Jews' Next Dor

Congregation Beth David's Young Adult Group for Jewish 20 & 30 Somethings

Jews’ Next Dor Newsletter — October 5th, 2010

Posted by moshez on October 5, 2010

Jews’ Next Dor Newsletter

October 5th, 2010

Post-Holiday Edition

Message From the President

Shalom, Chaverim! Congratulations to all of you on making it through the long set of Chagim over the past month. You made it though Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. Wow! A lot of holidays in a short amount of time. I want to thank everyone who attended our annual volunteer event Hanging in the Hut! We had over 50 attendees and celebrated another year of our success. Now, looking forward we have many events in store — the community “To Life” Festival, our second Wednesday Meet and Greet Dinner at Amarin Thai, and our “Get To Know Your Own Backyard Trip to the Gold Country”. I invite all to attend these amazing events.

We have many more things in store in the upcoming weeks and months and I would love for everyone to be apart of it. Stay tuned for upcoming events and programs. We also have our General Volunteer Meeting on Wednesday, October 27. This is the place for you to share your ideas for events, programs and your thoughts on what you want Jews’ Next Dor to be.

Jews’ Next Dor is here for you. Our organization is fully volunteer-run, and volunteer-led. Your ideas are important and we want to hear from you. Please talk to any and all of our officers to learn more about the organization.

Thank you all! See you soon at our events.


Sari Wisch, President
Jews’ Next Dor, Congregation Beth David’s Young Adult Group

Introducing the Board: Shelli Carol, Outreach Officer

Hi, I’m Shelli. As Outreach Officer, my job is to be half an ambassador and half a brand manager. I work to maintain the consistency of the Jews’ Next Dor “personality” as a friendly, fun, and inclusive group, throughout all our contacts with you, our members. That goal occasionally requires some market research, so expect to hear from me in the coming months for a few focus groups and surveys. I also interface with the area’s other young adult groups to coordinate calendars and plan community-wide events like the upcoming “Light It Up” Chanukah Party on December 4!

Lastly, I assure that new attendees feel included and create promotional tools to recruit new members. Speaking of which, here is my requisite plug for inclusion: When you were a new member, did you get more enjoyment out of a) being asked what you do for a living, or b) being included by an established member into a session of ridiculous jokes, a passionate conversation about sports, or a random children’s game in a park? 😉

I’ve lived in many Jewish communities over the years, and I don’t think I have ever encountered a group anywhere with the warmth and dedication that I find every day in Jews’ Next Dor and its many volunteers. We are truly blessed to live in such an active community. Our extended family keeps us keeping on through the worst and celebrates with us in our joy. The resiliency and synergy are why community-building it is so precious to me and why I love my job so much.

If growing the community and attracting new members are important to you, too, and if you’d like to take a more active role in expanding the Jews’ Next Dor family, you can always reach out to me or any of the Jews’ Next Dor Governing Committee Members. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at future Jews’ Next Dor events!

Shavuah tov,


Upcoming Events

You can see our upcoming events on our facebook group or on our google calendar.

“To Life” Festival in Palo Alto

October 10th, 2:00pm-5:00pm
In front of Starbucks — 361 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA
Jews’ Next Dor heads to Palo Alto for “To Life: A Jewish Cultural Street Festival”. Join us for art, music, dance, and, of course, food! This is a great way to learn about the Jewish community in Silicon Valley. There will also be many booths featuring local Jewish organizations who will have information about what is happening in our community.

We will meet at 2pm in front of Starbucks. The festival ends at 5 pm. California Avenue will be closed to traffic; parking is available on the side streets. “To Life” is sponsored by the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. More information on the festival.

Second Wednesday Meet & Greet: Amarin Thai Cuisine

October 13th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Amarine Thai Cuisine — 176 Castro St., Mountain View, CA
In October, Jews Next Dor’s Meet and Greet is going Thai. Join us at Amarin Thai in Mountain View for a delicious meal of roti, Thai salad, yellow curry, pad thai, and cod cooking three ways. Please RSVP as soon as you can so that we can order enough food for everyone to enjoy.

We’ll be enjoying delicious vegetarian/dairy entrees family-style. The cost will be no more than $20; please bring cash, and singles are appreciated. RSVP to our Facebook event page or to

Get to Know Your Own Backyard: Gold Country

October 17th, 8:30am-5:30pm
Carpool from the Warburton Park & Swim Center — 2250 Royal Dr., Santa Clara, CA
Jews’ Next Dor is introducing a new type of event, to recur on a bimonthly schedule, every third Sunday: Get to Know Your Own Backyard! The Bay Area has so many interesting places and attractions, yet many of us don’t even notice them as we go about our everyday lives. This series will tend to consist of larger-scale events (think day long), and will give us an opportunity to play tourist in our own homes.

To kick things off, we’re checking out two examples of California as Gold Country. After meeting at 8:30 AM in Santa Clara, carpools will leave at 9:00 AM to head over to the Sutter Gold Mine (13660 Highway 49, Sutter Creek, CA, Yelp link), arriving at approximately 11:30 AM. Here, the 1 hour Walk Tour is a great lesson on gold mining from the earliest days to the present time. This real mine experience begins with gearing up in hard-hats and tagging in, then stepping aboard the Boss Buggy Shuttle for a historic journey deep underground. Learn about Gold Country geology and mining technology as you traverse beneath thousands of tons of native rock, viewing mining equipment from the smallest drills to the massive 15-yard haul truck. See beautiful crystals and learn how to distinguish between real gold deposits and pyrite (“Fools Gold”) in the quartz of the Comet Vein. Includes a free movie. Optional activity: gold panning.

Then, around 1:00pm, we’ll head over to Black Chasm Cavern (a national natural landmark, 15701 Volcano Pioneer Road, Volcano, CA 95689, Yelp link), arriving around 1:30pm. There, the 50-minute Landmark Walk Tour follows a series of stairs and walkways. This beautiful tour shows off some world class formations, including vast arrays of rare helictite formations. Currently, the cave tour culminates in a visit to the Landmark Room, the location of the greatest collections of sparkling helictite crystals.

Around 3:00pm we’ll head back to the Bay Area, arriving around 5:30pm. Please bring a paper bag vegetarian/dairy lunch for the trip. Please post on the event wall if you are able to drive a carpool (with how many people other than yourself you can accommodate); drivers will be compensated for their gas by their passengers. Total cost for the trip is $30 plus chipping in for gas at the discretion of your driver. Please RSVP via Facebook or to

Third Week Social Action: Blood Club

October 19th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Stanford Blood Center — 780 Welch Rd, Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA
Donating a pint of blood saves, on average, three lives. What an amazing way to spend an hour of your time! Please join Jews’ Next Dor for this month’s social action event. You can sign up for any appointment time between 6:00pm and 7:30pm (please post your preferred time to the event wall ahead of time, so we can get you signed up), and you should expect your donation to last about an hour from start to finish. If you don’t sign up in time, you can still try to “walk in” to join us.

If you have never donated with Stanford before, they also request a phone number, birthdate, and a photo ID. Please see the links provided below for directions and Frequently Asked Questions. Please also pay attention to the section on how best to prepare for donation.

Map and Directions

Frequently Asked Questions (includes how to best prepare for donating)

Football Watching Party: Vikings @ Packers

October 24th, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Private Home — Mountain View, CA
The Jews’ Next Dor are meeting again for our “Bi-Monthly Fourth Sunday Sports” to watch the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Green Bay Packers.

Jews’ Next Dor is calling all armchair quarterbacks. Do you like watching NFL games on an HDTV? Would you like to watch these games with a group of people who will also be shouting at the professional athletes on the screen how they could have done better? Do you know nothing about football but would like to learn more about this bizarre ritual?

Then join us at a private home in Mountain View. You can RSVP on Facebook or by e-mailing (please put “NFL” in the subject). Address will be sent to all attendees before the event.

Please bring a vegetarian or dairy snack to share. The hosts will provide beverages.

Bi-Monthly Fourth Wednesday Volunteers Meeting

October 27th, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Private Home — Mountain View, CA
Shalom Chaverim! Jews’ Next Dor is planning its calendar of events for the next several months and we need you! Jews’ Next Dor is entirely volunteer run; every event you have enjoyed before was made possible by someone like you stepping up and making it happen.

Attending the bi-monthly Volunteer Meetings (on the fourth Wednesday of the month) is your ticket to the inside scoop of what’s coming up and your chance to give back to the Jews’ Next Dor community. If you want to plan a Shabbat Potluck, a Meet & Greet, or something that Jews’ Next Dor has never done before, bring your ideas and your energy!

Of course, meetings are open to all, and showing up is not committing to anything further. Volunteering with Jews’ Next Dor is a rewarding experience; we encourage all Jewish 20 & 30 somethings to get involved with the Jews’ Next Dor community!

Kiddush Klub

Every Saturday, 9:30am-1pm
Congregation Beth David — 19700 Prospect Rd., Saratoga, CA
The Kiddush Klub is an informal gathering of Jews’ Next Dor on our home turf, Congregation Beth David, on Shabbat mornings. Some of us come for services, others just for lunch, we’d love for you to join us for either or both. Services begin at 9:30am, but you’re welcome to stumble in anytime. Kiddush begins around noon (12pm). We will be near the back. Consider this an open invitation to join us, and CBD, any Saturday morning.

A new Shabbat afternoon program with Rabbi Pressman and Rabbi Ohriner after Kiddush lunch (about 1:30pm) on the first and third Shabbat each month starting on October 2nd. A tisch in Hasidic circles is an opportunity to gather at a table (tisch) with the rebbe to sing Shabbat table songs and learn Torah. Rabbi Pressman and Rabbi Ohriner cordially invite you to join them following Shabbat Kiddush lunch for an informal opportunity to sing Shabbat table songs; learn new melodies; and explore their meaning, history, and beauty.


Learn something new, or get more familiar with the service for the next Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat.


We want to hear from you! If we’re doing a good job, let us know! And if you think we can do a better job, definitely let us know!

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Jews’ Next Dor is a 100% volunteer run group. Want to get involved? We need people to plan events, help with events, blog, host events, publicity, shop, come up with new ideas, and so much more. No time commitment is too small. If you want to help, let us know by e-mailing

About Jews’ Next Dor

Jews’ Next Dor (“Dor” means “generation” in Hebrew), Congregation Beth David’s Young Adult Group (CBDYAG), is an active community of Jewish 20 and 30 somethings centered in the South Bay, CA. We enjoy multiple events a month including celebrating holidays, social action, educational and of course social events around the Bay Area.

About Congregation Beth David

Congregation Beth David is an egalitarian congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Located in Saratoga, CA, Beth David encourages its members to be active participants in creating a vibrant Jewish community throughout Silicon Valley. Our size enables us to support a broad spectrum of programs and activities to enhance Jewish knowledge, practice, and commitment.

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