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Note: The items below are NOT in date order.


Parenting with an Accent: A Conversation with Author Masha Rumer
Hosted by Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Center for Children and Youth

Thursday, January 20, 7:00 PM, Zoom

Join author Masha Rumer as she discusses her powerful new nonfiction book, Parenting with an Accent, which explores multicultural parenting and identity. Masha will share stories from her personal experience that inspired the book, and what she learned in the process of writing it. Bring your questions and join the conversation! Register for this free event.

Renewing Our Communities Panel
An OFJCC Event
Sunday, January 16, 4:00 PM, Online

Join four Bay Area JCC executives in the Jewbilee 2022: Make a Change event for insights on how they are restoring and renewing our local Jewish communities. These leaders have spent nearly two years navigating numerous pandemic challenges, political turmoil and polarization, and have still managed to bring people together. Learn more about Jewbilee 2022

Jewish Silicon Valley Pre-Shabbat Hike
Friday, January 14, 12:00-1:00 PM, Downtown Los Gatos

Meet downtown Los Gatos to mark the beginning of a communal hike. No registration required. Check back on the Fri-J webpage for more information and upcoming dates! Questions? Contact

The Richie Boys: Honoring the Immigrants Who Helped Win World War II
An Addison-Penzak JCC of Los Gatos Event
Thursday, January 27, 5:00 PM, Zoom

In Commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us to reveal heroic stories and the history of the Ritchie Boys, a once-secret US military intelligence unit that was instrumental in the Allies' victory. The Ritchie Boys phenomena was featured in "60 minutes", and this program will host some of the speakers from the show. This event is free and open to the public. Submit questions in advance to Learn more and register.

"Sweet Tea and the Southern Jew"
Produced by The Braid Theater

Monday, January 31, 7:00–8:30 PM,
Freidenrich Conference Center
(Bldg. F), 4th Floor, OFJCC

Growing up or living in our southern states, one finds oneself in a legacy of hospitality, good food and sometimes not quite fitting in with the neighbors. These are stories of struggle, humor and finding out what it means to be a Jew in the American South. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Through its performances and programming, The Braid empowers artists and audiences to feel pride in Jewish culture while building community and connection between people of all backgrounds. Founded in Santa Monica, California, in 2007, The Braid has affiliates in three cities and counting, holds tours across the country, and is accessible globally via various online platforms.

The Braid's Vision: To leave no Jewish story untold while celebrating the truths that connect us all. The Braid's Mission: To create, produce and preserve diverse, living Jewish stories that empower individuals, inspire community and build cultural legacy. Questions? Please email Michelle Shabtai.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION: All attendees at this event will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. Either a physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or the State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Card may be offered as proof of full vaccination. Masks are required for all indoor spaces at the OFJCC.

Religious Text and Reproductive Rights
Thursday, January 20, 7:00 PM, Zoom

The WRJ Pacific District Action & Advocacy Team is excited to host a virtual panel discussion about the status of abortion rights and access in the current hostile environment. Participants will learn how our religious texts and Jewish values are directly linked to our advocacy for abortion rights. Hear powerful stories from women about the ground-level fight for reproductive care, including a teen perspective on why abortion rights should matter to all young people. Our panelists will bring us up-to-date on current laws, what the future may hold after the Supreme Court's ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, and what we, as Jewish women, can do to make an impact. REGISTER

Winter Events at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School

  • Bagels, Books and Bubbles
    Sunday, January 23, 10:00-11:30 AM
    For 3-5-year-olds and their families: Join the team at Hausner and PJ Library for a morning of nosh, storytime and play! (free, registration required)

Experience Leonard Cohen: Now On View at The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Now Through February 13, 2022
(Through Feb. 1, Get 10% off with discount code CJMCOHEN10)

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) presents Experience Leonard Cohen, an exhibition exploring the life and legacy of one of the greatest musicians of our time through groundbreaking contemporary art. An observant Jew who also deeply explored Buddhism and various other world views, Cohen’s commitment to questions of spirituality and existence shine through in songs such as “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne” and “Bird on a Wire,” now iconic staples of music, film and pop culture. Now, experience Cohen’s life, work, and legacy as never before—through the eyes of contemporary artists he inspired. Use code CJMCOHEN10 (valid through February 1) for 10% off General Admission tickets to The Museum before the exhibition closes on February 13!


Hillel of Silicon Valley's L'Dor V'Dor 2022
Honoring Strength and Courage in Our Community
Community Awards Virtual Celebration

Sunday, February 27, 5:00 PM, Online

This event is the most anticipated community event of the year! It raises about one-third of the agency's total budget for the year and brings thc ommunity together.

  • Keynote Speaker: John Rothmann, Celebrated KGO Talk Show Host
  • Master of Ceremony: Jeff Applebaum
  • Honorees: Chuck and Barbara Taubman; Tammi Rossman-Benjamin

Learn more and register.

Principles for LGBTQ-Inclusive Health and Sex Education
Tuesday, February 7, 4:30-6 PM, Zoom

Join Keshet’s Education & Training Staff and facilitator Ellie Goldstein for a webinar on Principles for LGBTQ-Inclusive Health and Sex Education that will explore Jewish values and concrete tools to help you provide comprehensive and affirming health and sex education for students of diverse genders and orientations. Click to register.

Camp Newman Open House for New and Returning Families
Sunday, February 27, 1:00-4:00 PM, Camp Newman

This is an opportunity to visit Camp Newman, meet camp staff, learn about their programs and get answers to any questions you may have. Registration for the open house will be available on the Camp Newman website soon.

Wed, January 19 2022 17 Sh'vat 5782