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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Our next event: Sierra Randel’s Bat Mitzvah

June 20th   10:30am
Hayward Japanese Gardens – 22325 N 3rd St., Hayward

Please join us as we celebrate Sierra becoming a Bat Mitzvah. Secular ceremony at the beautiful gardens, followed by a small reception. Members are encouraged to bring a finger-food dessert to share.

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Join us for our Shavous Celebration – Blintzes and Books

“Blintzes and Books” is our traditional Jewish holiday Shavuot celebration.  The spring holiday is a time for dairy foods and for celebrating Jewish – and world – literature, based on the legend that the holiday commemorates the giving of the 10 commandments, the beginning of Jewish literature.

TVCJ will celebrate the holiday with a potluck brunch and program from 10:30 am to noon on Sunday, May 24 at a member’s home in Pleasanton.  Participants are asked to bring a dairy brunch dish to share and have in mind a book they enjoyed reading in the past year.  Each participant will briefly discuss his or her book recommendation.  Adults and children are welcome, as are contributions of favorite toppings for blintzes.  Suggested donation for non-member adults is $5.

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Join us for our Fall Holiday Events!

Celebrate the holidays in a Secular Humanistic way that that’s authentic both to Jewish culture and to your own beliefs.

Sunday, September 14: Decorate plates for apples and honey (ages 5-13) and learn aboutthe history and customs of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. 10 a.m. at Aran’s Art in Castro Valley. $15/plate for kid’s activity. Reservations requested so we will have enough materials.
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ednesday, September 24: Rosh Hashanah celebrations. 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore. One-hour program of music and readings. Kids welcome. Suggested donation $15/non-member adult.

Saturday, October 4: Yom Kippur observance. 2-5 p.m. at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. Program of music and readings followed by guest speaker Amer Araim discussing the history and politics of the Middle East. A memorial ceremony follows the discussion. Suggested donation $15/non-member adult.

If you decide you belong with us and become a member, your donations will be applied to your membership fees.

For more information and reservations 925 485 1049 or reservations@tri-valleyculturaljews.org.

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Our booth at Castro Valley Pride

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We’ll be at the Castro Valley Pride Festival

Come visit us at our booth at the Castro Valley Pride Festival on Saturday, July 12.  We’ll be there from 12 – 5, and would love to see you there!

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Atheism 2.0

An interesting segment of this week’s TED Radio Hour on NPR. In this segment, Alain de Botton explains what he calls “Atheism 2.0″. It sounds quite similar to what TVCJ does. Click this link and then click on “Listen to the Story”.

http://www.npr.org/2013/11/22/245957052/what-can-atheism-learn-from-religion

 

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TVCJ Annual Seder

Tired of Passover seders that last till midnight? We have got the one for you…lots of singing, humanistic text and nice company. Join us at the Bothwell Center on April 19 at 5 pm for a potluck seder.

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