Celebrating 18 Years of CHABAD OF THE TRI VALLEY
PROGRAM GUIDE FALL 5784 / 2023
Dear friends, supporters, and community members, Eighteen years ago, we embarked on a remarkable journey of building a Jewish center in the Tri Valley. With your steadfast dedication and unwavering support we have indeed created a thriving Jewish community; a place where young and old alike celebrate our rich heritage together. As we reflect on this miraculous journey, we acknowledge and celebrate the past growth and accomplishments and eagerly look forward to the opening of the newly renovated Chabad Center for Jewish Life. None of these achievements would have been possible without the passion, commitment, and love that each member of our community has contributed. To the donors, volunteers, organizers, and all the individuals who selflessly give their resources, time, and energy to Chabad - thank you. The number 18 in Hebrew, “chai,” symbolizes the blessing of life. As we approach this new year, may G-d bless us with a year of “chai” - a meaningful
and joy-filled year of life. L’chaim! Rabbi Raleigh and Fruma Resnick Rabbi Josh and Chavie Zebberman
CHABAD OF THE TRI VALLEY 3370 HOPYARD ROAD, PLEASANTON CA 94588 WWW.JEWISHTRIVALLEY.COM / (925) 846-0700
All programs, events, and classes are held at Chabad unless otherwise noted.
Chabad of the Tri Valley was established by the Lubavticher Rebbe, obm, who continues to drive and inspire its operation and expansion
Let’s build the new Chabad Center for Jewish Life
SYNAGOGUE Our renovated sanctuary is designed to inspire grandeur, connectivity, and warmth. With newly created natural lighting and a custom-crafted ark, bimah, and synagogue furnishings, this space will invite our community to congregate in joy and with pride. OUTDOOR EVENT & SUKKAH PLAZA Adorned with olive trees and decomposed granite, our 5000 sq. ft. grand plaza will be a centerpiece of our center and a destination to celebrate holidays, joyous milestones, and Jewish life. KOSHER KITCHEN FACILITY Our upgraded commercial kitchen and prep-area will be a wellspring for weekly fresh challah sales, holiday & shabbat feasts, NY deli nights, and community dinners.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER
The new state-of-the-art Gan Chabad Preschool will include 3 classrooms, each created to bring in the natural outdoor environment. Our architects have designed a multi-sensory playground surrounded by the trees of Israel (date, fig, olive, grape, and pomegranate). MIKVA Our exquisite new mikva immersion pool and preparation space will be the very first in the Tri Valley and an inviting oasis for Jewish women in holy moments of rejuvenation. LIBRARY & HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTER A spacious rich room lined with bookcases and Jewish art. In addition to a home of Jewish study, our library will also feature over 1000 holocaust titles and a unique research access portal to USC’s Shoa Foundation.
CONTRIBUTE TO OUR CAPITAL BUILDING CAMPAIGN: $2,000,000
Rosh Hashanah Community Dinner FRIDAY, SEP. 15 AT 7:30 PM Usher in the New Year of 5874 with friends, community, and family at our traditional and lavish Rosh Hashanah gala buffet dinner. Advance RSVP please.
Synagogue Shofar Service SUNDAY, SEP. 17 AT 11:45 AM
Set the trajectory of your year on a high note as we come together as a community and fulfill one of the most essential mitzvahs, listening and absorbing the penetrating sound of the shofar.
Shofar in the Park SUNDAY, SEP. 17 AT 6 PM
Bring the whole family to listen as we sound the shofar at the Sports Park - 5800 Parkside Drive, Pleasanton (near the skateboard park). Holiday snacks and treats for all.
Yom Kippur Break-Fast MONDAY, SEP. 25 AT 7:45 PM A deluxe bagels & lox break-fast buffet catered by Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels. Advanced RSVP required. $15 per person.
HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES
Enter our warm and welcoming synagogue and be uplifted by a spirited service conducted in Hebrew and English and spiced with meaningful and relevant insights. Age-appropriate children’s programming, youth services, and babysitting available. No membership, affiliation, or tickets necessary. Contributions are appreciated and encouraged.
Rosh Hashanah FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15 Candle Lighting: 6:58 PM Rosh Hashanah Service: 7:00 PM Community Dinner: 7:30 PM SHABBAT SEPTEMBER 16 Morning Service: 10 AM Torah Reading: 11 AM Buffet Lunch: 1:15 PM Candle Lighting: after 7:53 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Morning Service: 10 AM Torah Reading: 11 AM Shofar: 11:45 AM Buffet Lunch: 1:15 PM Tashlich: 2:30 PM Shofar in the Park: 6 PM Havdallah: 7:51 PM
Yom Kippur SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Candle Lighting: 6:44 PM Kol Nidrei: 6:45 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Morning Service: 10 AM Torah Reading: 11:15 AM Yizkor Memorial Service: 12 PM Mincha: 5:30 PM Neilah Closing Service: 6:30 PM Havdallah / Fast Concludes: 7:39 PM Yom Kippur Break-Fast
COMMUNITY Sukkot Dinner
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 7:15 PM
An elegant and delicious 3-course holiday dinner filled with moving stories and spirited songs under the magic of the sukkah. Space is limited. Please reserve in advance. $25 per person
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Candle Lighting: 6:36 PM Sukkot Service: 7:00 PM Sukkot Community Dinner: 7:15 PM SHABBAT, SEPTEMBER 30 Morning Service: 10 AM Buffet Lunch: 12:30 PM Candle Lighting: after 7:31 PM
SUNDAY OCTOBER 1 Morning Service: 10 AM Buffet Lunch: 12:30 PM Havdallah: 7:30 PM
SIMCHAT TORAH SATURDAY NIGHT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 AT 7:30 PM
Don’t miss the climax and highlight of the High Holiday season - Simchat Torah at Chabad! Enjoy a festive shawarma, falafel, and pita dinner with lots of l’chaims followed by 7 rounds of spirited hakafot (circular dances) with holiday flags and lots of treats for the kids.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Candle Lighting: 6:25 PM Evening Service & Hakafot: 6:30 PM SHABBAT, OCTOBER 7 Morning Service: 10 AM Yizkor Memorial Service: 11:45 AM Buffet Lunch: 12:30 PM Candle Lighting: after 7:21 PM Simchat Torah Celebration: 7:30 PM SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Morning Service: 10 AM Conclusion of the Torah: 11 AM Buffet Lunch: 1 PM Mincha & Chasidic Melodies: 6 PM Havdallah / Holiday Concludes: 7:19 PM Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Schedule
SURVIVAL & TRIUMPH An evening with Joseph Alexander, the man who survived 12 concentration camps THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 7:30 PM Bankhead Theater | 2400 First Street, Livermore Born in 1923 in Poland, Joseph Alexander remains as one the world’s leading voices and survivors of the holocaust. His journey through 12 concentration camps (including Dachau and Auschwitz-Birkenau), the Warsaw Ghetto, and the death march is a miraculous story of survival and triumph. Listen to his harrowing tale and be captivated by his enduring faith and spirit that have outlived the evils of history. With the dwindling number of survivors, this is a rare and historic opportunity to absorb a fading generation’s message and story.
A NEW 6-PART JLI COURSE BEGINNING OCTOBER 31 See how core mystical and spiritual teachings of kabbalah offer powerful insights into everyday life, self-understanding, and personal growth. Get to know Kabbalah’s core ideas and terminology and why they continue to stimulate, fascinate, and inspire real-life growth.
LESSON ONE: The Evolution of Ego
LESSON FOUR: The World of Chaos
LESSON TWO: The Dawn of Limitation
LESSON FIVE: The Great Concealment
LESSON THREE: The Infinite Light
LESSON SIX: The Essence of Everything
IN-PERSON COURSE: 6 TUESDAYS AT 7:30 PM (BEGINS OCTOBER 31)
VIRTUAL COURSE: 6 THURSDAYS AT 8 PM (BEGINS NOVEMBER 2)
Instructor: Rabbi Josh Zebberman $99 per student (includes course materials)
Women’s Night Out Evenings of delicacies & drinks, art & creation, friends - old and new, and meaningful messages.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 A Taste of Ethiopian Tradition with Lekanesh Mehari Live demo and tasting of the
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Raise the Bar with Resin Create a beautiful Resin Shabbat tray designed by Doria Art Studio, enjoy Chanukah delicacies and discover a new twist to this old story. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 Tu B’shvat Cocktails Celebrate this fruity festival with a delicious fruity buffet, exploring the significance of this day and a hands on exploration of the ins and outs of drink mixing and making your own cocktails with Melissa Rossi, bartending for 27 years.
popular Injera Bread, a peek at their cultural “Coffee Ceremony”, sample Ethiopian foods and dips and learn what Judaism says about hospitality and inviting guest.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Women’s Friday Night Dinner
Jewish women and Shabbat - the keys secrets to Jewish survival. Join us for an exclusive and elegant Shabbat evening and dinner for women.
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, MARCH 3 19th Annual “Celebrate the Jewish Woman” GalaDinner
Take a peek at pivotal moments of personal decision within the lives of seven women of biblical fame, and investigate the internal strengths that propelled these women, with remarkable effectiveness, across chasms of doubt and timidity.
NOVEMBER 15 SARAH: TWO VIEWS OF YOU Overcoming Inclination via an External Perspective
DECEMBER 13 RIVKAH: DESIRABLE DUPLICITY Being Jewish in All of Life’s Roles
JANUARY 10 RACHEL: MOTHER OF DEVOTION The Limits of Sacrifice
FEBRUARY 14 AVIGAYIL: AFFECTION IN DIRECTION Rebuking with Love and Respect
MARCH 13 ESTHER: RESOURCEFULNESS Using Every Resource for G-d’s Purpose
APRIL 10 BATYAH: AGAINST THE TIDE Acting Morally in an Immoral Society
MAY 8 RUTH: STEPPING UP Opting for Tough but True
6 TUESDAYS AT 7:30 PM Instructor: Fruma Resnick | Cost: $99 (includes textbook)
JOIN US FOR OUR SERIES OF… Special Shabbats MORNING SERVICE: 10 AM / TORAH SERVICE: 11 AM / BUFFET LUNCH (WITH CHABAD’S SIGNATURE CHOLENT) & GUEST SPEAKER: 12:15 PM
SHABBAT, OCTOBER 14 Rabbi Levi Potash
As the Bay Area’s scribe, Rabbi Potash’s eye-opening presentation on how he creates and checks Torahs,
tefillin, and mezuzahs wows audiences across Northern CA. Don’t miss a journey from ancient scribal art to modern Torah creating technology; all woven with contemporary vignettes and eye-opening stories. SHABBAT, NOVEMBER, 4 Leonid Burakovsky
In our modern world even our toasters can spy on us; making us vulnerable to identity theft, cyber-ransom,
and security breaches. Leonid Burakovsky has dedicated over 30 years to helping keep individuals and government agencies secure. He travels around the world talking about how we can stay cyber-safe. Enjoy his fascinating talk … all with a Jewish twist.
SHABBAT, DECEMBER 16 Ron and Sarith Reuben
Really? There are Jews native to India? Our very own Ron and Sarith Reuben were born and proudly raised in
India’s Jewish community. In a Hindu country far away from the world’s larger Jewish communities, Jews in India maintained their Jewish identity and built strong communities. Come and hear their remarkable stories – firsthand.
שישי ישראלי שבת קהילתית באווירה ישראלית!
בערב 6:00 לאוקטובר ב 27 ביום שישי בחב"ד טרי וואלי בפלזנטון
נשמח לראותכם לערב שכולל ארוחת שישי בניחוח ישראלי עם חומוס (אמיתי)
מנות. משחקים ופרסים. 3 ארוחת שבת שכוללת אוירת ארץ הקודש. שירותי בייביסטר והופעה לילדים. $60 ולמשפחה $40 השתתפות באירוע לזוג לאוקטובר (מאוד לא 23 נא להירשם מראש עד ישראלי אבל מספר המקומות מוגבל)
POP UP JEWISH New York Deli SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 4:30 – 6:30 PM Pre-Order online before Friday, Nov. 3
An authentic New York Deli take-out … right here in the Tri Valley!
Full kosher menu includes pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, knishes, matzah ball soup, pickles, salads, and rugelach.
THE Yiddish Club with Chicken Soup & Matzah Balls
3 THURSDAYS: OCT 12, 19, 26
Don’t miss this immersive and engaging hour of rich Yiddish culture, language, music, song, and humor. Warm your heart and soul with a simmering bowl of chicken soup and matzah balls. No prior Yiddish knowledge necessary. Instructor: Rabbi Raleigh Resnick | $45 per person
POP UP JEWISH New York Deli ANCIENT JEWISH HISTORY TUESDAY AT 12 PM ON ZOOM with Rabbi Raleigh Resnick WEEKLY LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES Zoom ID: 994-645-5000 / Password: Chabad EXPLORE THE PRAYER BOOK WEDNESDAYS AT 7:30 PM ON ZOOM with Rabbi Josh Zebberman JEWISH VALUES (FOR WOMEN) SHABBAT AT 5:30 PM with Chavie Zebberman (at 3422 Isle Royal Ct)
Chabad HEBREW SCHOOL
SUNDAYS, 9:45 AM - 12 :15 PM BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 For boys and girls 4 - 13
Imagine a place where your child learns, loves, and lives Judaism; a school where your child will master Hebrew reading, form Jewish friendships, and is proud to belong.
Annual Tuition: $800
THURSDAYS AT 10 AM - 11 AM For Moms and children ages 0-3 $100 per monthly session
A taste of preschool for moms & their little ones. Make challah with your tot, hands-on discovery & exploration of Jewish themes, music & movement, sensory play, art and lots of joy and friendship. Led by early childhood educator, Morah Fruma Resnick
Kids IN THE Kitchen Kosher cooking for boys & girls ages 5-12 TUESDAYS AT 5:30 - 6:30 PM
SERIES 1: FALL THEMED COOKING
SERIES 2: CHANUKAH THEMED COOKING Nov 28: Easy Cheesy Heavenly Cheese Braid & cheesy bourekas Skill: The art of puff pastry Dec 5: Dreidel Delights Dreidel crackers with homemade olive dip & a dreidel shaped vegi platter Skill: Cookie Cutter tips Dec 12: Donut Heaven Donuts with Morah Fruma’s secret hacks Skill: The art of filling & decorating Dec 19: The Largest Latke A giant, oversized latke & a side of baked chicken nuggets
Oct 24: Cranberry Craze Apple cranberry kugel & cranberry mocktail Skill: Chop & Mix Oct 31: Pie Please! Deli pinwheels & sweet potato pie Skill: Roll & Crumble Nov 7: Charcuterie Trends Your own winter charcuterie board Skill: Art in your food Nov 14: Plenty of Pumpkin Pumpkin muffins & winter apple salad Skill: Scoop & Toss
Bat Mitzvah Club A club for 5th and 6th grade girls SUNDAYS AT 5:30-7:00 PM
Explore what it means to be a Bat Mitzvah, bond with other Jewish girls and make friendships of a lifetime with crafts, games, outings, and fun-filled activities at each meeting.
Club Dates: Oct 22 / Nov 5 / Dec 3 / Jan 7 / Jan 21 / Feb 11 / March 17 / April 14 / May 5 Shabbaton: Jan 26-27 Mother- Daughter Celebration: May 9 Club Membership: $200
Tween Club A club for 7th and 8th grade girls SUNDAYS AT 5:30-7:00 PM Join this exciting, energetic, and educational club where girls strengthen their Jewish identity with their monthly mitzvah “Tweens Care Projects”, Jewish discussions, and enjoy club trips, treats, and activities.
Club Dates: Oct 22 / Nov 5 / Dec 3 / Jan 7 / Jan 21 / Feb 11 / March 17 / April 14 / May 5 Shabbaton: Jan 26-27 Mother- Daughter Celebration: May 9 Club Membership: $200
CTEEN For 9th – 12th grade boys and girls
With over 650 chapters in 48 countries and 6 continents, CTeen, the Chabad Teen Network, is the fastest growing network of Jewish teens. Join our local chapter!
SUNDAY, OCT 1 AT 7:30 PM SUKKAH HOP Hop on board a teen party bus and travel the neighborhood sukkahs to celebrate the holiday with great food and interactive games. SATURDAY, OCT 28 AT 7:30 PM ESCAPE ROOM After a teen havdallah, we’ll prepare to enter an immersive experience with an engaging storyline. Working at a team, we’ll race against the clock searching for clues, solving puzzles and trying to “escape”.
THURSDAY, NOV 30 AT 7:30 PM TEEN CHALLAH BAKE Our popular teen challah bake is back and better than ever. Bake one challah for yourself and another to deliver to a senior in our community and share the joy of Shabbat with them. SATURDAY, DEC 16 AT 7:00 PM LATKE MASTER CHEFS Join a team to create your finest and most creative gourmet latkes and claim that coveted Latke Trophy in the ultimate post-Chanukah cookoff.
SAVE THE DATE: CTEEN INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK SHABBATON FEBRUARY 23 – 25
Join thousands of Jewish teens from around the world for an unforgettable Shabbat experience. Hit the tourist hot spots, visit Jewish attractions, sing and dance in a massive concert in the heart of Times Square, experience Jewish life like never before.
The School OF Life
Jewish Wisdom for the Questions that Keep you Up at Night Is the universe random? Why do bad things happen to good people? What happens after we die? Is free will actually free? Does love at first sight really exist? Is faith blind? 12 SUNDAYS AT 7:30-8:45 PM | OCTOBER - MARCH (SEE CLASS SCHEDULE ONLINE) • Earns 2 college credits • No homework. The focus of this course is participation and discussion. • Must be in grades 10-12 to qualify • 75-minute class with refreshments • Instructor: Rabbi Raleigh Resnick • Full cost: $999 / Subsidized cost: $250 (with grant from Birthright Judaism Initiative)
Greek Shabbat Dinner
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 AT 6:00 PM
The Greeks sought to extinguish the light of Judaism. This Chanukah come and reignite that Jewish flame over three courses of gourmet Greek cuisine, community, and Chanukah spirits. $35 per person.
Chanukah Under the Stars in front of the Bankhead Theater
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 7:30 PM
Join us as we light up Livermore’s menorah. Enjoy hot latkes and Chanukah doughnuts with a Chanukah music concert, city dignitaries, and glow in the dark fun. Open to the public.
Sunol Menorah Lighting at the Sunol Community Park WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 AT 5:30 PM The quaint town of Sunol is getting its very own menorah. Join us as we inaugurate and celebrate this new addition to the Tri Valley’s Chanukah fixtures.
CHANUKAH Wonderland at Stoneridge Shopping Center
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 AT 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Celebrate the festival of lights with live music, holidaycrafts and games, entertainment, Chanukah photo-ops, face painting … all while we kindle Stoneridge Shopping Center’s 9-foot menorah in the mall’s grand court. Open to the Public.
CHANUKAH ON ICE at Tri Valley Ice in Dublin
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:30 PM
Get those skates on for a Chanukah finale. Glide across the ice to Chanukah, Israeli, and Jewish music with a mega “Fire on Ice” menorah lighting on the rink.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24
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