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Passover [Mar. 30th, 2007|10:19 am]
Building Jewish Bridges:Bay Area Interfaith
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March 29, 2007



Dear Interfaith Families and Friends,





“Take My Advice”

Last week John and Elizabeth Edwards announced that Elizabeth has incurable cancer and that he would remain a candidate for president. Immediately the papers, radio and TV were full of advice and opinions on whether they should pursue this path. Wow, so many experts on life in the Edwards family! Who knew?



When you are in an interfaith relationship many people are quick to step up and give you advice. And you didn’t even have to ask for it! In the case of parents, I think it’s to be expected. They love you and have a huge investment in your happiness. But beyond that, I am less charitable. You may need to tune out the rush of advice and opinions. Yet you may also WANT some advice but shy away from messages that feel judgmental. Chances are that you aren’t sure what to do. If you have an idea, you may not be sure how to put it into motion. You may be afraid that asking for advice will only result in painful and judgmental conversations.



This is where, I believe, an interfaith couples discussion group can be helpful. You will be with other couples making similar decisions about a similar situation. Will you all be exactly the same? No. Will you all come to the same conclusion? No. But you will gain insight from your different points of view. You may not finish the group with a “plan for life” but you will come away with some new ideas and skills. I will remind you that life is a constantly unfolding story. Even if you find your plan, I don’t want you to write it in cement. Be willing to address your decisions again, as needed. In many cases you come away with a really lovely circle of new friends.



Interested in a group? Call me, Dawn, at 510-839-2900 x237 or 925-943-8414 in the East Bay and Helena McMahon at 415-292-1292 if you’re in San Francisco or the Peninsula.






The Seder Plate

Every year my husband fusses over one element of the seder plate, “why a bitter herb and a bitter vegetable?” He asks rabbis and searches through the Haggadot stacked on the sideboard. I just found a reasonable answer online. Take a look at this website for an explanation of all the parts of the seder plate. You’ll also learn that my husband is not alone in his confusion and lack of satisfaction with the answers. Some communities don’t accept the basic premise for two bitters and don’t use them both! Take a look:

http://urj.org/holidays/pesach/plate/





Passover Recipes

Alice and I decided to make up a few recipe cards of Passover dishes. I put my favorite Charoses recipe on one and she has her favorite Chocolate Carmel Matzah dessert. If you’d like us to mail you the set of four recipes just send me your snail mail address. If you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share, sent that. Add a sentence about the recipe or your Passover experience or something about being on this email list! We’ll make you famous and put your quote on your card. Email me at dawn@jfed.org with your address.




More Treats

Take a look at this SF Chronicle article about Passover treats – especially macaroons made by Bob Jaffe at Grand Bakery in Oakland:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/28/FDGDNOPVHQ1.DTL&hw=sweet+for+passover&sn=001&sc=1000







EVENTS

Out and About Potluck for LGBT Friends & Families (Oakland)

Potluck Dinner & Shabbat Service (Richmond)

Sea Chanty Sing (San Francisco)

Annual Not-A-Seder (Berkeley)

Mimouna Celebration (Palo Alto)

Jewish Superheros (Berkeley)

Family Shabbat Services (Walnut Creek)

Community-wide Commemoration of the Yom HaShoa Ve HaGevurah (Lafayette)

Puppet Play (San Rafael)

Yom HaShoa (Oakland)

Parenting Young Children Through Separation or Divorce (San Rafael)

Raising Jewish Kids? What will we do this Summer? (Walnut Creek)

The Jewish Identity Project (San Francisco)

Noah’s Ark: Preschoolers Program (Walnut Creek)

Magical World of Play and Learning (San Rafael)

A Jewish View of Love (Walnut Creek)

A Jewish View of Paradise (Walnut Creek)

Tenth Annual Spring Retreat (Connecticut)











Out and About Potluck for LGBT Friends & Families

Join LGBT singles & couples, as well as friends and allies for a Shabbat Potluck Dinner.



Date: Friday, March 30

Time: 6 pm

Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. Enter on Webster Street along the side of the synagogue. The door will be open. There is a parking lot right next to the building.

Please contact Susan Krauss at sekrauss@comcast.net or Mark Fickes at markfickes@sbcglobal.net to RSVP







Potluck Dinner & Shabbat Service

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, a potluck dinner during Passover. What a good idea! Just when you’re getting tired of your own Passover meals you get to spice it up with a potluck. Give them a call and see what their Passover rules are.



Date: Friday, April 6

Time: Potluck at 6:30pm; services at 7:30pm

Place: Temple Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central, Richmond, just of 80 at the Hilltop exit.

For more information call 510-223-2560





Sea Chanty Sing

with the National Park Service

The Yeashore Community invites all ye ashore when we gather at Jefferson and Hyde by the Hyde Street Pier at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.
For details and directions please visit our website: yeashore.org.
FUTURE BONFIRES are scheduled to begin again on May 19 at the Berkeley Marina!
Other dates and locations are not set yet so please check our website or E-mail us to be sure !!

Date: Sat., April 7

Time: After Havdalah, 7:30pm

To join the E-list, questions, requests, more info, or comments
E-mail to: Yeashore -at- aol.com.




Annual Not-A-Seder

Join a joyous audience of Progressive Jewish Alliance young singles and couples for a contemporary spin on an ancient story. We’ll hear real-life accounts of modern-day liberation from local activists, and celebrate with Bay Area artists, including Joel Ben Izzy, Heather Gold, Gerry Tenney and Ya Elah. All ages welcome (but they tend to be a young crowd, 20-somethings). Light Passover friendly refreshments on the house.



Date: Sunday, April 8

Time: 7pm

Place: La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Cost: $10 PJA members; $15 public (Become a PJA member at the door and receive a special gift)

For more information, contact us at bayarea@pjalliance.org or 510.527.8640 Advance Ticket purchases recommended - last year we sold out! For tickets, send a check made out to PJA with your name and address to: PJA, 409 Liberty St., El Cerrito, CA 94530, by April 1st.







Mimouna Celebration
The word Mimouna in Hebrew is linked to “emuna”, faith. In Arabic, it means good fortune. This joyuous holiday celebration, is rich in Jewish Moroccan symbolism and customs. Dessert, live music and dancing, featuring the Yuval Ron Ensemble.



Date: April 11

Time: 7-9pm

Place: Kehilla Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Young Adults, $5 Children.

For tickets call JIMENA at 415-977-7407

Sponsored by Be’chol Lashon, JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) and other Bay Area partners.

www.jimena.org







Jewish Superheros

Hear local comic book expert Rabbi Harry Manhoff talk about the secret "Jewish-ness" of your favorite comic book characters.



Date: Thurday, April 12

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Place: JCC of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Contact: Dawn Kepler, 510-839-2900 x347

Sponsored by Building Jewish Bridges and the JCC of the East Bay.







Family Shabbat Services

Come for an early service that welcomes the entire family.



Date: Friday, April 13

Time: 6:30pm

Place: B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek

For more information call Judy at the synagogue at 925-933-5397; she knows everything.







Community-wide Commemoration of the Yom HaShoa Ve HaGevurah

Holocaust and Resistance

Dora Sorell will speak on The Power of Memory. Dora Sorell survived Camps A, B and C at Aushchwitz. She is a frequent speaker and author of Tell the Children: Letters to Miriam.



Date: Sunday, April 15

Time: 5pm

Place: Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Free

For more information contact Riva at 510-839-2900 x253 or email riva@jfed.org







Puppet Play
Bring your 2- to 6-year olds to a FREE puppet show.



Date: Tuesday, April 17

Time: 3:30 to 4:30pm

Place: Parents Place, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael

FREE

To RSVP call 415/491-7959





Yom HaShoa

An Evening of Remembrance: Holocaust and Resistance

Join the Jewish community to remember and honor those who perished in the Holocaust.

Dr. Michael Berenbaum will speak on “The Moral Achievements of Survivors.” Dr. Berenbaum is an author and editor, and co-producer of the award-winning documentary One Survivor Remembers - The Gerda Weissman Klein Story.



Date: Tu. April, 17

Time: 8pm

Place: Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland

Free

For more information contact Riva at 510-839-2900 x253 or email riva@jfed.org






Parenting Young Children Through Separation or Divorce
For parents of children up to 6 years. Learn information and effective skills on how to manage this challenging process with your child's best interests in mind. with Diana Blank, LCSW.



Date: Tuesdays, April 17 & 24 and May 1 -- OR (for the other parent) Thursdays, April 19 & 26 and May 2.

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Place: Parents Place, 2001 Winward Way, San Mateo

Cost: $30/session for 3-session workshop. Call 650/931-1840 to register.







Raising Jewish Kids? What will we do this Summer?

A Coffee Talk Topic

For Jewish and non-Jewish parents raising Jewish children -- come to our session this month to discuss the spring and summer holidays. What can you do all summer long?



Date: Wednesday, April 18

Time: 9:30-11:00 am

Place: Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Rd., Walnut Creek

For more information call Alice Hale at Building Jewish Bridges, 925-943-1484 or email alice@jfed.org







The Jewish Identity Project

An Evening at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Discuss Jewish diversity, interfaith issues, and the multiple cultural, religious, and sexual/gender identities of American Jews during a reception and private tour of The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography.



Starting with a wine & cheese reception at 7:00

No Host Dinner and continued discussion at a nearby restaurant



Date: Thursday, April 19

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm

Place: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 121 Steuart Street (between Mission and Howard streets)
San Francisco

Cost: $7 per person for museum entry

The dinner will take place at Osha Thai in the Embarcadero Center following the tour.

Sponsors: Interfaith Connections, Building Jewish Bridges, Project Welcome, and Bay Area Jewish Mosaic: the National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity



Exhibition Information

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography, featuring newly commissioned photography, video, and multimedia projects by thirteen emerging and mid-career artists. Each project examines the hybrid and complex racial, national, and cultural identity of contemporary Americans through the lens of Jewish culture. The exhibition looks at real and constructed boundaries between people, challenging viewers to rethink previous assumptions and consider the shifting definitions of identity, community, and home.







Noah’s Ark: Preschoolers Program

Join other families with small children for a fun filled morning learning about Noah’s Ark. Start with a morning service with Rabbi Asher (tall and very sweet) and continue with activities and fun.

Date: Sat., April 21

Time: 10am to noon

Place: B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek

Cost: $20/family

For more information call Judy at the synagogue at 925-933-5397; she knows everything.

www.tikvah.org






Magical World of Play and Learning

for all ages

Explore the world of play; learn tips for enhancing your child's experience, simplifying play materials and having more fun! With Bonnie Romanow.



Date: Tuesday, April 24

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Place: Parents Place, 600 Fifth Ave., San Rafael

No charge.

To RSVP call 415/491-7959





A Jewish View of Love

Is there a beshert (a destined beloved) out there in the world for each of us? Does love conquer all? Is romantic love a goal of Jewish life?

Join Rabbi Dardik to view The Princess Bride and discuss Eternal Love, and other shorter-lived loves.



Date: Thursday, April 26

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

For more information contact Dawn at 925-943-1484 or email dawn@jfed.org

Sponsored by Building Jewish Bridges, the CC JCC and Beth Jacob of Oakland.







A Jewish View of Paradise

What do Jews believe about the Garden of Eden? Was it truly “paradise?” What role does passion - love, hate, desire, anger - have in being human? Do these feelings belong in a utopia?

Join Rabbi Dardik to view the movie, Pleasantville, and discuss a Jewish view of the Garden of Eden. This evening is part of the Movies & Messages series.



Date: Thursday, May 31

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

For more information contact Dawn at 925-943-1484 or email dawn@jfed.org

Sponsored by Building Jewish Bridges, the CC JCC and Beth Jacob of Oakland.







Tenth Annual Spring Retreat

with the Jewish Multiracial Network

A weekend for families, couples, singles and diverse Jews of all colors. The Jewish Multiracial Network is hosting their tenth annual retreat in Connecticut. It includes an inclusive Shabbat observance and celebration, exciting adult discussions and workshops, childcare for babies, teen and youth programming, multi-generational programs and social hour for singles in their 20s and 30s.



Date: June1 - 3, 2007

Place: Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Cost: Adults $180-$225; children age 2 to 17 $115-170; under 2 is free

RSVP by April 30

For more information visit the website: www.jewishmultiracialnetwork.org

or call (212) 242-5586 or (860) 824-5991 or email cynthia@isabellafreedman.org





Dawn
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Dawn C. Kepler, Director
Building Jewish Bridges:
Outreach to Interfaith Couples
300 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 839-2900 x347 or (925) 943-1484
www.jfed.org/interfaith.htm

The Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay nurtures the renaissance and renewal of local Jewish life, and provides life-sustaining support for Jews in need -- in the East Bay, in Israel, and around the world.



b'shalom/in peace,

Dawn Kepler
Building Jewish Bridges: Outreach to Interfaith Couples
www.jfed.org/interfaith.htm
dawn@jfed.org
(510) 839-2900 x347 or (925) 943-1484

Alice Hale
Building Jewish Bridges: Outreach to Interfaith Couples
www.jfed.org/interfaith.htm
alice@jfed.org
(510) 839-2900 x249 or (925) 943-1484

Helena McMahon
Interfaith Connection
www.jccsf.org/interfaith
hmcmahon@jccsf.org
(415) 292-1252
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