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Jewish Gateways, an open community, invites all to explore and connect with Jewish traditions.
 
Our “come as you are, no experience necessary” environment encourages wandering and wondering Jews and their families and friends to discover what is personally meaningful. 
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GROWING TOGETHER JEWISH FAMILY LEARNING

Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm, twice a month
September 2023 - May 2024

 

Growing Together Family Learning offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for families to explore Jewish values and traditions together. An alternative to traditional Hebrew or religious school, it offers supportive community, connection, and learning for the whole family.

Learn more here.

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JEWISH GATEWAYS' B-MITZVAH PROGRAM

Two year program

Three meetings per month
September 2023 - May 2024

 

Jewish Gateway’s unique two-year program, rooted in family learning, is about more than just the ritual. Our B-Mitzvah program supports students as they become teens, engaging them with Judaism that is relevant and meaningful.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

WHY DOES THE TORAH TEACH, "DO FIRST, UNDERSTAND LATER"?  Topic for this Session of Torah for Everyone

WHY DOES THE TORAH TEACH, "DO FIRST, UNDERSTAND LATER"?

Topic for this Session of Torah for Everyone

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm PT, online

At Mount Sinai, the newly-freed Israelites embraced a core tenet of Judaism: act first and then understand. In our logical modern world, prioritizing curiosity before seeking rational explanations can at times unveil surprising spiritual connections. Rabbi Bridget Wynne will lead an open discussion exploring the wisdom behind this unconventional approach and how you might choose to draw on it in your own life. 

 

Register Here

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VIRTUAL SHABBAT GATHERING

Fridays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm PT, online

Join other Jewish Gateways community members for an online Shabbat gathering for Shabbat blessings, songs, and community. Bring your own challah and juice or wine. There will also be an opportunity to offer prayers for healing and to say the Mourner's Kaddish for anyone you are remembering. All are welcome. No experience is necessary.

Join via Zoom here.

*On the evenings we gather in person, we do not host virtual Shabbat gatherings.*

Get a Taste of Our Rabbis' Teachings

The Virtuous Cycle of Teshuvah: Sermon for Erev Yom Kippur 2023 by Rabbi Bridget Wynne
The Virtuous Cycle of Teshuvah
Sermon for Erev Yom Kippur
2023 • 5784
Rabbi Bridget Wynne

Most of us would like to be better people and live more in keeping with our deepest values. How do we do this, in the midst of life’s pains, difficulties, annoyances, and all we cannot control?

We may resist looking at the actions, or inactions, we regret. Who wants to feel guilty? And we do hear a lot about “Jewish guilt".

But does Jewish tradition really teach us to feel guilty? I don’t think so. The guilt many Jews joke about comes not from Judaism, but from a particular immigrant culture that many of us are descended from.

Continue reading Rabbi Bridget's sermon

ediscovery and Return: A Rosh Hashanah Reflection on Teshuva and the Joys of New Beginnings 2023 by Rabbi Stephanie Kenne
Rediscovery and Return:
A Rosh Hashanah Reflection on Teshuva and the Joys of New Beginnings
2023 • 5784
Rabbi Stephanie Kennedy

On Rosh Hashanah, and throughout the month leading up to the High Holidays, we are called to engage in a profound act of returning.

To do teshuva is to embark on a pilgrimage back to the core of our being — to that space within us that remains hopeful, and pure. It's in this journey that we rediscover potentials that may have lain dormant amidst the hustle of our daily lives — dreams unchased, passions unexpressed, or connections overlooked. 

Continue reading Rabbi Steph's sermon

Get to Know the Rabbis of Jewish Gateways: Recording from the November Salon
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