High Holiday Offers for Families 

Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, is coming soon!  The holiday begins at sundown on Sunday, October 2 nd .

High Holiday Gift Bags
Kesher is delighted to partner with local Jewish organizations to extend a special offer to your family. To sweeten the holiday, we are providing special gift bags filled with goodies, activities and resources from the Marin Jewish community.  You'll receive explanations of customs, ideas for home celebrations and information about volunteer opportunities, as well as crafts activities, treats, projects, recipes, and more. 
Don't delay!  Sign up now  - supplies are limited.

Partnering organizations are listed below with links to each organization.

Below is a listing of family-friendly opportunities to observe and celebrate Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Click through the event name for details. Click here for the Grapevine Marin High Holiday guide.
Please pass this email along to other Marin families who might enjoy receiving a gift bag.  We especially hope to reach those who are not currently feeling connected to the Jewish community.
Wishing you and your family an early  Shana Tova U'metuka  - A Sweet and Happy New Year!

Deborah - Kesher Marin Community Concierge

Jewish Family and Children's Services, San Rafael - Volunteering:
JFCS helps parents and children learn and grow through consultations, workshops, volunteer opportunities and clinical services.
Deliver High Holiday Bags: Wed, Sept 21 

Makor Marin, Miwok Park, Novato 
Makor Marin is a project for discovering spirituality in the great outdoors and connecting to a nontraditional, inclusive Jewish community through outdoor adventure and ecology programs.  
Apples & Honey: Sat, Sept 24

Meaningful and melodic prayer with insightful thoughts to guide and inspire you throughout the service - all in a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment. Whether your background in Jewish prayer and practice is extensive or limited, the services will leave you feeling enriched, connected, uplifted and energized to start your New Year in a most meaningful way. There is no mandatory seat charge, donations are greatly appreciated. Kids love the children's program and learn a lot in the process ensuring that Chabad High Holidays will be a meaningful and enjoyable experience for the entire family.
Rosh Hashanah Dinner: Sun, Oct 2 

Camp Tawonga , McNears Beach, San Rafael - JCCA
Inspiring outdoor service and celebration.

Congregation Kol Shofar, Tiburon - Conservative
Congregation Kol Shofar is a dynamic congregation rooted in the enduring values of Jewish traditions, while embracing innovations that enrich contemporary Jewish life. We cultivate personal spiritual growth and connection to a caring community. Together we create meaningful, accessible experiences of learning, prayer, service, and celebration to help people of all ages and diverse backgrounds live more purposeful lives and improve the world. Congregation Kol Shofar offers
Erev Rosh Hashanah Family Picnic, Boyle Park Mill Valley: Sun, Oct 2
Tashlich, Richardson Bay: Mon, Oct 3
Kol Nidrei: Tues, Oct 11

Congregation Rodef Sholom, San Rafael - Reform
To allow the community to worship together, traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services are held at the Marin County Civic Center auditorium. In addition, to accommodate the spiritual needs of our diverse community, we offer an additional High Holy Days service on the first morning of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur morning in the Rodef Sholom sanctuary. These services are lay-led and are rich in song and teaching.  Congregation Rodef Sholom also holds age-specific children's services in both the sanctuary and the Osher Marin JCC Lounge that are open to the public.

Gan HaLev, San Geronimo Valley - Independent
Gan HaLev is a unique, culturally rich, diverse congregation using participatory Judaism that lends itself to nurturing a sense of community, social justice and individual spiritual, cultural, and intellectual growth. Programs include Shabbat and holiday services and celebrations. Our small congregation offers a warm, inviting opportunity to welcome the new Jewish year in celebration, reflection, music, poetry and prayers for a sweet New Year of peace and harmony for all peoples. Rabbi Meredith Cahn will be leading the services.
Rosh Hashanah: Sun, Oct 2
Kol Nedrei: Tues, Oct 11
Yom Kippur: Wed Oct 12
Ne'ilah: Wed Oct 12

Chabad of Marin, San Rafael - Orthodox
The Chabad theme is "A celebration of Jewish life."  This embodies our endeavor to bring the most profound elements of Jewish thought and experience within reach of the Jewish population of the Northbay and beyond. Chabad is built on warmth, friendship and non-judgmental acceptance.
Rosh Hashanah: Sun, Oct 2
Kol Nedrei: Tues, Oct 11
Yom Kippur: Wed Oct 12

Chabad of Mill Valley, - Orthodox
To join Chabad of Mill Valley for the High Holidays is to enjoy an inspiring synthesis of delights for body and soul. Services are not only about prayers and rituals, but moreover about celebrating one's Judaism as a dynamic and enriching community experience; an experience harmoniously shared by Jews of any and all backgrounds. Whether you've joined Chabad for High Holidays past or whether this is your first time celebrating with us, you and your family can look forward to ushering in the New Year enveloped by the uplifting spirit of joy, discovery and solidarity that is the hallmark of this unique program. JOIN US AND SEE FOR YOURSELF... how sweet it is!
Dorot, San Rafael - Independent
For eleven years Dorot, guided by Rabbi Henry Shreibman, has served the North Bay and San Francisco progressive Jewish community. Now independent - Dorot still reflects the liturgies and thinking of Reconstructionism. Dorot does in reach -- We reach into the head, heart, and soul of people searching for meaning; through learning and living; Jewish life and culture through. Through their generosity of spirit, Dominican University's Campus Ministry has been and continues to be our favorite location and host. Contact Rabbi Henry Shreibman for more information.
Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sun, Oct 2
Rosh Hashanah I: Mon, Oct 3
Rosh Hashanah II: Tues, Oct 4
Kol Nidrei: Tues, Oct 11
Yom Kippur: Wed Oct 12
Neilah, end of YK and Break-the-Fast: Wed Oct 12

Some families may be looking for other types of communities.  The following are two additional possibilities that attract Marin families.

Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco - Classic Reform
Congregation Emanu-El is a vibrant, sacred Jewish community that is essential in the lives of our congregants. We are dedicated to connecting members with their Judaism and history at the highest level and bringing Jewish values to life in meaningful and inspiring ways.

The Kitchen , San Francisco - Indy
We believe that Jewish religious practice can transform: It can change lives, make meaning, and invest people in the world. This transformation requires a flexible, living ecosystem of Jewish experiences. That's what we're building. The Kitchen is a religious community, deeply grounded in serious exploration of Jewish tradition, text, and ritual. We are creating a spiritually engaging community of seekers at all levels of Jewish knowledge and experience.

Please do not hesitate to  contact me  if you would like guidance in finding a service, congregation, or celebration that is right for your family. 

Shanah Tovah,

Deborah - Kesher Marin Community Concierge

About Kesher
Kesher (connection in Hebrew) is a community concierge service designed to help families with children explore Jewish life and community. Our service is free and open to all families in Marin. 

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