Why are you here?
My passion and “why” are community building and storytelling, but since arriving at Jewish Silicon Valley, it’s become about a lot more. My daughter has several
Supporting Local Holocaust Survivors this Yom Hashoah
Nearly 200 Holocaust Survivors in the Bay Area Live Just Above or Below the Poverty Line. Jewish Family Services in partnership with Jewish Silicon Valley aims
Responding to California’s Ethnic Studies Curriculum
News from the Jewish Community Relations Council The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Jewish Silicon Valley is part of a coalition of 11 Jewish organizations
Debra, a single mom, was struggling to reconnect with the Jewish community after having her daughter, Alisa.* Like many new mothers, Debra suffered from postpartum depression
Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021
Jewish communities around the world commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the evening of April 7th and on April 8th this year. At Jewish Silicon
How to Celebrate Israel All Year Long
By Maya Tripp, Jewish Life & Culture Manager How to celebrate Israel all year long, and also on its independence day? Israel will be 73 on April
The Good Things That Happened
By Maya Tripp, Jewish Life & Culture Manager, March 2021 As much as it feels wrong to celebrate anything related to COVID-19, there are many good
Pivoting with PJ Library
By Rabbi Laurie Matzkin, Family Educator, March 2021 It’s amazing to look back on email communications from one year ago! Last winter, PJ Library had a strong launch
By Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, Director of Collaborative Learning & Jewish Engagement, March 2021 As we look back at the last year and the learning and adapting
Savlanut (Patience) Was the Big Learning This Year
By Diane Fisher, Director of Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), March 2021 In March of 2020, Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia and I were co-teaching a Melton class
Looking Back with Beged Kefet Hebrew School
It was Purim 2020 when everything changed for Beged Kefet Hebrew School. Overnight we had to close our face-to-face program and switch to online learning via Zoom.
Coming Together in Ways We Never Expected
When the APJCC closed its doors in March of last year, we knew we were cutting off a lifeline to the seniors whose social lives were centered at the APJCC, meeting friends, taking classes and working out.
Reflections from the Fitness Center
The bustling sounds of the community that typically filled the hallways, were abruptly replaced with an eerie and uncertain silence. Activities and services for most were forced to come to a standstill, as the APJCC, along with the rest of the world, tried to make sense of the unprecedented circumstances.
A Reason for Happiness
The month of Adar in the Jewish calendar is considered a month of joy. Purim is a joyous holiday. Our sages observed if there were not such a holiday, then Purim would have had to be invented.
A Year in the Life of a Preschool Child
A year in the life of a preschool aged child is a huge percentage of their time on earth. We don’t know how the isolation and stress of this year will affect the little ones in terms of brain development and social/emotional development.
A Look Back with Lael Gray, CEO
I lived in Miami Beach when Hurricane Andrew struck in August of 1992. Throughout the COVID pandemic, I’ve often found myself referring to that experience as I try to find some context to understand the current natural disaster we are going through.
Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021
International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been observed by declaration of the U.N. since 2005. It marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27, 1945. Every year, the City Council of San Jose issues a proclamation to help educate our local community.
Together at a Distance
Are you considering coming back to the gym, but feeling you need the motivation of classes and supportive energy around you? Do you find yourself looking for something to add to your fitness routine as you ease back into fitness after months at home?
Safe & Warm in an Unstable Time
My family has been part of the APJCC community for the last 7 years. I remember the first time I attended the orientation. Walking on campus I knew immediately this was the place where my children would organically develop into who they are, make friends, express themselves, explore new ideas and be surrounded by warmth and tender care.
We Came Together for Social Justice & Social Action
This year’s Jewbilee day of Jewish learning was virtual, but the joy of learning together burned more brightly than ever, as the South Bay community gathered on January 31, 2021, around the theme of social justice and social action.