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Sukkot 2018

Sukkot is a special opportunity in the Jewish tradition to celebrate the harvest, gather outdoors, connect with the land, and reflect on our unique history as wanderers, placemakers, community architects, and stewards of the earth. We have a fantastic lineup of events featuring eclectic music, nourishing food and provocative learning. We’ll reflect on what it means to welcome the stranger into our lives, the significance of home, and the idea of finding shelter in the wilderness, both physical and metaphorical. Join us in our beautiful sukkah for these rich and evocative festivities, designed for all ages.

SongCycle Celebration

with Rabbi Richman, Sarah Lefton, Steven Branoff, and other guests

WED, SEP 26, 6–7:30 PM
Cost - Member: $10 / General: $12 (Free for children under 13)
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch - under the sukkah

Rabbi Dorothy Richman, JCC Shamash Resident, gave herself a personal challenge last year: write and record a song a week influenced by the Torah and Jewish holiday cycles. It began with Genesis last October and culminates this night under the sukkah in a celebration of music, learning, and community. Come sing along!

Sing along with us.

Dancing at Dusk: Family Sukkot

THU, SEP 27, 5:30 PM
Cost - Member: $10 / General: $15 / Kids <2: Free
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Cosponsored by Jewish Gateways, Be’chol Lashon, and Eden Village West

Join us for our annual Sukkot celebration as we gather under our branch-laden sukkah to celebrate our land, agriculture, and home with festive music, delicious food, and our warm community. Lior Ben-Hur and his band will bring music from around the world to remind us to always welcome the stranger into our sukkah on this special holiday. Make crafts to decorate the sukkah while Shamash Resident Rabbi Dorothy Richman teaches us how to hold and wave the symbolic lulav and etrog.

Lior Ben-Hur and his band, Sol Tevél, perform music that sheds new light with contemporary interpretations of old Jewish texts, ideals, and mysticism.

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Homeward with Kiki Lipsett

FRI, SEP 28, 7 PM
SUN, SEP 30, 2 PM
Cost - Member: $10 / General: $15
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

What does home mean? What does it mean to find and lose home? What does our ancestry tell us about our conception of home? This original performance under the JCC’s beautiful sukkah will weave together diverse narratives about personal expressions of home, loss, and belonging. Kiki Lipsett is a musician, educator, and lover of the performing arts at the intersection of music, theater, and Judaism.

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Older Adult Holiday Community Lunches

Rosh Hashanah: THU, SEP 13, 12 PM
Sukkot: THU, SEP 27, 12 PM
Hanukkah: MON, DEC 3, 12 PM

Cost- Senior: $7 / Mitzvah: $14 (for your lunch and to subsidize someone’s meal)
JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch

Celebrate the holidays with a delicious meal, a nice schmooze, and some new traditions. Join friends, community members, and our Shamash Resident, Rabbi Dorothy Richman, for these warm, welcoming, and festive celebrations.

Learn More: JCC Front Desk, 510.848.0237