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I hope this email find you well.  I wanted to invite you to attend the Day Of Learning or Yom Limud, which will take place February 12th from 9:30 - 12:00.  This event is always attended by our Religious School families, and I thought it would be nice for all of us to come and learn together. 

We have a variety of classes for which you can register online (link at the bottom of this email) including a presentation by Marc Usatin about founding our beloved CBT, a small Torah study group with the Rabbi,  a Justice in Judaism class with the Cantor, Jewish cooking, art and dancing, to name a few.

For more information about the Day Of Learning, including parking instructions, a full list of our class offering and description please scroll down.

I hope you can all join me so we can learn, connect and explore together as one community!

Please contact me with any questions.

Todah Raba Ve'lehitraot (Thank you and see you soon),

Keren Smith
Director of Education

Welcome to this year's  Day Of Learning or Yom Limud which will take place February 12th from 9:30 - 12:00 (see schedule below).   We have a great selection of classes for you! 

Please note space in each class is limited and registration is on a first come first serve basis.   Class descriptions are listed below, to register for a session, use the link at the bottom of this email.     

IMPORTANT: on the Day Of Learning offsite parking is going to be available at the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District down the hill at 1250 Springbrook Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
 with Shuttle Service provided by the Men of CBT (THANK YOU) available to and from CBT from 9:10 - 9:30 and from 12:00 - 12:30.  

The Schedule for the day will be: 

9:30 - 10:00 - Community Tfilah - Meet in the Sanctuary.
10:00 - 10:45 - Session 1 Classes
10:45 - 11: 15 - Community Brunch
11:15 - 12:00 - Session 2 Classes

For questions about the Day of Learning contact Keren.  

Below are the titles of the classes. To learn more about each class either scroll down or click on the class you are interested in.   

Day Of Learning Classes:
Please read the description of Classes below, and use the Register Here button to sign up today!

A Taste of Israel
Instructors: Morah Aliza and Morah Zvia
Location: Kitchen & Social Hall
Age Group: ALL
Session: 1 & 2
Israeli cuisine came together from the many immigrants who settled in the Jewish homeland from a vast array of geographic background over the past sixty plus years.  The smells and flavors of this cuisine are intoxicating, and Israeli food is notorious for being healthy, fresh and delicious!  Join Morah Aliza and Zvia for a special experience of Israel flavors and make some of their favorite recipes: Humus, bukeras and Israeli salad. Beteavon!

DancingIsraeli Dancing
Instructor: Morah Tali
Location: Teen Lounge
Age Group: ALL
Session: 1 & 2
Israeli folk dancing has always been a part of the Israeli culture. Join Morah Tali and learn the steps  to some Israeli folk dance moves in a fun and simple way. We will dance to one of Israel's well known song, sang by the famous singer Yehoram Gaon.

tourIsrael, Let's go!
Instructor: Morah Julia
Location: 6th Grade Classroom
Age Group: ALL
Session: 1 & 2
Join Morah Julia on a virtual tour!   Come learn about Israel... plan a future trip or come just learn more about Israel: her ancient history, modern inventions and high tech, family destinations, night life, culture, successful agriculture and irrigation, mountains, deserts, vineyards (excellent wines), great cuisine and more. If you have photos from your trip to Israel, please contact  Morah Julia to get them in the slide show.

artJewish Art
Instructor: Morah Hagit
Location: Art Room
Age Group: ALL
Session: 1 & 2
Come learn about the famous Jewish artist Marc Chagall. He was  born Moishe Shagal in 1887 and raised in Vitebsk in Belarus as the oldest of nine children. In the 1950s, Pablo Picasso stated that "when Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is." We will talk about Marc Chagall and his work, then create an art project inspired by him.

midrashaJewish Education 2.0 - What's Next?
Instructor: Morah Devra
Location: 5th Grade Classroom
Age Group: ALL *7th Grade & their parents are encouraged to attend this class.
Session 1 & 2
Inviting 7th grade parents and teens to experience the sweet taste of Midrasha! This workshop illustrates the benefits, curriculum and programs that Contra Costa Midrasha has to offer for the Jewish teens in our area.  With special focus on CCM's teen participants, we will also taste, touch and see many of Midrasha's unique elements.  Join in for a sweet bite of Midrasha - donuts included!

HumorJewish Humor
Instructor: Morah Ellan and Moreh Jason
Location: 7th Grade Classroom
Age Group: 4th grade & Up
Session: 1 & 2
What's your favorite Jewish joke? Enjoy a taste of Jewish humor from the Shalom Aleichem to the Borscht Belt to Jerry Seinfeld.  We will explore the different styles and motivations behind the gold mine of Jewish humor . Bring a Jewish joke.

TzedekJustice, Justice You Shall Pursue
Instructor: Cantor Chabon and Alison Negrin
Location: Library
Age Group: 3rd Grade & Up
Session: 2
Come explore the the Jewish Value of Tzedek - justice with Cantor Chabon and Alison Negrin, Co-Chair of CBT Social Action Committee.  Take a look at our sacred texts, and how they apply to our modern day life.

SatinTikvah: A Founder's Vision
Instructor: Marc Usatin
Location: Sanctuary
Age Group: All
Join Marc Usatin, the founder of a place we all enjoy calling home, on a time travel journey to our past almost 36 years ago.  Learn about his vision for our congregation, the hurdles he surpassed and the hope he held on to in order to make his dream our reality.

Torah Torah Study and Discussion with Rabbi Gutterman
Instructor: Rabbi Gutterman
Location: Library
Age Group: 5th grade & Up
Session: 1 
You Spoke & We Listened - For those of you who have expressed an interest in more time to learn Torah on Sundays, this session will focus on learning more about the Ten Commandments (part of that week's Torah portion) in an accessible, contemporary way.

Keren Smith | Director of Education | 925-933-5397 | Schooldirector@tikvah.org