Want to become more involved with Jewish Gateways' warm and diverse community? Here are some possibilities.
High Holidays will be here again before we know it! Although we don’t yet know if they will be online, in person, or a hybrid, we need volunteers for this busiest of all Jewish seasons. If you want to be included in the mitzvah of service for the days of awe, please contact Laurie Kirkpatrick.
We always need volunteers with these skills: technical assistance for Zoom and online presentations; proficiency with social media; graphic design; marketing; fundraising.
Contact Laurie if you have these or another skill you want to share, or just want to explore ways you might want to participate in our community!
We are rehabbing unused but outdated N-95 masks for medical care settings in Contra Costa County. It’s contactless, simple, and truly makes a difference. Contact Patricia Bortman to join this at home activity.
Thank you to our volunteers! Here are some of the ways you make a difference at Jewish Gateways:
While the pandemic has kept us physically apart longer than expected, it has certainly strengthened our sense of community. There are so many volunteers to recognize for their contributions to Jewish Gateways during these past months.
Virtual Passover Seder
We held our first online Jewish Gateways Passover seder this year. Katie Williams, Tara Blau, Nancy Brenner, Yehudit Lieberman, Rhea Ewing, Catherine Warren, and Lindsay Sweetnam helped with break out group facilitation. The Schrader, Littman/Perez-Rendon, Johnson, Sweetnam, Williams/Pon, and Lerman/Rivera families allowed us to visit their sedar tables. Tara Blau, Malka Weitman, Eric Strauss, and Bonnie Roditti helped Rabbi Bridget with readings. Many thanks to all of you for your participation!
Groups, groups, groups!
Thanks to our ongoing group leaders: Catherine Warren (Salon, Pandemic Support); Sandy Warren (Coffee and Conversation); Lyn Fine and Adrianne Bank (Racial Justice); Connie Jackowitz (Chesed); and Lex Schrader (Rosh Chodesh) have developed and maintained active community groups during the pandemic, which takes a lot of preparation, organization, and generosity of spirit.
Yasher koach (great job) to our music crew, Joel Siegel, Scott Williams, Cheryl and Dave Cleary, and Sarah Williams. Some of them lead music at our weekly Shabbat gatherings, others prerecorded music for our online Passover. Hearing your lovely voices, both alone and together, is a balm for the spirit in these times!
Thanks to Dave Green, Joel Siegel, Jim Kirkpatrick, Jess Kirkpatrick, and Susan Schulman for providing tech support at all kinds of online events and meetings. We’d be lost without you, and you’ve found many of us who were!
Equity and Belonging
Ginny Browne, a Jewish Gateways parent, lends her invaluable expertise to our initiative, supported by a Federation grant, to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging in our Growing Together family program.
Jewish Gateways members Sandy Warren, Katie Williams, and Jessica Kirkpatrick have recently agreed to join the Jewish Gateways Steering Council. Each will bring new wisdom and energy to decisions we make; we are so appreciative of their dedication.
And finally, special recognition to Gina Kessler Lee, our current Federation Fellow, for her many contributions, especially social media and grant writing. Gina is helping us evaluate and codify our policies and procedures at Jewish Gateways. She, too, has agreed to join the Steering Council in an ongoing role once her year with us has ended, and we feel very fortunate to have her!
I hope we are at the beginning of a return to more in-person living, with pandemic prevalence falling across the nation and especially in the Bay Area! Continue to stay safe and let’s hope we can be together again sometime soon.
for the Community Involvement Team