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Note: The items below are NOT in date order.

February


Mostly Kosher Musical Performance
Sunday, February 25, 4:30 PM
OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

Mostly Kosher kicks off their 2024 tour season with a stop to one of their favorite destinations -- Northern California. The band is touring nationally and internationally, showcasing their album This World is Yours, as well releasing a slew of music videos highlighting their musical and visual creativity.

The acclaimed Klezmer-rock band, Mostly Kosher, radically reconstructs Judaic and American cultural music through ravenous klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains. Mostly Kosher is a musical feast that explodes into a global food-fight of Jazz, Latin, Rock,and Folk all tied into the American Jewish culture. LEARN MORE & PURCHASE TICKETS

Congregations Beth Am is a proud JBN Peninsula Sponsor.

Jewish Baby Network Family Fun Havdalah
Sunday, February 25, 3:00 PM, Peninsula Temple Beth ElJoin JBN’s Carol Booth and PTBE’s Alison Levy for Sunday playtime with singing, movement, puppets, crafts, snacks, and a special Havdalah ceremony. Havdalah is a brief ceremony with juice, spices, and candlelight to mark the beginning of a new week. Kids love it! The ticket price for this event is $10 to help cover costs. No one is turned away, so please give what you can. We offer both a subsidized ticket option and an additional donation option for this purpose. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Introducing: JCRC Community Labs

Earn first-hand experience with our workshops! Every class includes in-depth observation, participation, and practice in the methods used by JCRC to create long-term change that benefits the Bay Area community. All workshops are FREE and conducted virtually via Zoom.

  • Local Advocacy Training
    Monday, February 26, 12:30 PM
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  • "State of the Community" Address with CEO Tye Gregory
    Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 PM
    RSVP
  • Israel Advocacy Workshop
    Thursday, February 29, 12:30 PM
    RSVP

The 10th Annual Silicon Valley Jewish Playwriting Contest (where you vote!)
Sunday, April 14, 7:00 PM, OFJCC, Palo Alto

10 Years! The Jewish Plays Project returns to the Oshman JCC to celebrate a decade of great new plays—and to choose one brilliant new play. Join the JPP and City Producers Lauren Berman, Deb Radin, Judy Kitt, Ellice Papp and Susan Sims for a stellar evening of community, culture and the JPP's specialty, Artistic Democracy. 90 minutes, seven actors,  three playwrights and one winner. We need your votes and voice to choose! LEARN MORE


Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) Seeking Volunteers

EHP is in desperate need of volunteers to help with their Community Closet. No special skills are needed, just help to fold linens, towels and bedding, hang clothing and help stock our shelves. This is an ongoing need for help mornings or afternoons, on any day except Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, EHP won't turn away any volunteer who has a few hours to spare and would like to help us out. If you are interested, please contact LaKesha Roberts, (650) 323-7781, x1200.

The 2024 WinterFest Lineup is Here, and It’s a Knockout
February 24–25, Vogue Theater, San Francisco

JFI is thrilled to share the eleventh annual WinterFest program with you! From intimate narratives to piercing documentaries and transportive animation, this year's program brings together an exciting slate of critically acclaimed, independent films that foster empathy, exchange and reflection. SEE FULL SCHEDULE

March

Strength in Hope: Hillel's L'Dor V'Dor 2024
March 3, 3:00-5:00 PM, Computer History Museum, Mountain View

After holding L’Dor V’Dor virtually for three years, we are excited that we can come together in person to celebrate the accomplishments of Hillel of Silicon Valley and honor those who, through their actions and efforts, have made an impact to benefit Jewish students.  This year’s event will take place on March 3, 2024 from 3 pm to 5:00 pm. This year’s theme is Hatikvah-Hope.   

Our keynote speaker will be Lana Melman.  The topic of her presentation is “Antisemitism Assaulting Hollywood and College Campuses”. Lana is the CEO of Liberate Art and a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry. She is a leading expert combatting the cultural boycott effort against Israel and a professional speaker and writer. Lana has worked with the representatives of almost a thousand artists pressed to boycott Israel and prevented numerous cancellations of scheduled concert dates in Israel. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

The Unity March — Standing together Against Antisemitism
Sunday, March 3, 1:30 PM, San Francisco

Join for the largest gathering of Northern California residents to stand in unity with the Jewish community and combat antisemitism by championing visible, self-assured, meaningful, robust Jewish identity. In response to escalating acts against the Jewish community, Jews and allies will gather for an unprecedented march to champion the values of inclusion, respect, belonging and democracy — standing united against Antisemitism. Together, we will seek to foster understanding, connect diverse communities and reinforce our commitment to a safe world, free from fear and prejudice. DETAILS & REGISTRATION

Strengthening Jewish Voices to Combat Antisemitism — In Person for Adults and Teens
Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism continue to be on the rise. In the face of this hatred, our most valuable assets are knowing who we are as Jews, understanding options for responding to current narratives in the media and the streets, as well as strategies for having meaningful conversations with our kids about all of this. Congregation Beth Jacob is hosting three adult workshops and two teen workshops on March 9 and 10 in order to examine Jewish identity and pride as a backdrop for understanding and responding to antisemitism. REGISTER HERE (Please note: If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch the Saturday afternoon and evening sessions on Zoom. Please register and note that you want a Zoom link and/or the recordings in the Notes section of the registration.)


JCRC Bay Area's 75th Anniversary
Sunday, March 10, 4:00 PM, Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Ashager Araro, a prominent Ethiopian Israeli community leader and antiracism activist who immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia under Operation Solomon, will speak at our 75th Anniversary celebration.

Ashager founded an Ethiopian Israeli Heritage center called Battae, a place for guests to explore and appreciate the story of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, which JCRC Bay Area study tours visit each year. We will hear from Ashager about her moving immigration story, the experiences of Ethiopian Israelis today, and her activism at Battae. TICKETS & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Congregation Beth Jacob's Club Z Teen Crash Course
Beginning Monday, March 4, Congregation Beth Jacob, Redwood City

Attention teens and parents of teens! 
Are you ready for the rising antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiments facing you on high school and college campuses? Club Z's Crash Course offers a quick and effective solution. Starting Monday, March 4, CBJ is proud to offer Club Z's Teen-only Crash Course, a four-part series that empowers, educates, and connects Jewish teens nationwide. Through this series, participants will be delving into essential topics with engaging teachers, including Jews as Indigenous People to the Land of Israel, The Great Apartheid Lie, Decoding Antisemitism, From Old to New, and Zooming In / Zooming Out: Media Bias and Israel. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

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