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Summer Shabbat-Nic (Shabbat + Picnic)

Join Jodi Gladstone, BENS ECE Director, and our clergy for services and picnics!
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Chardonnay Shabbat on Friday, July 26!

Join us for a chilled chard and a nosh— let's welcome Shabbat together...
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Sign up for YAFE for 5780!

Registration now open!
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Camp Kee Tov Shabbat at Roberts Park on Friday, July 19!

Bring a picnic dinner to share!
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Click to read The Builder!

Issue 164: Shavuot/Siyyum 5779 (June 2019)
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Register now for the Shabbaton!

Join us at Walker Creek Ranch on September 6-8
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Shabbat Schedule

This Week

July 19 & 20
17 Tamuz 5779 
Parashat Balak
Numbers 22:2 - 25:9
listen to this week's Parashah

July 19
5:00 pm 
Talmud Study
6:15 pm Shabbat Evening Service

July 20
8:30 am 
Early Minyan
9:15 am Torah Study led by Mike Altshuler
10:15 am Shabbat Morning Service

Next Week

July 26 & 27

24 Tamuz 5779 
Parashat Pinchas
Numbers 25:10 - 30:1

July 26
5:00 pm Talmud Study
5:30 pm Chardonnay Shabbat Pre-service Oneg
6:15 pm Shabbat Evening Service

July 27
8:30 am 
Early Minyan
9:15 am Torah Study led by Rabbi Rebekah Stern
10:15 am Shabbat Morning Service

Upcoming Events

Jul26Fri
07/26/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Celebrate the joy of Shabbat and the early summer evening with a glass of wine or juice, light snacks and song. Chardonnay Shabbat begins at 5:30 pm; Shabbat evening services are at 6:15 pm.
Aug9Fri
08/09/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Join Jodi Gladstone, BENS ECE Director, and our clergy for a short, family-friendly Shabbat service in Live Oak Park. Bring a picnic and stay to enjoy the summertime! All families with young children are invited!
Aug16Fri
08/16/2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

All are welcome to celebrate Camp Kee Tov Shabbat on Friday, August 16 at Roberts Park!

We will gather at Roberts Park in Oakland at 5:00 pm. Join us for challah and candle blessings, a huge ruach-...
Aug21Wed
08/21/2019 - 7:00pm
Join Beth El for Jewish Heritage Night at the Oakland Coliseum where we will watch the A's play the Yankees! Please contact Lee Horowitz for more information and tickets. 
Sep3Tue
09/03/2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Arendt Reading Group will resume meeting on Sept. 3. 2019.

As many have noted, there are unfortunate affinities between current political and cultural processes in the world today and historical processes in the late...

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Gift Shop

Does choosing a gift put you in a panic?
We have a solution. A gift certificate allows the recipient to pick from our large choice of various items. Our jewelry items are particularly popular, but we also have many gifts for the home both religious and secular, children's games and a variety of gifts to suit many occasions.

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BENS Nursery School–Sign up still open!



The 4-year-old program (Gan Hadar) has a few openings for our 2019-2020 school year. Contact BENS Administrator, Juliet Gardner, for more information and to set up a tour.