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

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Lunch N Learn with Jews’ Next Dor

Posted by mjew123 on January 17, 2013

Title: Lunch N Learn with Jews’ Next Dor

When: 12pm – 3pm, Saturday, February 9, 2013

Where: Congregation Beth David 1900 Prospect Rd., Saratoga, CA

Facebook Event Link:!/events/578931272132527/

Come and join Jews’ Next Dor for some introductory Torah Study at Congregation Beth David on Saturday, February 9th.

After a brief nosh, we will sit down and go over the weeks Torah portion (Mishpatim). No previous knowledge is needed. The only things that you need to bring are an open mind and interest in learning.

If you are interested in reading the portion in advance, you can read the whole thing here:

Congregation Beth David has also invited us to join them for Shabbat Morning Services at 9:30am.

“Rabbi Meir (Mai-eer) said: Anyone who engages in Torah study for its own sake (‘lishma’) merits many things. Not only that, but the entire world is worthwhile for him alone. He is called ‘friend’ and ‘beloved,’ he loves G-d, he loves man, he brings joy to G-d, he brings joy to man. It [the Torah] clothes him in humility and fear. It enables him to be righteous, pious, upright, and faithful. It distances him from sin and brings him to merit. [Others] benefit from him advice and wisdom, understanding and strength, as it says, ‘To me is advice and wisdom, I am understanding, and strength is mine’ (Proverbs 8:14). It gives him kingship, dominion and analytical judgment. It reveals to him the secrets of the Torah. He becomes as an increasing stream and an unceasing river. He becomes modest, slow to anger, and forgiving of the wrongs done to him. It makes him great and exalted above all of creation.”
Pirkei Avot

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.

This event was organized by Yonatan B., a Jews’ Next Dor volunteer.


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Beth David Welcomes You for Sukkot Services

Posted by challahbackgirl on October 11, 2011

Congregation Beth David at 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, CA welcomes you for Sukkot services & Simchat Torah. During the day on Simchat Torah see a full Torah scroll unrolled. It’s a site to behold and I recommend seeing it. Markers will be placed near it to show where various portions, narratives, poems or mitzvahs are along the scroll. Walk from one end to the other as finish and begin the Torah reading cycle.

Visit their website for more Sukkot activities for all ages. All Jewish 20 & 30 somethings are invited to join Jews’ Next Dor for our 8th Annual Hanging in the Hut and Toy Drive Kick-off.

Sukkot Services Schedule
Thursday, October 13th – Sukkot I
Services                                               9:30 am

Friday, October 14th – Sukkot II
Services                                               9:30 am
Services                                               6:30 pm
Supper in the SukkahRSVP              7:30 pm

Saturday,  October 15th – Sukkot III
Services                                               9:30 am
Youth Congregation                             10:00 am
Haverim Service                                   10:30 am

Wednesday, October 19th- Erev Shmini Atzeret
Hoshanah Rabbah @ Congregation Sinai          8:00 am
1532 Willowbrae Avenue, San Jose, 95125

Thursday, October 20th – Shmini Atzeret
Services                                               9:30 am
Erev Simchat Torah Services              7:30 pm

Friday, October 21st – Simchat Torah
Services                                               9:30 am
Meditation and Ma’ariv                          6:30 pm

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Revelation with Congregation Beth David: Shavout Learning and Services

Posted by challahbackgirl on June 3, 2011

Flier for Congregation Beth David Shavout 2011 Learning and Services

Join Congregation Beth David for a look into Mitzvot, Cheesecake and Services in celebration of the giving the the Torah for Shavuot.

Shavout: Celebrate the Giving of the Torah

Tikkun Leil Shavuot Late Night Study

Standing at Sinai: Torah of our Lives

Tuesday, June 7th Services at 9pm, Study until Midnight

Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, Ca

Rabbi’s Leslie Alexander, Allen Berkowitz, Philip Ohriner, and Daniel Pressman will each present on “My Favorite Mitzvah.” We will study and discuss the relevant texts and reflect together on the role of mitzvot in our lives.

Wednesday, June 8th

1st Day Shavuot

Service at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday June 9th

2nd Day Shavuot

Service at 9:30 a.m.

Megillat/Book of Ruth


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Hazon Food Conference 2009 Registration is Open

Posted by challahbackgirl on June 21, 2009

Register Today!

Join the New Jewish Food Movements and Jews of all Ages for the
4th Annual Hazon Food Conference

December 24th, 3 pm – 27th, 1 pm
Asilomar Conference and Retreat Center
On the Monterey Coast, CA

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Register today

You’ll find all the information you need on getting there, accommodations, programs, volunteering, and more on Hazon’s website.

Join the thinkers and doers of the New Jewish Food Movement – where contemporary food conversations meet ancient Jewish traditions. The fourth annual Hazon Food Conference is the only place in the world where farmers and rabbis, nutritionists and chefs, vegans and omnivores, come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, Jewish tradition and contemporary life.

The Hazon Food Conference is at the forefront of a national movement that explores the intersection of Jewish life and contemporary food issues. Conference themes focused on Jewish food culture, cutting edge food law and policy, food justice, kosher meat issues, health and nutrition, cooking and gardening, and Israeli food and agriculture.

Don’t miss four days of do-it-yourself food workshops, cooking demonstrations, lectures, discussions, kids and family activities, joyful Shabbat celebrations, and of course, delicious and consciously prepared food.

To learn more about Food Conference programs, click here.

To learn more about pre-Conference activities, click here.

Check out the action at last year’s conference:

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Reflections on Scholar in Residence

Posted by Scoby on February 5, 2009

On the weekend of Jan 30- Feb 1, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams came to Congragation Beth David as a Scholar in Residence. Her topics included Women of the Talmud, what the sages teach us about self-esteem, and baseball’s parallels with kabbalah. Here are a few things I learned from her.

-Turns out the ritual search for chametz is based on the ritual cleansing of a leper described in Parshe M’tzora.

-She loved our stained glass windows. Serendipitously, one of the windows has the letters of the Name of God arranged on the corners of a diamond, much like a baseball diamond.

-Baseball is considered by many to be a very Jewish sport. Rabbi Abrams published a collection of essays written by people in the community discussing the connections between Judaism and Baseball. Based on the conversations that ensued from her talk at Beth David, she thinks it’s time for a new edition.

-The smelling of the spices part of Havdalah used to be the time when we would relight our incense that would burn out over Shabbat. Apparently, the original incense recipe included urine.

-Most anything you like about another religion, in Judaism we can get it for you wholesale! (Her words!) Like the Indian greeting “Namaste”, “The light in me honors the light in you,” the sages agree we should acknowledge and respect the God in all of us. How can you love your neighbor as you love yourself if you don’t have very high self esteem? Remember that we are all made in God’s image.

-She helped write a musical about the Talmud. I love this woman!

For more information about Rabbi Abrams or her school for Adult Talmud Study, Maqom, visit

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CBD Scholar in Residence Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams: Making the Talmud Understandable, Relevant and Fun!

Posted by jewsnextdor on January 21, 2009

Join Jews’ Next Dor and Congregation Beth David for a weekend of learning with Rabbi Judith Abrams. She’ll treat us to talks on Baseball in the Talmud, Women in the Talmud, Passing on Judaism to the Next Generation, and the Talmud’s Guide to Self-Esteem. Of course Jews’ Next Dor welcomes you to join their Kiddish Klub Saturday morning when the Schor gives the drash on Understanding Bo.

Scholar in Residence Weekend: January 30 – February 1
Making the Talmud Understandable, Relevant and Fun!

Presented by Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams

Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams is a woman with a mission: She wants to bring the beauty of Rabbinic literature to as many people, and with as much depth, as possible. Join our Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Judith Z Abrams, in exploring the Talmud in novel and fun ways with the topics indicated below.

Please note the new times for Friday night services and Scholar talk/learning:

Date and Day

Start Time

End Time



January 30, Friday 8:00 pm 8:45 pm Services followed by Oneg

January 30, Friday 9:15 pm Learning after Oneg

Passing on Judaism to the Next Generation – what the sages teach about making Judaism accessible and meaningful for you, your children and your grandchildren.

January 31, Saturday 9:30 am Services –
Drash by Rabbi Abrams

Understanding Bo – learn to understand the ritual of the very first Passover and learn ways to enrich our own Pesach.

January 31, Saturday
(after services)
12:15 pm approx. Kiddush luncheon

January 31, Saturday (after Kiddush luncheon) 1:30 pm approx. 3:00 pm Learning after lunch

Women in Talmud – The sages were very pro-woman and women had a very strong place in their society.  We’ll meet some of these remarkable women and learn their stories.

January 31, Saturday 7:30 pm Havdallah and learning with Rabbi Abrams

The Talmud’s Guide to Self Esteem – The sages have brilliant insights on how to develop and maintain appropriate, positive self-esteem which we’ll learn in this session.

February 1, Sunday 9:00 am 10:30 am Services and “Worldwide Wrap”

Wrapping Tefillin – Learn and practice the mitzvah of wrapping tefillin. Sponsored by Men’s Club.

February 1, Sunday 10:30 am 12:00 noon Learning
activities and brunch, sponsored by Men’s Club

Baseball and the Talmud – Of all the sports, baseball is the one most connected with Judaism. We’ll explore these connections and how halachah interacts with baseball. Fun!

Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams has published many books on rabbinic literature and liturgies for children.  She earned her Ph.D. in Rabbinic literature from the Baltimore Hebrew University, rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and is the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study where anyone can learn, regardless of their background.

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Kiddush Klub is Going to Sisterhood Shabbat

Posted by challahbackgirl on January 14, 2009

Have you heard of Jews’ Next Dor’s Kiddush Klub?

The Kiddush Klub is an informal and unofficial gathering of Jews’ Next Dor on our home turf, Congregation Beth David, on Shabbat mornings.Some of us come for services, others just for lunch, we’d love for you to join us for either or both. Services begin at 9:30am (you’re welcome to stumble in anytime) Kiddush begins around noon (12pm). Look for us near the back. Consider this an open invitation to join us, and CBD any Saturday morning.
Questions? jewsnextdor[at]

This week the Kiddush Klub will enjoy Sisterhood Shabbat at Beth David as the CBD sisterhood leads services.

Sisterhood Shabbat 2009 at Congregation Beth David

Sisterhood Shabbat 2009 at Congregation Beth David

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Help Mission Minyan Scribe Their First Torah

Posted by challahbackgirl on December 23, 2008

SF’s Mission Minyan has been using loaner Torah’s for their Shabbat services, Simchat Torah, etc. They’ve decided it’s time to scribe their own. They’ve done all the leg work to pick the perfect sofer for them in Israel. Now you come in, make this a personal Torah by sponsoring a word to a whole book. I’ll let the Minyan give you all the details:

What is a minyan without its own Torah?We’ve decided to get our very own. It is being scribed RIGHT NOW in Israel. This is a new Torah, written in a gorgeous hand by a scholar whom we selected after a long process of looking at calligraphy for beauty and legibility.

You’re invited to help out on this once-in-a-lifetime project for the Minyan. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hallel, Latkes, and Sufganiyot

Posted by challahbackgirl on December 23, 2008

Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto has a regular daily minyan. This Thursday, December 25th,  minyan will includes some Hanukkah additions and foods.

It’s your chance to check out Thursday morning minyan! Minyan will
begin late this week – at 8 am instead of 6:45 – because it is a
Federal holiday. It’s not a Federal Holiday becauseof Chanukah, but it
certainly is Chanukah and we will have our Chanukah celebration. That
means: hallel (in addition to our usual davening), and breakfast
afterward with latkes and sufganiyot (in addition to the pickled
herring and hard boiled eggs)! In case donuts and pickled herring
doesn’t sound like a good combination to you, you are free to pick and
choose what you’d like.  Bring your chanukiah, if you’d like, and we
can light up the morning. (Same number of candles as the night

Several Thursday morning “regulars” are out of town so your attendance
would be especially appreciated.

Try it, you’ll like it!

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Saturday is Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat

Posted by jewsnextdor on December 17, 2008

Spend Shabbat with the CBD community, as Jews’ Next Dor, Congregation Beth David‘s Young Adult Group leads Shabbat morning services, and sponsors lunch this week. Come support Jews’ Next Dor, and schmooze over lunch. It’s our first ever Jews’ Next Dor Shabbat. All Congregation Beth David Shabbat services are open to all. Congregation Beth David is a Conservatice Synagogue associated with USCJ.

Facebook event

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