Jewbilee 2022: Make a Change (Press Release)

LOS GATOS, CA, December 29, 2021 – The public is invited to the Addison-Penzak JCC Los Gatos for our upcoming 13th Annual Jewbilee. During this shmita year (the year of release), the APJCC’s annual Jewbilee will spotlight ways to restore, release, and renew our relationships, our communities, and our world. 

This year, Tu B’shvat and Martin Luther King, Jr. day fall on the same day, January 17th. These concurrent celebrations, calling upon us to create a more just world and to pursue environmental justice, inspire us to plant seeds for a better tomorrow. We welcome you to join our long weekend of Jewish learning (Thursday, January 13 – Sunday, January 17), with opportunities for people of all ages to engage in panel discussions, hands-on art, movie viewings, and music as well as opportunities to share with others, renew together, volunteer in the community, and more. 

Some experiences will be virtual, some will be in person. For more information about experience offerings and registration, please visit

Featured Experiences:

Keynote Event: Renewing Our Communities Panel
Sunday, January 16 | 4:00 pm | Virtual
Join four Bay Area JCC Executives for insights on how they are restoring, releasing, and renewing our local Jewish communities. These leaders have spent nearly two years navigating numerous pandemic challenges, political turmoil, and polarization, and they have still managed to bring people together in the community. Learn from their stories and offer your thoughts about our shared future. This event will be moderated by Dr. Anat Balint, Jewish Studies Program, San Jose State University. The panel will end with a 20 minutes Q&A session.

Zack Bodner President & CEO, Oshman Family JCC
Scott Brockman Executive Director, Sonoma County JCC
Melissa Chapman  CEO, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
Lael Gray CEO, Jewish Silicon Valley

Jewbilee 2022 Fashion Swap
Thursday-Saturday, January 13-15 |  Various times | In-person, APJCC Auditorium
Save the planet – Share with others – Expand your wardrobe with “new” clothes!

Whether it’s last year’s dress or a purse you never use, here’s your chance to gather items from your closet that no longer spark joy and join us for a stylish (yet thrifty) clothing swap party! Bring your nicest unwanted items to swap and then go “shopping” for free! You may bring any clothing item fit for ages 14 and up including accessories and shoes. (Please, no children or babywear.) Details on the Jewbilee event page.

Making Magical Trees Watercolor Workshop
Thursday, January 13 | 5:00-7:00 pm | Virtual
Students will be given the opportunity to express their own personal style or direction in making magical trees. Expect to have a fun-filled 2-hour painting experience! A list of necessary materials will be sent to registrants. The instructor is John Giannotti, our Watercolor instructor, and an accomplished painter.

“Yachad – Together” Mural in Action
Friday, January 14 – Sunday, January 16 | In-person | APJCC
Join artist Marina Paz as she brings the new community mural to life.

Ramla, Israel: Cultivating Culture – Making a Change
Monday, January 17 | 10:00-11:00am | Virtual
Join us for a talk about Ramla, one of the most diverse cities in Israel, with Jewish-Arab, religious-secular communities and immigrants that came from 90 different countries. The new Contemporary Art Center is forging community connections through and around art and art activities

Speaker: Dr. Smadar Sheffi, Founder and Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Center Ramla (CACR)

Many more experiences are listed at

To make it accessible, this year’s Jewbilee is FREE of charge. We encourage the community to make a donation to the JSV Jewish Culture/Arts programs in honor and support of these wonderful programs and experiences being offered. Donate at:

Sponsorship and Support Gratitude
Jewbilee is made possible by the following sponsors: Dianne Portnoy Endowment for Jewish Life & Learning, Team Sigura, Encore Marketing Solutions, Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest SF, and through support from the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

Thank you to Congregation Beth David, Congregation Shir Hadash, Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Sinai, JFS SJ, PJ Library in SV, JCRC, Repair the World, AAI, Americans for BGU, and Dayenu for supporting the event.

Thank you to the chair: Dana Grietzer Gotlieb, and to the Jewish Life and Culture Committee chair: Bonnie Slavitt.

About Jewish Silicon Valley
Jewish Silicon Valley (JSV) harnesses the power of community to improve lives, build bridges of understanding and strengthen the Jewish people here, in Israel, and around the world. Our vision is to ensure a vibrant Jewish community in Silicon Valley and promote the well-being of all people by providing visionary leadership, philanthropic support, meaningful programs, and experiences that are rooted in Jewish values and traditions. More:

COVID reminders
All guests must wear a mask while indoors. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building and safe distancing protocols are enforced.

Press Contact

Maya Tripp
Director of Jewish Life & Culture
Jewish Silicon Valley
[email protected]