Community Happenings

Black Friday Sale at JCC Los Gatos Fitness Center

Full indoor & outdoor fitness center, heated pool, sauna, pickleball, basketball, and tennis courts, group fitness, and more! Welcoming people of all faiths, backgrounds, and abilities. Join by November 25th to receive:

  • 3 FREE personal training sessions
  • FREE body composition scan
  • $0 in registration fees

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Introduction to Judaism

NEW START DATE: Begins Tuesday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about being Jewish? Have questions about the Jewish religion? Join local Rabbis each week for the Intro to Judaism class. Register Here

From Ukraine to Afghanistan to Silicon Valley: The Jewish Community Response to Refugee Crises

Wednesday, November 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
at Temple Emanu-El
Join Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley and HIAS to learn about the Jewish community response to the current refugee crisis from Ukraine to Afghanistan.  Guest speaker Joe Goldman, Community Engagement Director for the Western Region at HIAS will give a global, national and state-level picture.  Michelle Lee, JFS SV’s Director of Refugee Resettlement will share what is being done locally to resettle and support refugees and newcomers here in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area. Anyone interested in attending needs to register    View Flyer

JFS Embrace-A-Family 

Now Through December 20th
Bring joy and cheer to someone in need with a holiday gift!

  • Visit our SignUpGenius virtual dreidel board; visit www.signupgenius.com/go/jfssveaf2022
  • Select one or more dreidel wishes, and make your monetary contribution for the gift with a credit or debit card.*
  • We’ll have the gift delivered directly to the individual
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Yavneh Day School Middle School Open House

Thursday, December 1, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Hear directly from students and our award winning faculty. Experience what makes Yavneh Day School special. This is a parent only event. RSVP here

Menorahs & Miracles at Children’s Discovery Museum

Wednesday, December 4, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Join us for Hanukkah at the Museum with our partner, JCC Los Gatos.
Take joy in sharing your own culture or discovering the traditions of your neighbors.
Activities: Make celebratory candles; Play Dreidel games; Enjoy some delicious traditional Hanukkah treats.
Experiences: Go on a miracle scavenger hunt; Settle in for Puppet show storytime in Hebrew, Russian and English; Enjoy songs performed by Yavneh Day School students; Dance in a glow-in-the-dark disco in the Theater. Register HERE.

Celebration of Light (Offsite)

Saturday, December 10, 5:30 p.m.
Blaney Plaza, Saratoga Village
Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road & Saratoga Avenue
Join the Saratoga Ministerial Association to build community and celebrate the diversity of Saratoga with light—a symbol of hope, joy, and faith across cultures.

PJ Library’s Pre-Hanukkah Party at Yavneh Day School 

Friday, December 16, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Hanukkah with PJ Library. Hanukkah crafts with Yavneh’s art director, story time with PJ Library, snacks, and a musical Hanukkah Kabbalat Shabbat with Yavneh student performances. Fun for Ages 3-5! RSVP here

Light Up the Night – A Chanukah Affair & Variety Show

Sunday, December 18, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Moldaw Residences, 899 E. Charleston Rd, Palo Alto
You’re invited to light up the first night of Chanukah at Moldaw. Begin the evening with a candle-lighting ceremony, followed by entertainment by award-winning magician Alan Leeds and audience-interactive CSz Improv. Top off this unforgettable evening by trying your luck at our Royal Casino. Residents attend free. Guests: $36 until December 12, $54 at the door. Food and drink will be included in the price. Space is limited. RSVP to ahendel@moldaw.org. View Flyer

Conversational Hebrew Survey
Were you shy to speak Hebrew since your Bar Mitzvah? Have you been to Israel but couldn’t order a simple dish in the restaurant? Do you want to sing one full song in Hebrew? Have you always wanted to know some of the daily words beside the prayers?
At Jewish Silicon Valley we are working on a new exciting program that will provide the space and support to just SPEAK according to your level.
If you are on your Hebrew learning journey, please fill out this 1 minute survey More details to follow! For more info Mayat@jvalley.org
Jewish Studies at San Jose State University

Enroll Through Open University for Spring Classes
The Jewish Studies Program, a minor program within the History Department, welcomes SJSU students and community members into a study of Jewish ethnicity, history, literature, ethics, religion, and culture. The program features classes, both on campus and in the community.  More info

High School Seniors – have you considered majoring in Jewish Studies?

Indiana University offers up to $60,000 ($15,000 per year) in scholarships for incoming freshman majoring in Jewish Studies. The Jewish Studies Program’s #1 priority is making your studies result in a strong and passion filled career by offering:

  • More than 40 courses each year
  • World-renowned faculty specializing in history, biblical study, and more
  • Active Student Association and close-knit learning community
  • A distinguished Modern Hebrew program
  • And generous scholarships for study abroad programs in Israel, Tel Aviv and beyond

Interested? Learn more about what opportunities undergraduates have when they choose Jewish Studies at IU: https://jsp.sitehost.iu.edu/prospective/index.shtml
Ready to apply for scholarships? Apply Now: go.iu.edu/js_scholarships Deadline: January 27, 2023

March of the Living – Embrace the Past. Grasp the Future.

April 16 – 30, 2023
This once-in-a-lifetime experience for teens brings together thousands of Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland and Israel. Open to students in 11 & 12th grade (10th by advance permission) are eligible to participate; all applicants are carefully screened and interviewed.  All application materials must be submitted for consideration. Cost: $6,995. (This reflects a $350 built-in scholarship thanks to generous funding from the International March of the Living) The fee does not include domestic airfare. Domestic fees TBA.  Needs-based scholarships available. Information and applications can be found at www.motlthewest.org. Marcia Tatz Wollner Marcia@motlthewest.org (858) 395-3590. View Flyer

Want Weekly Torah Content? Find it Here!

Check out Exploring Judaism, a digital home for Conservative Judaism. We are excited to share weekly Torah Sparks content through our new partnership with the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center and Conservative Yeshiva. Check out this week’s parashah/portion.
PS: We’re always looking for new content and your unique, personal experiences are worth sharing, pitch a piece!