Benjamin's Bar Mitzvah

Please join us in celebrating Benjamin’s Bar Mitzvah.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Congregation Beth Jacob 1550 Alameda De Las Pulgas Redwood City, CA 94061 (650) 366-8481

Services from 10:00 am to ~ 12:30 pm followed by a Kiddush (lunch) for about an hour

Evening celebration at SportsHouse (indoor soccer arena) from 6:30 to 9:30 pm 3151 Edison Way, Redwood City, CA 94063 Attire: Sporty and/or california casual – there are two indoor turf fields, a basketball court, and a sand volleyball court. The kids will most likely be running around.

Out of town guest information

Friday night dinner from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in Los Altos. Sunday brunch at The Four Seasons

Room blocks have been reserved at two hotels, The Four Seasons and The Marriott Courtyard. Blocks will be held until April 6, 2015. Please call the hotels directly, before early April, and mention the Benjamin Hahn Bar Mitzvah to receive the block rates.

The Four Seasons, East Palo Alto

Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto 2050 University Avenue 94303 East Palo Alto, U.S.A. Tel. +1 (650) 566-1200

Room Rates Superior King – USD 225/night Superior Double – USD 255/night Four Seasons Executive Suite – USD 355/night Silicon Valley Suite – USD 495/night Luxury Suite – USD 975/night Presidential Suite – USD 1,500/night

Microsite with Four Seasons reservation information:

The Marriott Courtyard Palo Alto Los Altos 4320 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022 (650) 941-9900 or (800) 321-2211

Standard King or double Queen rooms for $129/night

Background Info on some of the events

Smitten – Robyn Sue Fisher had a successful career as a consultant in the biotech industry prior to attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business. When her professors encouraged her to follow her dreams and become an entrepreneur, she decided to focus on a product she’d always loved – ice cream. Working in a basement, she invented a one-of-a-kind ice cream maker that uses liquid nitrogen to turn fresh ingredients into ice cream in 60 seconds.

Click here to see the video about Robyn and her journey starting Smitten.

CalafiaIn 2009, Charlie Ayers leased nearly 5,000 square feet of space in the Town & Country Shopping Plaza across from Stanford University, realizing his dream of a owning neighborhood spot serving organic, sustainable, healthy, delicious food.  Charlie is best known as, “the chef who fed Google.” It was a job he won in a cook-off in 1999, judged by the company’s then 40 employees. After six years at Google, Charlie left to open Calafia Café & Market A Go-Go in Palo Alto, CA. A former private chef and personal chef to the Grateful Dead, Charlie continues to consult for startup companies, cater private events, and coordinate food service and backstage catering teams at open air music festivals.

Three Twins Ice Cream

Things to do in the area

Cantor Art Museum  – The Cantor Arts Center’s diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions. Exhibitions page

**Promised Land: Jacob Lawrence at the Cantor. A Gift from the Kayden Family **This exhibition features an exceptional group of 56 works by the 20th-century American artist, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), and one by his spouse, Gwendolyn Knight (1913–2005). The gift illuminates Lawrence’s career through 11 drawings, six paintings, one illustrated book, and 39 prints, all dating between the years 1943 and 1998. Read more about the exhibition, programs, tours, and catalogue.

Beasts & Books at Stanford Green Library  – [this is where Dad’s book collection highlights were exhibited – it’s a great space that allows for a small selection of materials on display]. The exhibit considers diverse aspects of humans’ recorded encounters with and thinking about animals. Among the topics explored and illustrated are monsters of the deep as depicted in sixteenth-century maps; medieval bestiaries and Christian theology, natural history in the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods; animals in the New World; horsepower and equine training; bullfighting, masculinity and the culture of hunting; animals as metaphor in the fables of Aesop; Descartes and the “beast-machine;” ethics of consumption of animal flesh; and animals in children’s literature. The exhibition draws out changes in the nature of animal-human relationships as Western society shifted from domesticity into a post-domestic world, and shows how human knowledge was written onto animals, literally and metaphorically.