Events, Programs & Classes

Talmud Study (Zoom)

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
with Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
We will begin Masechet Ta’anit. If you already have Masechet Megillah Koren edition (which was studied prior to Pesachim), you also have Ta’anit – it is part of the same volume. Or it can be purchased and downloaded here: https://korenpub.com/products/vol-12-taanit-megilla-pdf To connect with Zoom https://zoom.us/j/734334750?pwd=VUx5U0tpclZHV3Y4M0F2V1JaeE84dz09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 734 334 750, Password: 854888

Approachable Torah (beit midrash)

Saturday,  December 3, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
with Rabbi Allan Berkowitz
Join Rabbi Berkowitz for his monthly Approachable Torah session.

Family Learning Experiences (classrooms)

Saturday, December 3, 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
with Rabbi Nathan Roller
Learn and celebrate the Jewish year! Open to all Beth David Families. The next Family Learning Experience is Sunday, December 18, 9:00 a.m.

Jews on Broadway (Social Hall)

Sunday, December 4, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Jews have had a long history of distinction in the arts. Lecturer and musical performer Deborah Rosengaus will take an in-depth look at some of the most influential Jewish performers and creators, examine their lives, their art, and how their Jewish identity played a role in shaping their careers. From the roaring 20s through today, we’ll explore the contributions of these incredible talents while enjoying historic recordings.

The Joy of Being a Grandma (Offsite)

Tuesday, December 6, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Hosted by Dafna Mizrahi
Starbucks Cupertino, Stevens Creek and DeAnza Blvd
Dafna Mizrahi loves being a grandmother and would enjoy getting together with other grandmothers. Please email Dafi.sorokin@gmail.com if you are able to attend.  What is Grandma (SAVTA) group? We are women whose kids have left the house and we are trying to balance our lives with our children, grandchildren, their spouses and our spouses. But most of all, we are sharing how we are enjoying  our lives and taking care of ourselves. Plus ,we are  making new friends. (It is interesting that some of women who came to the coffee  have been member of Beth david for years and never met each other).

Intro to Judaism (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about being Jewish? Have questions about the Jewish religion? Join local Rabbis each week for the Intro to Judaism class. An overview of the Jewish life-cycle, holidays, and ritual. During the course of the year, students will gain an understanding of Jewish belief, history and calendar and gain exposure to important Jewish books including the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. Each session includes thirty minutes of Hebrew instruction. Register here: https://www.templesanjose.org/event/silicon-valley-intro-to-judaism-svij-class-5783.html

AAi Blood Drive (Social Hall)

Wednesday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The Abrahamic Alliance is sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross. To volunteer with AAi to assist Red Cross Staff during this blood dive (age 18+), sign up here To Donate blood, sign up here.

Balance and Stretch Class (Beit Midrash)

Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Aaron Hodges, an exercise and strength trainer, will be offering a balance and exercise class. This is a free introduction to the class. If there is interest, the class will be weekly, with a fee. Guest Signup    Member Signup

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION THROUGH THE HASIDIC LENS (BEIT MIDRASH)

Saturday, December 10, 10:00  – 11:15 a.m.
with Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia
Find personal meaning in Jewish prayer and discover that current spiritual tools are rooted in the traditional Jewish experience.

Jewish Book Discussion Group (Beit Midrash)

People Love Dead Jews: Report from a Haunted Present
by Dara Horn, led by Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
Saturday, December 10, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Horn draws upon her travels, her research, and also her own family life to assert the vitality, complexity, and depth of Jewish life against an antisemitism that, far from being disarmed by the mantra of “Never forget,” is on the rise. As Horn explores the (not so) shocking attacks on the American Jewish community in recent years, she reveals the subtler dehumanization built into the public piety that surrounds the Jewish past―making the radical argument that the benign reverence we give to past horrors is itself a profound affront to human dignity.

Celebration of Light (Offsite)

Saturday, December 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Blaney Plaza, Saratoga Village
Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road & Saratoga Avenue
Join the Saratoga Ministerial Association to build community and celebrate the diversity of Saratoga with light—a symbol of hope, joy, and faith across cultures. View Flyer

Annual Meeting (Sanctuary/Zoom)

Sunday, December 11, 10:30  a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
You are warmly invited—and strongly encouraged—to attend the Congregation Beth David Annual Meeting, in person or on Zoom. Those attending in person must be masked while indoors. To connect with Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86183975311?pwd=ZVUvYlE3UTh2NXZ4RjZPR1ZWa2d5QT09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 861 8397 5311, Passcode: 779352. Voting info to come.

General Board Meeting (Zoom)

Sunday, December 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
To connect with Zooom https://zoom.us/j/95814138026?pwd=dzV4S2UrRGN6ZzRqcjlNWkdZdE14QT09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 958 1413 8026, Password: 570592. If you are interested in the agenda for the meeting, please email secretary@beth-david.org

Hazak hanukkah Extravaganza (Social Hall)

Sunday, December 11, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A delightful forshpeiz of the approaching Festival of Lights. New York Deli Supper, Latkes & Dessert. Enjoy the company of your friends and a delightful movie “Bubbe Meises”. Cost is $25. RSVP by emailing hazak@beth-david.org no later than December 4th. This event is for Beth David Members only.

Climate Smart GoGreen Challenge: Food and Waste (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 13, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The GoGreen Teams program is a simple, easy and fun way to learn about climate and sustainability solutions, emergency preparedness and resilience and take actions! To connect with Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83565810475?pwd=TzlpQTFhNHpMQ3pGbFBXSGM5by9QUT09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 835 6581 0475, Passcode: 378570 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 835 6581 0475, Passcode: 378570. connect by phone, call (669) 90

What is the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards? (Zoom)

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Rabbi Jaymee Alpert, who is one of the 25 members of the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards, will talk about the group’s work and questions they answer. The committee is the central authority on Halacha in Conservative Judaism. To connect with Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81300057533?pwd=dFNXL21hVmRJSHNSUDV2cUNlMUt4QT09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 813 0005 7533, Passcode: 538542

Beth David Women Annual Update and Meeting (Social Hall)

Thursday, December 15, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Join Beth David Women for our annual update and business meeting. We will update you on our recent activities, discuss future plans, and solicit your suggestions. Without you, we are one woman short. Please bring your ideas and your friends. RSVPs are requested to help us plan.

Latkes, Vodka & Klezmer (social Hall)

Saturday, December 17, 5:45 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a Klezmer concert for Hanukkah featuring the San Francisco Yiddish Combo, as they present their own unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with years of experience in the jazz, blues, folk, and even hip hop world. Enjoy dancing while noshing on latkes and sampling vodka. Cost is $18 each (5 and under free). Please sign up and prepay by December 10: Guest sign up Member sign up. Masks required during the concert
View  the San Francisco Yiddish Combo website

 

Modern Musical Midrash (Zoom)

Tuesday, December 20, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
with Rabbi Nathan Roller
In this twice monthly series, Rabbi Nathan Roller will lead us in examining biblical stories and themes through the music and lyrics of Alicia Jo Rabins. Each standalone lecture will focus on one biblical character or theme, deepening our connections to biblical characters, and enhancing our understanding of ancient texts.  To connect with Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82327433526?pwd=SUZ1YStDSUFETDAwdHY3YzF1Rm00Zz09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 823 2743 3526, Passcode: 886859

BETH DAVID WOMEN HANUKKAH LUNCH (SOCIAL HALL/SUKKAH PATIO)

Thursday, December 22, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Please join Beth David Women for a festive Hanukkah lunch that will feature latkes and a variety of holiday foods.  More information and RSVP

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Hosted by SJcUSY Teens (social Hall)

Sunday, December 25,  6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Join us on the last night of Hanukkah for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser to support USY teens. Dinner, Drinks and Dessert will be available for $15 per person. We will light the candles and after dinner a youth and adult movie will be shown. This is a great way to spend Dec 25th as a community and help support the teen programs. Sign up Here. If you are a teen who would like to volunteer sign up here.
See all SJCUSY events for teens.

January Jump Start – Tikkun Olam Team (Zoom)

Tuesday, January 3, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Time to jump start our Tikkun Olam activities for 2023. We’ve got a fantastic Mitzvah Day lined up for February 5, and then what’s next? Let’s discuss together so active Tikkun Olam actions remain a primary value of our Beth David community! To connect with Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82456364760?pwd=VVpCKzJYd1J3TmdrVWY2b0FCclNHZz09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 824 5636 4760, Passcode: 574434