JCS activity

Today the older Jewish Culture School students focused on images of the Jews in the art of the Middle Ages in Europe as a way to talk about stereotypes and propaganda that reinforces them.  The students saw pictures of Jews with large hooked noses and ugly expressions meeting with Jesus, who looks like a white European, although he should have looked like a Jew.  The students learned how stereotypes are used to divide people and discussed current events with this in mind.  Then they made their own art depicting Jews.  Of course, all of them are different!

The younger class talked about some famous Jews namely, Emma Lazarus and Albert Einstein and what it means to be part of the larger Jewish family that includes them.

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Hike Shell Ridge at Walnut Creek Open Space

shell-ridge-1Saturday, January 28th.  10:00 – 12:00.  We will leave by 10:15 am. If you are running late, please call Leah at 650-223-9073.

Dogs are welcome on leash. We will hike for approximately 3 miles. Moderate hike with some climbs, passing by several ponds. We will make a nice loop, starting out on Fossil Hill Loop. It’s called Fossil Hill for a good reason – everything you see was once under the sea!! Watch out for rocks with seashells still attached.


Take I-680 N
Take exit 44, Rudgear Rd.
Turn right onto Rudgear Rd
Turn left onto San Miguel Dr
Turn right onto Mountain View Blvd
Turn left onto Bales Dr
Turn left onto Walnut Blvd
Turn right onto Sutherland Dr
Park in the parking lot at the end of Sutherland.

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TVCJ Hanukkah Celebration


Join the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews on Friday, December 30 from 6:00 – 8:00pm for an evening of Latkes, Light, Music and yummy food. Our celebration this year will be at the Pepper home, 6448 Owl Way in Livermore.  Bring your menorah, and gather as we light our candles together, sing traditional holiday songs, and eat the freshly fried latkes pouring from the kitchen. We blend traditional celebrations with new.   This year, we are partnering with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy and are asking guests to bring either new or used (in excellent condition) children’s books for their book drive. They are collecting books for children aged 4-9 (grades pre K – 3rd grade).  Free tickets available at https://goo.gl/Ti4i6O.  RSVP to Amy at catandchickens@gmail.com.

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Family Havdalah and Game Night

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Jewish Culture School

Our students made two pots of tsimmis using different ingredients.  Stidents discovered the concept of “too much of a good thing” when they added a LOT of honey to one pot!

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Family Havdalah and Movie Night


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Tri-Valley Cultural Jews Sukkot


The Tri-Valley Cultural Jews will hold a sukkah raising to celebrate Sukkot in a Secular Humanistic way. It will be at the Ireland house (19663 Fremery Court, Castro Valley) on October 16 from 10:30-12:30. We will be building a sukkah together, enjoying a meal and celebrating the harvest.Please bring a potluck brunch item, a branch for the roof and fruit to decorate the sukkah. $10 per non- member adult. We will have activities for children and adults.

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