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Beyond Shabbat

by Beth Bittle, Managing Director

Beth-profile-pic-150x150Welcome to Beyond Shabbat!

The next Chai Kabbalat Shabbat is on Friday, November 20th.  Come out to enjoy this lively Friday night service.  Volunteers will be needed in the early evening to help in the kitchen with food prep and with some light set up before the potluck that begins at 6:15pm.  We will also need volunteers to help with clean up after dinner. Please let me know when you are available to volunteer for this service.

The Kehilla Hanukkah Celebration is on December 12th!  We will begin the evening at 6pm in the Sanctuary with a performance and puppet show by Octopretzel!  This will be a fun, lively show especially for families.  The evening will continue with latkes provided by Jack Stuber and a potluck meal. After we have our fill of latkes, the talent show will begin.  That’s right, we are bringing back the Kehilla Talent Show!  Now is the time to start thinking about which of your talents to showcase.  We will have a limited signup sheet at the beginning of the evening.  Please sign up early before all the spaces are gone.  Performances will be limited to 1 song or 4 minutes of performance.  Many volunteer opportunities will be available including helping in the kitchen, greeting, ticketing and clean up.

For all Avodah opportunities, sign up by contacting me, Beth Bittle, at (510) 547-2424, ext. 106 or

Sign up with Jan Herzog, Kiddush Coordinator, at to sponsor a Kiddush.  Kiddush Sponsors are responsible for purchasing and delivering Challot, grape juice, desserts and drinks, and having it set-up at Kehilla by 7:20PM on Fridays (5:50PM for Tot Shabbat) and 10:15AM on Saturdays.  


Upcoming Avodah Opportunities:

  • November 20th, Chai Kabbalat Shabbat
    • Kitchen prep
    • Clean up
  • December 12th, Hanukkah Celebration
    • Ticketing/Greeting – 5:30pm
    • Light setup – 6pm
    • Kitchen prep – 6:15pm (1st Round)
    • Kitchen prep – 7pm (2nd Round)
    • Clean up – 8pm
    • Talent show assistants – 8pm
    • End of evening cleanup


Thank you to all of our amazing High Holy Day Volunteers!  We filled over 80 shifts with volunteers, so amazing.

Kiddush Sponsorships available

  • Friday, November 20th: Chai Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, November 28th: Shabbat
  • Friday, December 4th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 12th: Shabbat
  • Friday, December 18th: Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 19th: Shabbat
  • Saturday, December 26th: Shabbat


Thank you Kiddush Sponsors!

September 19 – Amy Bat Tziporah in memory of her beloved Bubbies, Zaydies, mother and father, and Beth Weinberger in memory of her mother, Frieda Weinberger.

October 17 – Monica Haddad & Tim Silk in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jonah Haddad Silk.

October 24- Lisa Raffel & Scott Smith in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Josiah Raffel-Smith.

October 31 – Barbara Cohen & Allen Price in honor of the birthday of Barbara’s sister, Sue Kearney.


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