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In the Greater Community

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Club Z for Teens

Thousands of Jewish students have been under siege at their American universities. While they should have been writing papers or enjoying their families’ Passover Seders, Jewish students encountered vile Jew-hatred right outside of their dorm rooms. For years now, Club Z has been committed to creating a network of educated and articulate student leaders who advocate for themselves, Israel and the Jewish people. Club Z is one of the only lines of defense, preparing high school students for levels of Jew-hatred not seen since the Holocaust, and never before experienced to this degree in the U.S.

Club Z is now taking registrations for the 2024-2025 school year. Do you know any students who need our vital training? Who would benefit from a group of Jewish friends? Who need clarity about their Jewish heritage and their Jewish ties to the land of Israel? Given this flagrant Jew-hatred, we are confident that a Club Z education is more important than sports or AP classes. LEARN MORE

Jewish Bay Stands With Israel - Events, Advocacy, Fundraising, Bring Them Home

Choose how to be active and support the cause. LEARN MORE about upcoming events.



HaZamir: the International Jewish Teen Choir — Spring Concert and Open House
Sunday, June 2, 4:00 PM, Moldaw Residences, Palo Alto

HaZamir provides a unique opportunity for Jewish teens in 8th-12th grade to sing sophisticated choral music with a group of 300 of their peers from across the United States and Israel. HaZamir stands out as a one-of-a-kind, pluralistic experience that inspires and educates our teens on many levels: Jewishly, musically and socially. Our local chapter, HaZamir Silicon Valley, is holding a spring concert and open house. They invite teens and their families to contact to RSVP and hear from peers who have sung with HaZamir in venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Auditions will take place following the open house and by appointment during the summer.

The History from the Ottoman Empire to the Horror of October 7th — Webinar With Einat Wilf
Presented by Congregation Beth David
Sunday, June 9, 10:30 AM, Zoom

Former Israeli Knesset member and foreign policy writer Einat Wilf returns on Zoom, to give insight on the causes leading up to the current war. Appearing online for us, live from Israel, she will discuss how Jewish and Arab communities each in the land for centuries have evolved, leading to the conflict today and possible hope for peaceful resolution in the near future. For security reasons, you MUST have a Zoom account before registering. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. (If your registration comes back "unauthorized," please go to and click on the "Sign Up Free" button. It is easy to sign up.)

USF Summer Course: Disability and Jewish Social Justice, With Rabbi Julia Watts Belser
Sundays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & July 14; 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, 

University of San Francisco is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for their summer course, Disability and Jewish Social Justice with Rabbi Julia Watts Belser. "This course aims to help students deepen their capacity to create cultures of accessibility within Jewish social justice practice. We’ll bring classical Jewish texts into conversation with the lived experiences of contemporary disability activists to grapple with spiritual and political questions about access and equity, invisibility and shame, as well as practices for transforming social inequality. We’ll hone skills for recognizing and resisting ableism, as well as for understanding the way ableism intersects with racism, antisemitism, misogyny, queer, trans, fat hatred, and more. We’ll also examine the contours of hegemonic norms around decorum and behavior, pace and time, as well as physical and sensory access and consider ways to transform our religious communities and cultural spaces so that they more fully welcome the vivid, complex diversity of all our bodies and minds." APPLY BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

Jewish & Proud: San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 30, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Join JCRC Bay Area and our Jewish community partners as we march in San Francisco’s 54th LGBTQ+ Pride Parade, a joyful and essential celebration of the many identities of our diverse LGBTQ+ community. With the war in Israel causing increases in antisemitism and anti-Zionist hate, it is more important than ever for our Jewish community to be visible in the parade. JCRC will be leading the biggest contingent of Jewish organizations, and we are excited to have for the first time a celebratory float, performers and music! Plus, all participants get swag to style out in and a free Pride tee. All ages and abilities are welcome. For security purposes, all contingent participants must pre-register. Shirts guaranteed if you RSVP before Monday, June 10. REGISTER

Tikvah Mission to Israel: Israeli Strategy, Statemanship & Resilience
For High School Students and Parents

June 23-27, 2024, Israel

Tikvah invites high school students (current 9th, 10th and 11th graders) and an accompanying parent to join us on an Israel Mission like no other. Families will have the opportunity to explore key sites across Israel alongside distinguished scholars and some of the world's foremost Jewish educators. They will engage in thought-provoking discussions on strategy and current affairs with world-class journalists and prominent figures from the Israeli military and public affairs, and they will embrace the history of Israel, ancient and modern. Cost: $1,800 per person (excl. flights), $3,600 per pairing. LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT AN INTEREST FORM.

44th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Save the Dates: July 18 – August 4

The 44th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is coming soon to San Francisco and the East Bay. Pass prices are lower for 2024, so you get more films, more connection and more enjoyment for your money. Get the most out of your Festival for the lowest price with an Early Bird Pass, on sale through June 17. GET YOUR FESTIVAL PASS

Donate $45 to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum and Receive the "Shavuot of Longing" Recipe Book

As Shavuot approaches, Hostages and Missing Families Forum has launched the "Shavuot of Longing" project, which connects us through the heart and stomach to our dear brothers and sisters. The book contains 75 recipes in 180 pages, including the hostages' most beloved dishes. From the pastry they start their mornings with, to the warming winter soup, to the dessert that sweetens their hearts. MAKE A DONATION

Peninsula Newborn Playgroup for Babies 0 - 9 Months
Sunday, June 2, 10:30 AM, Parents Place, Palo Alto

Jewish Birth Prep Workshop
Sunday, June 2, 3:00 PM, Zoom

Shavuot Tot Shabbat
Friday, June 7, 5:30 PM, Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo

Shabbat Pride Picnic
Friday, June 21, 5:30 PM, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame
Event by Jewish Baby Network


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