7 Adar II 5779 / March 14, 2019 
Vayikra
Leviticus 1:1-5:26
K-12 Education Program Newsletter 3/14/19
Upcoming Sessions:
Rishonim - Sunday, Mar. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. with Nefesh Mountain Concert
3rd-5th Grade Hebrew - Sunday - Wednesday, Mar. 17-20
No Hebrew Thursday, Mar. 21 (Purim)
Kesher - Wednesday, Mar. 20, 4:50-6:00 p.m.
WNP Middle School - Wednesday, Mar. 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Costume Purim Party
No Rishonim Sunday, Mar. 24 Purim Carnival (students must be accompanied by a parent)
No Hebrew Sunday, Mar. 24 (Purim Carnival)
3rd-5th Grade Hebrew - Monday-Thursday, Mar. 25-28
Kesher - Wednesday, Mar. 27, 4:50-6:00 p.m.
WNP Middle School - Wednesday, March 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WNP High School - Wednesday, March 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Jewish Spirit and Appalachian traditions beautifully meet on common ground
Don’t miss our upcoming Musicians-in-residence, Nefesh Mountain. This incredible band brilliantly weaves bluegrass and Judaism to create a moving and spiritual musical experience like no other. Their musicianship is of the highest caliber and they bring a refreshing spirit to the world of Jewish music. 
Friday, Mar. 15, 6:30 p.m. Shabbat services - Nefesh Mountain will join Elana in leading us in soulful and uplifting worship.
Saturday, Mar. 16, 7:30 p.m. - A free concert experience that will blow your bluegrass socks off followed by a dessert reception sponsored by the PJCC. Please RSVP here. The deadline to RSVP is TODAY, Thursday, Mar. 14.
Sunday, Mar. 17, 10:45 a.m. - A special concert for our Rishonim students and families.
Purim Carnival
Join us Sunday, March 24 for the Purim Carnival including a new Tot Zone with bounce house. 
Purim story and singing at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
Costume contest with prizes at 10:40 a.m. 
Carnival Games will be open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Wristbands for Unlimited Games: Pre-K or younger $10; Kindergarten and up $20.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! The PTBE Purim Celebration and Carnival is scheduled for Sunday Mar. 24 but the Carnival will only happen if we have volunteers. We need many volunteers to help the day of the carnival so please sign up.
Here's how it works in 2 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp Genius
2. Select the activity you want to volunteer for and enter your information (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp Genius)
Note: SignUp Genius does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Kim to sign up manually.
We would love to see 5th and 6th Grade students volunteering to run games at the Purim Carnival with the help of at least 1 adult.
RISHONIM
This Sunday, Mar. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Nefesh Mountain will be performing a special concert for our Rishonim students from 10:50-11:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend! For more Rishonim news  Click here.

Please note: No Rishonim Sunday, Mar. 24 Purim Carnival (students must be accompanied by a parent)

Save the Date: 4/5 Family Learning session Sunday, Mar. 31 9:30-11:30 a.m. - 4/5 students and at least one parent will be exploring the topic of homelessness and the Jewish responsibility to help. Our students voted to donate their collected tzedakah this year to Larkin Street Youth Services, a San Francisco based organization that empowers youth to move beyond homelessness. We will have age appropriate family conversations and do a project to continue to help homeless youth through Larkin Street.

For any additional Rishonim related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lisa ( rabbilisa@ptbe.org). 
K'TANIM
This session: Sunday, Mar. 17, 4-6 p.m. - Our next K’tanim will have lots of Purim fun! Rabbi Laura will have an opportunity to teach adults, “The story of Purim you don’t know!”
Click here for more K'tanim news.

Next session: Sunday, Apr. 14, 4-6 p.m.

For any additional K'tanim related questions or concerns please contact Alison Levy ( alevy@ptbe.org) or Rabbi Lisa ( rabbilisa@ptbe.org). 
KESHER
Wednesday, Mar. 20, 4:50-6:00 p.m. - Dinner will be Chinese food. Click here for more Kesher news.

Next session: Wednesday, Mar. 27, 4:50-6:00 p.m.

For any additional Kesher related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lisa ( rabbilisa@ptbe.org).
3rd-5th Grade Hebrew

Sunday-Wednesday, Mar. 17-20
Monday-Thursday, Mar. 25-28

Please note: No Hebrew Thursday, Mar. 21 (Purim) or Sunday, Mar. 24 (Purim Carnival)

Home Practice assignments for Hebrew here.

For a refresher - Alef Bet and vowels are here

For any Hebrew related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lisa ( rabbilisa@ptbe.org). 
WNP MIDDLE SCHOOL
6th Grade Hebrew at Home Review - Please click on this link to review Cantor Elana’s Dropbox link.

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 6-8 p.m. - Dinner will be Chinese food. Middle school students will celebrate Purim together with a hamentaschen filled Purim party featuring Gatsby Entertainment. Students are encouraged to wear a costume.  Learn more here...

Next session: Wednesday, Mar. 27, 6-8 p.m.

6th Grade Parents Only B'nai Mitzvah Orientation Thursday, Mar. 28 7:00 pm at PTBE - As a reminder, this is the next session for parents only to learn more about the B'nai Mitzvah process and get some of your questions answered.

Calling all 8th-12th graders! - Join NFTY Central West Region for a weekend in the Redwoods at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch as we bring our Kehilah Kedosha together for the final event of the year. We will celebrate shabbat through laughter and music, say goodbye to our Seniors, welcome new members into our community from all grade levels, and have some seriously BIG FUN. Save $50 on registration when you register by April 1 and get secret merch when you register by March 14! All first time participants receive an additional $100 off! We can’t wait to see you! More info here.

For any additional 6th grade related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lisa ( rabbilisa@ptbe.org) and for any additional 7th/8th grade related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Laura ( rabbilaura@ptbe.org).
WNP HIGH SCHOOL
Next session: All High School Wednesday, Mar. 27

Save the Date: Confirmation Students and at least one parent - In preparation for the Confirmation Service, please join Rabbi Laura and the clergy for Shabbat services Friday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Following services, Confirmation students and parents will enjoy dinner with Rabbi Laura in the Library. Confirmands will have the option to stay overnight ( Shul-In style) for their own bonding, learning, and late-night fun, with pick-up after a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. RSVP to Rabbi Laura.

Calling all 8th-12th graders! - Join NFTY Central West Region for a weekend in the Redwoods at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch as we bring our Kehilah Kedosha together for the final event of the year. We will celebrate shabbat through laughter and music, say goodbye to our Seniors, welcome new members into our community from all grade levels, and have some seriously BIG FUN. Save $50 on registration when you register by April 1 and get secret merch when you register by March 14! All first time participants receive an additional $100 off! We can’t wait to see you! More info here.

For any additional High School related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Laura ( rabbilaura@ptbe.org). 
PTBE & BEYOND

Apply Now for Jewish Women's Archive's Rising Voices Fellowship - The Rising Voices Fellowship (RVF) is a national, ten-month program that brings together Jewish, female-identified teens in 10th-12th grades who have a passion for writing, demonstrated interest in social justice issues, and a strong interest in Judaism and feminism. Applications can be submitted now and are due by April 15, 2019. Submission information, deadlines, and additional materials are available on our website:  https://jwa.org/risingvoices. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Larisa Klebe , JWA Associate Director of Programs and Education.

Yom HaShoah - On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Congregation Beth Jacob will host a community-wide commemoration featuring Special Guest Speaker Lily Robinson, who will share the story of how she and her family survived the Holocaust in Bulgaria. Reading of Martyrs' Names will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a Service of Remembrance at 7:00 p.m. followed by a dessert reception. Services will be held at Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. For more information, transportation assistance, and to submit names for the list of martyrs or of recently deceased survivors, email the planning committee .

Calling all WNP and Rishonim parents - We want YOUR voice in the community-wide listening campaign about Tikkun Olam at PTBE. Please sign up here for a special Wednesday or Sunday house party gathering, geared towards parents in our Ed programs, to share what matters most important to you about being a member of PTBE, and to hear from others!

CHANGE TO CAMPERSHIPS GRANT PROGRAM - Camperships to support PTBE children and teens who wish to attend Jewish summer camps and Israel programs will no longer be "need based" but rather are offered to all PTBE families regardless of financial need. Grants come from a variety of sources in the temple. The application deadline is March 31. All submittals will be reviewed with responses/scholarship amounts to families by April 5, 2019. Please click here for the application, and contact Steve Robertson ( srobertson@ptbe.org) with any questions.

Host Families Needed for Teens - Local host families are needed for teens coming in July from Cyprus (Christian Greek Cypriots and Turkish Muslim Cypriots) and from Israel/Palestine (Christian, Jewish and Muslim teens in partnership with Jerusalem Peacebuilders). The teens are placed in pairs in host families - one teen from each side of the conflict. The teens are trained in peacebuilding, leadership, and communication skills.
If you are interested in hosting either this year or in the future, or want more information, please contact the local host coordinator, Becky Stirn. Potential hosts for July 2019 are asked to contact Becky ( beckys@friendships4peace.org) in the next few weeks. Learn more here...

Travel to Israel this summer for FREE on Birthright! - Are you between the ages of 22-26 years old and interested in going on Birthright? Did you know that you can go to Israel this summer FOR FREE with other Bay Area people? There are only 4 trips this summer leaving from SFO, and we’d love for you to join one of them. Seats are filling quickly, so please apply soon. Dates and application located here. If you’re involved in the Jewish community but not eligible for Birthright, we want you to staff one of our trips! Please contact Eliezah Hoffman at the Jewish Community Federation with any questions.

Camp Newman Summer 2019 Registration is Open - Click here to learn more. 
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Connect with us
Contact Us:
Rabbi Lisa Kingston, Rabbi/Educator, Director of Rishonim, Kesher, K'tanim, and 3rd-6th Hebrew: rabbilisa@ptbe.org
Rabbi Laura Rumpf, Rabbi/Educator Director of 7th/8th grade and High School: rabbilaura@ptbe.org 
Kim Beauchamp, K-12 Education Program Manager: kbeauchamp@ptbe.org