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The Jews of Asia, Taste of Judaism, T'Bshvat and many other February Events [Jan. 30th, 2007|04:15 pm]
Building Jewish Bridges:Bay Area Interfaith
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Dear Interfaith Families and Friends,

Chinese Jews? Korean Jews? Japanese Jews?

Yes! The Contra Costa JCC is hosting a photo exhibit on the Jews of Kaifeng from Feb.11 to March 15. I was asked if I wanted to jump on the wagon and, like the Bureau of Jewish Education did in SF, run a workshop on Asian Jews. So on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30pm I’ll have a panel of Asian Americna Jews talking about their experiences. Some were born Jewish, some converted, some were adopted by Askenazi Jews and raised Jewish. It isn’t always easy. Jewish community doesn’t expect Jews to be Asian. But once your rabbi is Chinese, it’s time to get over it! Please come offer your support, ask your questions, and delight in the diversity of our wonderful community!

Call me for more information, Dawn at 925-943-1484 or 510-839-2900 x347.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30pm at the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek.

Be there!

Whether you consider yourself culturally Jewish, full out Jewish or are in an interfaith relationship, here is your chance to explore Jewish spirituality, ethics & community.

This class is facilitated by a Rabbi and is open to the community … Jewish or not!

Sunday mornings, Feb. 4, 11 and 18 in Oakland

Free of Charge
To register call Dawn at 510.839.2900 x347
Sponsored by Building Jewish Bridges and the hosting synagogues.

Holiday Ahead: Tu B’Shvat

Just around the corner on Feb. 4 this year is another one of those quirky holidays. Tu B’Shvat started out as a the date that was established to determine the age of the trees. That makes it the New Year of the Trees. In ancient Israel if you were to take fruit offerings to the Temple after the trees were so many years old (trees don’t bear much fruit when they are young), then you had to know how old they were. It makes sense to “start” their life at the time of bare root planting. But the mystical rabbis asked many questions and created many stories to understand the nature of God and our relationship to the divine. So the holiday took on mystical meanings and interpretations. Go to one of the Tu B’shvat seders listed below and learn more.


Friday Night Live (Walnut Creek)

Tu B'Shevat Seder (San Leandro)

Community Shabbat Kiddush Lunch (Los Altos)

The Tree of Life: Tu B'Shevat Seder (Berkeley)

Tu B’Shvat Seder and program on global warming (Livermore)

Grandparenting Interfaith/Intercultural Grandchildren (San Francisco)

Community Shabbat Dinner (San Mateo)

Family Day at the Museum (San Francisco)

Pizza Bingo (San Rafael)

Music at Meyer Presents "Face" (San Francisco)

What Makes a Home “Jewish”? (Walnut Creek)

Interfaith Themes in the Bible: The Garden of Ruth (San Francisco)

Secrets of the Holy Land: Israel’s Geography, Past and Present (Berkeley)

Jewish Wedding Fair (Palo Alto)

Friday Night Live:

Upbeat Musical Shabbat Service

Featuring contemporary selections and inspirational congregational melodies with musical accompaniment. All Welcome! Dairy Oneg (following service).

Date: Friday, February 2

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek

For more information call the synagogue at 925-933-7633.

Tu B'Shevat Seder

Family-friendly Tu B'Shevat Seder and dinner.

Date: Friday, February 2

Time: 6:30pm,

Place: Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Avenue, San Leandro

$10/adult, $5/children over 5 (under 5 eat free).

RSVP: To the office, 510-357-8505.

Community Shabbat Kiddush Lunch

Come celebrate Shabbat together at a Community Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 followed by a Community Kiddush Lunch in the Social Hall. Come experience the restfulness of a Shabbat morning service, and the warmth and friendship of breaking bread together at lunch.

Date: Sat. Feb. 3

Time: 10:30am

Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills


For more information call: 650-493-4661 or contact Louise Stirpe-Gill, stirpegill@earthlink.net .

The Tree of Life: Tu B'Shevat Seder

with Estelle Frankel and Hana MattJoin us for a taste of paradise as we journey through the Four Worlds and contemplate these mysteries through song, meditation, sharing exotic and delicious fruit, storytelling & study.Your contributions in the form of fruit, nuts, wine, and teachings are most welcome. If your last name begins with the following letters, please bring: A-F: Fruit without shells or pits that can be eaten in their entirety such as figs and grapes; G-K: Fruit with an inedible pit, such as dates, olives, plums; L-P: Fruit or nuts with a tough outer shell, such as pomegranates, oranges, walnuts etc¼; Q-Z: Bring white or red grape juice and/or baked goods.

Date: Sunday, February 4

Time: 6:30-9:30 pmRequested Donation: $15-$30 Place: Chochmat HaLev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley

For more information call 510-704-9687

Tu B’Shvat Seder and program on global warming

We will taste the special Israeli fruits in our own secular ceremony and hear from scientist Renée Tobias about global warming, its impact on our lives today and the simple steps we can all take right now in our daily lives to help stop it.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 4

Time: 10:30 am

Place: Bothwell Center, 2466 Eighth Street at G in Livermore.

$5/person for non-member adults.

For more information or to RSVP please email CulturalJews@aol.com or call (925) 485-1049.

Grandparenting Interfaith/Intercultural Grandchildren

with Rosanne Levitt, LMFT

When grandchildren are raised in an interfaith family, grandparents may have strong feelings about the religious choices of their children, and concerns about maintaining ongoing, healthy relationships with all members of the family. Join us for an open discussion on these issues in a safe environment led by Interfaith Connection founder, Rosanne Levitt.

Date: Tuesday, February 6

Time: 7 pm

Place: JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco.

This event is free.

For more information call the JCC at 415-292-1200.

Community Shabbat Dinner

Every month on the second Friday night Peninsula Temple Beth El welcomes EVERYONE to a delicious dinner with friends and families. Some months there is a participating class from the Hebrew school so you get to see their terrific kids.

Date: Friday, Feb. 9 (Fifth graders will be participating this month)

Time: Dinner at 5:30pm

Place: Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo at Hwy 92

For more information call the synagogue at 650-341-7701

Family Day at the Museum

Celebrate Jewish diversity with Be'chol Lashon and The Contemporary Jewish Museum at Family Day, FREE and open to the public! Look, learn & create as you consider your own identity on Family Day at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Explore photos in The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography, participate in gallery activities & discover identity through storytelling, maskmaking, and more!

Date: Sunday, February 11

Time: 12-3pm

Place: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 151 Steuart St. (Between Mission and Howard), San Francisco

For more information call the Museum at 415-344-8836

Co-sponsored by Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue).

Pizza Bingo

Pizza Bingo is sponsored by the Women of Rodef Sholom.

Admission includes pizza, salad, drinks and a bingo card. Additional cards can be purchased for $1 per card. Join us for fun, food and friends.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 11

Time: 5pm

Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 No. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under.

Please RSVP by January 28 by Rhonda Daniels at 479-7433 or wrs@rodefsholom.org.

Music at Meyer Presents "Face"

Music at Meyer showcases the most talented, visionary musicians across genres in the intimate, acoustically superb setting of Congregation Emanu-El's 375-seat Martin Meyer Auditorium.Welcome to the exhilarating musical world that is Face - an all-vocal rock band that brings edge and attitude to create music that sounds more instrumental than it does choral. No special effects, no other instruments, just seven guys. Enjoy a unique musical experience that will leave you frequently in awe and always entertained. Members: Mark Megibow, tenor Cody Qualls, tenor Stephen Ross, tenor Jayson Throckmorton, tenor Ryan Driver, tenor Ben Lunstad, baritone Forest Kelly, bass.

Date: Monday, Feb. 12

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: Martin Meyer Sanctuary, Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco

For ticket information, go to http://www.musicatmeyer.com or call (415) 355-9988, ext. 11.

What Makes a Home “Jewish”?

Coffee Talk... About Raising Jewish Children

Are you a non-Jewish mom looking for support and guidance in raising Jewish children? Are you a Jewish mother wondering how to bring more Judaism into your home life?

Join us on the second Wednesday of every month for a cup of coffee, a muffin, and a chat about raising Jewish children: we'll talk about everything from the basics of the holidays to teaching Jewish values. In between we'll share recipes, craft projects, books and local resources that can enhance your family's Jewish home life. Come with questions, concerns and ideas you'd like to share!

Topic for February: What Makes a Home Jewish?

Date: Wednesdays, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 9

Time: 9:30 am -11:00 am Place: Contra Costa JCC Gallery, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

For more information, contact Dawn Kepler at 925-943-1484 or by email at dawn@jfed.org. Facilitated by Dawn Kepler and Alice Hale of Building Jewish Bridges: Outreach to Interfaith Couples.Sponsored by Building Jewish Bridges and the Contra Costa JCC.

Interfaith Themes in the Bible: The Garden of Ruth

Dinner and lecture with Eva Etzioni HaLevy, author of The Song of Hannah and The Garden of Ruth. The Bible encompasses a surprising degree of interfaith tolerance. Moses intermarried, as did many other major Israelite leaders and personalities. The Garden of Ruth follows in the footsteps of the Biblical Ruth the Moabite, who accompanied her mother-in-law to Bethlehem, married Boaz and became the great grandmother of Israel’s King David. The Garden of Ruth is a tale of betrayal and passionate love with biblical messages of interfaith tolerance that remain relevant today. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Date; Wednesday, February 21

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: JCCSF, 3200 California St., San Francisco

Cost: $18/person (includes dinner and drinks).

For more information call Helena McMahon, Interfaith Connection

hmcmahon@jccsf.org | 415-292-1252


Secrets of the Holy Land: Israel’s Geography, Past and Present

with Uri Harash

In this mystical land, ancient and modern Israel are woven together forming one tapestry. This course takes students on a virtual journey exploring the history, geography, nature, archeology, and people of the land of Israel. Using biblical quotes as well as first hand stories, we’ll learn about Israel’s various geographical regions and about the unique nature of each of them. We’ll study how each region and its special geographical features has influenced how we understand Israel today.

Date: Thursdays, February 22 - March 22

Time: 7:30pm

Place: JCC of the East Bay, Berkeley site, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley

Fee: $50, $20 full time students; $30 Learning for Life (age 65+) Co-sponsored with Lehrhaus Judaica

For more information call 510-845-6420 or www.lehrhaus.org

Jewish Wedding Fair

The Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center's (ALSJCC) Jewish Wedding Fair promises to be an entertaining and informative event that will focus on culture, traditions, (both old and new), vendors and celebration. Open to the public, this free event is geared towards interfaith, LGBT and traditional Jewish couples. Community organizations and synagogues/temples can meet directly with brides and grooms, to highlight their venues for events and membership opportunities. Artists will exhibit custom designed ketubahs, huppahs and other ritual objects for order or purchase by the bride or groom. Businesses will promote reception venues, vacation sites, wedding dresses, linens, flowers, everything for the engaged couple!

Free lectures and workshops will be presented by professionals throughout the day, including such topics as: "Selecting A Rabbi", "Picking a Ketubah", and "Navigating Plans with Blended Families" A "Showcase of Jewish Wedding Bands" will present The Red Hot Chachkas, Kugelplex and Stu Cornick & Savoir Faire, plus pianists and strolling musicians.

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2007

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Place: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto

for more information call the JCC at 650-493-9400.