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B’nai Shalom Men’s Club
The B’nai Shalom Men’s Club is primarily a social club. It is perhaps best known for its monthly poker nights. Throughout the year, members open up their homes for a friendly few hours of poker accompanied by dinner, snacks, and libations. Men’s Club also supports the synagogue. Most of the collected dues are spent on Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts for our students. Read more
B’nai Shalom Sisterhood
B’nai Shalom women join Sisterhood to form strong bonds of friendship. Through our varied programming, we grow in our knowledge of Judaism, in our commitment to Tikkun Olam, and in our personal spiritual lives. Sisterhood is a member of the Women’s League for Conservative Jewish, an international organization. Read more
For multiple generations, the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) has offered outstanding Jewish youth programming that fosters fun with friendship, leisure with leadership, and enough memories to last a lifetime. Partnering with BBYO, Congregation B’nai Shalom offers a variety of programming for middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and high school students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
Youth Mitzvah Corps:
As part of the B’nai Shalom Mitzvah Corps, we invite children to participate in Tikkun Olam activities. This is a community building opportunity for our younger congregants and a way to help them find their inner mensch. The program is led by Rabbi Jennifer Flam in conjunction with the Tikkun Olam Committee.
Join us two Sundays a month at 6:00 pm for a night of Israeli Folk Dancing. Yardena Brooks has been guiding adults and teens through the “grapevines” of vintage and current dances for many years. If you’ve always wanted to learn but you have felt intimidated about being a beginner, try our group. We are supportive, helpful and fun. Yardena arrives at 5:30, one half hour before the regular dancing starts, to work with beginners and review dances that were taught in previous sessions. Starting at 6:00 pm a new dance is taught and the group then dances to requests. The cost is $6 per session. Stay for an optional potluck dairy/salad dinner at the end of the session if you can.
Find the current dates for the classes on the B’nai Shalom online calendar. For details call the office: 925.934.9446, Yardena Brooks: 925.932.0617, or just show up!
A Chavurah offers friendship, an extended family, and a great way to be part of a close-knit group within the B’nai Shalom family. It can be particularly helpful for families who are new to the West Coast, California, or Walnut Creek. The word Chavurah is derived from the Hebrew word chaver, meaning ‘friend.’
Socializing, learning, and celebrating Jewish life together provide the members of a chavurah with an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth through new and lasting friendships.
Hachamim (Hebrew for “the wise ones”) is a group geared to members who are at least 60 years of age or couples with one partner who is at least 60.
Participants enjoy cultural, social, and service programs and share an interest in supporting the synagogue and the larger community. Our group is affiliated with the worldwide Hazak movement of Masorti Judaism.