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!

Babies, Toddlers & Parents

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

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

Every Wed,
9:30 AM
Libi Play Area


Sun, 12/4 
4:00 PM
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


Sun, 12/4 10:00 AM
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
Goshen Theater Presents: "Across the Sea", Kids Musical In Hebrew

Sun, 12/11 10:00 AM
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

Thu, Fri
12/26, 12/27, 12/29, 12/30 
11:00 AM
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 
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
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
Interfaith Couples Meetup: Dinner on the Peninsula

Tue, 12/20 6:00 PM
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,
9:30 AM
Friendship Circle
Winter Camp

Day Camps

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

8:45 AM
Oshman Family
Winter Camp


Summer Camps - Overnight Camps

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

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

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

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

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

Waupaca, WI
Young Judea
2nd- 9th grade

Steamboat, CO
Camp Inc.
6th - 12th grade

For more information on events and programs, contact:
Ronit Sharir: 408-744-2737,



About Kesher

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

Kesher is powered by: