PRESS RELEASE: Jewbilee 2023 – Multicultural Judaism: Celebrating the Diversity of Jewish Culture

January 11, 2023, LOS GATOS, CA – Jewish Silicon Valley would like to formally invite the public to the Addison-Penzak JCC Los Gatos for our upcoming 14th Annual Jewbilee, this year themed, Multicultural Judaism: Celebrating the Diversity of Jewish Culture. This year’s Jewbilee learning & engagement opportunities will honor the array of ways people practice, claim, and represent their Jewish identity, and how their Jewish-self fits within the larger community and history. 

For many, it will be a day of discovery and education. 

For all, it will be a day of celebration and connection. 

Sunday, January 29th

🕐 Registration & Exploration begins at 1:00 PM

📍Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos, CA, 95032

Ticket includes access to a full day of sessions and includes drinks, snacks, and dinner. 

All the Jewbilee details can be found at


Featured Speakers & Experiences:


Aaron Hahn Tapper (Keynote Speaker)
Author & Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at USF
Judaisms: A Multicultural, Multiethnic, and Multiracial Peoples
“There has never been a Jewish people, only peoples; never a Jewish identity, only identities.” 


Shana Penn

Jewish studies researcher and Taube Philanthropies Executive Director

Workshop: Honoring the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


Eliya Charter

Israeli Teen Ambassador, made Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia in Operation Moses

Coffee with a Story: The Jewish Ethiopian Experience


Avital Meshi

New Media Artist & Ph.D. student

Workshop: The Jewish Context through the Lens of Artificial Intelligence 


Amy Albertson

Jewish Advocate & Educator, founder of “The Asian Israeli”

From Jew-Ish to Unapologetically Jewish


Dr. Gage Gorsky

Queer Mixed Mexican-Jewish Multimodal Research Advisor and Data Analyst

How do you Jew? Exploring the ways Jews of Color navigate their Jewishness while Holding Multiple Selves


Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia/ Maha Elgenaidi/ Rev. Ricardo Avila

Local Silicon Valley Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Leaders

Panel Discussion: Abrahamic Multiculturalism in Silicon Valley


Renée Benmeleh and Iris Bendahan

Music of the Sephardic and African Jews 


Kids Jewbilee!

While parents enjoy a day of learning and connection, kids in grades k-5, can enjoy their own day of Jewish celebration with Camp Shalom! Singing, playing, cooking, and having fun! Activities include singing with Renée Benmeleh, a multicultural vocalist/composer/instrumentalist, educator and ritual leader from Venezuela with Mediterranean ancestry, and cooking with Tami Segal, PJ Library and Family Engagement Manager.


AND SO MUCH MORE! Details can be found at


General Admission – $25

APJCC Member / Student / Senior – $20

Virtual Ticket – $25

Sponsorship and Support Gratitude:

Jewbilee – a Jewish learning experience, is made possible by our sponsors: Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest SF, Encore Marketing Solutions and through support from the Koret Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

A special thank-you to Abrahamic Alliance International, Americans for Ben-Gurion University, Congregation Beth David, Congregation Emeth, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, JIMENA, JLeaders, PJ Library, Oshman Family JCC, San Jose State University, Yavneh Day School and Temple Emanu-El for supporting the event.

About Jewish Silicon Valley: 

About Jewish Silicon Valley: Jewish Silicon Valley (JSV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Located in Los Gatos, California, on the Levy Family Campus, JSV’s mission is to harness the  power of community to improve lives, build bridges of understanding, and strengthen the Jewish people here, in Israel, and around the world. Additionally, JSV operates the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center (APJCC), welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. The APJCC’s programs and services include a state-of-the-art health and fitness center, highly regarded APJCC Preschool, summer camp, adult education, cultural events, and social and enrichment programs for families, students, and seniors. Visit for more information.




Day of Contact:

Maya Tripp

Director of Jewish Life & Culture

Jewish Silicon Valley

(347) 227.5350

[email protected]

Media Contact:

Danielle C. Patterson

Marketing Director 

Jewish Silicon Valley

(310) 920.9063

[email protected]