Kesher Marin Newsletter January 2015

Believe it or not, with the beginning of the new year, it's already time to start thinking about summer camp and gearing up for preschool and school registration for the fall. See our new listing of summer camps below the upcoming events.  With so many different options for summer, including programs for families and for kids from 18 months on up, there is a lot to consider when looking for the right program for your child and family.  Schools are also in full swing with tours to see schools in action so now is a good time to visit programs and have your applications in before spaces open up.   If you're overwhelmed by the many options below and need help finding something your family will like, contact me and I'll be happy to recommend a program for you. 


I continue to meet local families to hear what they are looking for and to hook them up with events, organizations and people that fit best.  I'd like to meet with you! Are you free to join me for coffee?  Just reply to this email and we'll set up a time to meet somewhere convenient for you.  If you have friends who would be interested in receiving this newsletter, please pass it on.  In the meantime, join our Facebook group for more frequent updates and to connect with other local families.



Deborah-Your Marin Kesher Concierge 

For Babies, Toddlers & Parents (or Caregivers) 

Tues Jan. 6
Parents Place, San Rafael
JAMaROO free Demo
9:30-10:10 am
Tuesdays (ongoing) 
Osher Marin JCC:
9:30 - 11:00 am
Tues Jan.13-
Parents Place 
JAMaRoo music and playroom
9:15 - 11:30 am
JCC@ Kol Shofar:
Side by Side (Yad b'Yad)
9:15 - 10:45 am & 11 am - 12:30 pm
Mon-Fri (ongoing)
JCC San Rafael
Side by Side 
(Yad b'Yad)
9:15-10:45 am
Fri, (ongoing)
Osher Marin JCC:
Mommies in Motion
10:05-10:35 am 
For 2-5 Year Olds with Parents (or caregiver)

Sat, Jan. 3
Congregation Kol Shofar:
Family Shabbat Experience
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sun, Jan. 11
Congregation Rodef Sholom:
Jr. Jews
10:00 -11:00 am

Sun, Jan. 11
Contemporary Jewish Museum:
Hullabaloo Hoedown with Mr. Lunch
10:00-11:30 am
Tues & Wed 
Kol Shofar:
Sing-Dance- Play
Music Together
Tues 9:30 am, Wed 4:30 pm 
For Pre-Schoolers

Gan Israel Preschool, San Rafael:  
Preschool Tours
by appointment 

Tuesday or Friday
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael & Tiburon:  
Preschool Tours
9:15 am

For School Age Kids

Fri, Jan. 2
Osher Marin JCC:
Winter Camp
9:00-4:00 pm

Tues & Thurs starting Jan 6
Osher Marin JCC:
Clubhouse J
3-5:30 pm

Tues, Jan. 6
Chabad of Novato:
Jewish Kids Club
5:00-6:30 pm
Tue. Jan 13
Brandeis HIllel Day School, Marin campus
Admissions Tour
9:00-11:00 pm

Sun, Jan. 25
Kol Shofar:
Z'man Kef Ice Skating
12:00 - 4:30 pm
Sun, Jan. 25
Camp Tawonga
Information Session
2:00 - 3:30 pm
For Tweens 6th - 8th Graders

Mon & Wed beginning Jan 5
Osher MarinJCC
Club J Teen Fit
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Fri - Mon, Jan 16-19
URJ Camp Newman, Santa Rosa
West Coast Party Jr.

Wed, Jan 28
Chabad of Novato @JCC
Mega Challah Bake
6:30 pm
Tues, Jan. 29
JFCS, San Rafael
Youth First Volunteer Core Recipe Project
3:30 - 5:30 pm
For The Whole Family

Fri, Jan. 2
Rodef Sholom 
First Friday Shabbat Service & Dinner
6:15 - 8:30 pm 

Sun, Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Drop-in Art Making
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Sun, Jan.11
Osher Marin JCC 
Buddy Club
11:30 - 12:30 pm 

Fri, Jan. 16
Kol Shofar
Family Kabbalat Shabbat
5:30 - 6:15 pm

Sun, Jan 18
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Puppy Dog Tales
12:30 - 2:00 pm 

Mon, Jan. 19
Kol Shofar
MLK Service Day
10:00 am- 1:00 pm

Wed, Jan. 28 
Chabad Novato and the JCC
Mega Challah Bake
6:30 pm

Fri, Jan. 30
Kol Shofar
Sababa Shabbat
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Sundays (ongoing)
Osher Marin JCC
Sundays @ the J
10:00 am- 1:00 pm


For Parents

Sun, Jan. 11
Osher Marin JCC
Marin Jewish Woman's "Chai" Tea with Annabelle Gurwitch
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Wed, Jan. 14

Parents Place, San Rafael
FREE! New Mom, New Baby Discussion Group
10:30 - 11:30 am

Thurs, Jan. 15

Parents Place, San Rafael
Choosing a Preschool
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Wed, Jan. 28

Parents Place, San Rafael
Effective Fathering
7:00 - 9:00 pm


Special Needs

Sun, Jan. 18
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Axis Dance Workshop
11:30 am - 12:30 pm



Summer Camps--Day Camps

San Rafael, CA
Camp Kahillah
Osher Marin JCC:
Pre-K - 10th grade

West Berkeley
Urban Adamah Farm Camp
Pre-K-5th grade

Summer Camps--Overnight Camps

San Rafael, CA
Travel Adventures
Osher Marin JCC:
7th - 10th grade

West Marin
Camp Be'Chol Lashon @
Walker Creek
3rd grade & up

Yosemite, cA
Camp Tawonga
2nd - 10th grade

Santa Rosa, CA
URJ Camp Newman
3rd - 12th grade

Big Bear, CA
Camp Gilboa
3rd - 12th grade

Ojai, CA
Camp Ramah
3rd - 10th grade

Steamboat, CO
Camp Inc.
6th - 12th grade

Atherton, CA
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
4th- 10th grade

Greensboro, NC
URJ Six Points Sports Acadamy
4th - 11th grade

For more information on events and programs, contact Deborah Burg-Schnirman: 415-529-3240,



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