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Events in the Wider Community


ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal is proud to present Tikshoret, a NEW ONLINE ADULT EDUCATION INITIATIVE.   We aim to offer adults an opportunity to dive deeply into the spiritual and educational gifts of Jewish Renewal. Tikshoret tuition is intentionally low to welcome a diverse group of learners.

The Hebrew word Tikshoret comes from the root for “deep connection,” and that’s what these classes are designed to be: an opportunity to connect with the riches of our tradition.

SHOSHANA - ALEPHRegister now for ONLINE CLASS:  Eve and Lilith: Secrets of the Creation of the Divine Feminine 
Instructed by Shoshanna R. Schecter-Shaffin
Wednesdays, March 30, April 6, 13, & 20 – 8:30-10 pm Eastern Time

Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin is a feminist blogger, writer, non-traditional Rebbetzin and career Jewish Educator and Jewish Professional. She is the Executive Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and serves on the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies and Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Shoshanna is a graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with a focus on Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is married to Rabbi Royi Shaffin from Congregation Or Atid in Richmond, Virginia and is the mother of three verbose and vivacious daughters, Netanya, Elianna, and Kinneret.

To learn more and reserve your place today, click here:

We hope that you will join Shoshanna on this sacred journey!


Are You a White Jewish Parent of a Biracial or Multiracial Child, in an Interracial and Interfaith Relationship?  What is your experience like?  Can you share your experience?  Please contact Rachel Weisberg, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, to become a volunteer in a psychology reserach study. Rachel Wesiberg, M.A. Call (415) 580-1229 or email


Jewish-Muslim Discussion Group! cosponsored by the Pacifica Institute and Netivot Shalom
Thursdays 7:30pm-9pm: March 10 at Congregation Netivot Shalom, April 14 at Pacifica Institute, May 19 at Congregation Netivot Shalom, June 2 at Pacifica Institute. (Pacifica Institute is located 979 San Pablo Ave, Albany, 2nd floor.) We’ll be reading “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims” by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali. It is not necessary to complete the book prior to our meeting, as we will go through it slowly and use it as a basis for discussion.


JCHS Middle School Workshops! Calling all middle schoolers! You’re invited to the Jewish Community High School of the Bay’s annual workshops series. Meet new people, build your skills and have some fun!

March 13th: 1:30-3:00 pm: Basketball Workshop

April 10th: 12:30-2:30 pm: Studio Art Workshop

*All workshops are free of charge. *Space is limited.

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One of the 6-part series of Walking in the Valley of the Shadow, a project of The Gamliel Institute, Sinai Memorial Chapel, and Lehrhaus Judaica
Mourning and Grief: After the Death.  Sunday, April 3, 7:00 pm. At Congregation Netivot Shalom Tuition $10.  In this essential session we will address Kaddish basics, what the Jewish tradition says about mourning and grief and memory, and how to gather community support. We will create a safe place to share special cases such as stillbirth and neonatal death; sudden, and traumatic death. We will explore the customs of the first year and talk about “When does grief really end?”


Sparks of Light Tour to Israel and the West Bank
September 12 – 24, 2016
For further info, email: Peacebuilderstour@gmail.comThis tour is focused on meeting Israeli and Palestinian peace builders who hold each people with respect for their humanity, needs and rights. We will meet organizations using a variety (and sometimes, a combination) of approaches. These include education, dialog, political action, sports, medicine, interfaith alliances and living together. We will also be introduced to various cultures such as the Druze, Bedouin, Bahai, Jewish Israeli and Palestinian. There will be tours of Old City Jerusalem, Old Jaffa, Haifa and Bethlehem. Tour guides will be both Palestinian and Israeli. Periodically, we will hold group discussions among the tour participants, led by trained, in-country, facilitators. MEJDI, the tour company, is a joint Palestinian/Israeli venture and was selected by National Geographic to arrange their tours.The local tour originators and coordinators are Judy Gussmann (Jewish) and Seema Dajani (Palestinian). They have experience as co-facilitators in Jewish/Israeli-Palestinian dialog and started a Palestinian-German-Jewish circle, now in its fifth year. Additionally, they have done presentations about various aspects of the Palestinian-Jewsh/Israeli relationships. Last Spring, they went on an exploratory trip to interact with peace building groups. They were amazed and impressed with the work being done and the extraordinary human beings doing it. Many of those are included in this tour, along with some others.
The ultimate purpose of the trip is to expose people to the organizations that bring light to such a darkly conflicted place, with the possibility that tour members will be moved to support one/some of them and help them become larger and stronger. In such troubled times, this feels more urgent than ever.

Camp Tawonga’s 2016 program dates are available on our website and registration is open! Tawonga is a Jewish, residential summer camp that is American Camp Association accredited, and has a staff/camper ratio of 1/1.5. Tawonga’s beautiful 160 acre property is located right outside Yosemite National Park in Stanislaus National Forest. Tawonga offers camp sessions as well as teen leadership, a teen service learning trip to Washington D.C., and adventure travel programs for 2nd through 12th graders. Tawonga also offers weekend family camps.

Join us for a Camp Tawonga information session! Meet Camp Tawonga Directors to learn about our great programs, and get all your questions answered. Snacks and activities for kids provided! Tell a friend! Bring a friend!

More information and RSVP 415-543-2267,, or

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