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Parashat Va-yera

This Shabbat
18 Ḥeshvan, 5780 / November 16, 2019
Parashat Va-yera
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Special Friday Night Services
November 15

Sigd Celebration @ 6:00pm

Join us for a remarkable evening to celebrate the Ethiopian Jewish holiday of SIGD. Begins with Kabbalat Shabbat with an African Flair followed by dairy potluck Shabbat dinner and Ethiopian Jewish speaker – Beza Abebe. Signup online or call the office at 408-257-3333. Free for CBD members, $5.00 for non-CBD members.
November 22
Family Shabbat and Potluck @ 6:00pm
This is an abridged service with plenty of singing geared towards school-aged children and their families followed by a potluck dinner! Sign up 

Is There a Youth in Your Life in Need of a Bit of Inspiration on Their Jewish Journey?
The Balk Family Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund can help! Nominations for summer 2020 resident camp scholarships are being accepted now.Please remember these are not merit-based
 We offer substantial aid, not based on academic results or activities, but, rather, to awaken a student’s Jewish identity. More information

New Tot Event Notification Group!We are trying out the Remind app as a way of keeping parents informed of upcoming events for tots at Beth David and we would love for you to join our group! You will only be added if you choose to join! Click here to sign up.

Qualified Charitable Distribution
If you are over 70 ½ years old and have a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA), making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) might be right for you!  More information


Thursday, November 14
Membership Committee Meeting
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15
Sigd Celebration
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 16
Donate Life Shabbat & Legacy Giving Shabbat
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 17
Understanding Muslim Neighbors – Session 1 
at Temple Emalu-el
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Monday, November 18
Common Ground through Common Sound!
 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Monday, November 18
Program Committee Meeting
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20
Board Meeting  View Agenda
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 21
Dames Who Dine
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 22
Family Shabbat and Potluck
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 23
Approachable Torah
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Saturday, November 23
Ask The Rabbi
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 24
Torah Fund Brunch
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Sunday, November 24
Men’s Club Meeting
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 25
Information Meeting on Proposed Bylaws Amendments
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 28
54th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 8
What Makes Music Sound Jewish?
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15
Hazak Chanukah Extravaganza
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 18
Annual Meeting
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

January 5, 2020
Purim Shpiel Auditions
1:00 p.m.


Coat and Warm Clothing Drive – Through December 15 – Many people in Santa Clara County are truly cold at this time of year and don’t have adequate clothing to get themselves warm. Please look through your closets and drawers for warm items: coats, sweaters, socks and other warm clothing plus sleeping bags and blankets. Some congregants shop at thrift stores for these items to donate.  Bring them to CBD or the JCC and deposit them in the front hall receptacle. The Tikun Olam Team will be delivering them where they will be given away at no cost to the recipient.

Pre-Make Stew for Christmas Dinner – Make a very easy oven baked beef stew (Recipe will be supplied) to be served at HomeFirst Shelter on Christmas Eve. If you can do this or have questions, please email.

Embrace A Family – View flyer  

Family Day of Code, Tinkering and Play at Yavneh Day School
Sunday, November 17, 11:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Get ready to be the next STEAM pioneer like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Leonardo DaVinci. Age-based coding, robotics and tinkering sessions for preK-8th grades. Free of charge and open to all! View Flyer

Yavneh Kindergarten Readiness Program for Parents 
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
View Flyer 

24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
Tuesday, November 19
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
Tiffany Shlain, author of a book about her commitment to unplugging her phone on Shabbat, will be speaking about how taking breaks from the phone brought her family closer. Get tickets 

Yavneh Kindergarten Information Nights
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
View Flyer 

An Evening Conversation with Professor Aaron Hahn Tapper at Yavneh Day School 
Wednesday, December 4th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Register for Event  

New! Erev Nigun v’Neshamah: Song & Spirit Nights
Thursday, December 5, 7:45 – 9:00 p.m.
These new evenings are our time to celebrate and meditate through sharing music together. Join our circle of song, using words and melodies that inspire us spiritually, with a pause between for breathing and quieting the mind. Some songs might be familiar and others fresh and new. No experience necessary, just an open heart and willingness to open your voice. Held at a private home. Email for address

Latkes and Laughs
Sunday, December 8, 5:30 p.m.
View Flyer 

Temple Emanu-El Holiday Fair
Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
View Flyer

On Going in the Community

Know someone with a new addition to the family?
Shalom Baby has special gifts to welcome newborns into our Jewish community! If you or someone you know has had a baby in the last 6 months, let PJ Library know and we will arrange a special goody-filled delivery. Click here to get started

Become a JFS Friendly Visitor – Make A Real Difference in the Life of An Isolated Senior!
As we put our best foot forward during this new Jewish year of 5780, consider taking action to enrich your life and the life of others.  JFS is in need of empathetic and committed volunteers to become Friendly Visitors.  A JFS Friendly Visitor is matched up with an isolated senior for a weekly or every other week visit and they form lasting friendships with the senior. Our Friendly Visitors say that they get so much more than they give. Contact Lori Cinnamon at
You are not alone! Mental Health Family Support Group
Second Monday of month, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m at Levy Family Campus More information

Grandparents Support Group
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