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I'm #WearingOrange on June 2. Please join me.

I'm #WearingOrange on June 2. Please join me.  If you believe we must do more to end gun violence,  join us in wearing orange on June 2.
I am proud to participate in “Wear Orange” (, a campaign to reduce gun violence in America. The campaign honors the 88 Americans whose lives are cut short by gun violence every day — and the countless survivors whose lives are forever altered by shootings each year – by designating June 2, 2015 as the first annual National Gun Violence Awareness DayI'm asking you to do one simple thing: Wear Orange on June 2nd. The group of Chicago teens behind the Wear Orange campaign chose the color because hunters wear orange to announce themselves to other hunters when out in the woods. But they were also thinking of their friend Hadiya Pendleton, a 15 year old high school student who marched in President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2012 and was tragically shot and killed back in Chicago just a week later. This June 2nd would have been H…

Mazal Tov to Judy Massarano, winner of the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education!

Mazal Tov to Judy Massarano, winner of the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education!
Dear Chevreh,
Please join me in wishing Judy Massarano mazal tov upon being awarded the Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish education! Judy shares her deep love of Torah and her many years as a Jewish educator with our Ketzev Hebrew School program, with our Netivot Shalom Preschool, with our recent Amitim for Grown-Ups Adult Bnot Mitzvah, and as a liasion and tutor for our Amitim Bnei Mitzvah Families and students. 
(There will be a wider press release and story in J. Weekly next week, but we just couldn't wait to celebrate our friend and teacher!) Established in January 2001, the Diller awards recognize and honor educators offering pre-collegiate programs in Jewish education who have made an extraordinary impact on the youth of our community. Judy has had all that and more at Netivot Shalom and far beyond.
Mazal Tov to Judy, and to us all for being part of her Jewi…

Wear Orange on June 2 in Memory of Hadiya Pendleton

If you believe we must do more to end gun violence, join us in wearing orange on June 2.
Dear Friends --

Our daughter, Hadiya, was the light of our life -- and she shined even brighter after performing with her marching band at President Obama's inauguration in 2013.
We never imagined that one week later, she would be murdered with a gun -- shot at a park near her school in Chicago.

Hadiya's high school classmates will be graduating next month. While Hadiya won't get to walk across that stage, her friends are all going to wear orange on June 2 in her honor -- and to inspire action to stop the gun violence that takes too many lives in this country. We're writing to ask for your help.

Pledge to wear orange on June 2 and show that you're one of the millions of Americans who believes we must do more to end gun violence in our country. People from all over the country will come together online and in person to declare June 2 National Gun Violence Awareness Day.


Coming up at CNS! Differing Abilities, Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, Jewish/Arab education, and more!

Join us for a parent workshop presented by CNS's own Debby Graudenz! Differing Abilities: Supporting Lifelong Learning at Netivot Shalom Thursday, May 14 7-9 pm
Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of the East Bay, PJLibrary, Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool  and JCC East Bay.
We all learn in different ways. Understanding who our children are, how they learn, and what we as parents can do to support them can help them become avid, successful, lifelong learners.  Click here to learn more.
Make a donation to Netivot Shalom!

Every Leaf (a #poem)

Every Leaf
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor   Screaming out their colors
never a chance to hide
the sublimation of nature
impossible, unthinkable.   Every leaf calls out
its own prayer:
"Be like this!"  But out-thinking nature, 
holding color back, 
not expressing that prayer, 
is why we aren't the same.

Sunday, June 7 at 11am at @CNSBerkeley: Up A Tree Puppetry!

Up A Tree Puppetry with amazing puppeteers Peter Olson and Ilan Vitemberg,   will be at
Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool on Sunday, June 7 at 11am to present Mitz Petel - The Puppet Show!
This beloved Israeli children's story will be presented in Hebrew ... and yes, your CNS preschool child(ren) will understand!
MITZ PETEL, a mysterious character, lives in a house on the edge of the woods with yellow curtains, green windows and red shutters. Join Lion and Giraffe as they try to find out who Mitz Petel is. On the way you will learn about playing, secrets and the power of friendships.
Invite your family, friends and neighbors!  Everyone Welcome! 
There is no charge for this event. 
Sponsored by The Israeli House and Congregation Netivot Shalom Preschool. This production is part of