HUC-JIR College CommonsAnti-Semitism: Roots and Reality with David A. Lehrer
Sunday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m., Klein Spiritual Center
Live-streamed conversation and real-time dialogue between our dean, our scholars, and you. European racism and anti-Semitism are on the rise, and though American Jews enjoy the most successful time in our history, we face stereotypes and anti-Israel movements with increasing uncertainty. Dean Holo will plumb the fears expressed by the Jewish community with David Lehrer, who approaches the problem from a different angle, and challenges us to face up to good news.
Peace, Love, and Bagels: Café Sholom
Sunday, Nov. 9, Two Sessions: 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Misle and Sosnick Families Foyer
Don’t miss out! This is your opportunity, as a PTS community member, to schmooze and make connections on Sunday mornings after Religious School drop off. No need to drive down the hill for your morning coffee and bagel — they’re on us! Plan to meet your friends here or catch up on the news (we have the SF Chronicle and the NYTimes)! We look forward to seeing you!
Home & Hope's Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, Nov. 23, 7:00 p.m.Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Includes reflections by Rabbi Corey Helfrand and Rev. Mary Graves. Please bring a pie or beverage to share at our traditional pie social immediately following the service. Co-sponsored by Peninsula Temple Sholom.
PTS Cyclists Monthly Ride
Sunday, Nov. 30, 8:45 a.m. Cañada and Edgewood Roads
Please join us for an informal, Kolot-inspired bicycle ride on the last Sunday of each month. (2015 dates TBA) We will roll promptly at 8:45 a.m. from Cañada and Edgewood Roads. The social-paced rides will be 25-35 miles in length, include moderate climbs such as Old La Honda and (east) Alpine Road, and have several regroups. Contact Neil Heller at
Rabbi Eric Weiss, Scholar-in-Residence
Friday, Dec. 56:30 p.m. Sermon: Building a Community of Care
Saturday, Dec. 6 9:00 a.m. Saturday Torah Study10:30 a.m. Lay Minyan D’var Torah with Healing Center Staff
Sunday, Dec. 79:00 a.m. Parent Education with Healing Center Staff
Rabbi Eric Weiss, the Executive Director of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, is formally trained in Jewish education, clinical pastoral care, and spiritual direction. He is a spiritual direction supervisor, and is a co-founder of Grief & Growing: A Healing Weekend for Individuals and Families, co-sponsored by Sinai Memorial Chapel and Jewish LearningWorks. This program is funded by a grant from the Jack and Elisa Klein Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
November is Social Action Engagement MonthNovember is About Thanksgiving
MITZVAH GARDEN DAY
Sunday, Nov. 2, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.PTS Mitzvah Garden (enter from the back parking lot on Rivera)
Gather in our Mitzvah Garden with Ariel Kohane, director of informal education at PTS, for a day of cultivating the soil and planting! Our garden provides fresh organic fruits and vegetables for our Mitzvah Chefs program, for educational purposes in the Religious School, and to local food banks in our community. Get your hands dirty while making new friends, having fun with long-time ones, or working alongside your child(ren) or grandchild(ren). This is a wonderful opportunity for all! Are you an experienced gardener or just love to garden? We are always looking to learn more and welcome your support! Please bring any of the following if you have them: gloves, clippers, and/or a shovel. Bagels, coffee, and juice will be provided. For more information, please contact Susan Oser at
FRIENDS OF THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES (FIDF)
Sunday, Nov. 9, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m., Lillian Byer Social Hall
Please join us for a special encounter with active duty IDF soldiers. PTS is collaborating with the local chapter of The Friends of the IDF (FIDF) that will be hosting a few IDF soldiers in the Bay Area. The soldiers will discuss the recent conflicts in the Middle East and the real-life experiences of serving in the Israeli Army. The Religious School has arranged for students to attend as well. This is an opportunity for the students’ family members to join them! A light breakfast will be served.
PTS BLOOD DRIVE
Sunday, Nov. 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., PTS Parking Lot (Blood Centers of the Pacific mobile unit)
Be a hero to someone in need! Maimonides said, “One of the most righteous forms of charitable giving is when we give anonymously -- when givers never find out who will receive the gift, and recipients never find out who gave it”. This is truly selfless giving, and is the purest kind of mitzvah. Help someone you may never meet to weather a tragedy, heal from sickness, or reclaim health! Bagels, coffee, and juice will be available for all participants. Religious School Parents: Drop your kids off at school and please come donate blood! Feel free to drop in, though it will likely be faster for you if you make an appointment ahead of time. To do so:
1. visit www.bloodheroes.com 2. click on “Donate Blood” (on the right) 3. type “PTS” into the top box4. click on “Peninsula Temple Sholom Donor Mobile”
For more information, please contact Debbie Kurzrock at
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Monday, Nov. 24 - Friday, Dec. 5
The Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) food pantry in San Mateo provides staples to elderly, émigré, disabled, and other at-risk clients who face temporary or long-term food insecurity. Volunteers are needed to help local clients by filling the shelves with food and other necessities. During the third week of November, the PTS Community will have the opportunity to select grocery items from a “wish list” to donate. Deliveries will then be made to the JFCS San Mateo offices during the fourth week of November or first few days of December. There are also year-round opportunities for individuals and families to assist, whether donating groceries or taking monthly inventory in the pantry. Together we can make a difference for our neighbors in need!
Please look for more details and a link to sign-up in the weekly PTS E-Schmooze. If you are interested in participating, please send your name and email address to Susan Oser at
Missed sermons from Rabbi Feder or Rabbi Delson? Want to read them again, or share with your family and friends? Here they are:
Standing with Israel (Rosh Hashanah - Rabbi Feder)
Hearing God's Voice 5775 (Rosh Hashanah - Rabbi Delson)
Being There: Sacred Connectedness (Kol Nidre - Rabbi Feder)
Nitzavim 5775 (Yom Kippur - Rabbi Delson)
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