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Note: The items below are NOT in date order within each monthly section.



JHTC Mentorship Program

The Jewish High Tech Community (JHTC) is kicking off its fifth program cycle of the JHTC Mentorship Program. The JHTC Mentorship Program connects experienced professionals in the community (mentors) with individuals (mentees) who are looking to grow in their careers and develop professionally. The program duration is 6 months (January–June 2021) over which the mentor/mentee pairs meet as frequently as they would like to establish a trusting relationship and work towards the mentee’s professional goals. In addition to the mentorship pairings, the JHTC Mentorship Program also offers participants the opportunity to participate in the Professional Development Series (PDS), a series of professional development workshops, each focused on a different topic ranging from resume building to influencing skills and more. Mentor and mentee applications for the upcoming program cycle will be open until Friday, October 2. For more information on the program and to apply, please visit

HAMAQOM | The Place Fall Courses

This new year — start fresh, learn more!
Explore a variety of online learning opportunities starting. Learn more.

IsraAID is urgently seeking volunteers to assist with their efforts in providing vital relief supplies to our most vulnerable communities. Operations are conducted according to CDC guidelines. Activities include:

  • In San Jose Warehouse: Sorting and packing of relief supplies
  • From San Carlos: Distribution of food packages to people's homes

Visit the IsraAID volunteer page to learn more.

RJ On the Go:
Jewish Life in Your Family

Feeling left alone to your own devices? Bring the family together with fun activities anchored in Jewish values. Join a community of families seeking to build a more compassionate world starting at home. For families of children entering grades K-7, Jewish Life in Your Family Life provides structured activities for children and their grown-ups to join in together. Daily activities will be streamed live and each week will feature a different theme, a character trait (middah) supporting compassionate growth. Sign up now to join.

E-Books from Jewish LearningWorks — On Demand

Access a huge selection of Jewish-themed physical books, CDs and DVDs and to downloadable e-books and audiobooks at no charge! Anybody in the San Francisco Bay Area may apply for borrowing privileges online.

Institute for Jewish Spirituality's Resources for Challenging Times

Jewish tradition offers rich, accessible and time-tested resources to cope with moments like these. The Institute for Jewish Spirituality, which has pioneered the development and teaching of Jewish mindfulness practices for over 20 years, is here for you now. They are offering the following resources to our community:

Daily Online Meditation
Mondays – Fridays, 12:30 – 1:00 PM
Join one of our master teachers as they lead a live daily guided meditation, sharing 30 minutes of Jewish mindfulness with people from around the world. Open to all, no experience needed. Sign up online.

Weekly Torah Study Sessions
Tuesdays, 11:45 – 12:15 PM
Rabbi Jonathan Slater will lead a weekly program: “Torah Study to Sustain The Soul”, aimed at addressing an aspect of spiritual life that will help us navigate this time of uncertainty and isolation. Open to all, no previous knowledge needed. Sign up online.


Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food
Sunday, October 18, 4:0 PM

Professor Aaron Gross of San Diego State University will discuss his new co-edited book and will consider why food is especially important for Jewish communities in the age of COVID-19. Register online.

JFCS Reflect, Renew and Rejoice — Live Broadcast from the JFCS Sukkah
Wednesday, October 7, 2:00 PM

Everyone is invited! Jewish High Holiday Celebrations Join the Jewish Family and Children's Services community as they draw from Jewish tradition, medicine, psychology and science to learn how the key themes of the High Holidays—renewal, forgiveness, and trust—can help us move into the new year with a deeper sense of security and well-being. Register online.

Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood — A Conversation with Author Rachel Biale
Monday, October 5, 3:00–4:15 PM

Hear from author Rachel Biale, who grew up on a kibbutz on the banks of the Jordan River, in conversation with ICC staff member Ilan Vitemberg. Learn more.

Community Conversations Presents Archaeology and The Bible with Dr. Patrick Hunt
Tuesday, October 6, 1:00 PM

Bible myth or history? This new book showcases selected plausible examples instead of Biblical texts with ample historicity, from award-winning archaeologist and author Dr. Patrick Hunt. Learn more.


Judaism, Disability, and the Politics of Healing  (live closed captioning)
Sunday, November 8, 2:00 PM

Rabbi and professor Julia Watts Belser will bring ancient Jewish sources into conversation with contemporary voices from disability communities—and grapple with questions of disability, difference, and the social and political implications of these texts. Register online.

Wed, September 30 2020 12 Tishrei 5781