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Celebration for Hana Cidon By Joy Null Please join us for a special evening to celebrate the contributions of Hana Cidon, Kindergarten teacher at Yavneh Day School since 1998. In celebration of her 18 years at Yavneh, we will hold a celebration: “A Night at the Shuk” on Sunday, February 28th from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the APJCC Auditorium in the Levy Family Campus, Los Gatos. The evening will feature a vegetarian Israeli dinner, dancing, and live music from Lior Ben-Hur and Sol Tevel. All parents, community members, and alumni ages 13 years and older are invited to attend. Tickets are $72 per person, and $18 for Yavneh alumni. Childcare is available for $10 per child (There will be no solicitation or fundraising taking place at the event.) For more information, and to purchase tickets, tributes, and sponsorship, or to send Hana a congratulatory video message, please visit: www.yavnehdayschool.org RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/500468730121469/ or email or call Lauren Carlinsky, laurenC@ yavnehdayschool.org, (408) 984-6700

Photography exhibition at the APJCC By Emily Somma “Focus on Wonder,” an exhibition of beautiful photographs of children at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Preschool is currently on display on the second floor art gallery hallway at the Levy Family Campus. The photos represent a significant point of connection for the APJCC community and speak to the important role of education and growth in the JCC. The focus of the exhibit is to showcase children’s learning through exploration. They show children engaged in activities that strengthen their sense of wonder and reinforce control over their learning. Each photo is a work of art on its own, but it is also a part of the narrative of children’s learning. The photos chosen for the exhibition reflect the APJCC Preschool’s developmental philosophy, which is that young children learn best through direct sensory encounters and not through a formal academic process. Learning at the preschool is the outcome of hands-on experience, especially play. Each group of photos in the exhibition depicts a Jewish value that the children learn in the preschool. The photographs were taken by APJCC Preschool teachers and offer a deep experience and personal insight for the viewer. “Focus on Wonder” will be on display through March 11. For more information about the APJCC Preschool, visit www.apjcc.org/preschool or call (408) 357-7417. The APJCC Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 schoolyear. Children who will be between 18 months old and 5 years old by August 2016 are encouraged to apply. The preschool is hosting an Open House on Sunday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m.-noon for interested families.

CBD participates in Abrahamic Alliance dinner for the homeless By Carol Cassell Congregation Beth David members united with Christians and Muslims on October 25 to make and serve dinner to the homeless at CityTeam Men’s Recovery Center. Abrahamic Alliance International is a faith-based, non-profit organization uniting Jews, Christians and Muslims for active peace building and poverty relief. Its executive director, Rod Cardoza, contacted designated representatives of Beth David (Carol Cassell), the West Valley Muslim Association (Taj Noori), and Saratoga Federated Church (Pastor Arvin Engelson) and the group met. Rod facilitated introductions and mini histories, and told us we were serving dinner to 265 people, including the volunteers. It was quickly decided that Beth David would be responsible for a vegetarian main course, and the other groups would provide green salad, fruit salad, garlic bread, lemonade and baklava for dessert. However there was a challenge; Beth David has no working kitchen as the building is being remodeled. After some inquiries, we were invited to use Saratoga Federated Church’s kitchen to make 30 half-trays of lasagna the morning of October 25. The lasagna making team included Rabbi Shoshana Ohriner, Linda Weiss, Irene Spector, and Bonnie Slavitt Moore and two wonderful ladies from the church. Chris Cassell helped unload the cars, and the group was off and running. The first action was to unscrew 56 jars of marinara sauce. After about 2 hours the trays were ready. In the afternoon the volunteer groups arrived; about 15 from each faith. There were speakers and prayers from all three groups. Rod Cardoza organized the volunteers into “buddy groups.” Same gender, similar age work groups composed of individuals from all three faiths. The groups talked, answered questions and shared before getting down to work, preparing and transporting the meal. At the shelter, after the food was delivered, each buddy group was assigned a task. Residents and walk-ins lined up and at 4:30, dinner was served. Nancy Skilken, one of Congregation Beth David’s volunteers said the experience “was both interesting and fulfilling.” 28

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JValley.news: January 2016