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Note: No services this Shabbat (2/18)

We will resume our regular weekly Shabbat services schedule next Shabbat, Feb. 25.

Special Shabbat this week!

Please join us this Saturday for a special Shabbat service followed by a buffet Kiddush Lunch.

"Shabbat Shira" - Shabbat of 'The Song' 
 "Tu Beshvat" - New Year for Trees


Friday, February 10

  • Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming the Shabbat) Prayer Service 6:15 to 6:45 pm

Shabbat, February 11

  • Coffee & Kabbalah at 9:00 am
  • Morning Service starts at 10:00 am
  • Torah Reading & Sermon at 11:00 am
  • Kiddush Lunch at around noon (sponsorship opportunity)

You are welcome to come at the time of your convenience

Sponsoring a Kiddush is an old-time Jewish tradition. It is a nice way to honor a special person or occasion, or to simply to help support the Shul. 

Co-Sponsor: $72 / Sponsor: $180
Deluxe Sponsor $250

To sponsor, use  the online form, or contact the Rabbi.


Shabbat Shira is when we read the Torah portion about the Jews crossing the Sea of Reeds and singing "Az Yashir" - the song of thanks for their miraculous salvation.

Tu B'Shevat  is the Jewish New Year for Trees. A day with special significance in the Land of Israel as well as a  time when we reflect on the verse, 'For man is like a tree in the field.'

J-Kids: Sunday, Jan 29

Kids, join us this Sunday, February 12, 2:00 to 3:30 pm for a fun Jewish Kids in Action event!

In honor of "Tu B'Shvat" - the "Birthday of the Trees" -- the theme will be "Grand Hebrew Birthday Bash!" where you'll get to learn about your Hebrew Birthday and have lots of birthday party style fun!

RSVP: [email protected]
Cover: $5 

Recap & Photos: Jewelry Making Workshop


JWC Jewelry Making Workshop JWC Jewels

A wonderful time was had by all at the Bay Area Jewish Women's Circle event last night. Ladies and girls came together to try their hand at making their very own jewelry under the expert guidance of Jeane Anne Cozma. A inspirational Torah thought by Malky Schmukler focused on the special role Jewish women played during the exodus from Egypt.

See a full photo album of the event on Facebook or on our website.

Shabbat Morning Class & Service

Join us this Shabbat morning for Coffee & Kabbalah, an inspiring service and Torah portion discussion - followed by light Kiddush lunch!


  • Coffee and Kabbalah at 9:00 am

  • Shacharit Morning Service at 10:00 am
    Reading/Discussion Torah Portion at around 11 am
    Bo - The Israelites Ready to Leave

    Service followed by light Kiddush lunch with hot "Cholent"

"The Dilemma" Course - Not too late to join in!

Our new JLI winter course, 'The Dilemma', was off to a great start this week!

JLI The Dilemma - Students 1 

JLI The Dilemma - Students 2

Participants had a fun time taking an active part in what it means to formulate Jewish law. Debating the pros and cons of three legal dilemmas, comparing them and contrasting them to historic precedent and proof sources from Torah, Talmud and Jewish Legal Responsa. 

With 5 more lessons to go, it is not too late to join in or to sign up!

Visit for more info or to register. To sample the next lesson free of charge, simply reply to this email to let us know you're coming.  

Next week: A special Shabbat!

Join us NEXT Shabbat, February 11th, for a special Shabbat!

Next Shabbat is "Tu B'Shevat" (The 15th Day of the month of Shevat) - "The New Year for Trees" as well as "Shabbat Shira" when we read about the splitting of the sea the song of thanks ("Shira") that the Israelites chanted when they crossed.

Schedule (you are welcome to arrive and leave at your convenience):

  • 9:00 am - Coffee & Kabbalah 
  • 10:00 am - Service starts
  • 11:00 am - Torah reading 
  • 12:00 pm - Full buffet Kiddush lunch! (Kiddush sponsorship still open)

Co-Sponsor: $72 / Sponsor $180 / Deluxe Sponsor $250
Sponsoring a Kiddush is a time-honored Jewish tradition as a meaningful way to honor an occasion or person, or simply as a way to participate in the support of the Shul. 

Simply reply to this email to RSVP your sponsorship, or click here, or contact the rabbi at [email protected] / 713-398-2460.

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