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Career Networking with Jews’ Next Dor and Congregation Beth David

Posted by mjew123 on August 14, 2012

Title: Career Networking with Jews’ Next Dor and Congregation Beth David

When:  2pm-4pm, Sunday, August 26, 2012

Where: Congregation Beth David 19700 Prospect Road  Saratoga, CA 95070

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Want to meet the Recruiter for Evernote?  Looking for a friendly, low pressure networking opportunity?  Can you help mentor high school students, graduates preparing for college, or young adults at the start of their careers?  Would you like advice for your own career from a successful business person in your field?
Join the Beth David community — including Jews’ Next Dor and the Beth David Career Advancement Chavurah — for a special event on August 26 during the Beth David Summer Showcase.
We will kick off the event ON TIME with a Q&A session with a professional recruiter.  Alina Basina has recruited for Google and Skype, and now has brought her recruiting expertise to Evernote.  Bring your burning questions and find out what the HR rep on the other side of the submit button is thinking.
Networking will be facilitated by seating small groups at tables, then rotating those tables every 5 minutes.  With each rotation, you will sit with new people.  Think speed dating but with much less pressure.  Afterwards you can use our check-the-box form to make your contact info available to specific people.
We will wind down the event with a more traditional form of networking, the chance to continue schmoozing over some kosher nosh.  Be sure to bring your business cards and resumes.
Either via Facebook at or via the website at or e-mail RSVP at

For more information, please contact
Jews’ Next Dor is an active community of Jewish 20 and 30 somethings centered in the South Bay.  If you have any questions about our group or this event, please contact with any questions.
Organized by Shelley T.


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Candidates for the Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee, June 2012

Posted by egotesman on June 1, 2012

The June-December 2012 Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee will be elected on June 7, 2012, at 8 pm in a private location (RSVP for the address). Seven people will be elected to seven undifferentiated positions, and will self-organize thereafter. The seven candidates receiving the most votes will be elected, with the exception that at least one member of Congregation Beth David must be elected; as such, if none of the top-seven vote-getters are members of Congregation Beth David, the seventh-place vote-getter will be replaced by the Congregation Beth David member candidate receiving the most votes. The candidates who declared by the candidacy deadline are:

Benjamin L.

Meets Congregation
Beth David Requirement

Daniel W.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2012

Heath W.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2012

Kristin S.

Meets Congregation
Beth David Requirement

Miriam S.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2012

Rachael P.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2012

Yonatan B.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2012

Nominations from the floor and write-in candidates will also be accepted at the election.  If you’d like more information or have questions regarding election policies and procedures, please email

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Posted by challahbackgirl on April 24, 2012

This Sunday, April 29, 2012 Congregation Beth David will have a Geniza – Burial of Names at 9:00am at the Beth David Memorial Garden located inside the Oak Hill Memorial Park; 300 Curtner Ave San Jose 95125.  You are welcome to join us for the ceremony and participate in the burial (approx 1 hour altogether).  If you are unable to make it to the cemetery but still have siddurim, mahzorim or ritual objects that require geniza burial please bring them to Beth David by no later than 4pm on Friday.

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Election for Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee

Posted by challahbackgirl on April 18, 2012

When: 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Thursday, June 7, 2012

Where: Private Home in Cupertino, RSVP for Address to

Jews’ Next Dor plans over 100 events each year because of the amazing volunteers, like you, who step up to lend a hand. As our group continues to grow, we have instituted an official leadership structure to give us the additional coordination we need to run smoothly. Our first two Steering Committees were smashing successes, and now it is time to elect our next leaders who will serve from July to December. So, we need you: to participate, to volunteer, to vote, and to lead. The election is Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 8pm at a private home in Cupertino. Please make the time to join us and have your voice represented in the future of the group. We know there’s a lot of information here so please don’t hesitate to contact us at for anything elections or Jews’ Next Dor related.

– -> Voter Eligibility

Any Jewish young adult (20-39) who attended 3 or more Jews’ Next Dor events since June 7, 2011 is eligible to vote. You must be present to vote. A minimum of 10 eligible voters is required.

– -> What is the Steering Committee?

The Steering Committee oversees the vision of the group and sets our policies. They also appoint sub-committees to do the daily work of our organization (planning and publicizing events, managing our finances, etc.), and oversee those committees throughout the term. There are 7 spots on the committee; all 7 are elected every 6 months.

– -> Steering Committee Eligibility

Any Jewish young adult (20-39) who attended 5 or more Jews’ Next Dor events between May 31, 2011 and May 31, 2012 is eligible to serve on the Steering Committee. We encourage all candidates to be present at the election, but this is not strictly required.

– -> What’s Required of Steering Committee Members?

Each member of the Steering Committee will take on a significant role in our organization, to be specified as a group at a mandatory new-leader orientation, to be held on the morning of June 10, 2012. Each member should be able to allocate a minimum of 2 hours per week to committee work and meetings, outside of attending or planning individual Jews’ Next Dor events. Additionally, Steering Committee members are expected to attend an average of two Jews’ Next Dor events per month. Steering Committee members will serve a six-month term, from July to December, plus remain available to advise the next Steering Committee during the month of January.

– -> How to Submit Candidacy

To submit your candidacy, you must e-mail by May 24, 2012 with: your full name; a professional-looking headshot; a description of the area(s) in which you are most interested in working; e-mail and phone contact information in case we need to follow up with you; and whether you’re a member of Congregation Beth David and, if not, whether you would be willing to become one (we’ll explain why below, but this is NOT inherently a requirement for eligibility). If you will not be able to attend the election, you may also submit by June 6, 2012 your two-minute campaign speech (see below for content requirements) in one of the following alternative formats: video recording (one continuous shot of your face with a plain background), audio recording, or text to be read by the election official.

– -> How Elections Work

Nominations can be made from the floor at the beginning of the election. Each candidate will be given two minutes to talk about a) what draws them to Jews’ Next Dor, b) what they are interested in doing for Jews’ Next Dor, c) skills and experience they possess to help serve these interests, and d) their vision for the future of Jews’ Next Dor. After all speeches have been delivered, ballots will be distributed to all eligible voters. Voters will indicate any and all candidates with whom they would be comfortable leading the group (be this number greater than or less than seven). The ballot will also contain space for write-ins. The seven candidates receiving the greatest number of approvals will be elected to the new Steering Committee. (By virtue of being an auxiliary group of Congregation Beth David (CBD), at least one member of the Steering Committee must be a member of the synagogue. This means that if none of the top seven vote-getters expressed at least willingness to be members of CBD, a lower vote-getter will be elected instead of the seventh-place vote-getter. Beth David offers discounted memberships to students, singles, and young adults under age 33, and is sensitive to financial hardship. We are happy to answer any questions about what Beth David membership entails.)

– -> Other Ways to Get Involved

In addition to the Steering Committee, there are other non-voting positions that will need to be filled after the election. These include Recording Secretary and Treasurer (who must be a Beth David member), sub-committee managers and members (for event organizing, marketing and publicizing events, volunteer training, scrapbooking and blogging, just to name a few), and occasional volunteers. Please let us know if you’d be interested in any of these opportunities; we’re happy to have you on board!

We look forward to seeing you at the election. Please RSVP and send any questions to

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Passover Service Times at Congregation Beth David

Posted by challahbackgirl on March 22, 2012

Congregation Beth invites you join them this Passover:

Are you looking for a Seder? Let Beth David match you with a seder or two! For details see this post on their website.

Sell your Hametz by filling in the form found here and returning to Beth David no later than noon on Wednesday, April 5th.

Sunday, March 25: Adult Pesah Workshops During the Passover Mishpaha Program – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 31: Ask the Rabbi Special Pesah Edition – after Shabbat Kiddush lunch (about 1:15 p.m.)

Passover Service Schedule
Passover Begins at Sundown
Friday, April 6, 2012
Candle lighting at 7:17 p.m.
No Friday night service

Congregation Beth David is located at 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga , CA

Saturday, April 7 – Pesah Day 1
Service – 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, April 8 – Pesah Day 2
Service – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, April 13, 2012 – Pesah Day 7
Service – 9:30 a.m.
Service – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 – Pesah Day 8 – Yizkor
Service – 9:30 a.m

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Job Opening: Hebrew High School/Youth Group Programs Coordinator at Congregation Beth David in Saratoga

Posted by challahbackgirl on March 20, 2012


Do you want to work with teens? • Do you want to lead & help shape young minds? • Do you want to develop our Future Jewish leaders?

Hebrew High School/Youth Group Programs Coordinator

Must be energetic, highly organized, motivating, excellent w/ teens, & experienced in Jewish organizations. Candidates for this position should have knowledge of the Conservative movement and its youth programs and the ability to work with young adults, parents, and the congregation’s professional staff. The ability to build confidence, loyalty, and a team spirit is critical.

Congregation Beth David is a caring, Conservative synagogue with approximately 500 families, located in Saratoga, California. We are seeking a part-time (15 hours a week) Hebrew High School Principal/ Youth Group Director to oversee both our Hebrew High School and to supervise and mentor our youth group advisors.

Job responsibilities include administrative and programming development for Hebrew High an evening informal education program (8th through 12th grade and youth group programs 5th through 12th grade). This job is approx. 15 hrs/week and includes 1 evening per week plus occasional weekend and/or evening hours.

The Principal will be responsible for the overall management of Hebrew High including curriculum, budgeting, staff hiring and oversight, strategic planning and operations.

As Youth Group Director, the ideal candidate will provide leadership to advisors, act as point contact to Regional Office, and will be responsible for creating youth group goals.

Essential functions include

– Overseeing all administrative responsibilities, marketing, staffing and support for Hebrew high school and youth programs

– Youth Director; supervising advisors for each group: 5th through 7th grade; 8th through 12th grade

– Communication with students and parents regularly

– Coordinate High Holiday programming for teens and youth

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic, energetic, compassionate, organized, multi tasker and enjoy being with teens. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to prioritize, multitask and follow through are essential.

Ideal candidate should have experience in formal and informal education. Knowledge of Conservative Jewish religious practice is required.

Submit Resume to

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Jews’ Next Dor FREE 2nd Night Passover Seder with Rabbis Ohriner

Posted by challahbackgirl on March 7, 2012

When: 7:30pm-11:30pm, Saturday, April 7, 2012

Where: Private Home in Saratoga – Space Limited – YOU MUST RSVP BY EMAIL TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT –

Rabbis Philip and Shoshana Ohriner, of Congregation Beth David, and their family cordially invite Jews’ Next Dor, for a lively, engaging, and informative Passover Seder.

Join us for an evening of discussion, singing, and of course, plenty of delicious food. This event is open to 20 Jewish young adult, first-come-first-serve. Jews’ Next Dor is an active community of Jewish 20 and 30 somethings centered in the South Bay.

Please RSVP to by Wednesday, March 28, 2012. In your email RSVP please include the names of those you’re RSVPing for.

Hosts keep Kosher for Passover and request you do not bring anything other than yourself to the event, and their home

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Beth David Purim Carnival with Queen Esther’s Kitchen

Posted by challahbackgirl on March 3, 2012

Come out for lunch or just fun for the whole family.

Purim Carnival
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fun for the whole family! Come in costume!  Wear crazy clothes and wild hair!

  • Purim Sing-Along with Angela (11:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Carnival Games and Prizes (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Silent Auction

Queen Esther’s Kitchen
Delicious homemade Cabbage Rolls, Knishes, Hot Dogs, Hamantaschen and other yummy treats will be available for purchase.

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Board Game Mingle at Beth David with Jews’ Next Dor

Posted by challahbackgirl on March 1, 2012

When: 7pm-9pm Friday, March 30, 2012

Where: Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, Ca

Bring your favorite board games and join Congregation Beth David following Shabbat evening services for a fun evening for all ages. Play games with your Beth David friends and meet some new ones too. We will provide light (and sweet!) refreshments. Please be sure not to bring any games that require electronics or writing to play.

If you are interested in joining Beth David for Shabbat evening services, they begin at 6:30pm.

Jews’ Next Dor is an active community of Jewish 20 and 30 somethings centered in the South Bay and would love to have you join us.

If you have questions about this event, please email

Organized by Shelley T.

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Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat (Part of the Shabbat Hop Series)

Posted by challahbackgirl on February 29, 2012

When: 9:30am-1:30pm, Saturday, May 5, 2012

Where: Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga CA

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to share Shabbat with other young adults? Join Jews’ Next Dor for this month’s Shabbat Hop: Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat at Congregation Beth David. Fellow young adults will be leading a participatory Saturday morning service (see below for how you can get involved in the action) followed by a delicious Kiddush lunch complete with schmoozing and desserts.

Shabbat Hop is a collaborative effort of local synagogues and Jewish communal organizations, where a monthly young adult Shabbat experience “hops” from one synagogue to another. Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat, where young adults lead the entire service, is an annual tradition; this year, we are excited to join Shabbat Hop and invite the entire young adult community to join in the festivities.
At Congregation Beth David, egalitarian worship begins at 9:30am; we encourage you to join us then, but you of course are welcome any time. Most of the service is in Hebrew, but transliterated prayer books are available. Males are required to wear a kippah; you can bring your own or borrow one from the synagogue.

Congregation Beth David is located at 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA 95070; visit them online at We’re looking forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions related to Jews’ Next Dor or this event, please contact The next Shabbat Hop will occur on June 8 at 6:15pm at Congregation Beth Am.

In order for us to fulfill our goal of an entirely young adult-led Shabbat service, we need your help! The following honors in the worship service are available; please contact if you’re interested in any of these:

  • Birkhot Ha’Shahar /Pseukei D’Zimra
  • Torah Service
  • Musaf Service
  • Open Ark (2 people)
  • Close Ark (2 people)
  • Carry Torah (2 people)
  • Aliyah (5 people)
  • Chant Torah (7 or 8 people)
  • Hagbah (Lifting the Torah, 1 person)
  • Gelilah (Dressing the Torah, 1 person)
  • Prayer for Our Country (English, 1 person)
  • Prayer for Israel (1 person)
  • Prayer for Peace (English, 1 person)
  • Kiddush (1 person)
  • Motzi (Blessing over Bread)
  • Birkat Hamazon (Blessings After the Meal)

Anyone performing any of these honors must wear a kippah and a tallit. You can bring your own or borrow from the synagogue. Your peers are here to help you if you’d like to brush up or learn something new. Join Congregation Beth David any Saturday morning to get familiar with the service. Look for fellow young adults on the 4th Saturday of the month in a back row. Stay after lunch for Wisdom and Witdom with Doug Brook.

Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat needs a few other volunteers including shoppers and bakers in advance. We look forward to you contacting to volunteer or for more information.

Organized by Aleeza A. & Ben L.

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