Join our 1st Tu B’av* holiday celebration. We will dress up in white and celebrate together the ancient holiday of love!
When: Sunday, August 5th, 2012, 6:30PM-11PM
Where: Samovar Lounge, 1077 Independence Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94043
Price: $15 at the door
What: Party, music, games, food, drink, fun!
What to dress? White (if possible)
Tu B’Av (15th of the month Av) is a Jewish holiday. In modern-day Israel, it is celebrated as a holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day. According to the Talmud, Tu B’Av was a joyous holiday in the days of the Temple in Jerusalem, marking the beginning of the grape harvest. On that date the unmarried girls of Jerusalem would dress in white garments and go out to dance in the vineyards…
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In the four years of our existence, Mishmash has been described as a cocktail, a click, a cult, but, first and foremost, we are a community. With few exceptions, we are young, Russian-speaking, Soviet-born Jews who come together to improve the world we call our home. Where is our home? For most, it is the San Francisco Bay. For many, it’s also New York, Boston, countless cities worldwide, and of course Israel.
We started small. A handful of volunteers who cared about having a cool place to hang out on Sukkot, Hannukah and Purim. Soon dozens of people were showing up for movies, museums, volunteering, Jewish career counseling, Jewish meditation, Krav Maga, Israeli dancing, pro-Israel rallies, Shabbat dinners, flash mobs, hikes, holidays, and of course, five crazy retreats branded Mitbachon. One hundred Jews from communities across US gathered for a thorough search of their Russian-Jewish souls. Four years later, we’ve building bridges with our peers in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto.
And why do we put our Droids and iPads on vibrate to make time for Mishmash? The question is much debated, but the gist is this: Mishmash is an opportunity to leave an imprint, be creative and make a community in our image. Make that plural: Mishmash is a Mishmash of visions, voices, willful and varied views sometimes in synch and sometimes in shouts. Like all Jews, we kvetch and query about who we are and where we are going. Like all immigrants, we are bursting with stories and languages and memories of loved ones we’ve left behind. Our convergence is a healing, a celebration of our survival as a unique ethnic breed — a Russian Jew.
We’re excited to start Israeli movies nights!
We would love to explore the Israeli Orthodox society.The first night will be on Friday, December 16th, starting with a Shabbat ceremony in a cozy atmosphere Potluck style following with movie discussion.
Let us know if you are interested to join us in the future and email us at email@example.com
In the Mishmash tradition of building a vibrant Jewish community, we invite you to share your time and talent in making this Hannukah festive and fun for the Russian (and English) speaking Jewish babushkas and dedushkas of the Senior Center Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto.
As part of this volunteering event we’ll be heading a fun sing-along of popular Yiddish songs and we need your help. Joining our efforts will be Karen Berger, Chorus director of Yiddish Choristers.
When: December 18th, 2011, 11:00am-12:30pm
Where: Lytton Gardens Senior Communities,656 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 9430
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we could coordinate our efforts.
Join us on a virtual tour of Jerusalem throughout history. Israeli’s educators and guides from the group Telem will take us to the streets of the Holy city through stories of the paratroopers entering the city in 1967.
When: Thursday, December 08, 2011 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: OFJCC - Room E104 • 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
“…1967. War begins. Jordanian shells throughout Jerusalem. Late at night the paratroopers are about to breach the line. Last preparations are made. The orders are given. Ammunition check. There is time to write few words on a piece of paper. And then: “Hevre! Zazim!” We move. This is the story of the battle for Jerusalem – same place, same warriors, 2000 years difference. We will follow the paratroopers in the streets and alleys, enter the Old City with them through the Lions Gate and touch with them the cold stones, the holy stones of the Wailing Wall…”
Telem Speakers: Boris Dolin and Moshe Linetsky. To read more click here.
This is about terrorism and intelligence, about drifts and alliances, about interests and conflict. What is the connection between Hamas and Iran? What is the game Hezbollah plays? What is happening between Israel, Egypt and Turkey? Together we will analyze the current events, up to the very day of the seminar, and discuss the future of our region, of our home.
When Mayflower reached the shores of New England, the pilgrims encountered the new world inhabited by friendly people. The natives showed the Englishmen how to make turkey stuffing, corn bread and pumpkin pie, and established a tradition to play American Football for Thanksgiving, as revolutionist history would have it. Aeroflots, Deltas and Lufthansas brought us to this land of opportunity, milk, honey and medicinal herbs (love it all!) Come share the story of your arrival and tell your friends about your first American meal, who were the locals who greeted you and what you are thankful for.
When: November 22nd, 6:30pm-11:00pm.
Where: WZO Office • 1333 Balboa Street, Apt. #2, San Francisco (Map)
What: This will be a potluck, so bring any food or drinks you want to enjoy and share. Share your Thanksgiving food tradition or create a new one!
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We will collect donations on behalf of Jewish Family and Children Services - the friendly natives that helped many of many of us settle in our new land.
P.S. The event starts at 6:30, but please join whenever you can.The evening will continue to a bonfire on Ocean Beach for those of us not burdened by heavy employment.
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival (www.svjff.org) is here and it’s not to be missed!
Mishmash will be attending multiple screenings throughout the festival and we hope you can join us. We’ll watch the films together and after we can go for drinks to discuss them. Since we won’t be able to attend everything, below is a list of screenings we will be at - please check back often for updates!
JOIN MISHMASH IN ATTENDING THESE SVJFF SCREENINGS:
Little Rose - Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. @ Camera 7 Theater, Campbell (look for @Lyubov Grodnitsky and @Нюр Ка is a bright blue scarf)
Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet block, your local Russian Jewish writers are breaking through writer’s block to tell their stories, and yours.
Join us for a literary evening and reading benefit. Members of the MishMash Writing salon and local writers will share excerpts from their work for the upcoming anthology of Russian Jewish Bay Area writing.
November 12th, 4:30pm,
Cafe Trieste, 1667 Market street, San Francisco
Vodka and seledka (herring) will make their literary appearances, while you can treat yourself to coffee, tea, pastries and other libations prepared and poured by the baristas of café Trieste.
Suggested donation of $15, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit I.M.U., a local non-profit focused on multicultural education and social justice.
Club Z is where teens explore, discuss, debate and learn about being Jewish through connection with Israel. The program is a Jewish identity building model designed to build early teens’ awareness of the role of Israel for Jews around the world.
Most sessions will be from 6-9pm on Saturday evenings, with a few on Sundays. Dinner will be provided. For more information visit our site.
When:Kick off with a weekend retreat November 4-6th,10 sessions
Where:Teen Center, OFJCC
Tuition: $100 (10 sessions) and $100 (2.5 day Retreat)
Sign up today by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650 575 4224
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