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January 2021

Jewish Film Institute's Digital Screening Room Presents Born in Auschwitz
Streaming January 27 - 29
Holocaust Remembrance Day

Born in Auschwitz is a film about inherited family trauma, that seeks the possibility of healing in a parent-child relationship. In May 1944, Vera a young Jewish woman arrived in Auschwitz. She was 2 months pregnant and immediately selected by Dr. Mengele for medical experiments. Angela, her baby was born weighing 1 kg and had to be hidden for five long weeks before the liberation of the death camp. Mother and daughter are dealing with the past, traveling to places they never wanted to return to, meeting people they never imagined connecting with, from German psychotherapists to Pope Francis. The directors follow the story of these fascinating women as they discover the Holocaust’s long shadow on three generations. Learn more and purchase tickets online. (Beth Am members can use discount code AA36TC for $2 off the film.)

This film is geo-blocked to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bay Area Friendship Circle's
7th / 8th Grade Volunteer Program (Ages 11-13)

January 31, February 21, March 14, April 11, May 16, 4:30-5:30 PM, Via Zoom

A wonderful opportunity for middle schoolers to transition to high school volunteering and engage with kids who have special needs.

  • Volunteer Commitment: Must be able to attend each session of the program
  • Parent Orientation: Thursday, January 14, 8:00 PM, Zoom

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Bring Israel Home
January 13–April 28

Join the JCCA for a new digital series with a live-at-home cooking and Q&A component featuring 5-time James Beard award-winning chef/co-owner of Zahav, Michael Solomonov. Learn more.

ING Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jewish and Muslim Solidarity: Then & Now

Wednesday, January 27, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, you are invited to join Islamic Network Groups (ING) Founder Maha Elgenaidi in conversation with world-renowned Jewish scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. Together, they will discuss the long history of Jewish and Muslim solidarity related to the Holocaust, and the lessons we can bring from that horrendous tragedy into our present-day context. Register to participate.

Camp Kesem at Stanford
New Camper Registration Opens January 26

Camp Kesem is a year-round community and free week-long sleep away summer camp for children ages 6-17 affected by a parent's cancer.

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer, at no cost to families. Our innovative and fun-filled programs provide children with peers who understand their unique needs, and create long-lasting impact. Learn more.

Everyone could use a little soul boosting these days. HaMaqom | The Place is here with a rack of new courses to start off the new year. Please take a look at what they have to offer.


OFJCC Presents — Shabbat: Eight-Class Series
Wednesdays, January 13-March 3, 7:00 PM


Shabbat is one of the foundational, fundamental and formative aspects of Jewish life—but how much do we really know about Shabbat? Find out in this series, part of our Judaism: The New Basics. Learn more.

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יום חמישי 28.1.2021
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Tu Bishvat Celebration: A Virtual Tour
Following David Ben-Gurion in the Negev

Moday, February 1, 10:00 PM

Join us in celebration of Tu Bishvat with a uniquely intimate reflection of Ben-Gurion, a singular leader whose tenacious personality and unwavering love for the state of Israel captivated the world. RSVP for this free event.

Hillel of Silicon Valley's L'Dor V'Dor 2021: Community Awards Virtual Celebration
Sunday, February 21, 5:00-6:00 PM

Honoring Beth Am's Own Dan Pitt,
as well as Barbara Green and Student Honoree Ron Levy of San Jose State University.
Master of Ceremony: Jeff Applebaum
Keynote Speaker: A Conversation with Bari Weiss, Journalist and Author of "How to Fight Anti-Semitism." Register online.

Tue, January 26 2021 13 Sh'vat 5781