Jews' Next Dor

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

Newsletter: FREE High Holy Day Services, Tzedek with a Twist, Blood Drive, Board Games and more from Jews’ Next Dor

Posted by jewsnextdor on September 2, 2011

  September 2, 2011
 Jews' Next Dor

For Jewish 20 and 30 somethings

FREE High Holy Day Services at Congregation Beth David with Jews’ Next Dor. Beth David requests you sign up in advance to join us for free.


Tzedek with a Twist

A Social (Justice) Happy Hour at the Tied House in Mountain View. Register in advance for a discount and your first drink free.


Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on team Jews’ Next Dor. Start the Jewish New Year with a mitzvah and walk with your peers to help find a cure.


In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Quick Links
Friends and Neighbors,

This time of year is a time of change and reflection, for both Americans and Jews. Our events this month reflect this while also keeping our regularly scheduled programming. Our ears and inboxes are always open to your feedback, input, and help in developing what this next year will bring for Jews’ Next Dor. How can we make your Jews’ Next Dor experiences the best they can be?

This Labor Day weekend, take some time off from the daily grind and play some board games with us. The address has been sent to those who RSVP’d, so message us if you need the address.

To commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, Jews’ Next Dor is holding a private showing of United 93 as well as participating in theBlood Drive at Congregation Beth David. Please register online to honor the memory of those lost by helping those living.

Learn about Teshuvah, poorly translated as “repentance” at Beth David’s Scholar in Residence weekend.

Gear up for a sweet New Year at our 4th Annual Apples & Honey Cook-off. Come to judge (eat) or enter in either or both our savory and sweet categories. Read the official rules to make sure your entry qualifies. Note that recipes must be submitted by Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

Jews’ Next Dor will again be attending and participating in High Holy Day services with Congregation Beth David. This year they are offering free admittance to High Holy Day services for all Jews’ Next Dor members. They request that you register online with them in advance.

We’ll be starting the Jewish New Year off on the right foot with a mitzvah as Team Jews’ Next Dor walks in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes to support the American Diabetes Association on Sunday, October 9th, 2011 in San Jose. Please register online today for our team.

Our events don’t just happen on their own, thanks to the dedicated volunteers who helped with our August events, including: Aleeza A, Amir C, Anna S, Ben L, Bianca M, Daniel W, Erin G, Ilya G, Jennifer M, Michelle L, Micki A, Moshe Z, Nadav S, Neil G, Rebecca S, Shelli C, Shira H, Shira S, and Yonatan B.

See you at one of the September events below,
Aleeza, Ben, Bianca, David, Ella, Levi & Shelli

High Holy Days
Jews’ Next Dor will be participating in High Holy Day services with Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA.

Joining us is FREE but we ask that you

For some services Beth David holds two services, one in their main building and one at Worner Hall (across the parking lot). Jews’ Next Dor will be at the services in Worner Hall for all of these; some of our members will be participating in the services. 

September 28th – Erev Rosh Hashanah
6:00pm:     Service (Incl. youth services & babysitting)
8:00pm:     Service September 29th – Rosh Hashanah
8:30am:     Services begin*
9:30am:     Babysitting
10:00am:   Youth Services
11:00am:   Tot Service
4:00pm:     Tashlich @ Calabazas Park – Rainbow & Blaney
6:00pm:     Meditation and Maariv Evening Service
8:00pm:     Ma’ariv September 30th – Rosh Hashanah
8:30am:    Services begin
9:30am:    Babysitting
10:00am:  Family Services
October 7th – Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)
5:45pm:   Service (Incl. youth services & babysitting)* October 8th – Yom Kippur
9:00am:   Services begin*
9:30am:   Babysitting
10:00am: Youth Services
11:00am: Tot Service
4:45pm:   Afternoon service
5:00pm:   Youth Activities
6:15pm:   Closing service* At these times, additional services will be held at Worner Hall (across the parking lot) in parallel with services in the CBD sanctuary (19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA)
Help Wanted - Volunteer with Jews' Next Dor

The heart of our organization is our volunteers, without whom none of this would be possible. We’re always looking for people to help with tasks small and large, one-time or repeating. Do you have a talent you can share with us? Have an idea for an event? Want to help publicize our events?

No time commitment is too small. Our seasoned volunteers are here to help.

Contact to volunteer or learn more.

Check out this blog post for more ideas of what volunteers do.


Upcoming Events
Board Game Mid-Afternoon
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Private Home in Mountain View
Games, Games and More Games!(Well, maybe not the third one, but you get the point)There will be many games there, some from Europe, some from the US, some involving dice, some involving cards and some involving cute little statues of zombies.

So if you love playing games already, or are interested in learning, come on down and see how you like it.

Games Likely to make an appearance:

Ticket to Ride

Wings of War



Settlers of Catan


Thurns and Taxis


Tzuro: The Game of the Path

and many many more..

Please bring your own favorites to play.

Light nosh provided.

Please RSVP for the address.

Contact us at

United 93 Showing
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Private Home in Sunnyvale
Incredibly, it has been ten years since the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001.  On what is now known as Patriots’ Day, Jews’ Next Dor comes together to remember and reflect upon the tragic events of that day.  We as a people understand better than most the importance of never forgetting–in this case, we make use of good cinema to help us recall.  United 93, a fictional recreation of the events of September 11 from the perspective of the fourth hijacked plane–the one that never made it to its intended target because of the heroism of the passengers on board–is a very tough movie to watch.  Yet it is precisely this sort of catharsis that makes us stronger: as friends, as a people, and as a nation.

Due to the limited space of the venue, this event is open only to the first 15 RSVPs to  RSVPs on the Facebook event are welcome, but are not considered “official” RSVPs for quota purposes.  RSVPs beyond the first 15 will be queued on a waiting list, and will be notified of availability as soon as possible.

Please direct any questions to

We look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Blood Drive with Congregation Beth David
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA 95070
Donating blood is a mitzvah that will directly help other human being and can save their life, which, as we all know, is like saving the world. So come save the world with Jews’ Next Dor and Congregation Beth David on September 12, 2011!

You may schedule an appointment by visiting, click on “schedule an appointment” and search by zip code – 95070, for “Louis Chevlen Memorial Blood Drive” at Congregation Beth David. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred.

For ease in coordination with other participants please post your appointment time either on the wall of the facebook event, comment on our blog or email us at

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.

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

Questions? Email us at

Organized by Shelley T.

Meet & Greet at Merit Vegetarian
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Merit Vegetarian, 548 Lawrence Expressway Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Chicken and beef at a Jews’ Next Dor Meet and Greet?! What madness is this?! All of the food is, as evidenced by the name of the restaurant, vegetarian, and is known for many delicious fake “meat” dishes, including pot stickers, Mongolian “chicken”, orange “chicken” and lemongrass “beef”. We will be eating family-style with a pre-set menu. See for the complete menu and submit your favorite choices by September 7th. We’ll try to accommodate as many as possible.

The dinner will be between $12 and $20 per person, please bring cash with you. Small bills are appreciated. Invite your Jewish 20 and 30 something friends to join us too.


Organized by Yonatan B.

Tzedek with a Twist: A Social (Justice) Happy Hour
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tied House, 954 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA
Hear from Jewish activists, learn why advocacy is an important part of Jewish life, and take action all while mixing & mingling over cocktails and some delicious hors d’oeuvres.

We’ll begin at 7:00pm. Tickets are $12 in advance (includes food & first drink), $15 at the door.

For tickets go to:

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism asks: Do you care about the environment? What about reproductive choice? How about economic justice?

The Religious Action Center works to teach, advocate and mobilize on critical issues of social justice in Washington, D.C.

Bring your friends and kvetch with purpose at a fun-filled evening exploring what it means to be a voice for justice on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Tied House in Mountain View.

Co-sponsored by: Jews’ Next Dor, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Birthright Israel NEXT Bay Area, Roots Collective of Congregation Beth Am, Gesher at Stanford Hillel, Hillel of Silicon Valley, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Addison-Penzack Jewish Community Center, Congregation Shir Hadash, Moishe House Palo Alto.

Potluck Shabbat
Friday, September 23, 2011
Private Home in Daily City, CA
Join Jews’ Next Dor for our monthly potluck Shabbat dinner! This event is at a private home in Daly City and its address will be released closer to the event.

The host will provide challah, wine, the main dishes, and cutlery and plates.  Please bring a vegetarian/dairy appetizer, side, dessert, and/or drink to share.  If there is a particular thing you want to share with us, please do; if you aren’t sure what to bring, please follow these suggestions to help us get an even distribution of courses:

If your last name begins with A – G, please bring a SIDE/SALAD

If your last name begins with H – M, please bring a DESSERT

If your last name begins with N – R, please bring an APPETIZER

If your last name begins with S – Z, please bring a DRINK

**Note: if the host contacts you about bringing a main dish, you do NOT also need to bring something else from this list.

Our host’s home this month has a gentle indoor cat. He will be inside one of the rooms during the event so he will not bother people.

If you have questions about this event, please email

We look forward to seeing you!

Jews’ Next Dor Potluck Shabbats occur on the 4th Friday of the month.

4th Annual Jews’ Next Dor Apples & Honey Cook-off
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Private Home in Cupertino
Show off your culinary talents. Enter Jews’ Next Dor’s 4th annual Apple and Honey Cook-off to be held on Sunday, September 25, 2011, 5pm at a private home in Cupertino. RSVP for the address to

Be sure to the read the rules in advance and carefully, to ensure your dish qualifies for judging. No competition would be complete without prizes, but you must enter to win.

Of course, you’re welcome to come wish your fellow Jews’ Next Dor friends (Jewish 20 and 30 somethings) a sweet new year, without entering a dish. Please bring drinks (doesn’t have to be apple and honey theme).

All those present will be judges.

Looking for inspiration? Check out past entries on our Recipe Exchange.

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Team Jews’ Next Dor
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Guadalupe River Park, Arena Green East (across from HP Pavilion main entrance), 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113
Jews’ Next Dor is taking part in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes to support the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on Sunday, October 9, 2011 in San Jose.

Join Team Jews’ Next Dor and raise funds to help the ADA provide community-based education programs, protect the rights of people with diabetes and fund critical research for a cure.

Register to walk with our team at

Make a donation directly to the Jews’ Next Dor team by visiting our team’s web site at Participants who raise $100 will receive a shirt from the ADA.

We will be joining thousands of walkers in a 5K walk to help Stop Diabetes. Stop Diabetes is the movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on millions of individuals and families across our nation. It inspires and mobilizes the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to “share, act, learn and give.” Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts, and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

If you would like more information, please contact: Thank you in advance for any help and support you can provide.

Organized by Jennifer M.


Jews’ Next Dor Congregation Beth David

Jews’ Next Dor is Congregation Beth David’s Young Adult Group. “Dor” means “generation” in Hebrew. We’re an active community of Jewish 20 and 30 somethings centered in the South Bay. We enjoy multiple events each month including celebrating holidays, social action/mitzvahs, education, and of course social events around the Bay Area. Our community is comprised of singles and couples and is fully volunteer-lead.


Congregation Beth David is an egalitarian congregation affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Located in Saratoga, California, [MAP] 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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