This week's Gesher l'Kesher News

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, Nov. 18 9:00am-noon

Friday, Dec. 1 - Tree of Life Service 5:30pm, Community Shabbat Dinner 6:10pm, Shabbat Hallelu Service 7:15pm

THIS Saturday, Nov. 18 9:00am-noon - Gesher l'Kesher begins in the Sanctuary at 9:00am for our “This Shabbat Rocks!” service followed by bagels on the patio and grade level learning. Kesher parents are invited (and expected) to stay for the Shabbat service. The Gesher topic for this session will be ‘Why are there different kinds of Jews?’ Please plan to bring a favorite family recipe (not the food itself, just the recipe!). Come prepared to talk about where the recipe comes from, favorite memories it brings to mind, and the person who taught it to you. The Kesher topic is the value of 'kol yisrael aravim zeh l'zeh', all of Israel is responsible for each other.

Next session: Community Shabbat Dinner: Friday, Dec. 1 6:10pm - Join us for our Chanukah inspired dinner. Our evening begins with the Tree of Life Shabbat Service at 5:30pm (for younger families with K-3rd graders) followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:10pm. Our Shabbat Hallelu Service (for families with older children) will begin at 7:15pm. Please click here to RSVP for dinner by Tuesday, Nov. 28 so we can plan food and seating accordingly.

Parent Learning Opportunity: How to do Chanukah Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9:45am - Rabbi Sara Mason-Barkin will teach the second in a series of adult education programs on how to do the Jewish holidays. This class is perfect for adults looking to learn more about Chanukah and how to celebrate at home with their families. Please RSVP here.

Winter Camp at Walden West! - All 2nd-5th Grade PTBE students are invited to attend Winter Camp at Walden West, December 8-10. Experience the magic of summer camp in winter! This camp was originally scheduled for Camp Newman, but with the fires in Santa Rosa, we are relocating it for our PTBE kids. Please see this flyer to learn more and to register with Kim ( Early bird deadline is THIS Sunday, Nov. 19.

For any additional Gesher l'Kesher related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Sara (

PTBE & Beyond

BEW Gift Shop has your Chanukah Needs covered - It's time for Chanukah shopping. Our Gift Shop has all your needs including dreidles, wrapping paper, candles, Chanukiot, paper plates and napkins, and gifts for all ages. The shop is open Wednesday's 3:30-6:30pm and Sunday's 9:00am-12:00pm.

Get ready for the Chanukah party of the year! We’ve heard PTBE has some talent, and we want to show it off! You don’t want to miss out as SMRTY brings back the PTBE Talent Show! It is open to any and all ages! Join us Saturday, December 16 for a Spaghetti Dinner, Talent Show and Silent Auction. All proceeds from the event benefit SMRTY scholarships and programming. Find our more by visiting

Wornick Elementary School Open House Sunday, Nov. 19, 2-4pm at Wornick Jewish Day School, Foster City - Parents and children are warmly invited to Wornick's Elementary School Open House. Visit classrooms, meet teachers, and enjoy hands-on activities and snacks. Advance registration requested. We hope to see you there!

Wornick Middle School Open House Sunday, Dec. 3, 4-6pm at Wornick Jewish Day School - All Wornick 4th and 5th graders and their parents are warmly invited to attend the Middle School Open House. You'll get to attend sample classes and hear from current students and alumni. Invite your friends too! Please register in advance.

"Get to Know Wornick" Information Sessions - Prospective parents are invited to the home of a current Wornick family to learn about how Wornick is preparing innovative and confident leaders with the knowledge and know-how to succeed in high school and throughout life. Connect with Wornick staff members and current parents. Light nosh will be served. Parents of transfer and Middle School families only, please. Address will be provided upon registration.

Get $1,000 for Jewish Camp! - PJ Library and PJ Our Way are giving subscribers up to $1,000 to attend Jewish overnight camp for the first time! The program, called PJ Goes to Camp, is now accepting grant applications for the summer of 2018. Click here to learn more.