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    Musical Family Shabbat with Camp Tawonga and Isaac Zones

    When: Friday, 3/29/2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Export event

    Where: Arrillaga Family Pavilion, First Floor

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    Your family is invited to join Camp Tawonga and the OFJCC for a very special Musical Family Shabbat!

    Join us for a fantastic evening led by the one-and-only song leader Isaac Zones and award-winning educator Deborah Newbrun, a short and sweet Kabbalat Shabbat service, fun activities for kids 0–12 led by Tawonga staff and a picnic or catered vegetarian, Mediterranean-style dinner.

    This event is for children and adults of all ages. Bring your blankets and have a picnic on our Freidenrich Community Park field!

    Isaac Zones is an Oakland-based musician specializing in Jewish, spiritual, folk and family music. He teaches music classes, leads prayer services, officiates lifecycle events, does concerts and performs for weddings and other celebrations. Isaac learned to play guitar at Camp Tawonga and has worked on staff almost every summer since 2001. 

    Deborah Newbrun was Camp Director and Executive Director at Camp Tawonga for 24 years, during which time she designed and led the agency's award-winning staff training and oversaw camper programs. She created and built Tawonga's Teen Travel programs, Wilderness Department and ropes course, the LGBTQ Family weekend and the outdoor Erev Rosh Hashanah service. Most recently, Deborah co-created JOLT (Jewish Outdoor Leadership Training), four-day retreats in partnership with other Tawonga directors, which has been taught to outdoor camp and Jewish environmental leaders around the country. In 2018, she was awarded a Covenant Award, which is the equivalent to the Nobel prize in Jewish education. She is the author of Spirit in Nature: Teaching Judaism and Ecology On the Trail (Behrman House, 2000). Deborah coaches and mentors Jewish resident camp directors around North America with Foundation for Jewish Camp and the JCC Association. She also designs Jewish-themed multi-day retreats for organizations like SVARA (a queer yeshiva), The Kitchen SF, The Los Angeles Jewish Community Federation, and Hazon. Deborah has raised four Tawongas, her two sons and two stepdaughters, and lives in Berkeley with her wife Sue Reinhold, also a Tawongan.

    Please bring blankets to sit on. All ages are welcome. Hope to see you there!

    This is a bring-your-own-picnic event, but there is a buy-in option for food as well. Note that food orders MUST be in by the end of the day on Thursday, March 28.


    Friday, March 29
    5:30–8:00 PM
    Arrillaga Family Pavilion, First Floor
    Free to attend | Please RSVP and include the ages of children attending in the Special Requests section
    Mediterranean-style, vegetarian dinner, per person: $15. Must be ordered by end of day on Thursday, March 28
    Contact: Tamara Thiel Prizant | (650) 223-8750 | [email protected]



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