Welcome to Tri-Valley Cultural Jews

We are a Secular Humanistic community serving those who identify with the Jewish People through family, culture and history, rather than through religion. Serving the Greater East Bay with holiday celebrations, opportunities to express your progressive social values, and education for children, adults and families. We are affiliated with the Cultural and  Secular Jewish Organizations.  Please view the Upcoming Events link for a look at future activities. We look forward to seeing you!

Hanukkah Party

Hanukkah Party

Come celebrate the oil, the lights and the season at the TVCJ Hanukkah Celebration! We’re making latkes, having an upcycled Menorah competition, singing and playing games. Join us outside for a safe, festive Hanukkah celebration.

Cooks will be required to mask indoors. Masks are optional outdoors when social distancing is possible.

Email us at culturaljews@gmail.com or call (925) 399-8029 for location and further details. Free to members, suggested $15 donation per non-member adult if you are able.

Crafty Shabbat

Spinning Yarns, Stories, Stitching & Knitting

Join us for an outdoor afternoon of crafting with friends. Bring a project you’re working on and a story to share. 

Face masks optional outdoors when social distancing is possible. 

Email us at culturaljews@gmail.com or call (925) 399-8029 if you have questions. Free to members, suggested $10 donation per non-member adult if you are able.

You can make donations to TVCJ through Paypal or Venmo. Our handle is Tri-Valley Cultural Jews.

Sukkah Raising 2022

What a beautiful day to gather under the Sukkah! We built a beautiful one this year decorated with lanterns, pinecones and branches. We made an Ushpizin paper chain with all the people we want to invite under the Sukkah with us. Many thanks to Jesse, Minta and their family for being such wonderful hosts, to Sarah and Mark for the gorgeous Suminagashi activity, to Jazz for bringing fruit and organizing the lantern activity, Judy for bringing supplies, and to everyone who came and made our Sukkah beautiful!

Yom Kippur 2022

It was a beautiful night to gather outside for poetry, introspection and music to honor our Yom Kippur traditions. Many thanks to everyone who joined, either in person or via zoom, and to Sophia for blowing the shofar, Judy for creating another amazing program, our readers: Jeff, Jesse, Solomon and Jazz, music by Judy and Jazz, and to Derek and Amy Greenberg for adding their moving song of remembrance.

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews Sukkot

Tri-Valley Cultural Jews Sukkot celebration

Join us for our annual outdoor sukkah building! Please bring a branch to put on top of the sukkah, and a fruit to hang as decoration. We will have games and crafts and fun for all. In light of the current COVID conditions, we will forgo our potluck this year.

Masks are required for all attendants. Please bring your own folding chair and water bottle if possible.

Day: Sunday, October 9

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Cost: Free to members, $10.00 suggested donation for non-members.

Contact us for an Evite at culturaljews@gmail.com or call 925-399-8029.

Rosh Hashanah Celebration

We gathered together to celebrate the new year in community with a reverse Taschlich (we picked up trash to heal the world), readings, songs, and many blasts from the shofar. Wishing everyone a sweet new year!

So many people helped make the gathering so lovely. Readers: Jazz, Jeff and Mary Frances Colvin, Solomon, Rachel, Bret. Zoom access: Bret for setting it up and Kelly for hosting the zoom. Setup: Elsa, Ira, Sophia. Shofar blower: Sofia. Leading tashlikh: Jamie. Bakers and song leaders: Judy and Jazz. Organizer Supreme: Jazz. Master program author: Judy. And everyone who attended for 2 clean-ups – the tashlikh trash clean-up and the schlepping of chairs back into the building.

Rosh Hashanah Celebration

Welcome the Jewish New Year through our Secular, Humanist Rosh Hashanah Celebration! We’ll gather together on September 25th for a Tashlich walk, followed by our ceremony, conducted in English, which includes music, poetry and readings. Join us in person in Livermore, or virtually via Zoom.

Start your new year with our gift of apples, honey and a little challah for a sweet year! We’ll meet outside with masks on to keep everyone safe. Please bring your own water bottle and sun protection.

Tashlich starts at 3:30pm and our ceremony begins at 4:30pm.

Email culturaljews@gmail.com or call 925- 399-8029 with questions. Free to members, suggested donation $15 per non-member adult if you are able.

Rosh Hashanah Open House

Our Rosh Hashanah open house was a lot of fun! We made delicious challah and scrumptious Indian apple halwa (pudding). We made Rosh Hashanah cards and planted pollinator seeds in plantable containers, to ensure we’ll continue to have fruit and honey in future years. And we spelled out the traditional Rosh Hashanah greeting l’shanah tovah with our bodies!

Free Rosh Hashanah Open House August 28th at 10:30am

Get ready for Rosh Hashanah with us! Join Tri Valley Cultural Jews for a free Rosh Hashanah Open House and see what we do at Jewish Culture School. We’ll sing, we’ll dance, we’ll do some crafts, we’ll bake and there will definitely be apples and honey!

Find out what a Secular, Humanist Sunday School is all about! Geared towards kids Kindergarten through Brit Mitzvah (5-14) and their families. All are welcome! We are a great fit for Interfaith, LGBTQIA+, multiracial, and intercultural families who are seeking a cultural connection to the Jewish community.

We meet outside with masks on to keep everyone safe. Kid centered, but open to everyone. Bring a friend! Email culturaljews@gmail.com for an Evite.