CCM Havdalah Project 2018

Event Information:

March 3, 2018

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Beth Chaim Congregation

1800 Holbrook Drive

Danville, CA 94506

March 24, 2018

6:30 - 8:30pm

Congregation B'nai Tikvah

25 Hillcroft Way

Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Families with students in 6th and 7th grade are welcome to join us, regardless of synagogue membership. We look forward to sharing these fun family programs with you!

Havdalah Project

Inviting all 6th and 7th graders and their families in the East Contra Costa County Jewish Community to join us!

Contra Costa Midrasha's 9th Graders (and their educators) will lead 6th and 7th grade students and their families in an interactive evening of Havdalah, activities and song.  The evening will include potluck dinner (CCM will supply the entree), a crafts session making Havdalah candles & spice containers, games and Havdalah ceremony - which we will teach you! Each family will walk away with all they need to create Havdalah at home as a family. Join us for community, Jewish learning and inspiration!

When/Where?  Join us on March 3rd at Beth Chaim in Danville and/or March 24th at B'nai Tikvah in Walnut Creek - both starting at 630pm and ending at 830pm.

The event is FREE.

Click the green box below to RSVP.  Thanks/Todah!


What is Havdalah?

Havdalah is a Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat. It is performed when the first  three stars appear in the sky.  One goal of the Havdalah ceremony is to bring some of the peace we find on Shabbat into our normal week.  Since Havdalah often happens in a circle of friends and/or family, it is an opportunity for togetherness and sharing.


Why do we [as Jews] participate in Havdalah?

Havdalah serves as an opportunity to identify feelings of holiness and peace. It’s a chance to say thank you, to look forward to the new week and to reflect on the week that just passed.  Since the tradition also invites us to say blessings, it’s also a place to sing, celebrate and enjoy.


Why do Midrasha teens love Havdalah so much?

Havdalah is a special time on Midrasha retreats.  Our songleader, Eric Schoen plays the guitar and leads a procession outside, under the stars, where we celebrate the end of Shabbat together.  The teens put their arms around each other, they hum, sing, laugh and enjoy.  Many say it’s where they feel most united together.  We wanted to bring that feeling to the younger students in our community, as a way of welcoming them into Midrasha.


What can I expect from Contra Costa Midrasha’s Havdalah Outreach Program?

The evening will include an engaging, multi-generational experience of Havdalah, lead by Midrasha teens.  Together we will do the Havdalah ceremony, sing some songs and share in yummy snacks and drinks.  While the teens lead the younger students in fun activities and get-to-know-you games, the adults will join in a learning session about Havdalah.