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Saturday, July 18, 10am-3:30pm

Come celebrate Shabbat in a beautiful setting at Lake Temescal! 

lake TemescalServices led by Rabbi David, Rabbi Dev & Julie Nesnansky, Beth Dickinson & Debbie Fier.  Auf Ruf to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Malka Stover & Jenna Kemp! We will also be offering gratitude and blessings to SAM Luckey as she heads off to rabbinical school at Hebrew College in Boston. 

Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on during services. We will have limited seating available.

Lunch is provided, with vegan and gluten free options.

This event is FREE!

Volunteers are needed! Please sign up Here.

(New and improved location: More level, more private, more shade in picnic area, and closer to the lake!)

Playshops offered by:

Rabbi David: Good Torah/Bad Torah: From our 21st century perspective, Torah gives us mixed messages about what are “Jewish values.” Is there a primal message in the Torah that enables us to distinguish between Torah segments that morally bind us and those that need to be either set aside or reinterpreted? On this issue, we’ll look at one or two troubling passages, a segment from the Talmud and another from Rabbi Art Green’s Radical Judaism.

Beth Dickinson:  Sing and be Free! Singers come and play!  We’ll spend a sweet shabbos afternoon singing niggunim, rounds, chants and other songs.  If you have a particular chant or song that you’d like to learn or sing at the playshop, send a request to Beth Dickinson via Kehilla at

The Jewish Studio Project: Rabbi Soloveitchick teaches that Shabbat is not about the cessation of creativity, but rather about being partners with God in the creative process. In this playshop, we’ll relish the unique opportunity Shabbat affords us to imagine, play and create through a collaborative, hands-on creative experience using found and natural objects.


10am-12pm:  Services
12pm-1pm:  Lunch 
1:15-2:30pm:  Playshops
2:45pm:  Closing Circle

We will be at Streamside and Big Rock picnic areas at Lake Temescal.

There is a $5 parking fee to use the parking lot.  


Directions to South Entrance parking lot close to the picnic site (off Broadway Terrace, located near 6628 Broadway Terrace.)   (If it’s too full, go to the North Entrance.) From Hwy 24, take Hwy 13 south, exit immediately at Broadway Terrace. Turn left at Broadway Terrace, immediately turn left again into Park Tunnel. Road ends in park. From South on Hwy 13: exit Broadway Terrace. Turn left on Broadway Terrace. Go under freeway, stay in right lane, turn right into Park Tunnel. Road ends in park.

Directions to North Entrance with a larger parking lot (off Broadway). From the South end drive east on Broadway Terr., go under Highway 13 and turn left onto the Highway 13 on ramp. Transition onto Highway 24 east (Walnut Creek), exit at Old Tunnel Road, and turn right at the exit onto Broadway and proceed west to the north end parking lot entrance on the left.

Public Transit–Take AC Transit bus #59 from the 19th Street BART station or the Lake Merritt BART station to the south end entrance on Broadway Terrace. Call to confirm bus schedule–AC Transit: 511 or 817-1717; TDD/TTY: 800-448-9790; ParaTransit: 510-287-5000


Kiddush Sponsors

Bracha and Don Stone – In memory of Janet Adelman and Bob Osserman who were great retreat goers.

Varya Simpson and Charles MacDermed – In memory of Rabbi Bernard Zlotowitz.

Glitter Kehilla – In honor of Malka, Jenna, and SAM, fabulous pillars of the Glitter community. Glitter Kehilla wishes Malka and Jenna much joy and happiness in their marriage and SAM much luck in rabbinical school.

Malka Stover and Jenna Kemp – In honor of our family who have come from out of town for our wedding AND our Kehilla community that has been so generous and supportive of us over the last few years.

Jan Herzog-  To commemorate my father, Bert Herzog’s yahrzeit and in honor of my mother, Lois Gordon’s 86th birthday

Laura Boxer and Hedy Straus – In memory of Laura’s brother’s yartzheit, Ira Boxer.

Retreat Supporters

Anna Martin and Loel Solomon

Shoshana, Dave, and Becca Finacom – In honor of our wonderful community

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