Upcoming Events

Family Sukkot Celebration, a Jewish Fall Festival!

Sunday, October 9, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Jewish Gateways is teaming up with the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Jewish Baby Network, and PJ Library for an interactive morning of storytelling, crafts, food, singing, dancing, and puppets. Join other families with children to connect, play, and have fun.

Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest and honors the experience of the Jewish people who, after escaping from slavery in Egypt, wandered in the desert for forty years, living in temporary shelters as they traveled. 

dad Betto reading to sons, Atzin and Dav

This event is for children 0-7 years old, and we will have a special space for families with babies. 

A suggested donation of $18 per family goes to offset the cost of family holiday gatherings.

All are welcome, including interfaith, LGBTQIA, and multiracial families; people of color; single parents; low-income families, and grandparents. No Jewish knowledge or experience is necessary. Feel free to invite friends who might be interested!

Register here!

 

More about Sukkot: It is celebrated by building and decorating a temporary hut, called a sukkah. The roof of the sukkah is made of organic material that grows from the ground, like tree branches. With the tree branches, hanging of ornaments, and the globe string lights that often light the evening meals, some have said that sukkot reminds them of Christmas. We enjoy festive meals full of fall foods, as well as an opportunity to acknowledge the rain that helped our food grow as we shake a lulav and etrog and ask for more rain.

COVID Guidelines for this event:

  1. All attendees will have to show proof of vaccination (including boosters, if eligible) prior to entering.

  2. Proof of vaccination required for those 5 years of age or older at the door.

  3. Well-fitting masks are required indoors, masks are optional outdoors.

  4. Please be mindful of social distancing.

Questions? Want more info? Rabbi Steph welcomes your email or your call at 510-859-7866.   

Shabbat and Holiday Celebrations for Young Children

 

Do you have young children in your life?

 

Want to share lively, engaging Jewish experiences with them in an open and diverse environment?

Join other families to celebrate at Jewish Gateways holiday events and Shabbat gatherings throughout the year, led by Rabbi Stephanie Kennedy.

Enjoy music, stories, movement, and hands-on projects in a relaxed environment, just right for young children and their families.

These events are especially for families with children 1-5. Older and younger siblings are invited, too.

WHO: All are welcome, including interfaith, LGBTQIA, and multiracial families; people of color; single parents; low-income families, and grandparents. No Jewish knowledge or experience is necessary. Feel free to invite friends who might be interested!

 

Questions? Want more info? Rabbi Steph welcomes your email or your call at 510-859-7866.   

Looking for Jewish experiences for older children, or for ongoing Jewish learning for parents and children? Check out Growing Together, our unique family learning program.