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!
Please join Tri-Valley Cultural Jews on Sunday, September 23rd from 10:30 – 12:30 for our annual Sukkot celebration and our first day of Jewish Culture School. We will build a sukkah and enjoy a potluck brunch to celebrate our harvest holiday. There will be activities for children and adults. Please bring a dish to share (we have members with allergies, so please label ingredients), a branch for the roof of the sukkah, and a piece of fruit or gourd to hang. If you have one, also bring your hammer and/or power drill so you can pitch in and help build our sukkah! This event will take place at the Pepper Home… 6448 Owl Way in Livermore. To RSVP, please call 650-296-5295.
Join Tri-Valley Cultural Jews for a secular, humanistic observance of Yom Kippur. We will be holding a Kol Nidre service on Tues Sept 18, 2018 at 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 8th Street, Livermore CA. This will be a program of readings in English, with discussion and music. Suggested donation $10 for non-member adults. For more information: (925) 485-1049.
Join Tri-Valley Cultural Jews in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, on September 9 from 4:30 – 8:30pm at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. We will start with Tashlich (4:30), which is a walk to the nearby creek to symbolically wash away our misdeeds of the past year. Then we will have a potluck back at the Bothwell Center (5:30) followed by a secular humanistic Rosh Hashanah observance (7:00-8:00). This is a child friendly but not child-centered event. Free to members; $10 per non-member adult.
Sierra Randel is a Tri-Valley Cultural Jews Member working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts USA. Sierra proposed that a mural be painted on the back of the Bothwell Arts Center, in Livermore. The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board of Directors approved the mural project during the July 11th, Board meeting. It was also unanimously approved by the Livermore Commission for the Arts. She is working with Anne Giancola, the Bothwell Arts Center manager, a professional muralist and her project advisor. Sierra will take the leadership role in getting the painting done including getting volunteers and donations to do the project. She will also be creating a time lapse video of the project to educate people on the making of a mural. There will be a celebration with arts and crafts for kids towards the end of the project. Sierra is a member of Girl Scout troop 30049, service unit 332.
When: Saturday, August 18 @ 4 pm
What: Ice Cream Social for Havdalah
Where: Mission Hills Park
600 Junipero Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
What to bring:
Toppings to share, your own bowl or cup and utensils (let’s all be green)
Also, bring a hat and sunscreen! For extra fun, bring a piece of cardboard to slide down the HUGE slide! Makes sliding down it extra fast.
How to find us: Look for a picnic table in the shade with a red and white checkered tablecloth! Or call Leah at 650-223-9073 (cell).
Enrollment is open for the 2018-2019 year. If you are looking for a hands-on Jewish cultural experience for your children, JCS is for you. Our students sing in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, folk dance, cook Jewish foods from all over the world and learn about Jewish history and culture in an interactive respectful welcoming environment.
This year, the curriculum for the older class (ages 10-14) is Jewish life in the Middle Ages. (2019-2020 is Jewish life in Eastern Europe, 2020-21 is Israel and Sephardic Jews, 2021-22 is holidays and life cycles.)
The younger children will be learning about the shtetl. They’ll cook foods from the time and place, learn some Yiddish words, hear stories, and of course, sing and dance.
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