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Wilderness Torah ready to ‘Shine’

by emma silvers

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Nothing says Chanukah like homebrewed beer, right? Especially when it’s paired with an outdoor latke bar.

At Wilderness Torah’s second annual “Shine” holiday party and fundraiser on the evening of Dec. 6 — billed as “a celebration of light and giving” — gourmet California cuisine will mingle with traditional Jewish food, against a backdrop of music.

Eliyahu Sills
Eliyahu Sills
Nathaniel Markman and Casey Baruch will play acoustic Jewish music, which will be followed by a lively reggae-soul-funk band led by Eliyahu Sills. There will also be a “short and sweet” program that includes storytelling and highlights from Wilderness Torah’s year.

New this year is a silent auction with more than 75 items, including vacations to Peru and Costa Rica, original art, spa packages and birdwatching lessons.

More than 200 people attended last year’s event, according to Wilderness Torah co-founder Julie Wolk. “The idea is to get people talking about ‘How does Wilderness Torah help you shine your light in the world?’ ” said Wolk.

She added that the Berkeley-based nonprofit hopes to raise $40,000 to support its environmental education-based Jewish programming in the coming year.

The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way in Berkeley. Dinner will be catered by the Berkeley-based kosher chefs of Hearth Healing Foods. Tickets are $36 before Dec. 1 and $54 after, if still available. For tickets or more information, visit http://www.wildernesstorah.org or call (510) 926-4648. — emma silvers


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