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New Cookbook is looking for your favorite Kosher Concoctions by March 31st.

Posted by cbdyag on February 9, 2010

Beth David’s Sisterhood is putting together a Cookbook representing recipes and stories from across the community. Submit your favorite recipes and stories that go with them by March 31st for consideration for the final book. Here’s more info:

The joy of eating often comes from the joy of cooking. And the joy of cooking
is definitely enhanced when the recipes are favorite ones from our favorite

Beth David Sisterhood is creating a project to capture these joys: a new
Sisterhood Cookbook, made even more meaningful as a loving tribute to Bev
Pressman. And we want your special recipe to be part of this venture.

Please send your recipe(s) to the Beth David Cookbook Committee. You may
do so either online (preferred) at, or by hard copy. If
submitting your recipe by hard copy, please use the Recipe Submission Form,
and submit it to the Beth David office. Be sure to tell us what this recipe
means to you and your family!

Important note:  submissions should be made only of kosher food or

We are accepting recipes until March 31, 2010, when we will begin compiling
the cookbook for production later this year.

If you have questions, please contact Susan Raider at
or at 408-358-1580.

Thanks so much for collaborating with us in commemorating the life of a
special friend, Bev Pressman, and for creating a new treasure for our kitchen


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Gift Shop Bazaar Toda along with a Used Cookbook Sale

Posted by cbdyag on December 6, 2009

Today, December 6, 2009, make your way to Congregation Beth David as there Sisterhood brings you a double header! Save 10% on gift shop purchases. As you enter the building look for there very well priced used cookbooks on sale.

Sisterhood gets ready for Hanukkah with a Gift Shop Bazaar and Used Cookbook Sale on Sunday, December 6, from 11:30 am to 6 pm at the Synagogue.  All Gift Shop Merchandise is discounted 10% (and Sisterhood will pay the sales tax for a total savings of 20%!).

Special Hanukkah items and original jewelry.  At the same time, refresh your cookbook library with an appetizing selection of well-loved books at economical prices.

The CBD Sisterhood Gift Shop will now be open 2 twice a month without appointments.

Come in to shop from 9:30am to 1pm on the following days

Dec. 13, 2009

Jan. 10 and 24, 2010

Feb. 14 and 21, 2010

Mar. 7 and 21, 2010 (a Gift Shop Bazaar day).

Please let your friends and family know about our Open days.

Earn Money for Beth David While You Shop!

Support Congregation Beth David while doing your regular shopping, both online and at local grocery stores.

Please help us raise money by:

1. Registering your credit cards and your Safeway Club Card with eScrip and shopping at the eScrip Virtual Mall,

2. Shopping at by linking from the website, and

3. Purchasing Judaica from Zara Mart by linking from the website.

Shopping commissions are shared equally among the Beth David General Fund, Men’s Club, and Sisterhood.  Sign up with eScrip at our new Shuk2Shul website at

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Get back to the true roots of Thanksgiving at the Thanksgiving Day Interfaith Service

Posted by cbdyag on November 24, 2009

43rd Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Saratoga Federated Church

43rd Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Saratoga Federated Church

44th Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service

Join us on Thanksgiving Day as we worship together as a community.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009, at 10 am, we will join together at Congregation Beth David (19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, Ca) for an
hour of music, prayer and devotion as we give thanks for our many blessings.

We welcome all members of all faiths in our community to join together in our 44th annual Thanksgiving Day
worship service. Following the service we will hold an informal reception of mingling and food.

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Help CBD Blanket the Community with Warmeth and Love

Posted by cbdyag on November 23, 2009

blanket the community, CBD Winter mitzvah projectSince winter is definitely in the air
Please bring a blanket(s) to share
We’ll donate them to the less fortunate
with lots of love and care
Since winters are cold and hard to bear
New or gently used is fine
Please get them to us on time
Bring to the Thanksgiving Service,
the Hazak Chanukah Party, and
through the winter season
For more information, contact
Seema Cicerone at 408-741-5466

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Saratoga’s Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Returns to Congregation Beth David.

Posted by cbdyag on October 13, 2009

Start your Thanksgiving morning with Saratoga’s Communities of Faith.

Join us on Thanksgiving Day as we worship together as a community.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009, at 10 am, we will join together at Congregation Beth David for an
hour of music, prayer and devotion as we give thanks for our many blessings.

We welcome all members of all faiths in our community to join together in our 44th annual Thanksgiving Day
worship service. Following the service we will hold an informal reception of mingling and food.

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Fall Courses with Beth David Rabbis

Posted by cbdyag on October 2, 2009

Please consider bring a new toy unwrapped for ages 0-17 for the Jews’ Next Dor Holiday Toy Drive when you come to CBD for one of these classes.

Increase your knowledge of Judaism in these classes that begin next week –
thoughtful teaching and lively discussions.

All classes are held at Congregation Beth David and are open to both members
and non-members.  Register and pay at the first session.  For more information
contact the Beth David office, 408.257.3333.  Classes may be canceled if
there are too few students.


The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven:  Reviewing and Renewing Your
Life on Earth – New Class with Rabbi Pressman
First session Monday, Oct 5, 7:30–8:30 pm

This course will be based on Ron Wolfson’s wonderful new book which draws
upon Jewish tradition about the questions you’ll be asked in the world to
come. This class will give us a venue to ponder and discuss these questions
and our own values. It’s a wonderful read, and should prompt some illuminating

Time: Mondays, 7:30-8:30 pm, nominally 9 sessions (Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2,
9, 16, 23, 30)  Cost: $35 members, $55 non-members


Introduction to Judaism – First Class Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 pm, at
Congregation Beth David
Cosponsored by Congregation Beth David and Congregation Sinai

A lively, interactive course of basic Jewish beliefs and practices.  This course
is a prerequisite for conversion to Judaism, but it is also intended for Jews who
would like to learn more, or refresh their knowledge, about the basic principles
of Judaism and its practices. Interfaith couples who wish to explore and define
Judaism’s place in their lives are also welcome. Topics include Jewish history,
bible, Talmud, ethics, worship, holidays and life cycle ceremonies. For more
information contact Barbara  at (408) 366-9106 or
Textbook: Handouts provided  Teachers: Rabbi Daniel Pressman, Congregation
Beth David, & Rabbi Joshua Berkenwald, Congregation Sinai

Time/Place: Evening class, Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm;   Cost: $50, $75 for
couples (members); $70, $95 for couples (non-members). Students will also be
asked to purchase the required books.


Meaningful Midrash – New Class with Rabbi Schonbrun
First session Thursday, Oct 8, 8:00–9:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it means when you hear that a Jewish story or
anecdote comes from “Midrash?” Have you ever been curious about how these
rabbinic parables from the Midrash came to exist in the first place? Are you
interested in learning more about the holidays through an exploration of
traditional texts?

Please join us for a brief introduction to the world of Midrash and an
examination of the Jewish Holidays through the lens of the 5th century
work “Pesikta De-Rab Kahana.” No previous text study experience is
necessary. Please come with your curiosity and your questions as we explore
this fascinating work of Midrash together.

Time: Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 pm, nominally 7 sessions (Oct 8, 15 , 22, 29; Nov
12, 19; Dec 3)  Cost: $35 members, $55 non-members

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Spend Sukkot with the CBD community

Posted by cbdyag on October 2, 2009

Congregation Beth David‘s new HUGE sukkah, and the original sukkah as well, await you this coming week. Come pray, eat and enjoy this festival with the CBD community starting tonight.

  • Erev Sukkot – Friday, Oct 2
  • Sukkot Day 1 – Saturday, Oct 3
    • 9:30am Services
    • After oneg, Men’s Club Retreat in the Sukkah
  • Sukkot Day 2 – Sunday, Oct 4
    • 9:30am Services
    • 10:00 Special Youth Programming (ages 2-13)
  • Sukkot Day 3 – Monday, Oct 5
  • Sukkot Day 4 – Tuesday, Oct 6
  • Sukkot Day 5 – Wednesday, Oct 7
    • 7pm Daily Minyan
    • 7:30pm Interfaith Marriage and Congregation Community: Let’s Talk About It
  • Sukkot Day 6 – Thursday, Oct 8
  • Hoshanah Rabbah – Friday, Oct 9
    • 8:30am Services
    • Erev Shemini Atzeret – Friday, Oct 9
      • 6:30pm Services
  • Shemini Atzeret – Saturday, Oct 10
    • 9:30am Services (Yizkor)
    • 11am Tot Shabbat
    • Erev Simhat Torah – Saturday, Oct 10
      • 7:30pm Service with song, dance and
        special aliyot!
  • Simhat Torah – Sunday, Oct 11
    • 9:30am Services and New Student Presentations
    • 10:00 Special Youth Programming (ages 2-13)

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Cantor Andres Levy In Multi-Lingual Concert

Posted by cbdyag on September 8, 2009

Cantor Levy Flyer

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More Trader Joe’s Attacked for Stocking Foods Made in Israel

Posted by cbdyag on August 21, 2009

Dear Friends,

We just received information about anti-Israel activities up the Peninsula.
It seems that anti-Israel protesters have entered local Trader Joe’s stores
throughout the Bay Area and bombarded customers and store managers with
propaganda. These activists have been vandalizing Israeli products by
disfiguring them with labels depicting an Israeli orange that is half a hand
grenade and stickers that read “Don’t Buy into Apartheid; Boycott Israeli
Goods.” You can get a sense of their activities from a nasty video on
YouTube: We must counter this
vicious campaign of delegitimization of Israel, and and support Trader Joe’s
against this intimidation.

We urge you to respond as many Jewish communities have: let’s show our
support of Trader Joe’s by buying Israeli products along with our usual
purchases for the week. Let’s join with Peninsula Temple Sholom in
Burlingame, Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, and Peninsula Sinai
Congregation in Foster City. On Sunday, August 23, at 11:00 a.m. and then
again on Wednesday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m., visit your local Trader Joe’s
store and buy these products. Be sure to thank the Managers and Assistant
Managers for their support and for stocking Israeli products. Also thank
them for the forthright response of the Trader Joe’s company. Earlier this
summer, a spokesperson told the press, “Trader Joe’s will not be used as a
political tool, and we will not remove any products under pressure from any
group. We believe our customers are smart and capable enough to make their
own choices.”

We concur with the statement from the Peninsula group, “Our goal is to
support Trader Joe’s and to show our deep appreciation that they continue to
stock Israeli products and are not bowing to the pressure of anti-Israel
organizations and sentiments.”

Local stores are found at:
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