Dear Friend, We are entering the New Year of 5780. It’s the time of the year when we come to recognize the successes of the work of Chabad Oakland and must thank and give appreciation to you our dear friends and congregants for helping us along the way. As aContinue Reading

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king. It is a day of prayer, a time to ask the Almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity andContinue Reading

The seven days of Sukkot—celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the Four Kinds, and rejoicing—is the holiday when we expose ourselves to the elements in covered huts, commemorating G‑d’s sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land. The Four Kinds express our unity and ourContinue Reading

Following the seven joyous days of Sukkot, we come to the happy holiday of Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. Yizkor, the memorial for the departed, is also said on this day. The second day is known as Simchat Torah, during which we complete and immediately begin the annual Torah reading cycle. ThisContinue Reading

Taking the four kinds: Another Sukkot observance is the taking of the Four Kinds: an etrog (citron), a lulav (palm frond), three hadassim (myrtle twigs) and two aravot (willow twigs). Before the holiday, the hadassim and aravot are bound to the lulav.

The Jewish Women’s Circle gets ready for the New Year with a hands-on cooking class! Each attendee will make traditional round Challah, a Rosh Hashanah inspired salad and dip, main dish and dessert. Monday, September 23, 2019 | 7:30pmat Chabad Center for Jewish Life3014 Lakeshore Ave. Enjoy wine & refreshments.Continue Reading

Enjoy the tastes and traditions of Rosh Hashanah with community, family and friends. Our delicious four course dinner is spiced with great food, song, and meaningful holiday insights. ROSH HASHANA EVESUN, SEP 29, 7:30PMChabad Center for Jewish Life3014 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland

Yom Kippur 2019 (the Day of Atonement): October 8–9 Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you,Continue Reading