EVENTS

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Tuesdays: 9/29 – 12/15 - 7:30 PM
Introduction to the Bible (10 sessions)

Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder, Ph.D. will survey the books of the Bible, with special attention to the history of ancient Israel, the evolution of its theology, creation myths, wisdom and prophetic literature. Sponsor: Cong. Beth Emek.

Venue: Congregation Beth Emek

Thursdays, 10/8, 10/15 & 10/22 - 7:30 PM
Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?

Are you curious about Judaism? Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder, Ph.D. will explore the themes of spirituality, ethics and community in this course for beginners, Jewish or not, and anyone who would like an entry point into Judaism. Sponsor: Cong. Beth Emek.

Venue: Congregation Beth Emek

Sunday, October 11 - 2:00 PM
Buildings of the Past, Buildings of the Future

Sukkot gets us in the spirit of building. Join famous architects, engineers and story tellers for an afternoon of fun as we listen to stories of building and then create our own structures. Sponsor: CCJDS.

Venue: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

Sunday, October 11 - 5:00 PM
The Pickle Man

Using the same methods as the original Lower East Side pickle masters, engage in a hands-on demonstration and then take away your very own jar of pickles. Admission: $10. Co-sponsors: Chabad of CC and CCJCC.

Venue: Chabad of Contra Costa

Wednesday, October 14 - 7:00 PM
Love and Treasure

Best-selling author Ayelet Waldman soars again with this Washington Post “Best Book of the Year” in which Lt. Jack Wiseman is tasked to guard a train filled with treasures stolen by the Nazis. His responsibility grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian woman who has lost everything in the Holocaust. Admission: $5.00. Sponsor: Cong. B’nai Tikvah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Tikvah

Thursday, October 22 - 10:00 AM
A Tale of Two Citizens

Based upon her late father’s documents, author Elyce Wakerman has created a riveting story about Harry Himmelbaum’s dramatic journey to become a U.S. citizen and Will Brown’s attempt to defend the nation’s laws. As we are a nation of immigrants, her book is really about all of our stories. Admission: $5.00. Co-sponsors: Cong. B’nai Shalom Sisterhood and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Saturdays In 2015-2016 - 9:00 AM
Torah Study

Rabbi Laurence Elis Milder, Ph.D. will facilitate an exploration of the Torah. Participants are equal partners in this weekly dialogue. Admission is free. Sponsor: Cong. Beth Emek.

Venue: Congregation Beth Emek

Sundays in the Fall & Spring - 11:00 AM
Hebrew for Prayer

Instructor Janet Elis Milder will teach participants to read Hebrew more fluently and develop tools to unravel the meaning of Shabbat and holiday prayers. This course will also help worshippers pray from the heart. Sponsor: Cong. Beth Emek.

Venue: Congregation Beth Emek

Sunday, October 25 - 3:00 PM
Poetry=Klezmer=Jazz

Join us for an event featuring poets Philip Terman and Jake Marmer, accompanied by musicians Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and John Schott (guitar). The event will interweave Jewish-infused words and music into a mysterious, enriching experience. To register, click here. Co-sponsors: Lehrhaus Judaica, Cong. B’nai Shalom, CCJCC, KlezCalifornia. Admission is free.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Wednesday, October 28 - 10:00 AM
Screening of Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

Liza Minnelli, Carly Simon and Barbra Streisand are among the many celebrities who pay tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch. Interviews chronicle Hamlisch’s musical legacy and his life in and out of the spotlight. Sponsor: Reutlinger.

Venue: Reutlinger for Jewish Living

Thursdays: 10/29; 11/5, 11/19, 12/10, 2/4, 2/18, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7 - 7:00 PM
Lehrhaus Philosophy Circle: The Zohar

In honor of the completion of Professor Daniel Matt’s epic translation of the first nine volumes of The Zohar, we will discuss selections from this groundbreaking work. Matt will oversee the program’s nine sessions. To register, click here. Co-sponsors: Lehrhaus Judaica and Cong. B’nai Shalom. Admission by September 30: $175; afterwards $195.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Sunday, November 1 - 3:00 PM
Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds

Authors Michael Cooper, Summer Brenner, Wendy Hornsby and Stephen Jay Schwartz join editor Kenneth Wishnia to discuss Jewish Noir. This collection of stories explores such issues as the contradictions of ethnic identity and assimilation into American society. Admission: $5.00. Co-sponsors: Cong. B’nai Shalom and CCJCC.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Wednesday, November 11 - 7:00 PM
Screening of Above and Beyond

This must-see documentary reveals how a group of American pilots answered a call for help just after WWII. At great personal risk, they trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, smuggled planes into Israel and then built the Israeli Air Force almost from scratch. Admission: $10. Sponsor: Cong. Beth Emek and the International Film Series.

Venue: Vine Cinema, Livermore

Thursday, November 12 - 1:00 PM
Broken Glass, Broken Lives

Author Rita Kuhn chronicles her life as a slave laborer in Nazi Germany to living in America as a single parent of four children. Using her own experiences in WWII, she now counsels Rwandan genocide survivors to lead purposeful lives. Admission is free. Sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, Creekside Room

Thursday, November 12 - 7:30 PM
Never the Last Road: A Partisan's Life

Mira Shelub and Fred Rosenbaum will discuss their new book, Never the Last Road, the stirring and uncommon story of Mira’s life as a partisan. Co-sponsors: Lehrhaus Judaica and CCJCC. Admission is free.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Sunday, November 15 - 10:00 AM
Create-a-Book Workshop for Families

Create a book of thanks for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. All materials provided. Visit the holiday bazaar, children’s book exhibit and school programs. Admission is free. Co-sponsors: Cong. B’nai Shalom and Contra Costa Jewish Day School.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Sunday, November 15 - 2:00 PM
The Healing Power of Humor … You Can’t Ruin My Day!

Award-winning, best-selling author Allen Klein will explore how the Jewish people have used the power of humor to cope with adversity. With laughter and playful exercises, he will show us how to deal with life’s not-so-funny stuff. Admission: $10. Co-sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong. and Reutlinger.

Venue: Reutlinger Community For Jewish Living

Thursday, November 19 - 1:30 PM
The Lost Codex

When ancient biblical documents go missing, a team of US covert operatives are tasked in finding them before terrorists use the scrolls to launch a catastrophic attack on American soil. Best-selling author Alan Jacobson will talk on what is being called “a masterwork of international suspense.” Sponsor: Reutlinger.

Venue: Reutlinger Community For Jewish Living

Friday, November 20 - 7:30 PM
One Read: The Road to Character

David Brooks has written an ultra-readable and inspirational book about people who have cultivated a meaningful life and a wise heart. Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on PBS NewsHour. Sponsor: Temple Isaiah.

Venue: Temple Isaiah

Sunday, November 22 - 10:00 AM
The Rabbi’s Knight

In this suspenseful historical novel, Michael Cooper takes us back to the Crusades. Knight Templar Jonathan St. Clair possesses an ancient scroll, which holds the key to the secrets of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. With the help of Rabbi Samuel, the Gaon of Baghdad, they journey to Jerusalem to divine the scroll’s meaning. Sponsor: Cong. B’nai Shalom.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Sunday, November 22 - 3:00 PM
The Golems of Paris and Hollywood

Meet international #1 bestselling author Jesse Kellerman. Mystery writer Jesse Kellerman, co-author with his father Jonathan Kellerman of The Golem of Paris and The Golem of Hollywood, takes us into the life of Detective Jacob Lev, the hero of these two suspenseful “whodunits” that are shaped by religious mythology and family secrets that refuse to stay buried. Sponsor: Beth Chaim Cong.

Venue: Beth Chaim Congregation

Wednesday, December 2 - 2:30 PM
Chai Tea with the Author of Immediate Chef

When East Bay native Bruce Licht learns he is losing his vision, he doesn’t give up his dream. Instead, he writes a cooking resource book designed to teach anyone to cook like a pro…”immediately.” Co-sponsors: CCJCC and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Sunday, December 6 - 4:00 PM
Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Celebrate Hanukkah with us as we light a giant menorah at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. Sponsor: Chabad of Contra Costa.

Venue: Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Sunday, December 20 - 1:00 PM
A Life Worth Living

Most people with Multiple Sclerosis wouldn’t dream of performing the advanced yoga moves that Martha Patt practices. After 18 years with MS, her vibrancy bears eloquent testimony to the healing powers of yoga. Co-sponsors: Chabad of CC and the CCJCC.

Venue: Chabad of Contra Costa

Wednesday, January 6 - 10:00 AM
Writing a No-Big-Deal Memoir

Overwhelmed by the thought of writing your own memoir? Leslie Rupley, memoirist and author of Remembering Childhood, An Interactive Memoir, can help you jump start a no-big-deal memoir. Learn to unlock the details of your own stories. Admission: $5.00. Co-sponsors: Cong. B’nai Tikvah and Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Tikvah

Saturday, January 9 - 7:30 PM
An Evening of Jazz

Join us for a fabulous evening with French Jewish concert pianist, jazz vocalist and actress Marina Pakowski, featuring duets with Cantor Jennie Chabon and the music of Harry Wittenberg. Admission: $25, including wine and cheese reception. Sponsor: Cong. B’nai Tikvah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Tikvah

Sunday, January 10 - 2:00 PM
Adoption Today

Dr. Nancy Hurwitz Kors, an adoption facilitator, will lead a discussion with Rebecca (herself adopted 23 years ago) along with Rebecca’s adoptive mom and the adoptive mom she chose for her own birth daughter. Admission: $5.00. Co-sponsors: CCJCC and Diablo Valley Hadasssah.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Thursday, January 14 - 7:30 PM
Learn to How to Cut Sugar, Lose Weight and Turn the Tables on Processed Foods

Cindy Gershen, a chef and “wellness warrior,” became passionate about healthy eating and eating real food after she had a stroke in 2001. The author of Fat Chance Cookbook, she has condensed that information into simple, practical solutions that people can easily put to use. Admission: $5.00. Sponsor: Cong. B’nai Tikvah.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Tikvah

Sunday, January 17 - 3:00 PM
Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

In their book Supersurvivor, David B. Feldman, Ph.D. and Lee Daniel Kravetz show how people who survive a trauma can bounce back, with some actually thriving and growing in ways never imagined. Co-sponsors: Diablo Valley Hadassah and Cong. B’nai Shalom.

Venue: Congregation B’nai Shalom

Friday, January 22 - 8:00 PM
Library Shabbat with Author Helene Wecker

Join Helene Wecker as she shares the creative process behind The Golem and the Jinni. This entrancing novel weaves together strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern legends along with historical fiction to create a magical fable. Two supernatural creatures, Chava (a female golem) and Ahmad (a male jinni), are both released into turn-of-the-20th century New York City. Sponsor: Temple Isaiah.

Venue: Temple Isaiah

Saturday, January 23 - 7:30 PM
Where Are Our Universities Headed?

Join us for a candid discussion about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement on campus and what we can do about it. Panelists include Former University of California President Mark Yudof and Karen Stiller of the JCRC. Sponsor: CCJDS and JCRC.

Venue: Contra Costa JCC

Sunday, January 24 - 3:00 PM
Growing together at Tu Beshevat: Puppetry and Plants!

Join us for stories and songs about our natural world followed by participants decorating their own plant containers. Sponsor: CCJDS.

Venue: Contra Costa Jewish Day School

Tuesday, January 26 - 7:30 PM
Blame it on Your Brain

Phyllis Ginsberg, M.A., MFT, author of Brain Makeover – A Weekly Guide to a Happier, Healthier, and More Abundant Life, will show us how to reduce the stress in our lives and go from “survival to thrival.” Admission is free. Sponsor: Chabad of Contra Costa.

Venue: Chabad of Contra Costa

VENUES

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Beth Chaim Congregation, 1800 Holbrook Dr., Danville,
925.736.7146, bethchaim.com

Chabad of Contra Costa, 1671 Newell Ave., Walnut Creek,
9256.937.4101, jewishcontracosta.com

Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton,
925.931.1055, bethemek.org/adultlearning

Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek,
925.934.9446, bshalom.org

Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek,
925.933.5397, tikvah.org

Contra Costa JCC, 1701 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Rd., Lafayette,
925.284.8288, ccjds.org

Reulinger Community for Jewish Living, 4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville, 925.648.2800, rcjl.org

Temple Isaiah, 945 Risa Rd., Lafayette,
925.283.1700, temple-isaiah.org

Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore,
925.447.2545, vinecinema.com

COMMITTEE

Jo-Ann Jacobson (Chair), Rabbi Berkowitz, Jen Boxerman, Riva Gambert, Dean Goldfein, Carol Goldman, Bill Gottfried, Toby Gottfried, Mitch Levinson, Alison Negrin, Ruth Oxman, Fred Rosenbaum, Leslie Rupley, Paula Schiff, Sandy Shalon, Mary Jo Smith, Andy Strauss

DIRECTIONS

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Beth Chaim Congregation

1800 Holbrook Drive, Danville (925.736.7146)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 through the tunnel, continuing to the end of Highway 24. Exit at Mt. Diablo Blvd. Continue straight onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Due to construction at Broadway Plaza parking garage, turn right onto Main Street and continue for 1 ½ blocks. There is a multi-story parking garage on the left-hand side of the street as well as metered street parking.

Congregation Beth Emek

3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton, (925.931.1055)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 through the tunnel, merging to the right onto Highway 680 South. Continue past intersection with Highway 580. Exit at Bernal Exit, turning right and merging onto Bernal. Continue for approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Nevada Court.

From Walnut Creek: Take Highway 680 South and follow directions above.

Congregation B’nai Shalom

74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek (925.934.9446)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 to the last exit - Mt. Diablo Blvd., staying on Mt. Diablo until it becomes Walker. Continue until Walker bears right onto Walnut Blvd. Make an immediate left turn onto Eckley Lane.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 north to S. Main Street exit in Walnut Creek. Continue to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn right and follow directions above.

Congregation B’nai Tikvah

25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek (925.933.5097)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 to the last exit - Mt. Diablo Blvd., staying in the left-most lane upon exiting. Turn left onto Camino Diablo. Take your first right onto Springbrook Road. Drive for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Hillcroft and drive up the road, turning left into the synagogue parking lot.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 north to S. Main Street exit in Walnut Creek. Continue to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn left and continue on Mt. Diablo until you are just driving under the highway overpass. Turn right onto Camino Diablo and follow directions above.

Contra Costa JCC

2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 east to the Pleasant Hill road/south off-ramp exit. Turn right onto Pleasant Hill and left onto Olympic. Turn right onto Tice Valley and continue for 8/10 mile. The CCJCC is on the right-hand side of the street, immediately after the Walnut Creek gymnasium.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North to Olympic Blvd. Turn left onto Olympic and left onto Tice Valley. Follow directions above.

Contra Costa Jewish Day School

955 Risa Road, Lafayette (925.284.8288)

Follow directions below to Temple Isaiah. The school is located at the far end on the top level of the campus.

Reutlinger Community For Jewish Living

4000 Camino Tassajara, Danville (925.648.2800)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 east continuing onto Highway 680 South. Exit at Sycamore Valley, taking the East off-ramp. Continue on Sycamore Valley for about 4 ½ miles. Reutlinger is on the right-hand side of the street, with the entrance to the facility on Parkhaven.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North, exiting at Sycamore Valley. Turn right onto Sycamore Valley, heading east. Follow directions above.

Temple Isaiah

945 Risa Road., Lafayette (925.283.2875)

From Oakland: Take Highway 24 east to the first exit in Lafayette: Acalanes/Mt. Diablo. Exit, staying to the right and following signs to Mt. Diablo. Turn left onto Risa Road (located immediately before the new Veterans Memorial Hall) and then drive up the hill to the sanctuary.

From Pleasanton: Take Highway 680 North to Highway 24 west, exiting at Central Lafayette. Make three right turns, continuing onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Turn right onto Risa Road and then drive up the hill to the sanctuary.




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