In This Issue
Stay up to date about all events happening at PTBE by visiting our calendar on our website ! Click on the calendar above and it will take you there!
Schedule of Shabbat Services
Friday, February 1
5:30 pm Tree of Life Service
7:15 pm Shabbat Hallelu Service

Saturday, February 2
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, Georgia Shepherd becomes Bat Mitzvah

Friday, February 8
6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, February 9
NO SHABBAT SERVICE

Friday, February 15
6:30 pm Erev Shabbat Service

Saturday, February 6
10:30 am Shabbat Morning Service, Joshua Geller becomes Bar Mitzvah
In Memoriam
We express our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the recently departed.

We remember those who have passed away:
 
HARRY AMBRUNN
Husband of Margie Ambrunn
Father of Bill Ambrunn and Linda Ambrunn Costas
Step-father of Matthew Benas, Robin Spencer (Randy), and Dana Ott
Papa to Brendan, Ethan, Lauren, Charlie, and Veronica

May his memory be a blessing.
Keep Us Up to Date!
Have you had a new baby, moved, or lost a loved one? Let us know the changes in your family so that we can wish you Mazal Tov, keep our records up to date, or be there for you in your time of need. Contact Maria in the temple office.
Brotherhood Sports Night - TONIGHT!
Thursday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Clubhouse Bistro (inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel) in Foster City

Join us to watch the Warriors play the Philadelphia 76'ers. Free admission, large selection of food and rink available for purchase. No RSVP required!
Community Shabbat Dinner
Friday, Feb. 1, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

We hope you will join us tomorrow! Our evening begins with the Tree of Life Shabbat Service at 5:30 p.m. (for younger families 3rd grade and below) followed by Shabbat dinner beginning by 6:15 p.m. Our Shabbat Hallelu Service (for families with older children) will begin at 7:15 p.m.

RSVP was required for dinner, but reach out to Kim Beauchamp to make sure you know about the next one!
2019 Consultation on Conscience
Please join Rabbi Laura, Temple President Jeff Hyman, and other PTBE members committed to social justice at the 2019 Consultation on Conscience, hosted by the Religious Action Center (the RAC) in Washington, DC from May 19 to May 21. The Consultation is dedicated to training and empowering Jewish leaders like us to make real and lasting change at the national, state, and local levels. It will be an amazing experience filled with inspiring speakers and informative sessions. Click Here for more information.   

As a member of our official delegation, you will receive a discount on the registration fee. Please register before January 30 for the $329 rate (using the promo code: DelegationEarly19 ). The fee increases to $479 ( Delegation19) on February 1 (tomorrow).  Register today to be part of our Delegation! 
 
Please feel free to contact Nancy Schneider or Rabbi Laura with any questions.
Hamantaschen Baking Begins
Monday, February 4, 7-9 p.m.

Join us for a brief BEW meeting and then we will move into the kitchen to commence baking. We have the filling - You bring the dough. RSVP to Pam by February 1 (tomorrow) and we will send you the recipe for dough.
Rosh Chodesh
rosh chodesh
Tuesday, February 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fireside Room

Rosh Chodesh Dark Side of the Moon:
Join Rabbi Laura, and congregants Judy Fisher and Charlotte Reader for a creative deep dive into the hidden and revealed in Jewish culture, and in ourselves. Through mask-making, story sharing, singing and connection to each other, we’ll explore not only the faces we routinely wear, but embrace the shadow sides that make us whole.

RSVP to Charlotte Reader to reserve your spot! Newcomers welcome!
Brotherhood Guest Speaker
Thursday, February 7, 7-9 p.m.
Fireside Room

MaryJo McConahay is an award-winning reporter who covered the wars in Central America and Economics in the Middle East. She has traveled in 70 countries and has been fascinated by the history of World War II since childhood. A graduate of UCB, she covers Latin America as an independent journalist.

McConahay was named the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the year, considered equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize in the genre, for her book Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest.

McConahay's most recent book, The Tango War, provides a history of Latin American involvement in WWII as both the allied and axis powers vied for U.S. support.

Autographed copies of The Tango War will be available for sale at the meeting. A short Brotherhood business meeting will follow.
PTBE Tots "Tumble into Shabbat"
Friday, February 8 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Junior Gym in San Mateo

Registration is now open for our PTBE Tots “Tumble Into Shabbat.”
 
A very special Friday evening Tot Shabbat with blessings and songs, supervised playtime for the kids, wine and schmooze time for the parents, and pizza for dinner.
 
Space is limited! Ticket link and info Here.
Shabbat Afternoon with BEW
"Tales Our Heirlooms Tell"
Saturday, February 9, 2:30 p.m.

Join us as Roslyn Sholin, professional storyteller, tells her extraordinary and fascinating journey from inheritance to personal family discoveries. Learn how old papers, photos, clothing and collectibles link world and personal history. She will show items saved by her grandmother that may remind you of your grandmother or great aunt.
 
Roslyn studies at the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union. We will have the opportunity to share our stories about our own family treasures.  Please bring something meaningful to you, such as an object, photograph or document.
 
All women are welcome-Feel free to bring a friend.  Light refreshments and a Havdalah service will conclude the event.
 
RSVP to Ellen Wang by Monday, February 4 to get the address.
Soup for the Soul
Sunday, February 10, 2-4 p.m.
 
Join us and the Caring Committee as we kick off this "warming" project at PTBE. All PTBE members (chaperoned kids too)   are welcome to join us as we make soup to store in the freezer for those PTBE members who may need a little TLC during the month. No experience or supplies necessary - we have it all including the recipe.
 
Can't make it? We will be continuing this project every month so look out for future dates.  
 
RSVP to Marcia by Tuesday, February 5 so we can get the supplies and get organized. We can't do this without help from you!
Grief Group
We are excited to be able to host a Grief Group starting this Spring with the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center:

This clergy-led 8-week grief support group is for individuals mourning the loss of a loved one. Whether you have experienced a recent loss, or are processing a loss that occurred in past years, you are invited to join a thoughtful, 2 month processing group housed at PTBE. The group, open to members and non-members, will meet  Tuesdays, 1-3pm, starting February 26th.  

Please contact Rabbi Laura , if you or someone you know is interested in reserving a spot.
Senior Friendship Club
Reminder: All SFC meetings will be held at the PJCC on Wednesdays.

February 6
Pianist/singer Kathleen Nelson is known as "Ms. Versatile" because she plays a little something for everybody. Since 1990, she has drawn on her vast repertoire of over 5,000 songs. You'll hear old favorites like Love is a Many Spendored Thing, The Trolly Song,and songs you forgot you know, like Cleopaterer, Siboney, Mama a Rainbow. In addition, there will be songs from all genres with Love as their theme. Come and sing along.
 
February 13
Enhanced Learning: Showtime! led by Zara Jaffe
Baritone, Richard Fey will return to PJCC today, accompanied by Britt Day , pianist. Richard began his career as a singer as section leader in the 7th Army Soldiers’ Chorus in Heidelberg, Germany and has toured throughout the United States with Boris Goldovsky Grand Opera, Eastern Opera Theater (Baltimore Opera) and Western Opera Theater.

 
The PJCC will drive those in need of transportation, either from your home in San Mateo County or from PTBE, which leaves by 11:35am (or once everyone who has registered is on the vehicle). Please call Nena at 650.378.2750 to register for transportation from home or from PTBE. For program information, call SFC Club President Zara Jaffe at 650.342.1627.
PTBE Book Discussion
Tuesday, March 5, 7-8:15 p.m.
 
The next book we will be reading is The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Rabbi Lisa and Lisa Meltzer Penn will lead a stimulating discussion. The book is available at your book store, Amazon, or you may contact Maria and borrow a copy from the office.
Batsheva Dance Company with BEW
Tuesday March 12, 7:30 p.m.
Stanford University
 
Two tickets left - We are thrilled to have the tickets for this event. This will be their only performance in the Bay Area! $56/person. Space is limited to 18 participants so reserve your seat now!
 
Please contact  Pam Barasch  for more information and to purchase your tickets. Tickets are first come first serve.
"Campership" Grants Available
“Campership” Grants Available for Jewish Summer Youth Programs - Again this year, we are supporting PTBE children and teens who wish to attend Jewish summer camps and Israel programs. Grants come from a variety of sources in the temple.

All grants are need-based with an application deadline of 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 with any questions.
It's OK to ask for Help
This email was sent to the congregation about our Caring Committee, a new Grief Group starting this spring, and other ways PTBE can help you in times of need. 

Please let Maria Turenne know if you, or someone you know, might need support. If you would like to volunteer with the Caring Committee, please reach out to Geri Crane .
OFJCC Upcoming Community Events
"Be a Better Neighbor" Month: Celebrating Mister Rogers' Legacy
February | Film screenings on 2/3
The OFJCC is honored to share with our community a heartwarming reminder of Mister Rogers' legacy. Sign up for one of our screenings of the award-winning documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? or take part in a variety of community projects to help others.  More
 
Elastic: Unlocking Your Brain's Ability to Embrace Change
An evening with bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow moderated by Michael Krasny
Thursday, 2/7 | 7 p.m.
In this startling and provocative talk moderated by Michael Krasny, bestselling author Leonard Mlodinow shows us how to unleash the natural abilities we all possess in order to rise above conventional mindsets, and generate new ideas. More
 
Biology, Paganism and Shifting Collectivity: What Will Jewish Peoplehood Look Like Next?
Tuesday, 2/12 | 8-9:30 p.m.
Drawing from contemporary sources on religion, identity and ethnicity, Dr. Mijal Bitton will illuminate new challenges and opportunities for American Jewish thinking in connection with global Jewry and the modern state of Israel. More
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 .
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 the temple office .
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