Ritual

55th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Zoom)

by Lynn Crocker on November 18, 2020

55th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Zoom) Thursday, November 26,
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us on Zoom this year and start your day of gratitude off with neighbors of other faith communities of Saratoga for a Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.
To connect online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86981485682?pwd=VUkvMnJ6WC9DVTJJUXlxVU1xWHFEUT09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833; Meeting ID 869 8148 5682; Passcode: 585354... Read more »

Approachable Torah

by Lynn Crocker on August 24, 2020

Approachable Torah (Zoom)
Thursday, August 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Berkowitz for his monthly Approachable Torah session.
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Join with video: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81717156128
Join by Phone, 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 817 1715 6128... Read more »

Lulav and Etrog – Order by 9/4

by Lynn Crocker on August 11, 2020

Lulav and Etrog

Enduring symbols of heart, integrity and compassion.

If you have never had your own lulav and etrog set for Sukkot, maybe it’s time to do so!  This is the time of year to fulfill the Mitzvah ~ learn and say the blessings and share holy time with family and friends.

Deadline September 4

Please choose from the ... Read more »

Shabbat @ Home 3/13 & 20, 27

by Lynn Crocker on February 24, 2020

March 13, 20, 27

Shabbat @ Home:  Create your own Shabbat experience @ home.
Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, is a 25-hour period of rest lasting from just before sunset on Friday evening until nightfall on Saturday. The idea is to take a break from ordinary life, and focus on family, community, and spiritual growth. While there is no Kabbalat Shabbat ... Read more »

Q&A with Rabbi Alpert

by Lynn Crocker on January 29, 2020

Q&A with Rabbi Alpert Saturday, February 22
After lunch

Do you have questions about the new Siddur Lev Shalem? Come join Rabbi Alpert in an informal session after Shabbat lunch. Open to members and non-members of all ages.... Read more »

World Wide Wrap – 2/2

by Lynn Crocker on January 6, 2020

World Wide Wrap Sunday February 2
9:00  – 9:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Men’s Clubs and congregations around the world. If you have never wrapped tefillin, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. We especially welcome our 7th grade students and their families to learn and join the minyan to follow at 9:30am. A light bagel breakfast will be served. Wear ... Read more »

New Siddur Lev Shalem

by Lynn Crocker on December 4, 2019

Please call the office 408-257-3333

We have some exciting news to share with you. Our Board of Directors has voted to adopt the new Siddur Lev Shalem for our Shabbat and Festival worship. Our current siddur has served us well but has been out of print for several years which eliminates acquisition of new copies as old ones need replacement. ... Read more »

54th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Prince of Peace

Thursday November 28
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

with Guest Speaker Rabbi Alpert

This year’s service is being hosted by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 12770 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga. Start your day of gratitude off with neighbors of other faith communities of Saratoga for a Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. 
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Shabbat Service by the Shore 8/2

by Lynn Crocker on June 27, 2019

Shabbat Service by the Shore Friday, Aug 2 at 6:15 pm

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Join us at Vasona Park in the Fishing Pier area, conveniently located next to a parking area, for Shabbat Service by the Shore! We will supply challah, wine/juice, to go along with our service. You provide your own chairs and picnic supper! Invite your friends ... Read more »

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – June 8

by Lynn Crocker on June 4, 2019

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – Study & Cheesecake Too!!
Saturday, June 8th

9:15 – 11:30 p.m.
Come together for an evening of learning, inspiration and unique perspectives during the ancient kabbalist tradition of Shavuot. Come for an hour or stay till the end of the program! We’ll begin with Havdalah, and have cheesecake at the break (of course). All are welcome!  

Join ... Read more »

Seder Matching 5779

by Lynn Crocker on March 26, 2019

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Sale of Hametz Form – due 4/18 @ 11am

by Lynn Crocker on March 24, 2019

Sale of Ḥametz

Download Form

If possible, all ḥametz should be destroyed or given away before the Passover holiday begins. Should this be impossible, the ḥametz may be stored in such a way that we are sure not to use it during the holiday and its actual ownership transferred to a non-Jew until after the holiday ends.

Download Form The form must ... Read more »

Seder Matching 5779 – due 4/5

by Lynn Crocker on March 12, 2019

The first Seder is Friday, April 19 and the second one is Saturday, April 20.

Sharing your seder table with others is not only fun, but enables you, the host to fulfill the Mitzvah of Hakhnasat Orim, welcoming guestsThe Mitzvah of Hakhnasat Orhim instills the Middah (virture) of HospitalityHakhnasat Orim also reminds us ... Read more »

Parlor Meeting Discussion with Rabbi Alpert

by Lynn Crocker on December 27, 2018

Parlor Meeting Discussion –
Musical Instruments & Friday Night Services Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Alpert for a discussion regarding the use of musical instruments during Friday night services and brainstorming ideas for a variety of future Kabbalat Shabbat-Ma’ariv services.... Read more »

Kita Hey – Intro to B’nei Mitzvah

by Lynn Crocker on December 5, 2018

Kita Hey – Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Sunday, January 6
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Intro to everything about becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah at CBD! Learn about our B’nei Mitzvah process, get your child’s date (ages 10-12) – lunch provided. 

RSVP online or call the office at 408-257-3333 by 12/30/18.... Read more »

HIAS National Refugee Shabbat

by Lynn Crocker on October 18, 2018

HIAS National Refugee Shabbat Saturday, October 20, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Co-Sponsored by Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley and Congregation Beth David
National Refugee Shabbat is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to create a Shabbat experience dedicated to refugees. The parsha (Torah portion) for this Shabbat is Lech Lecha, which describes the beginning ... Read more »

Installation of Rabbi Jaymee Alpert

by Lynn Crocker on October 11, 2018

Installation of Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
Saturday, November 3
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join us for a very special Shabbat service and Kiddush lunch in honor of of Rabbi Jaymee Alpert. RSVP for lunch has closed, but all are welcome to attend services.... Read more »

Selichot: Saying Sorry – September 1st

by Lynn Crocker on May 26, 2018

Selichot – Saying Sorry
Saturday September 1st
9:00pm Selichot Program
10:30pm Selichot Services

Join Sarah Hanuka and Rabbi Alpert as we prepare for the High Holy Days by exploring practical challenges of self-evaluation, personal change and repentance.... Read more »

Welcome Rabbi Alpert

by Lynn Crocker on April 23, 2018

CBD Welcomes Rabbi Jaymee Alpert

At the March 25, 2018 meeting of our members, congregants voted by an overwhelming margin to approve the Search Committee’s selection of Rabbi Jaymee Alpert as our new Senior Rabbi. Moments later, Michael Leitner, chair of our pulpit committee, reached Rabbi Alpert and she confirmed she will be our next Senior Rabbi. She comes to ... Read more »

High Holy Days Cantor

by Lynn Crocker on March 29, 2018

High Holy Days Cantor

At its March Board of Directors meeting, the board voted to search for a different Cantor for the high-holidays this year. We thank Cantor Levy for his previous participation.

If you have any questions, please send email to ritualvp@beth-david.org and someone will get back to you. There may be a short delay in responding because of ... Read more »

Yom Hashoah u’Gevurah Memorial Service – April 11

by Lynn Crocker on March 13, 2018

Yom Hashoah u’Gevurah Memorial Service At CBD
Wednesday, April 11th
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

CBD is honored to host this year’s Silicon Valley Yom Hashoah memorial service featuring our keynote speaker, Thomas Klein. All are welcome.

Other Community-wide Events – not at CBD

April 10 – Holocaust Remembrances: Finding the Hope From Generation to Generation 

April 12 –  “Faces of ... Read more »

Siyum Bechorot – April 10, 2017

by Lynn Crocker on March 15, 2017

Siyum Bechorot
Monday, April 10th, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

It is customary for firstborn Jews to fast prior to the Passover seder. Join us for a brief morning service followed by the siyum where Shmuel Shultz will complete his study of an entire order of the Mishnah. We will conclude with a light celebratory breakfast which then permits eating for ... Read more »

Simha & B’nei Mitzvah Fair

by Lynn Crocker on January 5, 2017

Simha & B’nei Mitzvah Fair Sunday January 22nd 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Everything about becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah at CBD! Visit with vendors, learn about our B’nei Mitzvah process, get your child’s date (ages 10-12) – lunch provided. No charge but RSVP is required online or call the office at 408-257-3333.... Read more »

Para-Mashgiaḥ Training at CBD

by Lynn Crocker on June 15, 2016

Para-Mashgiaḥ Training at CBD

Become a Para-Mashgiaḥ for your auxiliary group or as a general volunteer for any group! Be trained to be the representative responsible for maintaining CBDs Kashrut guidelines as well our Kitchen Use Guidelines. Training will take place on Tuesday, August 9th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Pre-requesitie to become a Para-Mashgiah is to pass a California ... Read more »

Learn to Leyn – Chant Torah!

by Lynn Crocker on March 31, 2016

Learn to Leyn – Chant Torah!

Are you interested in learning to chant Torah?

Learning to chant Torah is a useful skill and is a wonderful way to participate in the community. After learning the trope signs and their associated melodies, you too will be able to participate in chanting Torah. A new group of learners will be forming. With ... Read more »