This week's Rishonim News

Upcoming Sessions:

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

Rishonim - Sunday, Mar. 31 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Rishonim 4/5 Family Learning session - Sunday, Mar. 31 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Rishonim 4/5 Family Learning session Sunday, Mar. 31 9:30-11:30 a.m. - 4th/5th 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. At this program, we will have age appropriate family conversations and do a project to continue to help homeless women and families through The Women's Building, a women-led community space that empowers women to take care of themselves and their families by connecting them with social services.

9:30-10:15       Parent learning in Room 2; 4/5 learning in classrooms

10:15-11:00     Family Program on Homelessness

11:00-11:30     Elective Session (students only)! See Poster for Assignments.

No Community Shabbat dinner Friday, April 5 due to Spring Break. Please join us at 6:30 for our Shabbat Hallelu Service.

PTBE & Beyond

Screening of the Documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety - April 2, 7:30pm | Wornick Jewish Day School, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City | Adults Only

Wornick is delighted to host a special screening of the documentary Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. The film by IndieFlix "explores anxiety, its causes, effects, and what we can do about it." Featuring swimmer Michael Phelps, the goal of the film is to raise awareness of anxiety through discussions and interviews with the eventual hope of showing young people that everyone experiences anxiety and we can feel safe to talk about it. This screening is for adults only. Free Admission. Advance registration required

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 - Deadline Approaching! 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 ( with any questions.

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.

Camp Newman Summer 2019 Registration is open - 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 Rishonim related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lisa.