Pacific Connect: Shabbat in Berkeley, San Francisco Food Bank, and the Jelly Belly Factory

We are having a great time in California. On Friday morning we got up and enjoyed delicious herbal tea and fortune cookies (they’re actually Japanese, not Chinese!) from the famous Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. We toured the gardens, took photos and admired the amazing bonsai trees and exquisite flowers. From there our day continued into Muir Woods where we enjoyed a nature walk among the giant redwoods. We all were so impressed by their magnificent size and awe inspiring beauty. We ended our week at the Berkeley Chabad house. It was a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a great way to close our week. The kids were able to welcome Shabbat with delicious food and familiar songs.

The next day we practiced yoga in the morning and then spent some time in a park before heading back to Chabad for lunch. We spent the rest of the afternoon walking through Telegraph street, UC Berkeley’s go to shopping spot, for some afternoon fun. Prior to this time, kids were able to go on a nature hike and partake in a manicure party! We concluded the night with Havdallah and ice cream to celebrate a birthday!

We waved bye to Berkeley on Sunday morning. Our first stop was at the San Francisco Food Bank where the kids helped pack 1 lb bags of frozen corn. By the end, we were told that we helped more than 1,000 people in the surrounding communities. For lunch we stopped at a delicious cafe on Delancey St. The kids were really interested to learn about the unique history and model of this cafe’s program in helping people in need get back on their feet. After about an hour in the bus, we then ended up at the Jelly Belly factory for a tour and shopping spree (they didn’t buy too much…) in their vast gift shop. Our final stop of the day included a pit stop in Sacramento. It felt as if we stepped back into the old west!

The end of our day concluded with dinner at a local Mexican restaurant in Lake Tahoe!

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