May 13, 2015

Coming up at CNS! Differing Abilities, Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, Jewish/Arab education, and more!


Join us for a parent workshop presented by CNS's own
Debby Graudenz!
 Differing Abilities: Supporting Lifelong Learning
at Netivot Shalom
Thursday, May 14
7-9 pm

Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of the East Bay, PJLibrary, Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool 
and JCC East Bay.

We all learn in different ways. Understanding who our children are, how they learn, and what we as parents can do to support them can help them become avid, successful, lifelong learners. 



Tikkun Leyl Shavuot 

Saturday, May 23 - 24, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:00 am
JCC of the East Bay
Berkeley Branch
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley
FREE and open to the public

Get ready for a unique community-wide celebration and night of learning; a spiritual journey bringing together people of all varied perspectives and affiliations. Stay for an hour-or stay until dawn! We will be led in study by teachers from our diverse Bay Area Jewish community.

Childcare: We are offering childcare and a sleeping room (for ages 2 and up) until the end of the Tikkun. Parents must provide bedding, stay on-site, and pre-register online.

Volunteer Request: We are looking for volunteers for this year's Tikkun Leyl Shavout! Whether you have volunteered in the past or are new to the Tikkun, there are so many opportunities, from food prep to greeting to clean up, at all times throughout the night.

Please contact Lauren Greis at
Netivot Shalom hosts 
2 Leaders of the 
Hand in Hand
Jewish/Arab Israeli School System 
June 3, 7pm

this program is a mitzvah project of the Amitim for Grown-Ups Adult Bnot Mitzvah class of 2015!

As Israelis struggle with growing challenges of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Jewish-Arab tensions within Israel, pioneering Jews and Arabs are addressing this conflict by creating integrated bilingual schools for their children and joint communities. Hand in Hand operates a growing network of Jewish-Arab schools and communities in Israel and, through this, is building shared society. 

Speakers Rebecca Bardach and Mohamad Marzouk, both parents and senior staff members leading Hand in Hand's expansion, will share the story of Hand in Hand's values, practices and its vision for growth.. They will talk about the complicated social reality within which they operate and how Hand in Hand is proving the viability and scalability of Jews and Arabs living together.

Rebecca Bardach was born and raised in Berkeley and her parents are CNS members Gene and Nancy Bardach. 


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