This week's Rishonim News

Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday, April 30 9:00-11:15am

Sunday, May 7 9:00-11:15am

THIS Sunday, April 30 9:00-11:15am - All K/1st grade will be taking a "trip to Israel" this Sunday. Please be on time so you're ready for take off.

Book Drive: Recent Bat Mitzvah and Rishonim Alumna, Lily Hessekiel, will be collecting new and gently used books appropriate for three to five-year-olds. She will collecting books during Rishonim, on April 23 and 30. Look for her book box near our Bagel Table and please help her collect! From Lily, "I’ve partnered with an organization called 10 Books a Home, based in Palo Alto, that helps give books to young children. All of their learners are from needy families in communities where many kids don’t stay in school. I believe in the organization’s mission to start kids reading early because I think that will inspire them to learn. 

2017-18 K-12 Registration - Registration for 2017-2018 is NOW OPEN! Pick up a brochure this weekend, in the office or visit our website ( and register online here. Remember to select the program (Gesher l'Kesher or Rishonim) and grade from the drop-down menu. Log in with your email address and enter your password (click on the "forgot password?" link to have a new one sent to you). One password is shared between the parent email addresses (usernames). Deadline for registration is May 21, 2017. (All emailed forms should be sent to Kim at If you have a child in 3rd-5th grade, please remember to also submit the appropriate Hebrew Scheduling Form for either Kitah (Class) or Chevruta (Tutoring).

Next session: Sunday, May 7 9:00-11:15am - Our 4th graders have been studying the Jewish value of Kavod Lazkenim, respect for our elderly. This has led to meaningful and personal conversations about the role our older relatives play in our lives. Our students always talk about them lovingly. We would like to invite our parents and grandparents (or local relative) to join us and share their family story or history. Please see the separate email for more information.

For any Rishonim related questions or concerns please contact Rabbi Lisa.

PTBE & Beyond

Friendship Circle Open House Sunday, May 7 11:00 am-12:00 pm - The Friendship Circle offers programs for children and teens with special needs and for children with social challenges. Whether you are a parent of a child or teen with special needs looking for a one of a kind program, or a professional in the field, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about and see our Sunday Circle and Social Circle programs in action! Learn more here.

Honor MOTHER EARTH & MOMS With BEW - Please Join Us for a Walk, Potluck and Havdalah Saturday, May 13 4:00-7:30PM, Laurelwood Park, San Mateo. Learn more here.

Friendship Circle Summer Camp - Summer is just around the corner and  Friendship Circle is offering a one of a kind two week summer day camp experience specifically for Children and Teens with Special Needs. Camp will be held at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto from August 1-12! An early bird registration discount for our action-packed summer camp is available until April 1! For more information and to register visit: or e-mail us at or call us at 650-858-6990.  Learn more here.

PJCC Family Seder Tuesday, April 11 5:00-7:00pm - Join us for a playful, interactive and meaningful Seder led by Stephanie Levin, Director of Programs and Jeni Markowitz Clancy, Jewish Family Programs Manager. Learn more here.

Sign up for a Summer of Jewish Adventure, Friendship & Living - URJ Camp Newman’s overnight summer camp gives 3rd-12th graders the chance to form lifelong friends, seek adventure, discover Judaism, explore their passions, develop new skills—and have a TON OF FUN. Watch our camp video at to see camp in action – or ask your rabbis all about camp! Visit our website for dates & rates, our first-time camper guide & summer F.A.Q., and more.