhibit: Scattered Among the Nations
Writer/photographer Bryan Schwartz has visited dozens of isolated Jewish communities around the world. In his photo exhibit, Scattered Among the Nations, he documents populations that remain on the geographic and cultural fringes of the Jewish Diaspora. From the Benei Menashe tribes in the hills of northeastern India to the Abayudaya of Mbale, Uganda, from the Inca Jews of the Peruvian Andes to the Jewish community of Rusape, each of whom continue to maintain their Jewish practice, rituals and culture. Bryan will speak about his remarkable journey and the Jews he met.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 18
Time: 5pm
Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland
Free. Reception precedes Mr. Schwartz’ talk.
This is the FIRST event of a year long look at Jews of Color. See the full series here: