Our next event: Lag B’Omer Picnic



Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will be hosting our annual Lag B’Omer picnic potluck on Sunday, May 29 from 10:30 – 12:30.  This event will take place at Athan Downs Park, which is at  2975 Montevideo Dr. in San Ramon.  Please bring:  a picnic dish to share, an outdoor toy (frisbee, ball, etc.), AND… We will be celebrating “Week of Action” – taking action to do something positive in our community.  Please bring a donation for the youth living at the Avalon Program at Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, CA.  The program serves adolescents and is a specialized residential program for low income youth with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems. They can use the following items: games (suitable for age range 5-18), activity books, arts and crafts supplies, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or toothpaste.

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Welcome to Tri-Valley Cultural Jews

We are a Secular Humanistic community serving those who identify with the Jewish People through family, culture and history, rather than through religion. Serving the Greater East Bay with holiday celebrations, opportunities to express your progressive social values, and education for children, adults and families. We are affiliated with the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations.  Please view the Upcoming Events link for a look at future activities. We look forward to seeing you!

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Passover Seder


Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will hold our annual Community Potluck Second Seder on Saturday April 23, from 5 pm – 7:30 pm. The seder will take place at the Bothwell Arts Center, which is located at 2466 8th St. in Livermore. Our kid-friendly (but not kid-centered) haggadah is secular and progressive with lots of singing. After the hour-long ceremony, we will share a potluck dinner. Please call Judy at 925 485 1049 to let us know you are coming and what you’d like to bring for the potluck. Vegetarian dishes are encouraged but not required. Invite a friend, too!
We need to hear from you by April 19 so we can be sure to have enough eggs, charoset, celery, and wine. The suggested donation for non-member adults is $20 (and you can apply this towards membership). Kids and members are free .

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Purim Celebration


Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will be holding a secular Purim celebration on Sunday, March 20 from 10:30 – 12:30 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.  We will make hamantaschen, have crafts, games, and fun for all ages, and present our annual Purim skit.   Attendees are welcome to come dressed as their favorite Purim character.  This event is free for TVCJ members, and costs $10 for non-members (which can be applied to a membership if someone wishes to join).  The Bothwell Arts center is located at 2466 8th St. in Livermore.

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Lake Chabot Hike


January 31, 10 am
Approximately 4 miles
17936 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Meet just outside of the Lake Chabot Marina Cafe. Bring snack/lunch and water.

We will hike out just under 2 miles on the flat, paved East Shore Trail, following along the lake, and enjoy a nice snack/lunch break just past the bridge. Then we’ll head back along the Cameron Loop and Ten Hills Trail, which is a dirt path, and has a bit more elevation. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leash ($2 fee per dog). Parking is $5 or you may park for free along Lake Chabot Road. We recommend parking near the Lake Chabot Marina entrance, where you’ll have easy access (a short walk) to the Lake Chabot Marina Cafe.

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Tu B’Shvat

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The TriValley Cultural Jews’ annual Tu B’Shvat event will be held on January 24 from 10:30-12:30. We will begin with a talk about our watershed, followed by a clean-up at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center, at 4901 Breakwater Ave in Hayward. Gloves and bags will be provided. This event will be led by two Girl Scouts working toward their Silver Award. After the clean-up we will have a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish that includes one of the seven species indigenous to Israel (raisins, dates, figs, carob, olive, citrus or almond). We hope to see you there.

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Clara Gray

Clara Gray was a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. After the war, she and her husband Emery came to America with nothing but Emery’s discharge papers and Clara’s memory of the food she cooked as a child. In America, they first lived with Clara’s sister, who had come over earlier, on a farm in the midwest. Needless to say, the ingredients available there were nothing like those Clara had used in Hungary. So, she adapted. She made traditional foods using modern (well, 1950s modern) American ingredients. When she passed down her recipe for lokshn (noodle) kugel, it included a can of crushed pineapple!


The Jewish Culture School students heard this story when they used her recipe to make a delicious lokshn kugel, each deciding which dried fuits to add to the recipe. They enjoyed cooking and eating, but more important than that (I know – more important than eating?), they learned that Jewish tradition adapts to new times, new discoveries and new places. If they had tried to make kugel using the recipes available in Budapest in 1935, they would have had no kugel at all. Modern Jewish life, like Clara’s kugel, is a blend of old and new folkways with lots of choices each individual can make about which elements to include in order to make the kugel most delicious for his or her own tastes.

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Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park Hike


We’ll hike along the Woodland Trail, a rugged footpath with lots of foliage and trees. The trail winds steeply up an exposed hillside, and has lots of coast live oaks, along with poison oak, sticky monkeyflower, coyote brush, and snowberry in the understory. Long pants are recommended.

Hike will be 2.3 miles, with an elevation gain of 600′.
Meet at the Foothill Staging Area.

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