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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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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Chanukah Party!

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TriValley Cultural Jews is pleased to announce our annual Chanukah party on Friday, December 11 at 6:00 pm. The event will take place at the Ireland home, located at 19663 Fremery Court, Castro Valley. We will have a secular humanistic candle lighting ceremony, latkes, dreidles, friends, and fun! Please bring a potato, a menorah to light, and a side dish to share. Free tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trivalley-cultural-jews-chanukah-party-tickets-19518802263

RSVP to Jamie at 510-888-1404 or jdireland@att.net

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“Deli Man” movie and Ethnic Potluck


TriValley Cultural Jews will be hosting a movie night and ethnic potluck on November 15th at 4:00pm. This event will be at the Bothwell Arts Center at 2466 8th Street, Livermore. Deli Man is a documentary film about how recipes and culinary flavors brought by Jewish immigrants flowed into turn of the century America, and soon became part of Jewish and American culinary culture in the form of the Jewish Deli. Please bring an ethnic dish or non-alcoholic drinks to share.

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Please join TVCJ for our annual Sukkah raising as we celebrate the season. We will be meeting on Sept 27th 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at 1817 Sinclair Drive in Pleasanton. Bring a brunch dish to share and a piece of fruit or vegetable (or something else) to decorate the sukkah. If you have one, also bring a large green branch for the roof. We will have crafts for the children and fun games for all! Please donate healthy non-perishable food to our our annual High Holy Days Food Drive. A $5 donation is requested for each adult non-member attending. We hope to see you there!

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