Welcome to our What's New page! Here we list events around the San Francisco Bay Area that are of interest to those who want to learn more about Judaism.
Introduction to Judaism Classes
Basic Judaism classes typically run from September/October through the winter to May/June. During the summer most synagogues and Jewish institutions are on a lighter schedule.
Fall 2017 classes will be listed here as soon as they are announced.
Torah with Soul
Whether you are a Torah veteran, or completely new to Torah, all are welcome. Shabbat by Shabbat, we will study the weekly parsha, based on the third year of the triennial cycle. Additionally, time permitting, we'll continue our study of the Book of Psalms. On the third Saturday of each month, weather permitting, Torah with Soul becomes Torah on the Trails, where we take a short hike on a local trail before studying Torah surrounded by nature. To be added to the Torah with Soul and/or Torah on the Trails email lists, please contact Molly at email@example.com.
Dates: Most Saturdays
Time: 9:15 am
Place: Rodef Sholom, 170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Welcome Shabbat Outdoors
Summer worship outdoors is a tradition at Beth Am, giving congregants an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of our campus. If you wish, feel free to bring friends and enjoy a picnic dinner before or after the service.
Dates: June 9, 16, 23, 30
Place: Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Rd., Los Altos Hills
This is Bay Area Jewry: Photo Essays on the Changing Nature of Our Community
Lehrhaus Judaica and Building Jewish Bridges present a photo essay exhibition showcasing the range of diversity in our community. The exhibition features 16 intimate portraits of individuals and families (including longtime Rodef Sholom congregants, the Giacomini family) from a variety of backgrounds and levels of religious observance. The project is a combination of photographs and written profiles, shedding light on the unparalleled Bay Area Jewish community.
The exhibition will be on display June 1 - August 31. Click here for more information.
Opening event: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Place: Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael
Intro. to Prayer: Shabbat Services
"Help! I don't know much about Jewish prayer services!"
Have you ever come to services at Temple Isaiah and felt totally lost?
Have you ever wanted to know how and why we recite particular prayers or what the prayers mean?
This is a three-week introduction to Jewish prayer, helping you feel more comfortable with services at Temple Isaiah. During each of these sessions we will pray together the Shabbat morning service, and along the way, we will explore the meaning, structure, and customs of the prayers.
Dates: Saturdays, June 17, 24 and July 1
Place: Temple Isaiah in the Beit Knesset, 945 Risa Rd., Lafayette
All are welcome! Feel free to attend one, two, or all three weeks!
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Nikki Graninger is teaching the class and is a lovely gal, easy to talk to. Do contact her if you have questions. NOTE: You can attend 1, 2 or all three sessions.
Bagels & Babies
Kids under the age of 18 months should bring their parents for this fun chance to nosh, schmooze, exchange parenting tips & have some special baby play time.
Date: Friday, July 7
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Place: Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Drive, Tiburon
Outdoor Potluck Shabbat Dinner
Join us for a potluck dairy Shabbat dinner, followed by a beautiful, outdoor musical service.
Date: July 14
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Place: Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City
RSVP to Rebecca@bethjacobrwc.org
Grief and Growing Weekend
Now in its 21st year, the retreat 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. For more information and to register, visit www.jewishhealingcenter. org
Dates: September 15 - 17
Place: Camp Newman, Santa Rosa