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.

Frisbee Golf Fun!

Golf anyone? Frisbee Golf! Bring your frisbee and join TVCJ at beautiful Robertson Park in Livermore on July 16th to play through their Frisbee Golf course. We’ll meet at 10am before it gets too hot, but bring water and sun protection. Please bring a mask for when social distancing is not possible. To RSVP please contact us for an Evite at culturaljews@gmail.com or (925) 399-8029. Free to members, suggested $10 donation per non-member adult if you are able. To find out more about Frisbee Golf visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_golf.

Jewish Vigil for Abortion Justice

The National Council of Jewish Women invites you to the following:

Today:

  • At 1:00pm PST, we will be hosting a Jewish community vigil over zoom. This will be a space to mourn this loss Jewishly, and will provide a few ways people can get involved moving forward.
  • At 2:00pm PST we invite people around the country to show up at your local court house or other locations to be in community with each other. Map with locations coming soon. In Washington, DC, it will be at the Supreme Court.

  • In the next two to three days, we will host a Jewish Community Briefing with the legal team from Center for Reproductive Rights who argued the SCOTUS case. They will share what the decision says and what it means; we will also offer a high-level look at what this means for accessing abortion care now. We will also offer ways individuals and organizations can get involved, and some key questions that organizations should be considering for their employees and other constituents in this new medical and legal landscape.

Lag B’Omer Picnic

Join us for our Lag B’Omer Picnic at Athan Downs Park in San Ramon on May 15th at 10:30am. We’ll play some field games (so bring your frisbee) and do our traditional  watermelon toss. Please bring a dish to share, any games you want to play, and a mask for when social distancing isn’t possible. Free to members, $10.00 suggested donation for non-members. If you have questions, please contact us at culturaljews@gmail.com or call 925-399-8029.

Jewish Culture School Update

Music touches us in ways that words alone cannot. At our latest Jewish Cultural School we explored how the Jewish Labor Movement used music to help workers feel unified and empowered to fight for change, and then wrote our own songs, like the catchy “Wear a Mask You Fools” to the tune of Happy Birthday. We made our own pickles, a popular Jewish street food, and learned the Israeli Labor song Kadima Hapoel, Forward the Worker!