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Post Holiday Events! [Jan. 2nd, 2007|12:36 pm]
Building Jewish Bridges:Bay Area Interfaith
Dear Interfaith Families and Friends,

Just a quick note. I hope all of you enjoyed your holidays - Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Solstice and any other holiday that brightens the winter. I am sending you just a smattering of events below.

I’m working on the next couples discussion group so if you want to be a part of it, email me right now and I’ll call you. I have a number of couples who are interested in starting in January. We’ll meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm.


Family Shabbat Pizza Night (Castro Valley)

First Friday Shabbat & Shabbat Dinner (San Francisco)

Kabbalat Shabbat Unplugged (Oakland)

Late Shabbat (San Francisco)

Got Shabbat? (San Francisco)

Jewish Film Series - Divan (Los Altos)

Exploring Jewish Identity (San Francisco)

Baby is a Blessing: Parenting Jewish Children (San Rafael)

Family Shabbat Pizza Night

We will hold a family sabbath pizza dinner in Castro Valley led by Rabbi Judith Seid. The event will begin with a short Secular Humanistic ceremony of singing, candle-lighting and sharing challah and wine or grape juice. Rabbi Judy says: Potlucks are great, but for families with young kids, especially those families where parents work days, pizza is much more 'shabbes-dik' (sabbath-like), since it starts the weekend in a much more relaxed way.

Date: Friday, Jan. 5

Time: 6pm

Call for location

Cost: $6 per adult; there is no charge for children. Reservations are required and can be made by e-mail to CulturalJews@aol.com or by phone to (510) 888-1404.

Intermarried and non-traditional families are particularly welcome.

Sponsored by Tri-Valley Cultural Jews

First Friday Shabbat
The First Friday service is for preschool families, older young adults, young adult couples on their way to parenthood or young adults just yearning for a less single-ish atmosphere than the Late Shabbat. The First Friday service will be at 6:00 pm during the program year, followed by the optional Simchat Shabbat dinner. Held on the first Friday of each month in Guild Hall, with Rabbi Sydney Mintz and Marsha Attie and her ensemble.

Simchat Shabbat Dinner (the Joy of Shabbat Dinner) is held the first Friday of the month. It is a festive community meal modeling a home Shabbat service, with an affordable dinner, storytelling and singing. All ages are welcome! The evening begins at 6:45 pm and ends by 8:00 pm.

Date: Friday, Jan. 5

Time: First Friday service at 6pm, Simchat Shabbat dinner at 6:45pm

Place: Emanuel, 2 Lake St., San Francisco

Cost: The charge is $18 per person or $36 per family, and reservations are required by Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Cecile Puretz, cpuretz@emanuelsf.org or (415) 751-2541 x162. If space is available, reservations may be taken after that date.

Kabbalat Shabbat Unplugged

Enjoy an evening of acoustical and vocal davening with Rabbi Bloom and an assortment of talented congregants.

Date: Friday, Jan. 5

Time: 6:15pm

Place: Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland

For more information call the synagogue at 510-832-0936

Late Shabbat

For the Young Adult Community

A unique Shabbat experience for young Jewish adults in their 20's and 30's, followed by a social hour. On the second Friday of every month at 7:30pm.

Date: Friday, Jan.12

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Emanuel, 2 Lake St., San Francisco


For more information call the synagogue at 415-751-2535

Got Shabbat?

A Program for Families with Young Children
From our family programs coordinator, Leslie Ticktin
We are very excited to announce a new Shabbat morning program beginning in January:
GOT SHABBAT? Join us for a Shabbat morning experience at Temple Emanu-El.
Families with children of all ages are welcome! We will meet on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month. Starting at 10:45 am, your family will enjoy a short service, arts-n-crafts, music with Jonathan Bayer...and of course, a nosh!
Mark your calendars:
January 13
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12

Beginning: Saturday, Jan. 13

Time: 10:45am

Place: Emanuel, 2 Lake St., San Francisco


For more information call the synagogue at 415-751-2535

Jewish Film Series - Divan

Not everyone has a couch with a story like this. As a teenager, filmmaker Pearl Gluck left her Orthodox Jewish clan in Brooklyn for secular life in Manhattan. A colorful cast of characters including a couch exporter, her ex-Communist cousin in Budapest, a pair of Hungarian-American matchmakers and a renegade group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews. Nimbly clever and intensely illuminating, Divan is a visual parable that offers the possibility of personal reinvention and cultural re-upholstery.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 13

Time: 4pm

Place: Beth Am, in the Beit Kehillah, 26790 Arastradero Rd. Los Altos Hills

For more information call 650-493-3661

Exploring Jewish Identity

A Jewish Journey Group with Karen Erlichman, LCSW

What is your identity as a Jew? Is your Judaism cultural, religious, historical, ethnic, or, a combination? What makes a Jew: believing, belonging or behaving? This group is an opportunity to reflect and explore on what makes you Jewish, how the different parts of your Jewish self relate and how in turn your own identity relates to historical Jewish teaching and the contemporary Jewish community. Something here about developing deepening your Jewish practice regardless of what it consists of?

Date: Mondays, Jan. 22 – March 5 (6 classes)

Time: 7:00-9:00 pm

Place: JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California Street, San Francisco

Fee: $60/members $65/non-members

A preliminary interview with the facilitator is required.

For more information or to register, please call 415.292.1278

Baby is a Blessing: Parenting Jewish Children

Join us for a three-session workshop on Jewish rituals and traditions that welcome and guide your relationship with your child! Jewish and interfaith parents, single, LGBT, intercultural and interracial, and adoptive parents are all invited. Create a customized blessing for your child

Teach your child an ethical system. Learn how to talk about holiness/spirituality to children of all ages.

Janet Harris, director of Early Education and Family Learning at the Jewish Community Center of San Rafael and Karen Kushner, Director of Project Welcome.

Date: February 3, 20 and 27

Time: 11:45am - 1:15pm

Place: Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael

For more information call either Janet Harris at the JCC, 415-444-8000 ir Karen Kushner at Project Welcome at 415-392-7080 x18.

Building Jewish Bridges:
Outreach to Interfaith Couples
(510) 839-2900
Dawn Kepler, Director, ext. 347
Alice Hale, Associate, ext. 249
In Contra Costa: 925-943-1484
300 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA 94610