Weekly E-NewZ Blast 


September 14          23 Elul 5777


High Holy Days The clergy, staff, and Board of Trustees wish you and your families a
L'shanah tova u'metukah -
best wishes for a good and sweet yea

We look forward to celebrating with you in the coming days. 

Click here for the schedule of services.
In This Issue
Volunteers Needed
In Memoriam
BEW Social
Free Birthright Trip
Book Club
URJ Biennial
Around the Bay
Help Us Help You
Gan Hazikaron
Streaming Services
Donate Your Car
New This Week!
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Upcoming Events

Friday, September 15
6:30 pm   Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, September 16
9:00 am  Torah Study
9:00 am  Gesher L'Kesher Excursion
10:30 am  Shabbat Morning Service, Dylan Daniel Becomes Bar Mitzvah
7:00 pm  Selichot Study and Service

Sunday, September  17
8:20 am Hebrew
9:30 am  Rishonim
9:45 am  Adult Ed: How to: The High Holy Days
11:35 am  Hebrew

Monday, September 18
4:30 pm Hebrew
7:00 pm  Or HaLev Meditation

Tuesday, September 19
8:00 am  Morning Minyan
7:00 pm  Lay-led Torah Study
7:00 pm  Board of Trustees

Wednesday, September 20
12:00 pm  Office Closes
5:30 pm  Erev Rosh Hashanah Early Service
8:00 pm Erev Rosh Hashanah Late Service

Thursday, September 21
Rosh Hashanah
8:00 am  Tree of Life Service
10:00 am Family Play at Beresford
10:30 am  Adult Service
4:00 pm Young Children's Service (Pre-K)

Friday, September 22
Rosh Hashanah - 2nd Day
10:30 am  Morning Service
6:30 pm  Erev Shabbat Shuvah Service 

Saturday, September 23
9:00 am  Torah Study
10:30 am   Tashlich Service and Picnic, Gull Park, Foster City

Selichot Service and Study - Forgiveness
Saturday, September 16
7:00 pm  Study session with Rabbis Sara Mason-Barkin and Lisa Kingston
8:00 pm  Service with Elana Jagoda Kaye, Joe Buchanan, and our clergy.

Explore the poetry and art of our prayer book or create a vision board to prepare you for the year ahead. Experience a moving and beautiful service of music, poetry, and prayer, beginning with havdallah and ending with the sound of the shofar and the public changing of our Torah covers to their holiday white. Refreshments will follow.

Your reply will help us plan.

Volunteers Needed for the
High Holy Days
Rides to Services Needed
Several congregants have requested rides to services during the High Holy Days (and Friday night services too). If you might be able to drive someone who lives close to you, to and from services, please contact Adrienne in the front office.

Ushers Needed for Yom Kippur
Help seat our congregants during Yom Kippur. Contact Art Paley.

Be a Greeter!
BEW will be joining Brotherhood greeting the congregation as they enter PTBE for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Can you help us out? Please click on this link to sign up. We need 4 volunteers for each slot and time is running out! Thank you, in advance, for helping.

Schedule of Shabbat Services
Friday, September 15
6:30 pm   Erev Shabbat Service
Saturday, September 16
10:30 am  Shabbat Morning Service, Dylan Daniel Becomes Bar Mitzvah
Friday, September 22
6:30 pm  Erev Shabbat Shuvah Service
Saturday, September 23
10:30 am  Tashlich Service at Gull Park, Foster City

In Memoriam

We express our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the recently departed.

We remember those who have passed away in the last month including

Andrew Pink

Ramona Simpson
Mother of Bob Wick (Lori Greenblat-Wick)

Gary Goldberg
Husband of Linda Goldberg

May their memory be a blessing.

SSH - Sunday Sandwich Hevre
Sunday, September 17, 11:30 am 

An opportunity to do one more mitzvah before 5777 ends!

Join your PTBE friends to make lunches for our neighbors in need. 
Sandwiches and bagged meals you make are distributed the same day by Samaritan House. Questions? Email Laurie.
How To: The High Holy Days
Sunday, September 17, 9:45 am
Rabbi Lisa Kingston will teach the first in a series of adult education programs on  how to do the Jewish holidays. This class is perfect for adults looking for creative and meaningful ways to celebrate the High Holy Days with their families.

BEW Wine & Cheese Sukkot Social
Monday, October 9, 7:00 pm

Join us as we kick off another year of Beth El Women in the Sukkah. Wine, cheese, and chocolate await you! Bring a friend and help us fill the Sukkah with laughter. RSVP to Pam Barasch by Thursday, October 5, so we can plan for a great evening.

Registration Is Open for Birthright Trips
Masada at sunrise
Masada at Sunrise
Join Kesher, the only trip organized by the Reform Movement, for your FREE Birthright Israel adventure for 18-26 year olds.

Eat the most delicious hummus of your life. Touch ancient ruins, visited by your ancestors for thousands of years. Wander with your besties and meet amazing new people, too. Create an account now to guarantee your place on the trip of your choice. Visit today. Need more info? Visit

Or HaLev--Jewish Meditation
Or HaLev Logo Resumes Monday, September  18, 7:00 pm

Or HaLev (Light of the Heart)--the Center for Jewish  Meditation at PTBE--is beginning its 15th year providing the opportunity for one of our meditation teachers to teach about a different Jewish topic related to mindfulness meditation along with one or two short sits. Whether you are an experienced meditator or have never meditated before, please join us. 

Ongoing meditations are held most Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm in the Meditation Room. (The Meditation Room is located behind the bimah in the Sanctuary.)  

Please refer to PTBE's calendar to confirm that the group is meeting on the date you plan to attend.

PTBE Book Club
Next Discussion: Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm

Rabbi Lisa Kingston and Lisa Meltzer Penn will lead a discussion on the Roz Chast's graphic novel:   Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir.

A limited number of books will be available to borrow from the temple office after October 2. If you would like to reserve a copy, email Cindi. The book is also available on Amazon.
URJ & WRJ Biennial
Sign Up Today!
December 6 - 10
Join 5,000 Jews from across North America and around the world to learn, pray, share ideas, dance and sing, hear from inspiring speakers and the leaders of our Movement, reunite with old friends, create new connections, and make decisions about the policies of the Reform Movement. Our own Elana Jagoda Kaye will be performing Saturday night!

Scholarships Available for High School Seniors
moneybag_graphic.jpg The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California 
Applications due September 29

Call Don Collins at 415-920-5185 to apply.

 Around the Bay and Beyond
New The Science of Viral Behavior with Lee Daniel Kravetz, Author of 
Strange Contagion
Tuesday, September 267:30 to 9:00 pm
Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
Based on the bestselling book Strange Contagion, the talk is simultaneously a moving account of one community's tragedy and a rigorous investigation of social phenomenon. A wine and cheese reception will be followed by the talk. Free admission but seating is limited. 

New Preschool Academy - Harvest Festival with Isaac Zones
Sunday, October 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
An afternoon of fun learning activities including a performance by musician Isaac Zones, especially for children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Co-sponsored by PJ Library. Free admission, but please register.

A Reason to Remember - Roth, Germany 1933-1942
Photography and Narratives on display through September 29
Presentation and Reception: September 15, 2:00 to 4:30 pm, NDNU Gellert Library
Learn more

Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program - Lessons for living. A training for life.
November 3, 5, 10 & 12; 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 
As a volunteer, you'll be matched with a client to provide companionship, respite, compassion, and critical support to that individual and their family. No prior healthcare experience is necessary.
Learn more

Help Us Help You



We are a caring community, and we want to know if any of our members are ill or in the hospital. If you know of someone who is in need of special attention, please be in touch with any of our clergy. Because of privacy policies, hospitals do not inform us when a member is a patient. 


Also, if you know of a family in need of meals or a visit from the Caring Committee, please contact  Adrienne in the temple office.  


We are here for our community, and we want to offer comfort and support to all of our families. Please communicate with us so that we can be there for you and your family in your time of need. 



Gan Hazikaron - Garden of Remembrance 

Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 at Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo

Serving the Jewish Community of the Peninsula, Maintained by PTBE

One of Northern California's most beautiful memorial parks, overlooking the coastal hills. Pre-need arrangements available and encouraged, with discounts for PTBE members. For information, contact Eric Stone.

Join PTBE's LinkedIn Group
LinkedIn has become a valuable resource in the business world for job hunting, finding people who have expertise that may be needed, networking, and developing and nurturing contacts. One of the best ways to get the most out of LinkedIn is through its various groups.

Sanford Friedman has volunteered to administer the Group and can help you with any questions. He can be contacted by email or at 415-346-2455.

Join our LinkedIn Group, another way to enhance our vibrant PTBE community!

Watch Services Live or On Demand

If you are unable to attend Erev Shabbat or Shabbat morning services, you are now able to watch services streaming live on your computer or watch on demand at a later date. Here is the link.

Donate Motor Vehicles, Jewelry, & Real Estate

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