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Spirituality of the Sea
A Jewish Jewish High School Tikkun Hayam Event

Friday, May 27, 3:30 PM, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

We all love the water. Whether it’s the water of Monterey Bay, the crystal-clear waters of a tropical reef, the brisk water of a mountain lake or the rolling water of a winding river… we are drawn to the water. Like the call of the Sirens, the water beckons us. What is it about this, the most common substance on earth that has no color, no flavor, no smell, no form, that mesmerizes us so? Join Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Founder of Tikkun HaYam, for an interactive, virtual exploration about the “Spirituality of the Sea.” We learn about the science of the Ocean, and talk about the conservation of the Sea, but rarely (if ever) do we discuss the spiritual essence of this most mysterious of realms. Based on teachings and texts from the Jewish tradition, we will discuss things you never learned in Hebrew School. Join us in our outdoor area, Kikar Kehillah, for this fascinating experience where we will discuss the deepest essence of the Deep. Snacks will be provided. RSVP FOR TICKETS

Being a Secular Jew: Concepts, Practice and Possibilities
Tuesdays, Now Through May 31, 11:30 AM–1:00 PM, Online

In our post-denominational era, the boxes and labels of self-identification are opening up and the possibilities are endless. Secular Judaism is a term with a rich history, theology, depth, and practice. In this 12-week course, participants will explore secular Judaism and examine the ideas, concepts and practices that inspired it. LEARN MORE

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
At The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
On View Through August 14, 2022

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) presents The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, celebrating the creative vision of trailblazing puppeteer, animator, cartoonist, inventor, and filmmaker Jim Henson. Featuring more than 150 objects from the beloved worlds of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, and more, the exhibition highlights Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television, indelible mark on popular culture, and the profound social impact of his work. While Henson himself was not Jewish, his work celebrates diversity and inclusion, inspiring people of all ages to look beyond differences and cultivate a more compassionate, inclusive world. Don't miss your chance to see Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Bert, Ernie, Grover, The Count, and more! Use code HENSON18 for 18% off General Admission tickets before the exhibition closes on August 14. Learn more at


Flavors of Judaism: Cooking, Culture and How Food Connects Us
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 PM, In-person in a private home in Los Altos (address provided upon registration)
View an interview of Celebrity Chef Einat Admony who will share her personal story including her journey from cook in the Israel army to gourmet New York City chef who draws inspiration from her family's Persian and Yeminite background. You will also hear the latest update on Hadassah's doctors who are helping Ukrainian immigrants on the Poland border and Hadassah's Youth Aliyah Villages who are welcoming Ukrainian immigrant children. Registration is free — advanced registration is required. Out of an abundance of caution, Hadassah is requiring proof of vaccination and booster upon arrival to all in-person events. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. For more information, please contact Miriam Permut. REGISTER

42nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
July 21 – August 7
The 42nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is almost here! This year's lineup unfolds in historic and beloved venues throughout the Bay Area, presenting a collection of extraordinary films, events, and conversations that explore the complexity of Jewish life around the world. Join us in community again to celebrate this year's group of talented filmmakers and their stories. Early Bird Passes are now on sale to Jewish Film Institute members and the general public! With priority entry and attendance to every live and online screening, the All Festival Pass ensures you never miss a moment that matters at SFJFF. Act now! Prices go up on June 28 when the SFJFF42 program will be revealed. GET A PASS

Thu, May 26 2022 25 Iyar 5782