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To Tree or Not to Tree: What Will We do for the Holidays?

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

Jews and ChristmasYou may want to decorate a Christmas tree while your partner wants to make latkes. What will work for you as a family? Whether December is your favorite month — full of Christmas cookies and chocolate gelt — or your most dreaded month — material surfeit and cultural overwhelm — you are invited to join this open and supportive discussion on how to handle the December dash. This year will be especially interesting because the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve.

This is one workshop is a series of five. See the full series here.


# Sessions
Date & time

Sunday, December 4
10:30 - 12:00 pm

$8 for the public
Free for members

Register here

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Dec 04 10:30 AM–12:00 PM Sun Beth Emek Dawn Kepler


Congregation Beth Emek

3400 Nevada Court

Pleasanton, CA 94566



Dawn Kepler

Dawn KeplerDawn Kepler has worked in programming for interfaith families since 1990. Her programs have been offered at synagogues from all Jewish movements as well as Jewish Community Centers, agencies, and day schools. She developed Building Jewish Bridges: Embracing Interfaith Families in 1998 for Lehrhaus Judaica, in response to a request from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

As a synagogue member, Dawn created and chaired the Outreach committee of Oakland’s Temple Sinai for fourteen years. She has chaired the Interfaith Committee of the Union for Reform Judaism, Pacific West region, has served on the Interfaith Advisory Committee for the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund, and on the Planning Advisory Committee of Interfaithfamily.com. She is a founding member of the Jewish Intermarriage Professionals Alliance, a national organization.

She has established, Building Jewish Bridges, a service that invites individuals and families to explore the Jewish community and to consider Jewish options. Offering workshops, ongoing couples groups, individual sessions and classes, the program reflects our richly diverse bay area community addressing the concerns of interfaith, multiracial, multiethnic and LGBT families.