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10 am to 11:15 am: Sanctuary – Congregation-wide Megillah reading and service
Cantor David is going to “renew his vows” as a bar mitzvah boy. Put on your finest from the 1960s, bring a box of macaroni and cheese to use as a grogger (and then donate to the Food Bank/JFCS Food Pantry) and come and meet Cantor David’s delightful “relatives”! 

11:30 to 2:30 pm:  PurimPalooza, Osher Marin JCC
Afterward, take the kids or grandkids to the JCC for our campus PurimPalooza carnival (with games and treats and fun), and then come back and pick up a couple mishloach manot (gifts of food) to take to our home-bound seniors! 

Other Purim related programming:

  • Wednesday, February 13, 11:30 am, Zman L'Vatikim - Time for Seniors, Rodef Sholom: Yom Kippur and Purim /A Fast and a Frolicking Festival, Mirrors of One
    Another Join us for lunch and to learn more about the story of Esther from Rabbi Michael Lezak. All programs include a free lunch. RSVP to Pete at 479.3441 so that we can make sure to have enough food. Let us know if you need a ride. This program is co-sponsored by Women of Rodef Sholom.
  • Saturday, February 16, 9:30 am, Purim Tot Shabbat! Come in costume, nosh a hamantashen, sing a silly song and learn the story of Queen Esther and Haman. Best for children and grandchildren ages 0 to 5. All are welcome!


Religious School/CRuSTY news

Posted by: meredith

Religious School is on vacation from December 15 through January 3 – school resumes on Saturday, January 5. 


Midrasha starts again on January 8 – it’s time for 8th through 12th graders to choose your second trimester elective - how to register:

  • Rank your top 3 choices in priority order 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • Choose any elective you like, this includes all grades
  • Email your name, grade and 3 choices in priority order to Claire at
    Here is how it should look:  Susan Cohen – 8th grade  
    Dream On, Fire Circle, Girls’ Issues
  • You will be placed in a class on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited. 

What’s Jewish about sports?
Did you know that there is a whole world of Jewish ethics in playing sports? “How is that,” you might want to know? Sports teach us how to be a mensch. Come play some dodge ball, shoot some hoops, toss a Frisbee around and get some answers while you play. Warning: Taking this class could make you a better person. 

Jewish cooking around the world – with Rachel Barnett & guest chefs
Wherever Jews have lived, they became a part of the native culture. They also brought with them their own customs and recipes to add to that culture. As a result, interesting foods have cropped up all over the world where Jews have settled. We will explore Jewish communities from various countries, and cook recipes from their traditions. Be ready to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, and eat the result of your labor. Guest chefs may include a bubbie, a baker or a pickle maker. 

Co-ed Fire-Circle with Day Schildkret (featured in the j weekly!)
Come experience what you've been hearing about. Sit with Day around the fire pit and learn the way of the Jewish Avatars. We'll discuss ancient Jewish secrets and teachings that will offer you incredible guidance in your life. Each week, we will blow open your minds learning information that, for many reasons, no one tells teens. This class is designed to change lives. Ask around - it already has. Come sit around the fire with us. Are you ready? 

Stay Jewish/Stay Me – with Rabbi Lezak & Leah Lamstein
Learn with Rabbi Lezak the first hour and Leah Lamstein the second. Both teachers will focus on how to stay true to our Jewish roots and define what that looks like. This Object is Me – Second hour is a hands-on class facilitated by Leah Lamstein. We will examine identity issues and make images of ourselves and other important Jewish and Zionist figures. Students will employ a variety of materials including fabric, paint and everyday objects to articulate feelings and ideas. The final project will be creating a Mizrach, a visual image that tells the story of our own Jewish identity. 

Senior Seminar (11th & 12th Grades) – with Joel Resnikoff
Be prepared for the unexpected! This seminar is like no other class you have experienced in the past. You and your cohorts cook your own meal, meet on your own schedule, (6-8 pm), design the syllabus based on what piques your curiosity, and yes, you eat and talk at every session. Are you curious about anything Jewish or anything related to Jewish? What about Israel, Reform Judaism or any other stream of Judaism? No question is too big or too small. We will do a lot of talking and exploring in primary sources. Come to class with discussion topics in mind and we will create our class syllabus together. 

Upcoming CRuSTY Nuggets (7th & 8th graders) events in January:


The cost is $35 per person (for admission, lunch and transportation). We are taking Golden Gate Transit, so pick up and drop off will be at the San Rafael Transit Center. RSVP to Brandon emailing him at or by calling him at 479.3441 by Thursday, January 3; payment and completed waiver can be turned in the day of the event (if you have already RSVP'd).

Over the three day weekend, 7th & 8th grade participants will be exposed to the excitement of Jewish camping, a taste of NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) and tons of FUN! Come make new friends, reunite with old camp friends, play sports, create art and enjoy a camp Shabbat. 

Cost: Early bird registration (by December 29th) - $250; regular registration (closes January 7th) - $300. Go online to register by visiting

Religious School/CRuSTY news

Posted by: meredith

Tagged in: Teens , Religious School

Religious School is on vacation from December 15 through January 3 – school resumes on Saturday, January 5

Save the date:   CRuSTY Nuggets (7th & 8th graders) at House of Air, Sunday, January 6 Stay tuned for more details or contact Brandon Brown, our Youth Director, at or 479.3441 for more information.

November 13:  How to talk with and to our teens so that they can hear us  

Our kids don’t always hear what we intend to say, and we don’t always understand what they are really saying. Sometimes our words, intended as advice, sound like criticism. How do we become aware of the impact of our words so that they help rather than hurt our kids?  Featuring a discussion will be led by John Gusman, JFCS Clinical Director 

November 27:  Academic challenges and their impact on teens and families

This discussion will focus on learning differences, whether diagnosed or not, and the role that anxiety and/or depression plays in academic struggles. It will address the effects of academic demands on the social and emotional lives of teens and their families. This will include resources for next steps and information about where families can go for help. 

The panel will include John Gusman, JFCS Clinical Director; Alyse Clayman, Clinician; and Mimi Ezray, Coordinator for Center for Special Needs. 

Attend one class or both; cost is $18 per class. RSVP to Leslie Laskin-Reese at Make checks payable to Women of Rodef Sholom.

Sponsored by the Women of Rodef Sholom. Come play BINGO with us! It's a fun night for the whole family. All proceeds go to support CRuSTY (our temple youth group). Their youth-led programs include building friendships, creating life-long Reform Jewish identities and developing leadership skills through worship and social action. Prize donations are being collected now, including gift cards, children's games, re-gifted Chanukah presents, etc. 

Reservations must be made by Saturday, November 5, 2012. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors & kids, grades K-12. For more information, contact Abra Berkson at 415.250.5005 or -- subject: BINGO! Click here to download the form.

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