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Election for Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee

Posted by mjew123 on October 23, 2012


What: Election for Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee

When: Tuesday, December 18th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: A Private Home in Mountain View

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/JewsNextDor?ref=hl#!/events/185915748212195/

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 Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 8pm at a private home in Mountain View. The address will be sent out to those who have indicated they will be attending closer to the event.

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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org 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 November 31, 2011 and November 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. 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 January to June, plus remain available to advise the next Steering Committee during the month of June.

– -> How to Submit Candidacy

To submit your candidacy, you must e-mail JewsNextDor@beth-david.org by December 4th, 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 December 17th, 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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

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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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

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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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org

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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org 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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org 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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

Facebook Event

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Ten. Ten Dollar. Ten Dollar Meet & Greet!

Posted by challahbackgirl on January 3, 2012


Friends & Neighbors,

Happy New Year! We look forward to having a great 2012 together. Along with 2012, we welcome our newly elected Steering Committee for the next 6 months. Each of us are focusing on a different need of the Jews’ Next Dor community. We hope you’ll find a little time to help us out and be part of one (or more) of our committees. No time commitment is too small or too big. You can contact us directly or at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

Yonatan B. – Programming
Ella G. – Communications
Daniel W. – Post Programming
Aleeza A. – Volunteer Development
Kristin S. – Culture
David H. – Steering Committee Chair
Ben L. – Finance/Treasurer

Thanks to David K. for stepping up to be our Recording Secretary. To see our picture or more about the Steering Committee and getting involved in our volunteer core see http://wp.me/p3HcM-U4.

In December, we got some great news from the Young Adult Department of United Synagogue of Conservative Judiasm: we’ve been awarded a micro-grant that we’ll be using towards Meet & Greet for the next 6 months. This means that all of our Meet & Greets between now and June will be just $10 each. Meet & Greets will continue to be on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except in April, when it will be the first Wednesday, April 5th, to avoid conflicting with Passover). Our first $10 Meet & Greet will be January 11 at Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto http://wp.me/p3HcM-TH.

Our volunteers, with the support of our Steering Committee, make a lot happen each year on a small budget. The money we got from USCJ can only be used on Meet & Greets, so to help further fund the ideas and needs of the group, we’re holding our 2nd Annual Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor (http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rk) on Feb. 4th in the evening.  Proceeds from this event will go to support our programming this year. That’s where you come in, in two very important ways.

First, we can’t have a show without performers, so sign-up to perform by filling in the form at http://bit.ly/performersignup. Do you sing? Dance? Play an instrument? Juggle? Perform spoken word or poetry? Practice martial arts? Design clothes? Write comedy? We’d love for you to be a part of our show, as a solo act or grouped with others. Please keep your act family-friendly. Thanks to those of you who have already signed-up to share your awesome talents. Today is the sign-up deadline so please take a couple minutes to sign-up now.

Second, if you’re not the performing type, you’re still important to the success of our talent show, because we need you at the show. Here’s four ways you can help us out.
1) Come to the show; bring your friends and family too.
2) Help us spread the word. Invite everyone you know to the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/172887076133790/ and share the blog post at http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rk. Tickets are available online at https://www.wepay.com/tickets/view/63643 for $8 in advance for ages 13+ or $10 at the door. Ages 12 and under are $5 anytime.
3) Volunteer. If you’re not performing, we need a few volunteers to help run the house, be stagehands, setup, clean up, sell tickets, and the like. If you can’t be at the show, you can help by providing baked goods for refreshments. Contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org to volunteer.
4) Have a visual art (sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, etc.) to display or possibly sell to showgoers? Jews’ Next Dor would love to showcase your work as well and donations from your proceeds will go towards our programming. If you’re interested, contact us at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org right away so we can plan for this appropriately.

As always, we have many other exciting events this month as well: ballroom dancing (http://wp.me/p3HcM-SR for more details), and Wisdom & Witdom with Doug Brook (http://wp.me/p3HcM-U6) to name a few.  We look forward to seeing you several times in the coming weeks.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our November and December events possible. There really are a lot of you, so we’re not going to list you here, but you’re each a valuable part of our community, and we truly appreciate your support and participation. We look forward to working with you in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you and your Jewish 20 & 30 something friends,
Aleeza, Ben, Daniel, David, Ella, Kristin & Yonatan
JewsNextDor@beth-david.org

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Happy New Year & Welcome to Our Steering Committee

Posted by challahbackgirl on January 1, 2012


Happy New Year from Jews’ Next Dor!
With the new year underway, our newly elected Steering Committee will be working with you, our participants and volunteers, to make the next 6 months and beyond of Jews’ Next Dor the best it can be. Thanks to everyone who attended our elections, we’ve ratified our bylaws and elected all candidates who ran for our Steering Committee.
Jews' Next Dor Steering Committee first half of 2012
Please join me in welcoming the new Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee. Each of the 7 members of the committee will be focusing on a different need of the Jews’ Next Dor community.
Yonatan B. – Programming
Ella G. – Communications
Daniel W. – Post Programming
Aleeza A. – Volunteer Development
Kristin S. – Culture
David H. – Steering Committee Chair
Ben L. – Finance/Treasurer
Thanks to David K. for stepping up to be our Recording Secretary.

The Steering Committee can’t do it alone. They depend on your help, support, and participation. Are you willing to be on a committee in any of these areas? Do you have feedback to share? Need someone to listen? Want to volunteer? Have an event idea? Your Steering Committee is here for you: we’re always willing to listen, and would love your help in making the coming months of Jews’ Next Dor the best they can be. You can contact us directly or at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

No time commitment is too small or too big. We have all kinds of tasks that we need help with; to name just a few:

  • copy editing
  • potluck Shabbat hosting
  • posting events online
  • helping organize events
  • setting-up or cleaning up at events
  • providing baked goods for events
  • taking pictures at events
  • reading Torah at Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat on May 5th (or leading another part of the service)
  • shopping for events
  • helping organize volunteer trainings
  • inviting a new person to attend an event with you

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Candidates for the Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee December 2011

Posted by jewsnextdor on December 1, 2011


The January-June 2012 Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee will be elected on December 8, 2011.  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:

Aleeza A.

Meets Congregation
Beth David Requirement

Yonatan B.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2011

Ella G.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2011

David H.

Meets Congregation
Beth David Requirement

Benjamin L.

Meets Congregation
Beth David Requirement

Kristin S.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2011

Daniel W.

Jews’ Next Dor
Candidate June 2011

Nominations from the floor and write-in candidates will also be accepted at the election.  For more information on election policies and procedures, see this post.

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Volunteer Meeting, Elections, Potluck Shabbat, Light it Up!, Talent Show and more from Jews’ Next Dor

Posted by challahbackgirl on November 15, 2011


Friends & Neighbors,

Tonight is the night you become part of Jews’ Next Dor history. Bring your passion, ideas and talents to our volunteer meeting http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rv tonight. No time commitment is too small for you to be a Jews’ Next Dor volunteer. Our group is fully volunteer led, and there’s always something to be done: a event organizer needing a few extra hands or a committee that can use more people to lighten the load. If you need the Mountain View address for the 8pm meeting tonight please email JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

Many of our volunteers are working together to make this Saturday’s Roaring 20s Murder Mystery http://wp.me/p3HcM-R8 a night to remember. This event truly would not be possible without everyone pitching in. Thank you so much! Come in your finest 1920s garb to The Juice Joint at the Oshman Family JCC, 7pm on November 19. We’ll be celebrating a few of our November birthdays as well.

Rounding out November offerings is Potluck Shabbat Hol HaMoed Yom Turkey http://wp.me/p3HcM-R4 at a private home in Mountain View. Don’t forget to RSVP for the address to join us at 7pm on Friday, November 25, 2011

There’s still time to donate unwrapped new toys for ages 0-17 as part of our Toy Drive. Toys are being collected at our events through December 12, 2011 and in the box in the lobby of Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA. Thank you to those who have donated thus far.

Our first Steering Committee was a smashing success, and now it is time to elect our next leaders who will serve from January to June. We also need to officially ratify our new bylaws that describe the structure under which we have been operating for the last six months. So, we need you to participate, volunteer, vote, and lead. The election is Thursday, December 8, 2011 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. See the event at http://wp.me/p3HcM-RT for more information. Deadline to submit candidacy for the Steering Committee is Thanksgiving Day.

Light it Up! Young Adult Chanukah Party returns. Come out and shake your thing with fellow young adults at Hillel at Stanford, 9pm on Saturday, December 17. Register in advance for $10 at http://www.jvalley.org/events/2011/12/17/light-it-up-chanukah-party, or $15 at the door. Discounts available for those who volunteer, contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org for more information on volunteering. You can also check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178453772241563

Our 2nd Annual Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rk will be here before you know it. Do you have a talent that you’re willing to share?  Fill out this form http://bit.ly/performersignup to sign up to perform! Registration deadline is January 3, and rehearsal dates are January 9 and January 15.  This year, we are putting a particular emphasis on small group performances, so sign up with your creative, entertaining ideas!  If you aren’t a performer, don’t worry; there are still several other ways to be involved. Please contact us at jewsnextdor@beth-david.org for more information on how you can  volunteer.  Most importantly, we need you, your friends, and your family in the audience! Get your tickets online https://www.wepay.com/tickets/view/63643 for $8 in advance for ages 13+ or $10 at the door. Ages 12 and under are $5 anytime.

We look forward to seeing you and your Jewish 20 & 30 something friends,
Aleeza, Ben, Bianca, David, Ella, Levi, & Shelli
JewsNextDor@beth-david.org

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Event: Election for Jews’ Next Dor Steering Committee (and Ratification of New Bylaws)

Posted by challahbackgirl on November 6, 2011


When: 8pm – 10pm, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Where: Private Home in Cupertino — RSVP for the address to JewsNextDor@beth-david.org

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 Steering Committee was a smashing success, and now it is time to elect our next leaders who will serve from January to June. We also need to officially ratify our new bylaws that describe the structure under which we have been operating for the last six months. So, we need you: to participate, to volunteer, to vote, and to lead. The election is Thursday, December 8, 2011 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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org 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 December 8, 2010 is eligible to vote. You must be present to vote. A minimum of 14 eligible voters is required.

– -> What are Bylaws?

Bylaws define the fundamentals and governance structure of our group, such as who we serve, what we do, and where the buck stops for different issues.  During this time of transition between leadership structures, we have been operating in a legal gray area when it comes to bylaws; now that our outgoing Steering Committee has completed writing new bylaws for our group, it is important that we ratify them right away.  The following are the proposed bylaws up for ratification at the coming election: https://cbdyag.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/jews_next_dor_bylaws_december_20112.pdf.  While these are technically still subject to change as our sponsoring synagogue, Congregation Beth David, goes through its own approval process, we expect any future changes to be small, and a final draft will be available for your review no later than December 2, 2011.  At the election, it will take a 2/3 majority vote to ratify the bylaws.  If you have any questions about this proposal, feel free to contact any member of the Steering Committee or to write to JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

– -> 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 December 1, 2010 and December 1, 2011 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 afternoon of December 11, 2011. 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 January to June, plus remain available to advise the next Steering Committee during the month of July.

– -> How to Submit Candidacy

To submit your candidacy, you must e-mail JewsNextDor@beth-david.org by November 24, 2011 (Thanksgiving Day) 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 December 7, 2011 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 JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

Facebook Event

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Newsletter: Toy Drive, Ice Cream Social, Roaring 20s Murder Mystery, Talent Show Sign-Ups

Posted by jewsnextdor on November 3, 2011


  November 3, 2011
 Jews' Next Dor

For Jewish 20 and 30 somethings

Roaring 20s Murder Mystery Don your best 20s-era costume and join us for a night of mayhem to remember. RSVP for your character information to JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.
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Ice Cream Social & Board Games Who can resist FREE Ice Cream? Join us Saturday night just before the time change for Board Games and Ice Cream.

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Volunteer Meeting Your inside scoop on what’s coming up and chance to give back to our community. Jews’ Next Dor only happens because of wonderful volunteers like you.

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Toy Drive We’re collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages 0-17 at all our events through December 12. Jewish Family Services will be distributing them thereafter.

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Dinner in Tel Aviv, Israel You read that correctly, we’re doing an event in Israel during Hanukkah. If you’ll be in the area, come out and enjoy dinner.

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Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor Performer sign-ups are open. Share your talent with us to help support our programming. Early bird tickets are on sale too. Invite everyone you know.
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Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to November!

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make our October events happen, including (in no particular order) but not limited to Shelli C., Tiffany T., Simona S., Michelle L., Ilana M., Jennifer W., Nathan H., Shelley T., David H., David M., David K., Daniel W., Shanda K., Aleeza A., Ella G., Ben L., Bianca M., Craig K., Jennifer M., Amir C., Yonatan B., Doug B.,  Ilya G., Shoshana O., and Rabbi Ohriner.

Our volunteers are critical to our group and, as you can see, it takes many of them to bring our events to life each month. No gift of time is too small. We also value your feedback, which helps us improve. Come find out ways to volunteer, share your events ideas, and get help from our veteran volunteers at our next Volunteer Meeting http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rv on November 15, 2011 in Mountain View. You can still join our volunteer core even if you can’t make the meeting; just drop us a note at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org.

Help us bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season by participating in our Toy Drive, which is going on now. Coming to an event this month? Bring an unwrapped, new toy for ages 0-17. You can also drop it off in the box in the lobby of Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA.

Join some of our past participants that have made aliyah and some current members who will be visiting Israel this winter at our first event in Tel Aviv. If you’ll be in Israel on December 22, we encourage you to attend http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rt. Think of it as Meet & Greet: Tel Aviv Edition.

Along with our monthly staples of Meet & Greet (this month at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine) http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rr and Potluck Shabbat Hol HaMoed Yom Turkey http://wp.me/p3HcM-R4, this month we’ve got the return of an annual classic and a brand new event with the OFJCC that you won’t want to miss.

Who can say “no” to a free ice cream sundae bar? Come enjoy it at our annual Ice Cream Social and Board Game Night http://wp.me/p3HcM-R2 this Saturday night in the Social Hall at Congregation Beth David. Bring your board games to share.

Join us in your best 20s-era costume at the Juice Joint (Oshman Family JCC) for a Roaring 20s Murder Mystery http://wp.me/p3HcM-R8. Please help us out and RSVP in advance so we can get your character information. Walk-ins welcome.

Our 2nd Annual Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rk will be here before you know it. Do you have a talent that you’re willing to share?  Fill out this form http://bit.ly/performersignup to sign up to perform! Registration deadline is January 3, and rehearsal dates are January 9 and January 15.  This year, we are putting a particular emphasis on small group performances—so sign up with your creative, entertaining ideas!  If you aren’t a performer, don’t worry; there are still several other ways to be involved. Please contact us at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org for information on the other volunteers we need. Most importantly, we need you, your friends, and your family in the audience! Get your tickets online https://www.wepay.com/tickets/view/63643 for $8 in advance for ages 13+, $10 at the door. Ages 12 and under are $5 anytime.

We look forward to seeing you and your Jewish 20 & 30 something friends,

Aleeza, Ben, Bianca, David, Ella, Levi & Shelli

JewsNextDor@beth-david.org

Volunteer
Help Wanted - Volunteer with Jews' Next DorThe 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. Our next volunteer meeting is November 15 at 8pm in Mountain View. Please RSVP for the address. This is also a great time to ask questions about being on our next Steering Committee, which will serve from January to June. Contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org to volunteer or learn more. Check out this blog post for more ideas of what volunteers do.
Upcoming Events
Ice Cream Social & Board Games
Saturday, November 5, 2011
7pm-10pm
Social Hall at Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA 95070Thinking about what to do with your Saturday night, November 5th? Go out to a party? Boring. Cook a romantic dinner for your partner and/or cats? Did that last weekend. Get chased by flying monkeys with magic wands? So 2010. Join Jews’ Next Dor for Ice Cream and Board Games instead. Come to Congregation Beth David in Saratoga at 7pm for the most original of Saturday nights, full of delicious frozen things and being beaten at Bananagrams – again. We’re an active community of Jewish 20 and 30 somethings centered in the South Bay, and we play a mean Apples to Apples. We’ll provide the ice cream and a smattering of amusements; you bring yourself and your favorite board games! Oh yeah, and invite your Jewish 20 and 30 something friends to join us too. Contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org. Organized by Shira H. Facebook Event Our Toy Drive is in full swing; please bring new, unwrapped, toys for ages 0-17 to donate. Toys will be wrapped in December and distributed through Jewish Family Services.

Meet & Greet at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
7pm-9pm
Siam Fine Thai Cuisine, 2910 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

When it comes to Thai food, there are many restaurants in the Bay Area to choose from, but one stands out among the rest – Siam Fine Thai Cuisine. Get ready for some mouth-wateringly delicious Thai food, including Papaya Salad, Pad Thai, Curry and Jasmine Rice, and more! 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. Contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org with questions. Organized by Angela G. Facebook Event

Volunteer Meeting

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
8pm-10pm
Private Home in Mountain View

Please join Jews’ Next Dor for our next Volunteer Meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 8pm. We are planning our events for the next several months and we need you! We’ll be trying a slightly different format this time. After a short brainstorming session, we will have mentors on hand to get you started with your event plans. The Volunteer Meeting is your ticket to the inside scoop of what’s coming up and your chance to give back to the Jews’ Next Dor community. Plan a Shabbat Potluck, a Meet & Greet, a game night, or something that Jews’ Next Dor has never done before. 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. Bring your ideas and your energy! Meetings are open to all! Bring your laptop if you can. Contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org with any questions. Facebook Event

Roaring 20s Murder Mystery

Saturday, November 19, 2011
7pm-11pm
OFJCC Room G-100: 3921 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303

Don your fedora and boa for a Roaring Twenties Murder Mystery with Jews’ Next Dor and the OFJCC. At this interactive party, you’ll witness a fictitious murder and try to solve it, while being immersed in the good ol’ times. $5 cash at the door. Twenties-era costumes are encouraged. Ideas to get you started:
–>Guys: fedora, zoot suit (loose, double-breasted with pinstripes), dark shirt, white tie, spats, mustache
–>Dolls: flapper dress, long pearl necklaces, feather headband, tiara, boa, fan, fringe purse

Please bring dairy/vegetarian appetizer to share. Show off your acting and sleuthing skills! RSVPs are required to participate in the show by emailing JewsNextDor@beth-david.org. Detailed character information will be provided closer to the event to those that RSVP. Organized by Bianca M. & Rebecca S. Co-sponosored by Jews’ Next Dor & OFJCC Young Adults. Facebook Event

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Yom Turkey Potluck

Friday, November 25, 2011
7pm-10pm
Private Home, Mountain View, CA

Join Jews’ Next Dor for our monthly potluck Shabbat dinner, which this month falls on Shabbat Hol HaMoed Yom Turkey! This event is at a private home in Mountain View 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. Please remember that this is a vegetarian/dairy dinner and be careful of which Thanksgiving leftovers you bring. 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 an APPETIZER
If your last name begins with H – M, please bring a DRINK
If your last name begins with N – R, please bring a SIDE/SALAD
If your last name begins with S – Z, please bring a DESSERT
**Note: if the host contacts you about bringing a main dish, you do NOT also need to bring something else from this list.

If you have questions about this event, please email JewsNextDor@beth-david.org. We look forward to seeing you! Facebook Event

Jews’ Next Dor Dinner in Tel-Aviv

Thursday, December 22, 2011
8pm (Tel Aviv time)
Yotvata in Town, 76 Herbert Samuel Promenade, Tel Aviv, Israel

Join Jews’ Next Dor in Israel for a vegetarian/dairy family style dinner. The Yotvata in Town restaurant is located on the Tel-Aviv promenade, with a view (and the distinct salty fragrance) of the Mediterranean. They feature many dishes based on the dairy products of the Yotvata kibbutz in the south of Israel. Price will be under the Shekel equivalent of $20. Invite your Jewish 20 and 30 something friends to join us too. Contact JewsNextDor@beth-david.org with any questions. Organized by Moshe Z. Facebook Event

2nd Annual Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor

Saturday, January 28, 2011
Doors Open at 7:00pm, Show Begins at 7:30pm
Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA 95070

Come one, come all to the second annual Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor! We’re putting on a night of creative showcase for the entire community on Saturday, January 28, 2011. Young adults will be performing their family-friendly music, dance, comedy, poetry, and more, all to help raise money for all the wonderful Jews’ Next Dor programming we enjoy week to week. Do you have a talent that you’re willing to share?  Fill out this form to sign up to perform! Registration deadline is January 3, and rehearsal dates are January 9 and January 15.  This year, we are putting a particular emphasis on small group performances—so sign up with your creative, entertaining ideas!  If you aren’t a performer, don’t worry; there are still several other ways to be involved. Please contact us at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org for information on the other volunteers we need. Most importantly, we need you, your friends, and your family in the audience! Get your tickets online for $8 in advance for ages 13+, $10 at the door. Ages 12 and under are $5 anytime. Online tickets sales close January 26th. Come cheer on your fellow young adults and marvel at the myriad talent that has been surrounding you all this time. Facebook event

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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Toy Drive, Potluck Shabbat, Angel Island Hike, Ice Cream Social & Board Games, and more from Jews’ Next Dor

Posted by challahbackgirl on October 26, 2011


Friends & Neighbors,It was wonderful to see many of you at Hanging in the Hut. Thanks again to the 90 volunteers who helped make our 111 events from July 2010 through June 2011 a reality for all 306 attendees. Thank you to everyone who helps out, from telling a friend about the group and bringing them to an event, to helping organizing or hosting one of our events. Come get the inside scoop and learn more about how you can give back to our community at our next volunteer meeting on November 15 at a private home in Mountain View http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rv. Whether you can make the meeting or not, please don’t hesitate to contact us at JewsNextDor@beth-david.org to share feedback, find out about volunteering, share an event idea, etc.

Thanks to those who donated toys at Hanging in the Hut to kick-off our Holiday Toy Drive. We’ll be collecting toys through December 12 at our events and in the box in the lobby of Congregation Beth David. Toys should be new, unwrapped in their original packaging for ages 0-17.

For the first time, Jews’ Next Dor will be holding an event in Tel Aviv, Israel this December as some of our past participants have made aliyah, and some current members will be visiting. If you’ll be in Israel on December 22, we encourage you to attend http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rt.

We look forward to seeing you at any of our upcoming events. Please help our organizers out by RSVPing in advance.

Friday, October 28, 2011 – Potluck Shabbat in Cupertino http://wp.me/p3HcM-Qv
Sunday, October 30, 2011 – “Immigrate” to Angel Island Hike with Yidventure http://wp.me/p3HcM-Qr
Saturday, November 5, 2011 – Ice Cream Social and Board Games http://wp.me/p3HcM-R2
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – Meet & Greet at Siam Fine Thai Cuisine http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rr
Saturday, November 19, 2011 – Roaring 20s Murder Mystery http://wp.me/p3HcM-R8
Friday, November 25, 2011 – Potluck Shabbat Hol HaMoed Yom Turkey http://wp.me/p3HcM-R4
Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 2nd Annual Talent Show Benefit for Jews’ Next Dor http://wp.me/p3HcM-Rk

We look forward to seeing you and your Jewish 20 & 30 something friends,
Aleeza, Ben, Bianca, David, Ella, Levi, & Shelli
JewsNextDor@beth-david.org

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

Email us at: JewsNextDor@beth-david.org
Follow our blog at: https://cbdyag.wordpress.com
Join Our Mailing List at: http://groups.google.com/group/cbdyag

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