Events, Programs & Classes

JFS and the Resettling of Refugees in our Community(Zoom)

Thursday, October 21, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
In this hour-long session, JFS of SV Director Mindy Berkowitz will discuss what has occurred in refugee resettlement since 2016 with an emphasis on the current state of refugee resettlement in Silicon Valley.  Mindy will help dispel some “myths” and let us know how our community can best help.  She will also answer your questions. Hosted by Beth David Women. To connect with Zoom connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 840 9397 9004, Passcode: 264691

Talmud Study with Rabbi Alpert (Zoom)

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Rabbi Alpert will begin teaching Talmud once again on Friday mornings. To connect with Zoom To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 734 334 750, Password: 854888

General Board Meeting (Zoom)

Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
To connect with Zoom, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 958 1413 8026, Password: 570592

Approachable Torah with Rabbi Berkowitz (Zoom)

Thursday, October 28,  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Join Rabbi Berkowitz for his monthly Approachable Torah session. To Connect with Zoom: Dial-in 408 638 0968 Meeting ID: 899 2552 6526 Passcode: 232968

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Beth David Women: Annual Update and Strategy Session (Zoom)

Thursday, October 28, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Join Beth David Women for our annual meeting, this year over Zoom. We will update you on recent activities, discuss future plans, and solicit your suggestions. Please bring your ideas and friends. Without you, we are one woman short! RSVP requested but not required. Go to To connect with Zoom, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 884 3057 6299, Passcode: 719253.

The New Reality in the Middle East (Zoom)

Sunday, October 31, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mr. Lior Haiat will be speaking to us directly from Israel, giving us an update about the Abraham Accords, (the diplomatic agreements between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco). In just one year’s time, we have seen a blossoming of joint cooperation, business deals, investments, free travel, and tourism between Israel and these four Arab countries. The Abraham Accords have also changed the political balance in the Middle East in Israel’s favor. Please join us as Mr. Haiat, together with his colleague, Mr. Shlomi Kofman, Israeli Consul General for our local area, offer us an in-depth discussion about the strategic implications of these accords, which have opened the door to a fantastic new era of Middle East reality. This event is sponsored by the Beth David Israel Action Committee. To connect with Zoom: To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 899 5887 3848, Passcode: 898493

OKtoberfest @ Faultline Brewing

Sunday, October 31, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Join us for Oktoberfest last hurrah  at the Faultline Brewing Company (1235 Oakmead Parkway, Sunnvale 94085). We will have themed discussions and an opportunity to play games and schmooze in small groups. Outdoor seating and first round of appetizers on us. Spouses and kids over 21 are always welcome. RSVP to

Pranayama with Robin Penn (Zoom)

Monday, November 1 & 15, 5:00  – 5:30 p.m.
Breathing session focusing on calming and health. To connect with Zoom Please email Robin @ for the updated password

Modern Musical Midrash (Zoom)

Tuesdays, November 2 & 16, December 7 & 21 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
In this twice monthly series with Rabbi Nathan Roller, we will be examining how modern music responds to and enhances our understanding of biblical stories and deepens our connections to characters found in our ancient texts. We will be looking at a range of songs and subjects, focusing primarily on stories of biblical women through the music and lyrics of Torah teacher Alicia Rabins, as presented in her musical midrash project, Girls in Trouble. Each lecture in this series will be a standalone lecture, focusing on one biblical character or theme. To connect with Zoom, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 823 2743 3526, Passcode: 886859

Jewish Baking with Beth Lee (Zoom)

Wednesday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Get ready to celebrate Chanukah! Join Beth David Women for a live cooking demonstration making baked AND fried sufganiyot with Beth Lee, author of The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook (as seen in the NY Times!) and founder of the popular food blog OMG! Yummy. Friends and family are welcome. The Essential Jewish Baking Cookbook is available at, an Amazon affiliate, and at at To connect with Zoom To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 825 3448 5832, Passcode: 746274

Happy Hour (Zoom)

Thursday, November 4,  5:00- 6:00 p.m.
Join Rabbi Alpert once a month and enjoy a beverage of your choice in the comfort of your own home while chatting with others at this online happy hour. To connect with Zoom To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 634 551 720, Password: 755401

Jewish Book Discussion Group
House on Endless Waters: A Novel, by Emuna Elon

Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher. While touring the Jewish Museum, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful faces of his parents, his older sister, Nettie…and an infant he doesn’t recognize. This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam’s dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger – but at a cost. Discussion led by Harry Cornbleet. To Connect with Zoom:, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102.

People of the Book (Zoom)

Sunday, November 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Howard Freedman, director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Library, will offer a multimedia presentation depicting how Jewish books have changed in both form and role from antiquity to the present day. With Hanukkah approaching, he will also discuss noteworthy new books.
San Francisco-based Jewish Community Library is a program of Jewish LearningWorks. Howard Freedman, a credentialed educator, is currently the Director of the Library. He has taught in a wide variety of settings. For the past nine years he has written the monthly Off the Shelf column on books in J., The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. This column reviews new books that are available or will be in the library. To connect online (with or without video), follow this link:, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-9128, Meeting ID: 885 5297 9998  Passcode: 809079