Our Next Event: Yom Kippur Observances

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Join Tri-Valley Cultural Jews for two Yom Kippur events.  First, is our Kol Nidre observance on Friday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bothwell Arts Center (2466 8th St.) in Livermore. This will be a one-hour program of readings in English with music.  Suggested donation of $10 per non-member adult.  The following day, Saturday, September 30 will be our Yom Kippur Observance (also at the Bothwell Arts Center) from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.  This will be another program of music and readings in English.  Breakout sessions will focus on working in local interfaith organizations, confronting our privilege, the Enlightenment (historical and personal), and storytelling.  Suggested donation $20 for non-member adults.  We’ll be collecting donations for hurricane relief at both events.
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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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L’Shana Tovah!

Our Rosh Hashanah ceremony was filled with thoughtful readings, discussion, and music. Here, some of our younger members are providing musical accompaniment to Zol Zeyn Sholem.

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The August 24th Independent published a story about our upcoming event.

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Charlottesville Vigil

TVCJ members attended a vigil for the murdered anti-Nazi protester in Charlottesville.  May our lives always bring honor to her memory.


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Tri-Valley Cultural Jews – Rosh Hashanah


Join Tri-Valley Cultural Jews in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, on September 20 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore. TVCJ celebrates Jewish holidays with a Secular Humanistic perspective that is true to Jewish culture. Focusing on the Rosh Hashana traditions of self-reflection and tikkun olam, repair of the world, the program will include readings, music and sounding of the shofar. This will be followed by a reception with apples, honey and homemade challah. Kids are welcome. Suggested donation $20/ non-member adult. If you decide to become a member your donation will be applied to your membership fee. Donations will be collected for the local food bank, so please bring non-perishable food items to donate.

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Tri-Valley Cultural Jews Intro to Jewish Culture School


Join us on Sunday, September 10 from 10:30 – 12:30 at Alden Lane Nursery as we begin our Jewish Culture School year! We will learn about (and taste) apples and honey. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews and our Jewish Culture School, which focuses on Jewish culture and history. Our curriculum provides a hands-on, fun learning experience featuring dancing, singing, and cooking.  We focus on Jewish culture and history. JCS is open to ages 6 through 14, leading to a Secular Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

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A Statement in Response to President Trump’s Ban on Transgender Americans Serving in the Armed Forces

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews condemns President Donald J. Trump’s proclamation, delivered yesterday via Twitter, that transgender Americans will no longer be allowed to serve in the United States armed forces in any capacity. It seems apparent that President Trump is aligning with conservative and bigoted interest groups and is targeting a group that he deems as less valued to him. At TVCJ, we stand with our LGBTQ community and are proud of our guiding principles:

  • We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves however they see fit in relation to race, gender, sexuality, age, religion, class, disability or any other form of social differentiation.

  • We believe that people have the right to define themselves and not have negative labels imposed upon them.

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