This week's K'tanim News

Upcoming sessions

Community Shabbat Dinner, Friday, Mar. 1, 6:15 p.m. (Please RSVP)

Sunday, Mar. 17 4-6 p.m.

Community Shabbat Dinner Friday, Mar. 1, 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Join us for our next Community Shabbat dinner. 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. Please click here to RSVP for dinner by Monday, Feb. 25. so we can plan food and seating accordingly. Cost: $20 adults; $15 children & seniors; free for children 5 and under.

PTBE & Beyond

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. Please RSVP here.

Sunday, Mar. 17, 10:45 a.m. - A special concert for our Rishonim students and families.

The Nueva School Feminism Club is excited to host the 4th Annual Nueva Feminism Conference on Mar. 2! The conference is a public event open to people of all ages and genders, and we hope to raise awareness about gender equality and discuss Feminism in the 21st century. Topics addressed this year will include: intersections between Judaism and Feminism (Rabbi Lisa Kingston), the role and importance of people of color and women of color in American democracy (Aimee Allison), confidence and presenting our authentic selves (Joanna Bloor), and sexual assault/sexual assault prosecution through the Brock Turner case and more (Alaleh Kianerci). The conference is from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Nueva Upper School, 131 E. 28th Avenue in San Mateo. A bagels and fresh fruit breakfast from Noah's and a mediterranean lunch from Village Hummus are included. We hope to see you there! Register here.

“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.

Camp Newman Summer 2019 Registration Opened Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Click here to learn more.

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 ( 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.

For any K'tanim related questions, please contact Rabbi Lisa ( or our new Tot Coordinator, Alison Levy (