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Jewish Book Discussion Group (Beit Midrash)

Kantika by Elizabeth Graver
Saturday, August 10, 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
A kaleidoscopic portrait of one family’s displacement across four countries, Kantika―“song” in Ladino―follows the joys and losses of Rebecca Cohen, feisty daughter of the Sephardic elite of early 20th-century Istanbul. When the Cohens lose their wealth and are forced to move to Barcelona and start anew, Rebecca fashions a life and self from what comes her way―a failed marriage, the need to earn a living, but also passion, pleasure and motherhood. Moving from Spain to Cuba to New York for an arranged second marriage, she faces her greatest challenge―her disabled stepdaughter, Luna, whose feistiness equals her own and whose challenges pit new family against old. Led by Harry Cornbleet

The Art and Illustrations of Artist Bonnie Stone (Social Hall)

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Congregant Bonnie Stone will give a talk on her career as an illustrator and show examples of her work. Her illustrations include many books, some with Jewish themes. She will highlight her work on “Memories from a Russian Kitchen: From Shtetl to Golden Land” by the late Rosalie Sogolow.  She will also share controversial moments involved with the creation of this book. Bonnie also worked for years with congregant and Beth David founder Frederica Postman who authored “The Yiddish Alphabet Book”. The cost for this event is $10. Please RSVP by emailing Hazak@beth-david.org, your account will be billed.

Silver Anniversary Celebration in Honor of Nestor Cabrales (Social Hall)

Sunday, August 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Join us in celebration as we honor and thank Nestor for his 25 years of service and dedication to Congregation Beth David. Donations are being accepted in honor of Nestor.
RSVP to attend the event and donate, if desired. If you would like to donate towards the celebration but are not able to attend please click here!

History of the Jewish Community of Argentina (Beit Midrash)

Tuesday, August 20, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Zachary M. Baker, Reinhard Family Curator Emeritus of Judaica and Hebraic Collections, Stanford University Libraries, will speak on his research on cultural topics growing from his many trips to Argentina. He visited the AMIA Jewish community building in Buenos Aires following the bombing in 1994. Luckily its priceless archives, art objects, and library collection were salvaged.

Jewish Community Pride Shabbat (Sanctuary)

Friday, August 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Join Congregation Beth David and all of the local congregations as we share Pride prayers and welcome the LGBTQ Jewish community, along with allies, family and friends in celebration of Shabbat.

Jewish Silicon Valley SV Pride Parade (Offsite)

Sunday, August 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth David is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. Join the Jewish Silicon Valley community for the 2024 Silicon Valley Pride parade! Show up LOUD AND PROUD for our LGBTQ+ community to embrace our identities, support one another, and loudly and proudly declare that you belong here! Join us as we walk along the parade route, proudly holding signs, wearing affiliated organizations’ logos (if you would like), and accessorizing with a unifying JSV Pride swag in an effort to support the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you identify as LGBTQIA+ or as an ally, your presence matters. Let’s celebrate the diversity that enriches our community and embrace the Jewish value of inclusivity that strengthens us all.  More info

September save the date
  • Sunday, September 8: Parking Lot Clean Up, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 8: College Fair at Beth David, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 8: Exodus 1947 – The Ship That Launched a Nation, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.