Kesher Newsletter - December 2016
 
Dear Kesher Families,
 
In Hebrew, Hanukkah is also called Chag Urim, Festival of Lights. The song "We come to chase the darkness away" (Banu Choshech Le'garesh) is a Hanukkah staple in Israel that illuminates the power of light over darkness. This year it has an added significance for many of us.
 
"We come to chase the darkness away.  In our hands are light and fire.  Each individual light is small.  But together the light is mighty.  Flee, darkness and night.  Flee before the light.".
 
Hanukkah or Chanukah, no matter how you spell it, is a fun and joyful time for children and adults alike! It is a meaningful holiday that celebrates light, miracles, religious freedom, and standing up for one's beliefs. The first candle is lit on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.; This year it begins after sunset on Saturday December 24 th and ends at nightfall of Sunday, January 1 st 2017.  

So check out the Kesher newsletter for eight days of celebrations, fun family activities, places to eat sufganiyot (donuts) and other special holiday treats, concerts, plays and more.
 
You are invited to download Jewish LearningWorks' 
Hanukkah@Home Parent Guide featuring  Hanukkah rituals, recipes, songs, stories, activities, media & book recommendations, and so much more.

Happy Hanukkah!
Ronit


Babies, Toddlers & Parents

Wed, 12/7 
9:30 AM
ICC@OFJCC
Celebrating Hanukkah at Libi Play area


Sun, 12/11 3:30 PM
Jewish Baby Network
Family Hanukkah Party


Every Wed,
9:30 AM
ICC@OFJCC
Libi Play Area


 
Pre-Schoolers

Sun, 12/4 
4:00 PM
ICC@OFJCC
Hebrew Story Time with Irit Bernstein


Every Sat,
9:00 AM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Tot Shabbat


Every Wed,
10:00 AM
Oshman Family JCC
Mommy and Me-Arts and Crafts 
in Russian


 
3rd Graders & Up

Wed, 12/21 9:30 AM
Camp Gan Israel
CGI Snow Trip Overnight


Every Sat,
10:00 AM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Junior Congregation


 
Teens

Sun, 12/4 10:00 AM
ICC@OFJCC
Bay Area Israeli American Idol- Auditions


Sun, 12/11 6:00 PM
Congregation Beth Jacob
USY Lounge Night



Sun, 12/16 4:00 PM 
Oshman Family JCC
Assemble Hanukkah Bags



Sun, 12/18 11:00 AM 
Congregation Beth Jacob
The Amazing Kadima Race


 
The Whole Family

Fri, 12/2 
5:45 PM
Congregation Etz Chayim
Friday Night Lights-Pre-Chanukah Edition


Fri, 12/2 
6:15 PM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Rockin' Shabbat Service & Dinner


Sat, 12/3,12/10 10:30 AM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Family Shabbat Morning Service


Sun, 12/4 
1:00 PM
Yossi's Children's Library
First Anniversary Celebration


Wed, 12/7 5:00 PM
ICC@OFJCC
Goshen Theater Presents: "Across the Sea", Kids Musical In Hebrew


Sun, 12/11 10:00 AM
CJM
Super Fun Sunday: Breathe in and Boogie with Charity Kahn and Friends


Sun, 12/11 11:00 AM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Chanukah Festival


Sun, 12/11  3:00 PM
Camp Tawonga
Hanukkah Fair


Tue, 12/13 5:00 PM
Congregation Kol Emeth
Family Pre-Hanukkah Celebration


The, 12/15  
5:00 PM
Camp Tawonga
Warriors Jewish Heritage Night with Camp Tawonga


Fri, 12/16 5:30 PM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Family Shabbat Dinner & Service


Sun, 12/18 10:00 AM
Chabad Palo Alto
Menora Building Workshop


Fri, 12/23 5:30 PM
Congregation Beth Am
Chanukah Tot Shabbat Sha-Boogie


Sat, 12/24 
5:30 PM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Christmas Eve Dinner at Maple Street Shelter


Sun, 12/25 4:45 PM
Chabad Palo Alto
Grand Chanukah Menora Lighting


Sun, 12/25 
5:00 PM
Chabad GBS
Los Altos Menora Lighting


Mon,Tue
Thu, Fri
12/26, 12/27, 12/29, 12/30 
11:00 AM
CJM
Studio of Light


Thu, 12/29  5:30 PM
Oshman Family JCC
Hanukkah Celebration at Stanford Shopping Center


Fri, 12/30 6:30 PM
Congregation Etz Chayim
Flametacular- Chanukah Celebration and Fifth Friday Service


Fri, 12/30    7:30 PM
Congregation Beth Am
Congregational Chanukah Dinner


Sat, 12/31 7:45 PM
Chabad Palo Alto
Chanukah Parade


Every Sat,
11:30 AM
Congregation Kol Emeth
Torah for Tots



Sun, 1/1    5:30 PM 
Bay SVP
Naama and the Hanukkah Miracle



 
Parenting (For adults only)

Tue, 12/6   7:00 PM
Parents Place Palo Alto
Mindful Motivation: How to Motivate Your Child From the Inside Out (2 - 10 `years)


Thu, 12/8  6:30 PM
InterFaithfamily
A December Dialogue-Celebrating the Season of Light for Interfaith Families


Thu, 12/8  7:00 PM
Oshman Family JCC
B'hootz Information Session


Mon, 12/12 7:00 PM
Congregation Beth Jacob
Interfaith Family with Rabbi Mychal Copeland


Wed, 12/14 6:30 PM
InterFaithfamily
Interfaith Couples Meetup: Dinner on the Peninsula


Tue, 12/20 6:00 PM
InterFaithfamily
The Moth - Chrismukkah, a StorySLAM


 
Special Needs

Sun, 12/11 10:15 AM
Friendship Circle
Social Circle


Sun, 12/11 10:30 AM
Friendship Circle
Sunday Circle


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri,
12/19-23
9:30 AM
Friendship Circle
Winter Camp


 
Day Camps

Mon, 12/19 9:30 AM
Camp Gan Israel
CGI Winter Camp



Mon-Fri
12/19-23
12/27-30
8:45 AM
Oshman Family
JCC   
Winter Camp

 

Summer Camps - Overnight Camps


Any Overnight Camp, USA
One Happy Camper Scholarships
JCF:
2nd -12th grade
Los Angeles, CA Greensboro, NC
URJ Six Points Sports Acadamy
(Reform) 
4th - 11th grade


Yosemite, CA
Camp Tawonga
(JCCA)
2nd - 10th grade & family camps

 
Santa Rosa, CA
URJ Camp Newman
(Reform)
3rd - 12th grade

Watsonville, CA
Camp Ramah Nor Cal
(Conservative)
3rd - 9th grade & family camp
 
Ojai, CA
Camp Ramah
(Conservative)
3rd - 10th grade & family camp
Big Bear, CA
Camp Gilboa
(Habonim-Zionist)
3rd - 12th grade
 
Atherton, CA
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
(JCC)
4th- 11th grade

Beaverton, OR
BB Camp
(B'nai Brith, JCC)
2nd - 11th grade

 
Waupaca, WI
Young Judea
(Zionist)
2nd- 9th grade

Steamboat, CO
Camp Inc.
(JCC)
6th - 12th grade

For more information on events and programs, contact:
Ronit Sharir: 408-744-2737, kesher@jewishlearningworks.org

     
 

                       

 
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