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This is Bay Area Jewry: Exhibition Opening Night Reception

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2016.

Bay Area Jewry-coupleThe San Francisco Bay Area Jewish community has been referred to as “the diaspora of the diaspora” and is often portrayed as the edgiest, least engaged and most outrageous. Many of us embrace our role as bellwether to American Jewry. Our community includes born Jews of color, interfaith couples raising Jewish children, Jews by choice from Egypt and Asia, LGBT Jews, adoptive parents, and the list goes on.

In these 16 portraits, you will find that each person, couple or family has loved ones who are not Jewish. The reality of Bay Area Jewry is that we are all touched by our non-Jewish family members. How we incorporate our diversity into Jewish practice is admirable and, we hope, an example to other Jewish communities who are seeking harmony and mutual acceptance.

Please join us for a wine and cheese Opening Night Reception of the exhibition. There will be a tour of the exhibit at 7:15 pm followed at 7:45 pm by three of our participants in dialogue with Dawn Kepler discussing why they participated and what they hope to communicate to the Jewish community. There will be time to mingle and talk with the participants.

Learn more about the exhibition This is Bay Area Jewry, on view at Temple Sinai, April-June 2016.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesday, April 13
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 13 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Wed Temple Sinai Dawn Kepler


Temple Sinai

2808 Summit Street

Oakland, CA 94609



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.