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!
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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Sunday, May 20, 12:00-2:00 PM
Please bring a dairy potluck dish to share. ALSO bring your favorite book you’ve read in the past year (or just be ready to talk about it a little) — we will get lots of good ideas for summer reading!
Tri-Valley Cultural Jews is hosting a three part speaker series highlighting Jews in various countries around the world. The presentations will take place in different restaurants which represent the topic of the presentation. Come join us for a fascinating journey around the world where Rabbi Judith Seid will tell us about the history and contribution of the Jews in each region while we all enjoy food from that location.
First in the series: Jews of India
Saturday, May 26 at 6:00 pm
Sansar Indian Restaurant
2220 First Street, Livermore
No Host – Visit sansarindiancuisine.com for menu and pricing.
Please RSVP at (925) 485-1049 by May 20. Also include your email or phone number so we can contact you if there are any last minute changes.
(Save future dates: June 30, 2018 – Jews of China; and July 28, 2018 – Jews of Central Asia)
Time for a little outdoor shenanigans, including our annual not-to-be-missed watermelon toss!
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time: 10:30a. to 12:30p.m.
Place: Athan Downs Park 2975 Montevideo Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583
Last week, several of us hiked the Sunol Regional Wilderness. It was a beautiful day to be out of doors and enjoying nature!
Our annual Purim party was a huge success. Great food, great company, and a great Purimspiel by Bar Mitzvah student Alex!